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One Million Mattresses Recycled in Connecticut First-in-the-Nation Program

The numbers can perhaps be best described as astronomical. After just six years of the nation’s first statewide mattress recycling program, more than 1 million mattresses and box springs have been recycled in Connecticut. The impact has been tangible – resulting in the diversion of more than 18,000 tons of steel, foam, fibers and wood … Continue reading One Million Mattresses Recycled in Connecticut First-in-the-Nation Program

December 12, 2021

 

Covestro teams with French nonprofit on PU furniture foam recycling

Materials supplier Covestro and Eco-mobilier, a nonprofit group that organizes collection and recycling services for used furniture and mattresses, have joined forces in an effort to further develop waste markets for polyurethane foam. The two signed a collaboration agreement designed to form the basis for a long-term partnership aimed at generating value from discarded upholstered … Continue reading Covestro teams with French nonprofit on PU furniture foam recycling

December 12, 2021

 

Pearl Polyurethane announces new appointments

The Middle East and North Africa’s leading system house, Pearl Polyurethane Systems, has reinforced its commitment to accelerating diversity and gender equality at the company and recently recruited two female experts in their respective fields. Independently-owned since mid-2021, the company has rapidly introduced a range of new, industry-leading programmes including an R&D initiative – the … Continue reading Pearl Polyurethane announces new appointments

December 12, 2021

 

LANXESS launches new production line for water-based compounds in China

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS put a new production line for the manufacture of water-based compounds into operation in Nantong, China. The business belongs to the Urethane Systems (URE) business unit which is also producing polyurethane dispersions, an important ingredient of the compounds. Under the Pellart brand these products are used in many functional coatings applications … Continue reading LANXESS launches new production line for water-based compounds in China

December 5, 2021

 

Nexeo Plastics and Wanhua Chemical Group Announce Collaboration in Benelux, UK, Ireland and Spain

Nexeo Plastics, a leading global thermoplastics resin distributor, has agreed to partner with Wanhua Chemical Group, a global leader in the production and marketing of polyurethanes and petrochemicals, to distribute Wanhua’s TPU polyester, polyether, polycaprolactone, polycarbonate and aliphatic TPUs Wanthane® brand across Benelux, UK, Ireland and Spain*. “We are delighted to establish a strategic partnership … Continue reading Nexeo Plastics and Wanhua Chemical Group Announce Collaboration in Benelux, UK, Ireland and Spain

December 5, 2021

 

Climbing New Heights in Material Innovation for Safety Footwear

Employees’ safety footwear have come a great distance for the reason that days picket clogs had been used. For employees throughout quite a few industries – be it automotive, logistics, manufacturing, meals, health care and so forth – safety toe footwear have transitioned from heavy pure supplies to extra light-weight, but strong, synthetics. They’ve additionally … Continue reading Climbing New Heights in Material Innovation for Safety Footwear

December 5, 2021

 

New Foam in Recalled Philips CPAP Machines May Still Pose Safety Risk

Months after Philips began replacing potentially toxic polyester-based polyurethane (PER-PUR) foam in its recalled CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines, the FDA flagged another safety issue with the replacement foam. In September 2021, Philips began replacing foam in about 15 million devices that it originally recalled in June 2021. The PE-PUR foam in recalled devices could … Continue reading New Foam in Recalled Philips CPAP Machines May Still Pose Safety Risk

November 28, 2021

 

Popcorn Foam Is A Renewable Alternative To Polystyrene

Every year the world produces 14 million tons of—non-biodegradable—polystyrene foam. The general-purpose plastic is hard, brittle, and cheap. And it forms everything from packing peanuts to disposable cutlery to insulation. Now, researchers at Georg August University in Germany say they may have a tasty, environmentally friendly alternative to consider: popcorn foam. DesignTAXI first reported on … Continue reading Popcorn Foam Is A Renewable Alternative To Polystyrene

November 28, 2021

 

Germany’s Covestro heads EU project to research recycling of PU foams

Covestro is leading an EU-wide project to research chemical recycling for polyurethane (PU) foams, the German chemicals major said on Monday. The Circular Foam project involves 22 partners from nine EU countries. Covestro said the research, if successfully applied in a wide industrial scale, could achieve savings of 1m tonnes/year of waste and 2.9m tonnes/year … Continue reading Germany’s Covestro heads EU project to research recycling of PU foams

November 28, 2021

 

SABIC’S New NORYL™ Polyol Improves Performance of MDI-BDO Cast Polyurethanes and Offers Alternative to TDI-MOCA Cured Systems

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, today announced that its recently launched NORYL™ AP2001G aromatic polyol can significantly improve the performance of hot cast polyurethanes (PUs) based on methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMG). By boosting the hardness, toughness and stiffness properties of cast PU by double digits, NORYL AP2001G … Continue reading SABIC’S New NORYL™ Polyol Improves Performance of MDI-BDO Cast Polyurethanes and Offers Alternative to TDI-MOCA Cured Systems

November 22, 2021

 

SWIS Distribution, New Distributer of Synthesia Technology Products

Synthesia Technology Europe are excited to announce the appointment of SWIS Distribution as our new exclusive distributor of polyurethane spray foams, acrylic and polyurea coatings for the UK market. The appointment is effective from 1 September 2021. Synthesia has been active in the spray foam market in Europe for over 45 years and is today … Continue reading SWIS Distribution, New Distributer of Synthesia Technology Products

November 22, 2021

 

Carbon dioxide used in sustainable polyurethane production

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has used carbon dioxide and recycled material to make polyurethane in a more sustainable way. The new process also avoids the use of toxic materials known as isocyanates, enabling safer production and biocompatibility. Polyurethane is used as foam for mattresses, as packaging, elastic material for … Continue reading Carbon dioxide used in sustainable polyurethane production

November 22, 2021

 

Adient cuts C02 footprint with industry first PU foam solution

Adient, the automotive seating systems major, says it has achieved a sustainability milestone by integrating recycled carbon from mobility waste into seating systems. With polyol from development partner Dow, as an intermediate product which is partly based on recycled chemicals, the solution proposes the re-integration of waste products into polyurethane foams. A well-known OEM has … Continue reading Adient cuts C02 footprint with industry first PU foam solution

November 10, 2021

 

Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd to Double its Operational Capacity with Greenfield Manufacturing Unit in Odisha

Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd has made an investment of Rs 60 crore towards the new unit and the company is looking at aggressive geographical expansion into West Bengal and North East India in the next two years. Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd, a leading mattress and PU foam brand with a 3-decade legacy from … Continue reading Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd to Double its Operational Capacity with Greenfield Manufacturing Unit in Odisha

November 10, 2021

 

Leading Mattress Brand, Sleemon, Forays into the US Market, Set to Launch UltrCool™ Mattress Topper

Sleemon, the biggest supplier of mattresses for IKEA and 5-star hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, is making inroads into the US market by launching the Sleemon UltrCool™ Mattress Topper on Amazon on 8th November 2021. This offering features Sleemon’s up-to-date and advanced innovation, UltrCool™ Technology, a high-performance fabric that dries faster than any other mattress, … Continue reading Leading Mattress Brand, Sleemon, Forays into the US Market, Set to Launch UltrCool™ Mattress Topper

November 10, 2021

 

Brenntag expands distribution agreement with Evonik

Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical and ingredients distribution, extends the distribution agreement with Evonik for their Dynasylan product line to 16 countries in Eastern Europe. Effective immediately, Brenntag will additionally distribute the Silane products in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, … Continue reading Brenntag expands distribution agreement with Evonik

November 3, 2021

 

PPG introduces PPG LineGuard coatings for cleaning, maintenance of paint shop equipment

PPG announced the launch of its comprehensive PPG LineGuard series of coatings and application services to help automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM), tier suppliers and industrial customers dramatically reduce the time, cost, risk and environmental impact associated with cleaning and maintaining paint shop equipment. Featuring a variety of technologies ideally suited to the paint shop … Continue reading PPG introduces PPG LineGuard coatings for cleaning, maintenance of paint shop equipment

November 3, 2021

 

Nouryon starts production at new facility

Nouryon, a global specialty chemicals leader, has started production at a new manufacturing facility located at its site in Ningbo, China, to meet increasing demand in the Asia region for polymers used in the packaging, paints and coatings, and construction end-markets. The facility, which began development in 2020, has an annual capacity of 35,000 tons … Continue reading Nouryon starts production at new facility

November 3, 2021

 

The worldwide decorative coatings industry is expected to reach $91.6 billion by 2026

The decorative coatings market is projected to grow from USD 71.3 billion in 2021 to USD 91.6 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.1% between 2021 and 2026. Environment-friendly characteristics, durability, and better aesthetic appearance drive consumption of decorative coatings in various applications. Regulatory policies have a significant impact on the paints & coatings … Continue reading The worldwide decorative coatings industry is expected to reach $91.6 billion by 2026

November 3, 2021

 

Clover Chemicals makes an investment in Dantex PicoColour press

UK-based Clover Chemicals invests in a Dantex PicoColour UV inkjet digital label press. The Dantex UV inkjet digital press replaces two existing digital presses, purchased by Clover Chemicals in 2012. ‘As an all in one system, the PicoColour is perfect for our in-house needs,’ commented Clover Chemicals’ Andy Hilditch. ‘As the UV ink is scratch … Continue reading Clover Chemicals makes an investment in Dantex PicoColour press

November 3, 2021

 

Chemours renews its refrigerant partnership with NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL) and The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with leading positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & SpecialiSed Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials and Chemical Solutions, announced today their multiyear renewal of a partnership that started in 2018 and continues to provide education, technical support, innovation and sustainable solutions with Opteon™ refrigerants … Continue reading Chemours renews its refrigerant partnership with NHL

October 26, 2021

 

Axalta unveils fresh paint scheme for Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 car

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, today unveiled a brand-new paint scheme for Hendrick Motorsports’ iconic No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE that spotlights Axalta’s newest acquisition, U-POL, and its RAPTOR brand. William Byron will race the eye-catching design – featuring a rugged charcoal base with striking, bright green accents – … Continue reading Axalta unveils fresh paint scheme for Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 car

October 25, 2021

 

Axalta expands Imron industrial portfolio with a new high-performance urethane DTM primer

A sustainable, fast-cure, corrosion-resistant primer for the agriculture, construction, and earthmoving equipment markets Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, today announced the launch of Imron Industrial high-performance urethane (HPU) direct-to-metal (DTM) primer, an innovative primer to support the agriculture, construction, and earthmoving equipment (ACE) market segments. The new technology increases spraying … Continue reading Axalta expands Imron industrial portfolio with a new high-performance urethane DTM primer

October 20, 2021

 

S7 Technics launches production of polyurethane foam cushions for aircraft seats

S7 Technics, Russia’s leading aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider, announces the launch of the production of polyurethane foam cushions for aircraft seats (seats, backrests and headrests). The first production of its kind in the country will allow customers – airlines and aircraft seat manufacturers from Russia and eventually, from other regions – … Continue reading S7 Technics launches production of polyurethane foam cushions for aircraft seats

October 19, 2021

 

Welspun India collaborates with DuPont Biomaterials to launch sustainable home textile range

Welspun India and DuPont Biomaterials launched a new home textile collection, including bath towels and bedsheets, made with bio-based materials. The collection was developed to meet a growing demand for home textile products that not only bring desired performance but also are sustainable. The collaboration brings together cotton and DuPont™ Sorona® fibers to create home … Continue reading Welspun India collaborates with DuPont Biomaterials to launch sustainable home textile range

October 17, 2021

 

Tosoh Bioscience completes acquisition of Semba Biosciences

Tosoh Bioscience LLC, a leading supplier of separation and purification products and technologies to the life sciences industry, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Semba Biosciences, a privately held Wisconsin company. Semba Biosciences is a leading innovator in the field of multi-column chromatography (MCC) instrumentation and technology for downstream purification of biologics. … Continue reading Tosoh Bioscience completes acquisition of Semba Biosciences

October 14, 2021

 

KPX Chemical and Huntsman form joint venture in Korea

KPX Chemical, a leading polyols producer for polyurethanes in Korea, and Huntsman Corporation, a world-leading MDI-based polyurethanes and specialty chemical manufacturer, announced the establishment of a joint venture named KPX HUNTSMAN POLYURETHANES AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD. (KHPUA). The joint venture will create and provide innovative polyurethane system solutions to Korean automakers from a specialty polyurethanes manufacturing … Continue reading KPX Chemical and Huntsman form joint venture in Korea

October 14, 2021

 

Covestro and Interseroh to jointly establish value-adding cycles

Materials manufacturer Covestro and the environmental service provider Interseroh, a company of ALBA Group, intend to cooperate in the field of innovative recycling of plastic waste. This includes resistant plastic products made from Covestro materials, such as polyurethanes and polycarbonates. Therefore, the two partners have recently signed a memorandum of understanding. For this reason, Interseroh … Continue reading Covestro and Interseroh to jointly establish value-adding cycles

October 13, 2021

 

DuPont to supply BETATECH™ thermal interface material to Renault EV production plants in France

DuPont Mobility & Materials (DuPont) announced that its BETATECH thermal interface material (TIM) has been specified by Renault for supply to its Maubeuge and Douai production facilities in northern France. Delivery of BETATECH™ TIM for production of electric vehicles (EVs) began earlier this year. In EVs, higher-energy-density batteries, smaller more powerful e-motors and ultra-fast charging … Continue reading DuPont to supply BETATECH™ thermal interface material to Renault EV production plants in France

September 28, 2021

 

Pearl Polyurethane appoints international industry experts to the board to drive growth into new sectors

The largest polyurethane system house across the Middle East and Africa, Pearl Polyurethane Systems, has appointed three industry experts to positions of non-executive director. Consistent with the business direction to enhance governance, diversity of management skill, leadership and industry experience, Oliver Bruns, Michael Friede and Wilhelm Lamberts will be joining Pearl Polyurethane at board level … Continue reading Pearl Polyurethane appoints international industry experts to the board to drive growth into new sectors

September 27, 2021

 

Lotte Chemical reopens showroom ‘Chemi Lounge’

This lounge located inside the Lotte World Tower introduces the company’s future growth vision and eco-friendly products with the concept of ‘benefiting the world through the power of chemistry.’ The lounge follows the three themes: ‘Specialty’, ‘Future Growth’, and ‘Eco-friendly’ to meet global trends in the chemical materials industry. According to the Lotte Chemical official: … Continue reading Lotte Chemical reopens showroom ‘Chemi Lounge’

September 13, 2021

 

Sumitomo Chemical to construct chemical recycling pilot facility for acrylic resin to reduce the impact on the environment

Sumitomo Chemical has decided to construct a pilot facility for chemical recycling of acrylic resin (PMMA, poly-methyl-methacrylate) at its Ehime Works in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The new facility is scheduled to begin pilot tests in the fall of 2022 and to start providing samples in 2023. In parallel with this project, the Company … Continue reading Sumitomo Chemical to construct chemical recycling pilot facility for acrylic resin to reduce the impact on the environment

September 7, 2021

 

SABIC launches recycled automotive grades under TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, introduced the company’s first automotive grades containing mechanically recycled content within the company’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions and services. The new resins are SABIC T2E-3320EH PP compound, a high-flow, low-emission, talc-filled polypropylene (PP); XENOY™ T2NX2500UV resin, an unfilled, UV-stabilized blend of polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate … Continue reading SABIC launches recycled automotive grades under TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions

September 6, 2021

 

Dubai to develop as international polyurethane innovation hub: Martin Kruczinna, CEO, Pearl Polyurethane Systems

Pearl Polyurethane, the leading system house covering the Middle East and North Africa, has appointed a new CEO as part of an ambitious growth plan to double the size of the Dubai-headquartered company and expand internationally over the coming five years. Former Bayer executive, Martin Kruczinna, who took up the CEO’s role in February 2021, … Continue reading Dubai to develop as international polyurethane innovation hub: Martin Kruczinna, CEO, Pearl Polyurethane Systems

September 1, 2021

 

Fosroc releases its new ‘Sustainable Solutions’ e-brochure

Fosroc, a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals, has recently taken a significant step toward sustainability by launching its new e-brochure ‘Sustainable Solutions.’ It outlines the brand’s green initiatives as well as its commitment to remaining responsible, targeted, and focussed on every decision, action, and outcome. Fosroc’s core values and ISO14001 accreditation ensure that the company … Continue reading Fosroc releases its new ‘Sustainable Solutions’ e-brochure

August 31, 2021

 

Welcome Al Muadalah Chemicals as the Lanyard & Badge Sponsor of MEFPU!

Middle East Foam and Polyurethane Expo is the Region’s only dedicated technical Foam and Polyurethane exhibition and conference organised by Media Fusion and Crain Global Polymer Group, the organisers of PU China, UTECH Asia, UTECH Europe, UTECH Las Americas and MEFPU 2022. The UTECH brand of trade shows has established itself as the leading exhibition … Continue reading Welcome Al Muadalah Chemicals as the Lanyard & Badge Sponsor of MEFPU!

August 31, 2021

 

Why BASF’s new grade of Ultradur is a boon for the automotive headlamps?

BASF has introduced a new grade of its established Ultradur polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), which enables more attractive branding on metallic lamp bezel surfaces of automotive headlamps. The new grade was developed to meet the growing demand by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for an improved brand image of headlamps. While Ultradur is already widely used for … Continue reading Why BASF’s new grade of Ultradur is a boon for the automotive headlamps?

August 26, 2021

 

Chemical manufacturer Anderson Development Company receives a Platinum rating by EcoVadis

Anderson Development Company (ADC) is awarded a Platinum rating for their 2021 assessment by EcoVadis, an independent 3rd party organisation and the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. This rating from EcoVadis covers a broad range of non-financial management systems, including environmental, labour & human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement impacts. EcoVadis rates … Continue reading Chemical manufacturer Anderson Development Company receives a Platinum rating by EcoVadis

August 22, 2021

 

Huntsman declares a common dividend for the third quarter of 2021

Huntsman Corporation, a global chemical company announced that its board of directors has declared a $0.1875 per share cash dividend on its common stock. The dividend is payable on September 30, 2021, to stockholders of record as of September 15, 2021. Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and speciality … Continue reading Huntsman declares a common dividend for the third quarter of 2021

August 11, 2021

 

WACKER grows sales and earnings significantly in Q2 2021 due to strong customer demand

The Munich-based chemical company, WACKER’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) for the second quarter of 2021 was €326.6 million, more than quadruple the number for the same quarter last year (€105.4 million). This strong increase was due chiefly to substantial year-over-year growth in both volumes and prices of solar-grade polysilicon. Higher volumes … Continue reading WACKER grows sales and earnings significantly in Q2 2021 due to strong customer demand

August 10, 2021

 

The market for polypropylene foam is expected to reach $2.07 billion by 2028

Polypropylene foam market size to reach $2.07 billion by 2028, and register a revenue CAGR of 6.0% over the forecast period; rising awareness regarding environmental degradation and need for more eco-friendly materials are some key factors driving revenue growth of the polypropylene foam market, says Reports and Data. Rapid global polypropylene foam market revenue growth … Continue reading The market for polypropylene foam is expected to reach $2.07 billion by 2028

August 8, 2021

 

Sika: Expansion of production facilities in Dubai

The Swiss Sika AG announced that it is further expanding its production capacity in the United Arab Emirates with the commissioning of a new manufacturing facility in Dubai. In addition to concrete admixtures, epoxy resins are now being produced locally for the target market flooring. According to the company, the site in Dubai was established … Continue reading Sika: Expansion of production facilities in Dubai

November 26, 2020

 

Mearthane makes fifth deal in three years

Image Source: https://www.utech-polyurethane.com/ Mearthane Products has bought Polyurethane Molding Industries. This is its fifth acquisition in the past three years. Terms of the transaction, which was announced on 26 February, were not disclosed. PMI is based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It specialises in PU RIM and custom part finishing services. Typical products are used for … Continue reading Mearthane makes fifth deal in three years

November 26, 2020

 

Pexco expands with acquisition of Exlon Extrusion

Specialty plastics extruder Pexco has acquired Exlon Extrusion. Exlon specialises in high-performance polymer products, including polyurethane pneumatic tubing and recoil hose products. ‘The acquisition of Exlon further expands our capabilities and technical expertise in the world of high-performance polymers,’ said Pexco’s CEO, Sam Patel. ‘The addition of Exlon’s personnel, equipment and relationships will provide valuable … Continue reading Pexco expands with acquisition of Exlon Extrusion

November 26, 2020

 

Recticel buys FoamPartner

Image Source: https://www.rubbernews.com/acquisition/recticel-buys-foampartner Recticel is to purchase FoamPartner from its Swiss owner Conzzeta, in a deal set to close in the first quarter of 2021. Conzzeta put FoamPartner up for sale in December 2019. No explicit price for the deal was given, but Recticel said tat the business has an enterprise value of EUR270m. EUR20m … Continue reading Recticel buys FoamPartner

November 26, 2020

 

Acmos: Distribution partnership with LoreChem in China

LoreChem will be the representative for rubber and polyurethane release agents from Acmos in mainland China. Acmos Chemie KG has announced a distribution partnership with the Shanghai LoreChem Company.  LoreChem will be the representative for rubber and polyurethane release agents from Acmos in mainland China. The company is a speciality chemicals distributor with branches in … Continue reading Acmos: Distribution partnership with LoreChem in China

October 19, 2020

 

Dow: The Vita Group joins the Renuva mattress recycling programme

The Vita Group and Dow jointly announced a new collaboration for the production of flexible polyurethane foams made with Renuva polyols. The Vita Group and Dow jointly announced a new collaboration for the production of flexible polyurethane foams made with Renuva polyols – raw materials created from recycled mattress content. The Renuva mattress recycling programme … Continue reading Dow: The Vita Group joins the Renuva mattress recycling programme

October 19, 2020

 

Simulation for thermoplastic polyurethanes

 The CAE tool also calculates component concepts based on elastomers, especially Elastollan, BASF’s thermoplastic polyurethane. BASF announced that it has expanded the application range of its simulation tool Ultrasim. As of now, the CAE tool also calculates component concepts based on elastomers, especially Elastollan, BASF’s thermoplastic polyurethane. According to the company, the simulation covers the … Continue reading Simulation for thermoplastic polyurethanes

October 19, 2020

 

PU Foam as a fire safety product

Fire-Retardant PU Foam is an effective product to combat fires. It has excellent bonding strength and offers fire safety and insulation. The number of residential fires in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to reduce significantly following the approval of a landmark resolution to have all residential homeowners install fire detectors devices and subscribe … Continue reading PU Foam as a fire safety product

October 19, 2020