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Regarding the safe handling of diisocyanates in everyday work, the FSK, the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes in Germany, has developed a training programme that supports and trains processors in the safe handling of this key raw material for our industry in accordance with the REACH regulation. In this issue of PU Magazine International we report on the progress and first promising results of the cross-border initiative of the industry association.

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IAL Consultants announced the publication of fully updated editions of its regional directories of polyurethane systems houses in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), in the Americas, and in Asia-Pacific. The company said this complements its ongoing research into the global polyurethanes industry.

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The book is available in English and German. (Source: De Gruyter)

Waiting is over. The much-awaited new book on thermoplastic elastomers, Thermoplastic Elastomers at a Glance, authored by Guenter Scholz (former BASF) and Manuela Gehringer (Allod Werkstoff) is out now.

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The brand new issue of PU MAGAZINE is out! The editors Dr. Stephanie Waschbüsch and Dr. Christine Rüdiger wish you a lot of fun reading.

We look at the effects the pandemic year 2020 has had on the polyurethanes industry, its suppliers and customers and the conference and fair schedules.

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The flexible foam polyurethane industry has been pummeled not only by Corona this year, but also by shortages of raw materials. We talked with some foam producers about their growing concerns and what they would like to see from raw material producers to reduce the risk of disruption.

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Occupational health and safety has long been an important topic in the PU industry. In the latest issue we report on Tank Farm Assessments (TFA), which have been developed for the polyurethane industry as part of a best-practice program by Isopa. Covestro offers this service to its customers, and we spoke to Thomas Gross (Covestro) and Eroll Shabi from Ventius International about their experiences.

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In this issue we report on Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam study on consumer preference for mattresses with CertiPUR-US-certified foam. Renuva Mattress Recycling Project by Dow First long wind turbine blades that are made entirely of PU (Covestro) Processing additives for polyurethane applications (Repi)

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In this issue we present technical articles on methylal blowing agents by Sendijarevic et al. (Troy Polymers, Inc, Lambiotte, Holland Applied Technologies), development and optimization of rigid foams by Obi et al. (PolyFoam Consulting, Huntsman Corporation), and silicone surfactants by Nadal and Lopez (Concentrol).

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Read about Project Stop, An initiative of the chemical industry to free the seas of plastic waste, and our interview with Craig Halgreen, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs (Borealis).

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Read about the North American PU market evaluated by industry experts such as Grace Showalter and Jaime Garza (BASF), Alan Robinson and Prameela Susarla (Dow Chemical Company), Christine Bryant and Richard Skorpenske (Covestro), Matt Aldag and Thomas Rosen (Evonik), Jan Buberl and Pavneet Mumick (Huntsman Polyurethane).

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