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Michael J. Whitens, retired former Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center, has been named the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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Materialise has extended its 3D printing materials offering with the new Ultrasint TPU 01 from BASF. The company announced on 10 September 2019 that it is the first to make the new material available through its online platforms Materialise OnSite and i.materalise, and through its offline prototyping and manufacturing services.

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From 2021, MECSPE, the Italian trade fair for the manufacturing industry and smart factory, will move from Parma to Bologna, in order to expand the exhibition area and benefit from the connections and infrastructures that make this city more accessible for national and international visitors and exhibitors. In 2021, the trade fair will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The 2020 edition of MECSPE will be held in Parma from 26 – 29 March.

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K 2019 has closed its doors on 23 October after eight exciting days in Düsseldorf, Germany. 3,330 exhibitors (2016: 3,285) from 63 nations proved impressively: plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable material. But they also underscored the necessity of having operational circular economies along the complete material chain and to this end already presented numerous concrete solutions.

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According to Covestro, the wind energy industry pursues the development of maintenance-free systems. One important hurdle on the path to achieving this goal is the fact that the longitudinal edges of rotor blades are subject to the effects of weather: when it is raining and the blades are turning quickly, raindrops hit the edges of the blades at high speed and with a large amount of energy. Over time, this destroys the coating layer and the composite material beneath. This edge erosion can reduce annual energy performance by more than 5 %. In addition, the systems have to be serviced more frequently.

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TactoTek and LS Automotive Technologies (LSAT) announced that LSAT has licensed design and manufacturing rights for TactoTek injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) technology. The agreement includes rights to use TactoTek proprietary intellectual property and technology transfer that enables LSAT to design and manufacture IMSE parts in Korea and globally.

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Bob Erling has joined Emery Oleochemicals as Business Manager for rigid and CASE polyols to support the continued growth of the company’s Eco-Friendly Polyols business.

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In a joint project, BASF and STR Automotive have brought components for premium vehicles into serial production for the first time using the new material Elastolit R 8819 Lightweight. In comparison to conventional processing with PU-RRIM materials, the new process is said to convince due to significant weight reduction. The usual component thickness of 3.0 mm can be reduced to less than 2.5 mm, without detrimental effects on processing, quality or mechanical properties.

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Wanhua stated on 2 November 2019, that it will pursue the goal of building a MDI plant in the US. The company previously pulled out of plans to build a new facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana, partly due to tariff war and resistance from residents and environmental groups.

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(Source: Rampf)

Rampf Group, Inc. is presenting its range of advanced liquid polyurethanes for theme park and speciality tooling at IAAPA 2019 (stand 2958), the global conference and trade show for the attractions industry, from 19 – 22 November 2019 in Orlando, FL, USA. According to the company, its polyurethanes are opening up new possibilities for theme parks, aquariums, and cruise ships as they provide outstanding consistency and quality, are mercury-free and RoHS-compliant, and offer a wide range of handling, curing, and performance properties.

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