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Tuball graphene nanotubes manufactured by Ocsial find a growing number of applications in the polyurethane market. They are already used in the production of industrial wheels, rollers and scraper pigs for various industries. Graphene nanotube-reinforced anti-static polyurethane shafts help manufacturers keep production costs down and ensure occupational safety. Introducing as little as 0.03 % of nanotubes is sufficient to impart uniform anti-static properties to polyurethane while maintaining its key properties.

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Material Data Center is a major information platform for plastics. Based on users' requests, the database has now been extended to typical information about plastics additives. The system provides physical data, chemical formulas and compatibility information.

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Emery Oleochemicals showcased its latest product developments of Emerox polyols and innovative experimental polyols for coatings applications at the 2019 CoatingsTech Conference being held in Cleveland, OH, USA on 08 - 10 April 2019. Emerox polyols based on the company’s azelaic acid technology are said to offer differential performance due to the hydrophobic nature of the feedstock and possess a high bio-based content  (~70 - 99 %).

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adidas has revealed the Futurecraft.Loop, a 100 % recyclable performance running shoe. Together with Parley for the Oceans, the company introduced in 2015 the first performance footwear concept with an upper made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from marine plastic waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets.adidas said that in 2019 it will produce 11 million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic through intercepting plastic waste on beaches, remote islands and in coastal communities. adidas is committed to using only recycled polyester in every product and on every application where a solution exists by 2024.

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SI Group’s Weston 705 and Weston 705T liquid phosphite antioxidants have been granted an extension of existing approvals by the US Food & Drug Administration for use as food-contact substances in styrene block polymers and repeat-use elastomers under conditions of use A through H with concentration up to 0.5 % by weight (FCN 1927), effective 15 March 2019.

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Huntsman Tecnoelastomeri has introduced a range of customisable, MDI-based hot cast elastomers. The Tecnothane VTER series is described as being exceptionally resilient polyurethane materials for the manufacture of wheels, castors and industrial parts, which need to be equipped to perform in extreme working conditions. Easy to process compared to NDI-based technologies, the new series includes six elastomer solutions which can be adapted to match customer-specific requirements. As standard the products offer very good tear and cut resistance plus high rebound and very low hysteresis properties.

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Rampf looks back at a successful Foam Expo 2019. The company offers more than 400 foam formulas and presented its range of silicone and polyurethane foams used for IP sealing, BSR/NVH abatement, insulation, modeling, and light-weighting in the automotive, household appliance, electronic, packaging, energy technology, recreation equipment, and medical industries. Foam Expo 2019 took place from 26-28 March 2019 in Novi, MI, USA.

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The seminar programme recorded a high number of attendees and provided additional insights into major developments in PU processing (Source: Mack Brooks Exhibition)

From 26 – 27 March 2019, the international PU industry met for PSE Europe at the MOC Munich, Germany. Once again, the International Exhibition for Polyurethane Solutions offered an excellent platform for in-depth expert talks.

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From idea to series production-ready fibre composite solutions: At JEC World KraussMaffei has highlighted its system expertise in developing and implementing series production-ready processes for fibre-reinforced lightweight construction. The focus of the trade show appearance was on new processes and applications that are based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials. The FiberForm process, pultrusion and unidirectional (UD) tapes are front and center.

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(Source: Rinspeed)

FoamPartner, the Swiss polyurethane foam specialist, has partnered with Rinspeed, the renowned creative think tank and mobility lab for the automotive industry, to develop advanced concepts for the mobility of tomorrow. The microSNAP concept car developed by Rinspeed illustrates the potential of innovative foam technology for automotive interiors as well as acoustic and thermal insulation.

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