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Hennecke-OMS announced that it has signed a new contract with Ballytherm UK Ltd. for the supply of a high-speed lamination line to produce polyisocyanurate panels with flexible facings. According to the manufacturer, the line has a speed of 45 m/min, with future potential of up to 70 m/min.

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With the market launch of its new Aerothan bicycle tube on 8 October 2020, Schwalbe has presented a new generation of bicycle tubes based on BASF's thermoplastic polyurethane Elastollan. According to the companies, this innovation scores top marks in terms of weight, puncture resistance, handling characteristics, ease of assembly and packing size. Aerothan bicycle tubes are the result of unique developmental work between the producer of bicycle tyres and tubes and BASF's Performance Material Division.

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Emery Oleochemicals, a manufacturer of natural-based speciality chemicals, announced that Mark Kinkelaar, PhD, Global Director of the company’s Eco-Friendly Polyols business, will be a panel speaker as part of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) 2020 fall webinar series. The webinar “Sustainability and End of Life Topics in the Polyurethanes Industry” is scheduled for 5 October 2020 from 11 am to 1 pm Eastern US.

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The US footwear brand Oesh Shoes has been evaluating how Huntsman’s thermoplastic polyurethane materials can be used to create a 100 % recyclable shoe sole via 3D printing – with positive results.

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The full polyurethane wind turbine blade, from the spar cap to the shear web and the shell, is made entirely of polyurethane infusion resin. (Source: Covestro)

Materials manufacturer Covestro has developed a 64.2 m long wind turbine blade made completely of polyurethane. According to Covestro, the blade, made jointly with Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind, and wind blade manufacturer LZ Blades, is the world’s first polyurethane resin large-scale wind turbine blade of this length. The full polyurethane wind turbine blade, from the spar cap to the shear web and the shell, is made entirely of polyurethane infusion resin, making it the first of its kind in the global wind power industry. Extensive static and dynamic fatigue tests are being carried out to evaluate the durability of the wind turbine blade before small-scale production commences in 2020.

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BASF announced that it has expanded the application range of its simulation tool Ultrasim. As of now, the CAE tool also calculates component concepts based on elastomers, especially Elastollan, BASF’s thermoplastic polyurethane. According to the company, the simulation covers the entire process chain from initial processing to the mechanical properties of the final product. Among the special features of the simulation are options to simulate both the initial load and cyclic loads of a component.

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SPE has announced its Call for Technical Papers for Antec 2021. According to SPE, the event attracts over 3,000 plastics professionals from around the world with job functions encompassing managers, engineers, research and development, academia, operations, and consulting. Technical papers submitted for consideration for presentation at Antec 2021 will focus on the latest in industrial, national laboratory and academic work.

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BBG has presented a concept for HP-RTM molds that allows for the quick and reproducible manufacturing of compact, modular hydrogen tanks, which are made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and can be used in many vehicle types. The tank modules are autonomously produced in self-closing molds. The process does not require a press or further production equipment, such as autoclaves for curing, said the company.

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Lubrizol has further expanded its 3D printing design, prototyping, printing and post-processing capabilities by acquiring Avid Product Development, LLC. The company offers a unique blend of 3D printing capabilities, including design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), prototyping and production using powder bed fusion (MJF, SLS), fused filament fabrication (FFF) and stereolithography (SLA), with expertise in various post-processing technologies. Avid is headquartered in Loveland, CO, USA, and serves customers in the footwear, consumer goods, industrial and medical markets.

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Adidas is collaborating with Carbon, one of the world’s leading digital manufacturing platforms, to supply 3D printed face shields to healthcare workers. Adidas said that initially they collaborated with Carbon to produce high-performance footwear using 3D printed technology. Now the company is using the same TPU material co-created for its 4D midsoles, to produce 3D printed face shields to support healthcare organizations, first responders and underserved communities in the USA that have the greatest need and don’t have access to adequate supplies. The shields can be sanitized and reused.

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