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On 16 April 2021, Lanxess announced that it has expanded its Trixene Aqua range of water-based blocked isocyanate dispersions. The product family now includes new grades, specifically designed to expand the application areas and meet more demanding customer needs.

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Covestro and orthopedic service provider GeBioM mbH, based in Münster, Germany, are expanding their cooperation in the field of orthopedic footwear. In addition to producing lasts and trial shoes, they now support orthopedic shoemakers in the production of custom insoles using 3D printing. A new Addigy FPU 79A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro is used in the form of filaments. Together with Danish printer partner Create it Real, the companies offer a new and sustainable solution for the digital production of shoe insoles.

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Conair has launched the new Eco air-cooled chillers, which are designed for outdoor installation and providing chilled water to plastics processing equipment indoors. According to the company, the packaged chillers are rugged enough to function efficiently under almost any ambient conditions, while providing a process-temperature set-point range that is among the widest in the industry.

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The scientists Jincheng Dong,a Binyuan Liu,a, b Huining Ding,a Junbin Shi,b Ning Liu,b Bin Dai,b and Il Kimc from the aHebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China, the bShihezi University, Shihezi, China, and the cPusan National University, Busan, Korea, have synthesised a series of isocyanate-free polyurethanes (NIPUs), showing an intrinsic thermo-healing performance, from sustainable vegetable oil-based cyclic carbonates and bio-based amines.

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Virtual product launch of NovaCoat-D with Tim Claus Bardenhagen (Desma) and Dr. Karin Reuter (BASF). (Source: sw)

NovaCoat-D is a combination of a highly elastic in-mould coating with internal release function which manages fast cycle times on a round table process. BASF and Desma have teamed up their competencies to apply BASF’s functional demould coating on Desma’s round table process.

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On 30 March 2021, Repi, a leading supplier of liquid colour and additive solutions for polyurethanes and thermoplastics, announced that it has acquired Novosystems GmbH, one of the few independent European players in the field of liquid colours and additives for thermoplastic materials. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Movacolor has launched a new version of its software for dosing plastic additives in February 2021. According to the company, the new software includes features such assensor neck integration, fast calibration options and a single shot test button for taking verification samples.

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Cabot Corporation announced the launch of a new Enermax 6 carbon nanotube (CNT) series. With its high aspect ratio, it is proven to be the most conductive multi-walled CNT product in the company’s portfolio, said Cabot. The Enermax 6 carbon nanotube series can enhance battery performance at lower loadings enabling a higher energy density of battery.

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Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of Dow, has launched a blockchain pilot project to test the technology’s suitability for supporting flexible foam circularity. The pilot uses a blockchain platform developed by ChemChain to transfer verified product information securely within the Renuva mattress recycling programme. The company said that testing will demonstrate the pilot project’s ability to trace circular polyurethane flexible foam composition and strengthen value-chain transparency.

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