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Accepting for ESCO were President Richard Hungerford, Jr. (holding award) with (l.t.r) Kelo Waivio, Stephen Hoffman, and John Slott. (Source: Everchem)

The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) recently concluded its fall meeting in Charlotte, NC USA, which spotlighted key regulatory issues and new technical developments. The two-day meeting on 3-4 November was attended by more than 130 executives from foam manufacturers, chemical suppliers, and other companies supporting the industry. This marked a return to a full live-meeting format after COVID-19 restrictions required PFA to cancel past meetings or conduct them primarily online. Attendees saw presentations on key industry issues including supply chain challenges, recycling, regulations, and end-user market forecasting.

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Lanxess has a broad range of flame retardants, including the phosphorous-based brands Levagard and Disflamoll. (Source: Lanxess)

With its most comprehensive ever product portfolio for the polyurethane industry Lanxess exhibited at Utech Europe. The portfolio encompasses not only additives like flame retardants, plasticizers, crosslinkers, catalysts and hydrolysis stabilizers but also PU prepolymers for rigid and flexible foams, coatings, elastomers, sealants and adhesives. Recent additions to the portfolio include a range of modifiers marketed under the brand name Modulast and specially developed for use in reactive polyurethane systems.

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(Source: Covestro)

The rise of circular economy principles has led to a new collaboration between Covestro LLC and the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) and Swanson School of Engineering will house the new Covestro Circular Economy Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Covestro, Recticel and Vita are the winners of the Utech Europe Awards 2021. This was announced on the 16 November, the first day of the three-day key event for the polyurethane industry taking place in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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Ulrich Reifenhäuser (Source: VDMA)

The world is facing major challenges: Climate change must be fought; the environment must be protected, and resources must be conserved. It is also important to make good use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. The plastics industry has a key role in this process because plastics are ubiquitous in the world. Climate protection, digitalisation and the circular economy are therefore also the three major topics at K 2022, the world's leading trade fair for the plastics industry. To get in the mood for the industry meeting in autumn 2022, the VDMA is letting representatives of the plastics machinery industry and all other stakeholders in the sector have their say through weekly interviews.

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With immediate effect or as existing contracts permit BASF is increasing the prices of the polyalcohols Neopentyl Glycol (NPG) and 1,6-Hexanediol (HDO) in Europe. The price increase is + 400 EUR/mt for NPG  and  + 1.000 EUR/mt for HDO.

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Saip designs and develops customised systems and machines for PU applications in several sectors: building and construction, refrigeration, furnishing and automotive industry, pipe insulation, sports, boating and medical. (Source: Saip Equipment)

The Italian company Saip Equipment with headquarters in Romanò di Inverigo (Como) will showcase its latest technologies for the polyurethane industry at Utech Europe 2021 (stand B15) from 16 – 18 November 2021 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Saip said that despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, the company has improved its technologies and designed new solutions, addressing urgent demands for energy savings and circular economy. At the trade show, Saip will present the following highlights:

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The Association of the European Adhesive & Sealant Industry Feica announced that in coordination with the European Diisocyanate & Polyol Producers Association Isopa, the European Aliphatic Isocyanates Producer Association Alipa, and several other industries in the polyurethane industry, it has been working hard to organise a comprehensive training programme to ensure the safe use of diisocyanates for producers and professional users all over Europe.

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The international chemical distributor Nordmann has shared a successful partnership with UK-based Notedome for more than 30 years. Together, the two companies will be attending the upcoming Utech Europe 2021 from 16 – 18 November 2021 at MECC Maastricht in the Netherlands to showcase Notedome’s new product Neuthane 801 XP, distributed by Nordmann.

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Unprotected polyurethane vs. polyurethane protected with Milliguard (Source: Milliken)

Milliken & Company announced that it plans to showcase a broad range of colourants and stabiliser technologies that are all designed to enhance polyurethane products when it exhibits at Utech Europe 2021 (stand B20) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, from 16 – 18 November 2021. One key focus of Milliken’s presence will be its Reactint Color Studio, a web-based resource for PU foam producers and users.

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