Switch to

Nova-Institute, a private and independent research institute, and the consulting group COWI announced that they have conducted the first survey on renewable carbon in the chemical industry. They estimate that 20 – 25 % of the carbon supply is already renewable.

read more

Toyochem Co., Ltd., a member of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan, has developed a new series of biodegradable pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs). Marketed under the Cyabine series of polyurethane PSAs, the product is said to be suitable for materials for the packaging, construction, agriculture and other industries where the use of biodegradable or recoverable materials are preferred.

read more

Algenesis announced that its Soleic 52F bio-foam has proven to biodegrade in the natural environment and the results have been published in a peer-reviewed science paper. According to the company, as we continue to learn how widespread and harmful plastic pollution has become for the planet, scientists at Algenesis and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have been collaborating to develop a sustainable solution to the growing problem of plastic pollution. The recent study, published in “Bioresource Technology Reports”, highlights the team’s first success in creating a commercially deployable, fully biodegradable polyurethane product.

read more

The Argentine footwear brand Maincal is partnering with BASF to launch the first safety shoe in South America made with Infinergy expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU). Voran SportSafe, the new safety shoe series by Maincal, is said to enable safety footwear users to move and work in comfort with all day compression technology. According to BASF, the E-TPU enhances the safety shoe with superior responsiveness, comfort and durability.

read more

Thanks to studies carried out in the R+D centre of Offanengo (CR), the Italian company Coim is successfully moving to the manufacture and distribution of the new Laripur RS TPUS which contain raw materials from bioderived, renewable sources. The grades have been developed ensuring the same performance, as seen with standard products, without having to change or modify the processing or equipment in the manufacturing environment, whilst maintaining recyclability and the same possibility of adding various types of masterbatch (colour, expanding agents, antistatic agents, 2D additives etc.).

read more

Nouryon has selected Green Bay in Wisconsin as the location for a new facility to produce its Expancel expandable microspheres. Expancel is used as a lightweight filler and blowing agent to make end products lighter and obtain different surface effects. They also reduce costs and environmental impacts by requiring less raw material. Key end-use markets include the automotive, construction, packaging and mining industries.

read more

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam industry, announced a change in its staff leadership and its newly elected board of directors for 2020 to 2022.

read more

FoamPartner announced that it has launched new OBoNature foam technology, which is based on sustainable raw materials for next-generation automotive interiors. According to the company, tomorrow’s mobility is raising the bar on material requirements in terms of performance, function, efficiency and environmental compatibility. FoamPartner offers an extensive product portfolio in various densities for many applications within the automotive interior. The resulting lightweight construction can reduce manufacturing costs and extend the operating range of electrical vehicles. Higher demands on functionality and quality can also be met, with low-emission and low-odor solutions that are characterized by high durability and that have been optimized for faster processing. The next step is foams that are based on sustainable raw materials without compromising performance, said the company. 

read more

Dow Polyurethanes announced that it is accelerating its digital transformation through increased integration into artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive capabilities geared to increasing its digital IQ across all business operations. Dow is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate the integration of machine learning and AI solutions into a novel predictive intelligence capability that will transform product development process and enhance customer collaboration.

read more
Timberland Pro safety shoes featuring Elastollan TPU and Elastopan PU from BASF (Source: BASF)

BASF announced that its polyurethane Elastopan and thermoplastic polyurethane Elastollan are key components powering the latest innovation for industrial workers in the new Timberland Pro Reaxion safety shoe. The shoe features Timberland’s Aerocore Energy System, combining the comfort and flexibility of an athletic shoe with the performance and durability of a work boot.

read more