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Mathias Schöttke (Source: BASF)

Mathias Schöttke has been appointed Managing Director and Labour Director of BASF Coatings GmbH, headquartered in Münster, Germany, effective from 1 June 2021. At the same time, he will assume global responsibility for Human Resources in BASF's Coatings division. In both functions, he succeeds Sören Bauermann, who has taken on a new position within the BASF Group as Senior Vice President.

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According to the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association in the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – VDMA), German manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery can look back positively on 2020, a year marked by the coronavirus, and despite the exceptional overall situation.

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Lanxess announced that it has completed the sale of its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik GmbH on 1 June 2021. TFL is a global supplier of leather chemicals and a portfolio company of US investment firm Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C. All relevant antitrust authorities have granted the necessary approvals for the transaction, which was announced in August 2020.

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The Chemours Company announced a series of leadership transitions effective 1 July 2021. Mark Newman, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Chemours, succeeding Mark Vergnano, who has served as President and CEO since the company’s founding in 2015. Vergnano will be retiring from the company and assume the position of non-executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors for the balance of 2021, assuring an effective transition of leadership to Newman. In this role he succeeds Richard H. Brown, current Chairman of the Board, who has announced his intention to retire after leading the Board of Directors for the last six years. With these changes, Dawn Farrell, who has served on the Board of Directors since the company’s founding and is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, will become the company’s Lead Independent Director.

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H&S Anlagentechnik has handed over a large tank facility for the storage of PU components to Ikano Industry in Mexico. (Source: H&S Anlagentechnik)

The German plant manufacturer H&S Anlagentechnik GmbH announced that it has built and handed over a large turnkey tank facility for storing polyurethane raw materials to the Ikea supplier Ikano Industry México in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico.

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In textile lamination, the new TPU is a good material for creating a breathable, waterproof layer for rugged performance apparel. (Source: Huntsman)

Huntsman has developed a new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) grade for technical extrusion parts and blown film applications that is said to offer significant improvements over previous generation technologies when it comes to durability, production efficiency and reducing manufacturing waste. According to the company, Irogran A 85 P 4394 HR TPU is the latest addition to a well-established family of elastomer products from Huntsman, which are renowned for their performance in a diverse range of industrial and consumer applications.

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Danish researchers have developed a chemical recycling method for polyurethane (PU) targeted at handling end-of-life products. This new technology is considered an important new step towards a circular plastic economy for polyurethane. The method breaks down polyurethane into chemical building blocks that serve as feedstock for new PU products. Importantly, the chemical recycling process is robust and will, for the first time, be able to convert a wide variety of different PU materials, said the researchers.

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According to an article in the “Dallas Business Journal”, 23 May 2021, Future Foam Inc. has plans to renovate and occupy a 341,840 square-foot warehouse in Garland, TX, USA, which has been vacant since 2015. The Iowa-based manufacturer, which specialises in polyurethane foam products, plans to invest nearly USD 3 million to renovate the existing warehouse. It has been vacant since Apex Tool Group consolidated its operations from Garland to South Carolina, resulting in the loss of 261 jobs. Future Foam expects to create 104 full time jobs over the next few years. The company also intends to reactivate rail service to the facility, the journal reported.

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AkzoNobel’s Yacht Coatings business announced a new partnership with the Water Revolution Foundation with the main goals of creating a more sustainable yacht industry and helping to protect the world’s oceans.

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The German automotive supplier Fischer Automotive has opened a new factory in Jagodina, Serbia in June 2021. The new site increases the company`s production capacity in Europe. Fischer will use the new site for the production of ventilation nozzles for clients like Mercedes and BMW.

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