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BASF’s Coatings division has presented its new, most advanced refinish product line in its range of waterborne coatings solutions for the automotive industry. According to the company, by increasing the efficiency and significantly lowering the environmental impact, the products meet the highest expectations of modern body shops.

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In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlighted the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets made use of a biased interpretation of the report to draw a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics.

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Huntsman Advanced Materials announced the launch of the Araldite 2000 Adhesive Core Range, designed to help businesses across virtually every industry to maximise productivity by covering up to 80 % of all bonding needs, from assembling products to making repairs in tough conditions.

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According to Covestro Elastomers, the corona pandemic is putting pressure on manufacturers of packaging materials and corrugated board. The strong business growth of digital mail order in the wake of the crisis also requires extensive support from the packaging industry to ensure the dispatch of large quantities of goods. Covestro Elastomers said it contributes to this with polyurethane elastomers and optimised delivery logistics.

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Toyochem Co., Ltd., a member of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan, has developed a new series of biodegradable pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs). Marketed under the Cyabine series of polyurethane PSAs, the product is said to be suitable for materials for the packaging, construction, agriculture and other industries where the use of biodegradable or recoverable materials are preferred.

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Algenesis announced that its Soleic 52F bio-foam has proven to biodegrade in the natural environment and the results have been published in a peer-reviewed science paper. According to the company, as we continue to learn how widespread and harmful plastic pollution has become for the planet, scientists at Algenesis and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have been collaborating to develop a sustainable solution to the growing problem of plastic pollution. The recent study, published in “Bioresource Technology Reports”, highlights the team’s first success in creating a commercially deployable, fully biodegradable polyurethane product.

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The Argentine footwear brand Maincal is partnering with BASF to launch the first safety shoe in South America made with Infinergy expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU). Voran SportSafe, the new safety shoe series by Maincal, is said to enable safety footwear users to move and work in comfort with all day compression technology. According to BASF, the E-TPU enhances the safety shoe with superior responsiveness, comfort and durability.

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Thanks to studies carried out in the R+D centre of Offanengo (CR), the Italian company Coim is successfully moving to the manufacture and distribution of the new Laripur RS TPUS which contain raw materials from bioderived, renewable sources. The grades have been developed ensuring the same performance, as seen with standard products, without having to change or modify the processing or equipment in the manufacturing environment, whilst maintaining recyclability and the same possibility of adding various types of masterbatch (colour, expanding agents, antistatic agents, 2D additives etc.).

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FoamPartner announced that it has launched new OBoNature foam technology, which is based on sustainable raw materials for next-generation automotive interiors. According to the company, tomorrow’s mobility is raising the bar on material requirements in terms of performance, function, efficiency and environmental compatibility. FoamPartner offers an extensive product portfolio in various densities for many applications within the automotive interior. The resulting lightweight construction can reduce manufacturing costs and extend the operating range of electrical vehicles. Higher demands on functionality and quality can also be met, with low-emission and low-odor solutions that are characterized by high durability and that have been optimized for faster processing. The next step is foams that are based on sustainable raw materials without compromising performance, said the company. 

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Dow Polyurethanes announced that it is accelerating its digital transformation through increased integration into artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive capabilities geared to increasing its digital IQ across all business operations. Dow is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate the integration of machine learning and AI solutions into a novel predictive intelligence capability that will transform product development process and enhance customer collaboration.

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