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At eMove360° Europe 2018, the international trade fair for Mobility 4.0 in Munich, Germany, Covestro was awarded one of the “Materialica Design + Technology Awards 2018”. With the world's first bio-based hardener for lightfast polyurethane coatings, the company managed to prevail in the “CO2 Efficiency” category.

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The Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit (NAUM) 2018, which is being organised by OCSiAl in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2018 will gather the world’s leading companies who use and apply graphene nanotubes to share exciting results. This year the event is opening its doors to all like-minded innovators and industry pioneers to learn about recent progress in this field. They will also be able to see a first-time-ever on-site demonstration of the production of nanoaugmented products with real industrial equipment.

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The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has been relaunched under the new name Nouryon. The name borrows from one of its historic predecessors, the chemical company Noury & Van der Lande and follows the acquisition of the Specialty Chemicals business by The Carlyle Group in March 2018. The business includes among other products the organic peroxide initiators, organometallics and reactor additives for the production of thermoplastics and rubbers.

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According to Dunlop, modern day tennis players tend to play with more spin and as a result, hit the ball out of the top of the racket rather than the centre. The disadvantage of this is players swing with more force to generate more power and spin. This puts extra load on the player’s arm and can result in injury. The Dunlop research team observed this trend and employed an innovation to resolve this aspect – the Sonic Core made with BASF’s Infinergy expanded thermoplastic polyurethane.

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Lanxess announced that it Urethane Systems business unit (URE) will prolong and extend its collaboration with the Center for UMass/Industry Research on Polymers (CUMIRP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. From October 2018 onwards URE will additionally participate in Research Cluster M on Mechanics & Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Composites.

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The footwear company Vivobarefoot has announced plans to bring a plant-based shoe range to the market. According to the company, the new Primus Bio range will use a plant-based thermoplastic polyurethane – a product based on industrial field corn – in its sole and upper and will be one of the lightest and most environmentally-sound shoe ranges available to-date. Vivobarefoot said the Primus Bio is its latest step in the quest to use 90 % sustainable materials across its entire product range by 2020.

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BASF has presented Slentite and Slentex, a new generation of super slim insulating materials with very efficient insulating performance, for the first time at London Build 2018 Expo, one of the UK's leading trade fairs for construction, architecture and infrastructure.

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Covestro announced that it has put into operation its first wind turbines with wind blades made using polyurethane infusion resin. According to the company, the successful installation marks the latest milestone in its mission to commercialise polyurethane infusion resin as a key material that will help to shape the new generation of longer, stronger wind blades demanded by the wind power industry.

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FRX Polymers Inc. has announced the availability of its Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates for use in UL 94 V-0 high-temperature polyurethane flexible foams for the transportation and electronics industries.

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The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University is cooperating with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) to research the use of plasma polymer mould coatings for the release agent-free production of polyurethane parts.

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