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Covestro will present itself as a provider of material solutions for composites for various industries and applications at the JEC World 2019 from 12 – 14 March 2019 in Paris, France. According to the company, the portfolio ranges from polycarbonate and polyurethane products to film formers for fibre sizings. The range of applications is correspondingly large: it includes wind turbines, photovoltaic systems and auto parts, but also small-scale consumer products such as miniaturised electronic parts and insoles, which are manufactured in large quantities with short cycle times.

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Lubrizol announced that its LifeSciences business has expanded its global development and manufacturing facilities, and the latest investment is a new medical device applications lab in Brecksville, OH, USA. This lab features applications testing, small-scale compounding as well as injection moulding for long-term implantables. The 1,800-square foot facility will also focus on accelerated R&D, from polymers to device scale up and testing in a short period of time, said the company.

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At the signing of the contract (f. l. t. r.): Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery segment at KraussMaffei, and Colin Leek, Managing Director at Pultrex (Source: KraussMaffei)

On 21 February 2019, KraussMaffei signed an agreement to acquire Pultrex Ltd. based in Manningtree, Essex, UK. Financial details were not disclosed. Pultrex is a leading supplier of pultrusion, pullwinding and filament winding systems, and is also a manufacturer of pultrusion profiles. The acquisition strengthens KraussMaffei's systems competence in pultrusion.

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The Fermapor CC seal made of polyurethane is very robust and ice water resistant (Source: Sonderhoff)

The system supplier Sonderhoff, part of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, offers the plastic and metal processing industry in France sealing, adhesive and sealing solutions based on polyurethane, silicone or PVC for a wide variety of applications. At Midest Lyon (5 – 8 March 2019), Sonderhoff will be presenting itself as a specialist for innovative sealing technology from a single source (System-3): material and machine as well as the sealing, gluing and potting of components in contract manufacturing. The System 3 concept from Sonderhoff can be individually tailored to the customer's production processes to provide maximum flexibility in the design of the material recipe and machine configuration.

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Duna-USA has completed a multi-million USD expansion of its Baytown, TX, USA, headquarters and manufacturing facility. The expansion, which began in fall 2016, included the addition of a new manufacturing building, new office building, automated fabrication department with five-axis CNC machinery and robotic warehouse, and an additional “continuous” low-density Corafoam production line.

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IAL Consultants has published the twelfth edition of its report “Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 2018”. This study updates and expands upon the information included in the previous report published in 2016 and contains both PU production and raw material consumption figures, with 2017 as the base year and market forecasts provided to 2022. The data in this eight-volume report includes raw material consumption by product type, by region, by country and by major end-use industry.

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Demilec Inc., a subsidiary of Huntsman Corp., announced that its Heatlok HFO High Lift and Heatlok HFO Pro are now radon gas resistant and can be used in place of a conventional polyurethane membrane barrier to mitigate risk of radon incursion. According to the company, most modern building regulations require all foundation seams and breaches to be sealed to prevent the incursion of radon, an invisible, odourless, radioactive gas and America’s second most common source of lung cancer.

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Vencorex announced that it will present its environmentally-friendly solutions for polyurethane coatings and adhesives at the European Coatings Show (ECS) 2019, which will take place from 19 – 21 March 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Milliken announced that it will exhibit at PSE Europe 2019, showcasing its fully reactive polymeric additive technologies focused on enhancing performance, improving visual appearance, and preserving the long-term quality of PU systems – all without contributing to VOC or FOG levels.

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The Minden-based German company Follmann GmbH & Co. KG will exhibit its solutions in the field of pigment preparations and, for the first time, introduce its microencapsulation technology at PSE Europe 2019.

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