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The Sonderhoff Group, part of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA since July 2017, is presenting the newly developed Formed In-Place Closed-Cell (FIP CC) technology at the Fakuma 2017. According to the company, the technology combines the high water resistance of the silicone world with the attractive material costs of the polyurethane world.

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German safety shoe company, Steitz Secura, is using a polyurethane technology from Huntsman to pilot a range of specialist safety shoes that can be custom-made to fit an individual’s feet, using FitStation powered by HP.

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FRX Polymers Inc., a specialist in polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions, has announced the availability of its Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates as a replacement for antimony (ATO) in brominated flame retardant systems. Nofia flame retardants (FRs) serve as a synergist in brominated flame retardant products, delivering lighter weight and reduced cost, according to the company.

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Perstorp has announced a portfolio of renewable alternatives to the polyols Pentaerythritol (Penta), Trimethylolpropane (TMP), and Neopentyl glycol (Neo). The new product portfolio was globally launched at China Coat 2017.

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Frimo announced that it is constantly taking on new challenges, even in very specialized areas of application, most recently, e.g., in the field of cable foaming. This involves full cable harnesses, which are installed in every vehicle in large volumes and sealed to the outer areas with PU. Special tools and machines were developed in order to back foam these cables. According to Frimo, the actual know-how lies within the process of sealing the cables to the foam part.

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In a recent life-cycle assessment (LCA), Covestro’s Insqin water-based polyurethane technology proves to be a more sustainable way to produce coated textiles than conventional technologies.

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SPE Central Europe has issued a call for nomination for the 18th Automotive Award parts & components for outstanding developments of plastic parts in vehicle construction. The award is presented in seven categories: Body Interior, Body Exterior, Power Train, Chassis Unit, Electronical/Optical Part, Structural Component and Enabler Technology.

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According to KraussMaffei, from a process technology standpoint the mixing head is front and center of polyurethane processing. The prerequisite for a high product quality and maximum efficiency is that the mixing heads adapt exactly to the requirements of the respective polyurethane product. In this area, the company presents three new mixing head developments that make it possible to increase flexibility and shorten cycle time.

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The Lehvoss Group, Hamburg, Germany, will be presenting its product lines Luvosint and Luvocom 3F for 3D printing at Formnext, held from 14 - 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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Saip announced that it has supplied a complete foaming system for the insulation of professional refrigerating cabinets to the production plant of Electrolux Professional S.p.A. in Vallenoncello (PN), Italy. According to Saip, the line allows the production of 32 different cabinet models.

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Iluna Group announced that it will exhibit at the 25th edition of the beachwear and lingerie fair MarediModa, stand 36, from 7 – 9 November 2017 in Cannes, France. According to Iluna, the company will highlight its “most advanced and responsible” innovation for contemporary resort and swimwear, featuring the Roica Eco Smart family of spandex fibres from Asahi Kasei Corporation as well as the new STEP (sustainable textile production) certification by Oeko-Tex.

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