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H&S Anlagentechnik GmbH announced the successful commissioning of its industrial scale polyester polyol synthesis plant at ProfHolod, the biggest manufacturer of PU/PIR sandwich panels in Russia.

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From 8 – 11 September 2020, the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) will, for the first time, stage the 30th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in a completely digital form, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On 7 July 2020, at a briefing of Congress entitled “Plastic Production, Pollution and Waste in the Time of Covid-19: The Life-Threatening Impact of Single Use Plastic on Human Health,” Plastics Industry Association President & CEO Tony Radoszewski refuted attacks on a material and industry that have played a critical role in the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus.

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Gerald Steinhoff has been appointed as new General Manager of the Hübner Group. He will join Helge Förster (Managing Director, Mobility business segment) and Ingolf Cedra (Managing Director, Material Solutions and Photonics business segments) in the top management team of the global supplier of gangway systems for buses and railway vehicles. Steinhoff will assume responsibility for the financial and administrative areas of the group.

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According to Covestro, the warmer weather and more relaxed corona restrictions are drawing people outside – and more and more of them onto their bikes. There are plenty of reasons for this: exercise and fitness, fresh air and the opportunity to get out of the house or to avoid having to wear masks on public transport. Going shopping by bike or exploring one's surroundings could be a joy if it weren't for the many stones, shards of glass, nails and other sharp objects that will turn a perfectly good tyre into a flat mess, said the company.

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Example of a reactor for the recycling of end-of-life (EoL) mattresses (Source: H&S Anlagentechnik)

The German company H&S Anlagentechnik GmbH announced that it has signed a contract with the independent French chemical company Orrion Chemicals Orgaform for the supply of an industrial scale reactor unit and process know-how to recycle end-of-life (EoL) mattresses. The start-up of the recycling plant is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

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BASF’s Master Builders Solutions brand has launched the colour-stable Ucrete CS heavy-duty polyurethane industrial resin flooring system across Europe. ‘CS’ stands for ‘colour stable’ and describes the system’s new benefit: enhanced colour stability. According to the company, this feature is achieved by advanced UV stability, reducing yellowing, even if the floor is exposed to intensive UV light for many years. In addition, the discolouration of the surface due to chemical stress is minimised. Thanks to the system’s advanced colour stability, Ucrete CS is said to set a new benchmark for aesthetic requirements in highly challenging environments, especially in the food and beverage sector.

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AMI (Applied Market Information Ltd) has announced the release of its new report “The Global Mechanical Plastics Recycling Industry 2020 – Capacities, Capabilities and Future Trends”. According to the company, the plastics mechanical recycling industry has never been under the spotlight to such an extent as it is today. Sustainability is ever more relevant across all societies and geographies, as a result plastics waste is at the forefront of many regional and national policy debates in the drive towards a more circular global economy. Accordingly, the issue of waste is on the policy agenda of national governments around the globe, with new policies and legislation bringing new targets for the recycling of plastics.

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APS Elastomers announced that it has purchased a new facility and that it is moving operations from Romulus, MI, USA, to a larger facility in nearby Westland. The company said that the expansion allows to double the production volume of various TPEs as well as create a new product testing lab.

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The cyber security company Kaspersky has a strong interest in supporting technological solutions and innovations that can help remove debris from low Earth orbit and make space exploration safe for future generations. The company supports StartRocket, a startup developing a technology that can clean up space debris, and aims to draw attention to what is a growing problem.

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