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Effective 1 October 2008, or as early as contracts allow, the Polyurethanes division of Huntsman Corporation will increase the price of its Irogran, Krystalgran and Krystalflex thermoplastic polyurethanes in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent by between five and 15 %.

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Effective 18 August 2008, or as contract terms allow, Chemtura Corporation increases its range of bisphosphate, core and performance phosphate ester flame retardants, which includes its Reofos and Kronitex brands, by up to 50 % in all regions.

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Albemarle Corporation, the manufacturer of flame retardants, will increase the global prices for most of its brominated flame retardants effective 15 September 2008, or as contracts allow.

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Effective 18 August 2008, or as contract terms allow, Chemtura Corporation will increase prices on its range of flame retardants used in PU cushioning by USD 0.30/lb in all regions.

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The manufacturer of flexible PU and polymer foam products Foamex International Inc., Linwood, PA, USA, has introduced a new mop and sponge material under the brand name Aquazone WD (patent pending).

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The tenth “Adhesives, Sealants, Construction Chemicals”, now under its new name of European Coatings Congress, is set to take place from 30 March – 1 April 2009. Companies as well as academic and governmental research institutions are invited to submit abstracts for suggested technical contributions to this event, presenting their latest research results concerning the development of coatings, printing inks, adhesives or construction chemicals.

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Italian machine builder OMS Impianti Spa, Verano Brianza, MI, says, it is pleased to announce its most important recent sales on the Chinese market:

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The European Soccer Championship just recently over, together with the World Soccer Championship back in 2006, has fired the ambition of many young fans to one day play as professionals themselves on the field. To provide junior soccer players all over Germany with ideal conditions for the necessary training, the German Football Association (DFB) is investing EUR 25 million in the construction of 1,000 miniature playing fields.

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National Coatings Corporation announces the appointment of Jeff Poe as a Technical Sales Representative. Prior to his appointment with National Coatings his career includes several years of experience in the roofing industry as a technical sales professional and contractor.

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Masterflex AG based in Gelsenkirchen has announced that it intends to focus on its core business. Specifically, this means it will concentrate on the development and manufacture of high-quality connector and hose systems.

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