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At the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens Techtextil (14–17 May 2019, Frankfurt, Germany) BASF will highlight its expertise in fabrics, films, nonwovens, yarns and hot-melt adhesives based on Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane. Due to its high elasticity and mechanical strength, the plastic is suitable for the production of a wide range of materials for the textile industry.

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Demonstrating how it inspires ingenuity in plastics was the focus of Huntsman at Chinaplas this May. At the show, Huntsman highlighted its expertise in polyurethane-based elastomers. Huntsman also promoted its Elastamine polyetheramine products, which can boost the performance of engineering plastics and fibres.

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The company StyleSnout GmbH has developed The Island dog bed, which uses Covestro’s Insqin technology. The surface of the beds is coated with a water-based polyurethane system. This textile coating keeps the bed from slipping on the floor and at the same time improves the resistance to mechanical stresses, such as bites or paws.

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Saip, a specialist for design and development of customized systems and machines for all polyurethane applications, based in Como, Italy, has recently been granted patents for a new generation of SAIP hp mixing heads, a face-up foaming fixture and an overlapping & endlapping system in the process of sandwich panel production.

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Covestro and the Austria-based Lenzing Group have developed environmentally-compatible polyurethane (PU) synthetics for the shoe industry. The product combines Covestro’s expertise as a raw material specialist for PU textile coatings with Lenzing’s expertise in the production of fibers based on wood.

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At Chinaplas 2019 Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. will showcase the two-platen injection molding machine UN500DP, the UN550C-BTP wide-platen high-end multi-material injection molding machine, PacPro injection molding solutions for thin-walled packaging and the FF series all-electric injection molding machine. Additionally, innovations from Yizumi Germany and Franka Emika’s co-robot Franka Panda will also be showcased at the Yizumi stand.

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Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri is a leading manufacturer of elastomers systems and casting equipment, has be taking part in the Supplier’s Showcase at the recent 2019 Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA) Annual Meeting (5-7 May, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA).

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Cannon Viking’s Silicone Air Mixer has been developed to further improve flexible foam cell structure and reduce pin holes on low pressure and partial high pressure Maxfoam plants. This equipment which is already in successful operation with over 100 customer across Asia, Europe, The Middle East and America utilises a special patented Cannon pre-mixer for better mixing of nucleation air and silicone prior to feeding into the Maxfoam mixing head of the continuous plant.

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With its highly abrasion-resistant Raku Tool WB-1258 foundry board, Rampf is offering an alternative to face cast pattern plates and highpriced metals for a wide range of foundry modeling applications. Thanks to its very good abrasion resistance, more than 100,000 replications can be produced with the PU board. This was previously possible only by using either liquid systems with complex manufacturing processes with higher costs or high-priced metals like aluminium, said the company.

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The supplier of polymeric halogen-free flame retardant (FR) solutions FRX Polymers Inc., has announced a joint development agreement with China’s Yoo-Point Group for the production of water-based emulsions which contain FRX Polymers’ Nofia phosphonate halogen-free flame retardants. The emulsions are particularly suited for use in polyurethane coatings and low-density flexible PU foam.

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In spring 2020, the IKV - Institute for Plastics Processing in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University will hold an International Symposium on Plastics Technology in Aachen, and invites scientists from all over the world to submit papers. The scientific symposium will be held entirely in English on 10 March 2020, the day before the IKV Colloquium. IKV is calling for abstracts for papers or suggestions for posters in English for initial appraisal by 15 May 2019.

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