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According to BASF, the construction industry is faced with major challenges in the coming years: In a wide range of projects – new buildings, restorations, and interior finish – there will be big demand for progressive and sustainable products. In order to reconcile energy efficiency, architectural ambition, and home comfort, BASF has launched the new Elastospray LWP spray foam insulation, which is said to combine high insulation performance with good environmental protection.

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Sonderhoff announced that a new PU foam seal in the Fermapor K31 product range has received sought-after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conformity, which is considered to be the recognised standard for food packaging worldwide. The Fermapor K31 seal is applied automatically, precisely and seamlessly in the lid groove of drums and hobbocks using a Formed In-Place Foam Gasket (FIPFG) process. The PU seal is also approved for direct contact with food in accordance with the EU Regulation No. 10/2011, which became effective on 1 January 2016.

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As part of its sustainability approach, Covestro actively pursues the development of materials and technologies for renewable energy generation with a focus on wind power. In particular, the company developed an innovative technology for manufacturing wind turbine rotor blades. The rotor blades are fabricated in a special process from a polyurethane resin and a glass fibre fabric. The company has now received the important DNV GL certification for its newly developed resin system in China.

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The German company Uniror Universal-Rohrreinigungs GmbH from Forst in the region of Lausitz is a specialist in the cleaning of pressure lines. The company has been active around the globe for 20 years providing a free pressure flow in pipelines. The pipe cleaning specialists install pigs made from polyurethane for this purpose. Owing to a new Topline type Hennecke metering machine as well as extensive tests and optimisations in the Hennecke Techcenter, the workers at Lausitz are now able to produce significantly more efficient pigs in a better quality.

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Sonderhoff announced that a new PU foam seal in the Fermapor K31 product range has received sought-after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conformity, which is considered to be the recognised standard for food packaging worldwide. The Fermapor K31 seal is applied automatically, precisely and seamlessly in the lid groove of drums and hobbocks using a Formed In-Place Foam Gasket (FIPFG) process. The PU seal is also approved for direct contact with food in accordance with the EU Regulation No. 10/2011, which became effective on 1 January 2016.

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From rain, wind, snow and sunlight to shifting seasonal temperatures, weather conditions cause a house to expand and contract. This movement can lead to inferior sealants failing, which may result in damage to areas such as windows, doors, siding, trim, moulding and facades both inside and outside of the home.

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Lapolla Industries, Inc., a global supplier and manufacturer of energy efficient building products, introduced its all-new Foam-LOK 400 spray polyurethane foam insulation. An open-cell solution for homes and commercial structures, the material is notable for providing ultra-high yield and enhanced energy efficiency, passing benefits to builders, contractors and inhabitants, says the company.

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A group of South Korean scientists have developed a new eco-friendly method to chemically produce terephthalic acid (TPA), which is largely used for polyethylene terephthalate, the science ministry said Sunday (4 June 2017), a development that could be a boon in the mass production of next-generation industrial plastic.

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Dow Italia, Whirlpool and Cannon Afros partnered in 2014 for the Life+ K-12 project, aimed at the definition of an innovative “enhanced insulation technology for the refrigerator of the future”. The project is currently being executed with the contribution of the Life+ financial instrument of the European Community.

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Production of bio-based aniline: The process works on a small scale. Project manager Dr. Gernot J├Ąger (center) is working with his team (Dr. Swantje Behnken (left), Dr. Wolf Kloeckner (right)) to test it in larger-scale facilities (Source: Covestro)

Covestro announced that it has scored a research breakthrough for the use of plant-based raw materials in plastics production: aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. The materials manufacturer achieved this by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, initially in the laboratory. Until now, only fossil raw materials had been used for the production of aniline, which plays an important role in the chemical industry and is used as starting material for numerous products.

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Lapolla Industries, Inc. announced the launch of the new and improved Foam-LOK 500 spray polyurethane foam insulation. According to the company, the open-cell insulation is a high performance product designed to seal the building envelope and greatly enhance energy conservation and energy savings in the structure. Ideal for application in residential and commercial buildings of all types, Foam-LOK 500 is low density and provides high-yield benefits.

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