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Eight lion statues that once decorated the iconic Amstel hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, mysteriously disappeared and were never found again. Until today, no one knows how, why, or when the stone statues were removed. Thanks to extensive historical detective work in the Amsterdam city archives, the tooling and composites experts at the Dutch company Scabro, as well as a polyurethane board material from Rampf, the lion statues could be restored and returned to their original locations on top of the building.

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Three years after the takeover of Axson Technologies by the Swiss Sika AG and the subsequent merging with Sika Tooling & Composites under the name SikaAxson, the business unit has been renamed in Sika Advanced Resins to complete its further integration into the Sika Group.

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At the Trustech 2018 trade fair, Covestro highlighted an integrated passport concept comprising innovative technologies based on speciality films. According to the company, they offer improved properties for security card manufacturing and in particular enable new applications against counterfeit attempts. Major features are a new concept for clear window technology and a new generation of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) for passport hinges.

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The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e. V. (FSK) announced that it has launched an English version of its website to increasingly expand its international character and to further increase the number of its international members.

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Foam Expo North America has announced its conference agenda at a glance for 2019, which features expert speakers, focused sessions, and a carefully planned schedule that enables participants to also take advantage of activities on the expo show floor.

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Damian Lardieri has been appointed as new National Account Manager at Polyurethane Machinery Corporation (PMC). Lardieri brings nearly two decades of sales, account management and marketing experience to his new position.

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Invista announced that the installation of a new reactor at its polyols manufacturing facility in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, has been completed. The company said the reactor is producing material within specifications, and customer deliveries have started.

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The results of the European Bioplastics’ annual market data update confirm a stable growth of the global bioplastics industry. “The global market for bioplastics is predicted to grow by roughly 25 % over the next five years“, said Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics. “This trend is possible thanks to the increasing demand for sustainable products by both consumers and brands alike, stronger policy support for the bioeconomy, and the continuous efforts of the bioplastics industry to develop innovative materials with improved properties and new functionalities.”

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FRX Polymers Inc. has announced the availability of its Nofia phosphonates for use in the production of low volatile organic compound (VOC) polyurethane foam for automotive interior applications.

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Over 60 polyurea industry representatives from across Europe and the Middle East attended the 12th PDA Europe Annual Conference and Exhibition from 12 to 14 November 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

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