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Trelleborg announced that it has acquired the privately owned company Laminating Coating Technologies, Inc. (Lamcotec) with head office and production facility in Monson, MA, USA.

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The colours and additives producer Repi announced that it will exhibit at stand 400 at Utech North America 2018, which will take place from 11 – 13 September 2018 in Charlotte, NC, USA.

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The Italian shoe sole manufacturer Mondial Suole has launched iTen, its latest brand of shoe soles offering an array of benefits to ensure high comfort for the wearer in a variety of walking conditions. Powered by Enerlyte polyurethane elastomer from Dow Chemical, the iTen range features include lightness, high ‘energy-return’, soft touch and durability. The use of Enerlyte, a water-blown PU soling system, also ensures these soles are environment friendly.

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Dr. Rose A. Ryntz, Vice President, Global Advanced Development and Material Engineering at International Automotive Components Group (IAC), has been named the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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BASF announced that it pursues a significant capacity expansion of the integrated ethylene oxide complex at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The project includes capacity expansions for ethylene oxide and for several downstream derivatives, such as surfactants.

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From 6 – 7 June 2018, the KraussMaffei Group celebrated its 180th anniversary with the slogan “Technology Pioneers – from Tradition to Innovation” at the Competence Forum in Munich, Germany. More than 1,800 visitors experienced a celebration of innovative machines and technologies.

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The German manufacturer of special equipment, Hans-Jürgen Keil Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG, based in Bohmte/Hunteburg, announced that it has achieved successful certification in three important categories. After its successful qualification, the company can prove to have met the requirements regarding the standards ISO 90001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and SCC (safety at working place, health and environmental protection).

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The development of new technologies and applications for the fibre-reinforced lightweight construction of tomorrow is front and centre at the Composite Centre of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in the United Kingdom.

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Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers business has announced a performance upgrade of its Pearlstick thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for adhesives in footwear and DIY end applications.

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Lanxess announced that it will open a new applications development and technical services (AD & TS) laboratory for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in Latina, Italy. As part of the existing Urethane Systems AD & TS centre, the new lab will operate as a standalone facility dedicated to PUDs. Start of operation will be in the third quarter of 2018.

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