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BASF will showcase its latest developments and a variety of products from its extensive portfolio at Fakuma 2018. Amongst others, the company will present the following highlights:

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Rampf Polymer Solutions is presenting its range of silicone, polyurethane, and epoxy casting resins with high thermal conductivity at electronica 2018 (hall A5, stand 224) from 13 – 16 November 2018 in Munich, Germany.

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The Cannon Group announced that an international corporate meeting was organised on 22 – 24 October 2018 to celebrate both the 40th anniversary of activity in the USA and the expansion of the Cranberry, PA, factory.

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AkzoNobel announced that yacht owners can now benefit from an advanced coatings technology, which passed the ultimate test during the latest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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Huntsman Corporation announced that it will be showcasing its solutions at the Feiplar Composites & Feipur 2018 exhibition from 6 – 8 November 2018 at the Expo Center Norte – Green Hall, São Paulo, Brazil. The show promotes composites/reinforced plastics, polyurethanes and engineering plastics/thermoplastic compounds solutions for a variety of markets throughout South America.

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The UK manufacturer Rotary Power announced that it is working in partnership with the R+D centre Cedepa (which stands for “centro de desarrollo del panel en continuo” or the continuous panel development centre), which tests and prototypes solutions for the processing of polyurethane panels.

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Huntsman Polyurethanes has developed a new fire-rated PIR-based foam insulation for composite panels. DaltoPIR XHFR insulation technology was launched at the PPA-Europe / IFBS Panels and Profiles conference, which opened on 25 October 2018 in Thessalonki, Greece. PPA-Europe is the European Association of Panels & Profiles and IFBS is the International Association for Metal Building Envelopes.

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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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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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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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