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At K 2019, BASF unveiled Elastopir Blue, a new PU rigid foam solution with a low lambda value (down to λD = 19 mW/m ∙K), that is said to achieve exceptional standards of energy efficiency while at the same time setting new standards for sandwich panels. According to the company, highly energy-efficient construction elements have a positive effect on the environment in the construction sector. This also applies to industrial buildings, cold stores, deep-freeze warehouses, and other commercial buildings.

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Lanxess announced that it is broadening the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development. The company has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The Urethane Systems business unit is using the potential of AI and has brought materials AI company Citrine Informatics on board as a project partner.

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At K 2019, Vertellus showcased its portfolio of adhesives and sealants, which include its Polycin polyols, Vorite prepolymers and Sealrite gels. According to the company, these materials are helping a wide variety of device manufacturers maintain product integrity in the face of increasingly harsh environments. The need for high mechanical performance products like these is evident in a range of markets – from the most industrial, such as electrical wire and cable and components, to those that are highly specialised, like medical devices, said Vertellus.

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Saip Equipment announced that it will be exhibiting at the international construction trade show Batimat 2019 (hall 6/B, stand 106), which will take place from 4 – 8 November 2019 at Parc des expositions Paris Nord Villepinte in Paris, France.

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ExxonMobil has introduced Rethink Recycle with Vistamaxx polymers ― a proven, cost-effective solution that is said to allow increased recycled content utilisation for high-value applications ― at its K 2019 pavilion (FG10.1). Vistamaxx polymers act like a compatibiliser between polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in recycled content streams, enabling it to improve the properties of recycled content containing products.

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The Sprayfoam Show 2020 Convention & Expo of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) will be held on 11 – 14 February 2020 in Pasadena, CA, USA. On 13 February 2020, SPFA will host the Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon as part of event.

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At K 2019, Covestro will be presenting the prototype for a new application of materials for additive manufacturing: 3D-printed orthopedic insoles for shoes. They are efficiently produced using an automated and completely digitalised process that generates almost no waste. The part in question is in the form of a 3D file that can be sent anywhere in the world. On site, a printer uses this data to produce the physical product – regardless of whether only a single individualised sole or millions of soles have to be produced.

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For the first time, Henkel and Sonderhoff are presenting their filter manufacturing products on a joint stand at Filtech 2019 (halle 11.2, stand L1). Henkel offers a wide range of adhesives and sealants as well as products for surface treatment. The Sonderhoff Group, which has been part of Henkel since 2017, is manufacturer of two-component foam gaskets, adhesives and potting compounds as well as mixing and dosing systems. This way, users can benefit from customised solutions for the entire filter production process from a single source.

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Croda announced that its Polymer Additives business is now part of Croda Smart Materials, offering its customers extensive polymer expertise and multiple technology platforms. At K 2019, the company is celebrating half a century of experience in amide production and the opening of its GBP 27 million amide manufacturing facility at its site in the United Kingdom.

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Cannon thermoformer (Source: Cannon)

Cannon is present at K 2019 in two exhibition areas. In hall 13, stand B76 is dedicated to the polyurethane and composite technologies, while in the external structure OA11/11.2 – facing the entrance of hall 11 – new thermoforming developments are highlighted.

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