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The speciality films manufacturer Infiana announced that it will present its release liner solutions for the foam industry at the Foam Expo Europe 2019 from 10 – 12 September 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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The speciality minerals supplier Imerys announced that it will be showcasing its one-stop-shop offer to make plastics stronger, lighter, more sustainable and cost-effective. The company delivers functional solutions to various industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. Amongst others, the offer includes:

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According to Covestro, 3D printing offers unique opportunities to produce three-dimensional, often complex shaped parts in one single step. While predominantly prototypes and sample parts have been produced in small numbers so far, many industries are increasingly interested in industrial mass production.

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At the stand of the French rubber injection moulding machinery supplier Rep at K 2019 two presses of the Performance range G10 Extended will be showcased: The CMX 1 (clamping force 160 t) is a proven solution available in two models of generation 10, including the process-control system 4.0 and two clamping forces (160t and 250t). Rep says that the multistation injection moulding press is designed for increased profitability while providing optimised efficiency.

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According to Evonik, today not only fashion items such as handbags, shoes and garments, but also everyday products like car seats and furniture are often made of polyurethane-based artificial leather as a sustainable alternative to genuine leather. It is durable, weather-resistant, easy to clean and versatile in terms of colour and design.

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Cold Jet announced that it will present its new dry ice blaster PCS 60 at K 2019. The machine features the company’s patented Particle Control System (PCS), which cuts dry ice into diamond shaped particles in the exact dimensions chosen by the operator (3 mm to 0.3 mm and 28 sizes in between). This allows the user to have a greater degree of versatility in its cleaning applications. With the PCS, a plastics processor can use one machine to clean many types of surfaces, such as the surface of injection moulds, deburring and deflashing, to cleaning injection screws. Previously, a facility would need multiple machines with different aggression level capabilities to clean each, said the manufacturer.

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Around 100 guests and partners from Europe, Asia and North America celebrated the 20th anniversary of the tool, machine and plant manufacturer BBG GmbH & Co. KG with an Innovation Day in May 2019. The specialist for the plastics processing industry with a focus on polyurethane and composites presented its innovations at the event that was organised at the company's headquarters in Mindelheim, Germany. Together with its partners, BBG also offered a lecture programme, including presentations and exhibitions by BASF, the Fraunhofer Institute for Foundry, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV, Hennecke, Lufttechnik Bejbl, and Stäubli.

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According to Europur, the European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers, the last risk assessment of flexible PU foam (Ian Carney) dates back to the year 2002. However, since 2005, the association has access to unique data on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from flexible PU foam through CertiPUR test reports.

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Haydale Graphene Industries plc announced that it will be launching a range of functionalised nanomaterials pre-dispersed in process oils for improvements in the properties of elastomers at the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2019, which will be held from 3 – 5 September 2019 at the Kia Oval in London, UK.

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Huntsman announced that in 2020, its polyols production facility in Kuan Yin, Taiwan, will begin to utilise the company's well-proven Terol polyols technology to recycle distressed PET streams to satisfy the growing demand from the regional PIR foam insulation market.

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