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Technical Paper
Improved thermal insulation performance of polyisocyanurate foam using isocyanate prepolymers
Fundamental differences in the insulation performance of rigid foams can stem from the crosslinked network or differences in crosslink density of the polymer structure, and the related gelation and...
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Technical Paper
Release agents: Today’s challenges in the production of steering wheels
Today’s requirements for the polyurethane processing industry present new challenges for the manufacturers. Due to new environmental demands and technology changes, producers in the automotive...
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Technical Paper
Environmentally friendly PU and PIR rigid foam systems
Using polyol produced from recycled foam with zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and low global warming potential (GWP) blowing agents Challenges facing the manufacturing world today include...
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Technical Paper
Innovative TPU for industrial and specialty wires and cables
In this article, a series of the most important properties of TPU materials for the wire and cable industry will be explored. Using international standards (ASTM), these will also be compared to those...
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Technical Paper
Additives and technical solutions for footwear applications
Microcellular polyurethane (PU) elastomers are widely used materials in particular for shoe sole production. A common goal of shoe-soling formulators and manufacturers is density reduction while...
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Technical Paper
Caradol polyols addressing new VOC concerns in polyurethane industry
Recently, there has been significant focus on stringent VOC (volatile organic compounds) requirements in passenger vehicles in China, which has put increased VOC restrictions on raw materials...
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Technical Paper
Silicone surfactants for low emission HR foams
Polyurethanes were invented in 1937 by Otto Bayer and his co-workers [1]. Flexible PU foams were developed and introduced in car seating later in the early 1950s. Further development of PU foams...
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Industry
Ravago Petrokimya expands TPU portfolio
Ravago Petrokimya announced the introduction of a new series of Ravathane TPU for extrusion applications. The series combines good mechanical properties and smooth surface with high transparency.
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Events / Exhibitions
From the board meeting of the IPTPF
Research reports of Prof. Shuhei Seki, Kyoto University, and Prof. Akinori Takasu, Nagoya Institute of Technology, presented
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Technology
The sound of e-mobility?
Alternative fuel cars will change the nature of automotive acoustic packagesWith China discussing the imposition of production quotas for electric vehicles, Asian participation at the 4th...
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Financial
Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in Asia Pacific (APAC) 2017
New market study from IAL Consultants IAL Consultants has published the study “Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in Asia Pacific (APAC) 2017”. The report contains both PU production...
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Personnel
Consumers deserve certified flexible polyurethane foams in mattresses and furniture
Interview with Michel Baumgartner, Secretary General of the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Blocks Producers (Europur), May 2017 A quick search for “sofa” and...
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Industry
Evonik opens plant for speciality silicones in Shanghai
Evonik has started up a new plant in Shanghai, China, for the production of a wide range of organically modified speciality silicones. The products, which are manufactured in batch processes, are used...
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Corporate
Cast urethane elastomers for a variety of applications
The St. Louis, MO, USA, based company Chemline, Inc. manufactures – amongst others – hot cast urethane prepolymers for use in the most rigorous applications as well as cold cast urethane...
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Corporate
No two pipes are alike
Production of pigs with Hennecke high pressure metering machines The German company Uniror Universal-Rohrreinigungs GmbH from Forst in the region of Lausitz is a specialist in the cleaning of...
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Technology
New simulation capabilities for polyurethane foaming
With the goal of providing a more comprehensive coverage of the polyurethane foam moulding process, the software provider CoreTech System Co., Ltd. has extended the microcellular injection moulding...
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Technical Paper
Gluing and cutting of synthetic foams: innovations in the PU industry
The paper presents the latest innovations in gluing and cutting of synthetic foam and illustrates several different processes that are essential for the industry. Cutting and gluing is a repeatedly...
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Technical Paper
Novel reactive catalyst for low-emission flexible polyurethane foams
Flexible polyurethane foams are widely used, not only in residential upholstered furniture and bedding, but also in automotive interior parts such as seats, headliner, interlining and lamination...
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Technical Paper
Bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersion evaluation for synthetic leather applications
Waterborne polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) are used to prepare polyurethane coatings and adhesives containing very low volatile organic compounds for textiles and synthetic leathers used in furniture...
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Technical Paper
Polyurethane insulation is essential in an effective cold chain
Worldwide, polyurethane is the number one insulant for the cold chain, be it in the use of cold stores to conserve the fresh harvest and processed agricultural products or for refrigerated transport...
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Technical Paper
New aliphatic diisocyanate and high performance polyurethanes using Fortimo 1,4-H6XDI
Trans-1,4-bis(isocyanatomethyl)cyclohexane (1,4-H6XDI), which is referred to as Fortimo 1,4-H6XDI, is a new aliphatic diisocyanate and its polyurethanes will be introduced. It has a linear and high...
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Technical Paper
Some interactions of isocyanates and polyurethanes with metal surfaces
The nature of the interface between polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI) and polyurethane (PU) systems on metal surfaces (both coated and uncoated) have been investigated by surface...
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Technical Paper
Efficient path to flexible floor coating
New raw materials open up further possibilities for Pasquick polyaspartic technology Polyaspartic technology makes coating operations particularly cost-efficient, because fewer coating layers are...
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Technical Paper
Emissions and odour in passenger car interiors
Global harmonization efforts on test methods, exposure scenarios and limit values Polyurethanes are found in many different applications in the automotive interior, some of them having large...
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Industry
Sealing of PU foaming tools with PURe Seal
Successfully in series production for two years The quality of foam components owes a lot to optimal sealing and degassing in the foaming tool. Particularly for the manufacture of complex...
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Events / Exhibitions
Adient highlights new products at Auto Shanghai 2017
New seating concepts for autonomous driving solutions The global automotive seating supplier Adient unveiled several products and concepts at Auto Shanghai 2017, including many that were designed...
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Events / Exhibitions
Sealing, gluing and potting products for the automotive industry
Sonderhoff exhibited at Auto Shanghai 2017 The Sonderhoff group of companies exhibited its products for the automotive industry in China at the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry...
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Events / Exhibitions
Chinaplas 2017 to host three concurrent events
An opportunity for industry leaders to unveil innovative solutions Chinaplas 2017 is set to take place from 16 – 19 May 2017 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou,...
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Events / Exhibitions
From PU Tech India 2017
The fifth conference and exhibition for the Indian PU industry, PU Tech India, took place from 8 – 10 March 2017 at the India Expo Center in Greater Noida and drew almost 5,500 visitors. The...
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Financial
A review of the global PU industry 2016 and outlook for 2017
2016 started well for many polyurethane manufacturers: Low raw material prices and plentiful supply, steady growth in Europe and North America and an acceptance of the “new normal” growth...
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Technical Paper
Development of a novel thermoplastic polyurethane via low free monomer technology
Novel thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomers are developed based on low free monomer (LF) technology. These TPUs are made through a prepolymer approach. The prepolymer is prepared by reacting...
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Events / Exhibitions
Preview to Chinaplas 2017
Focus on intelligent manufacturing, high-tech materials, and green solutions Chinaplas 2017 will be held from 16 – 19 May 2017 in Guangzhou in Southern China. Adsale, the organiser, says...
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Technical Paper
Micronized PPE in thermoplastic polyurethanes
Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) can be formulated with a number of materials to modify and tailor their performance. There have been numerous studies demonstrating how engineering thermoplastics...
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Technical Paper
Low emission solutions for the automotive industry
Volatile emissions have become a growing concern within the automotive industry and community. Government officials and agencies, along with automotive manufacturers, are working side-by-side to...
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Events / Exhibitions
PU Tech Asia 2017 - preview
The meeting point for the PU industries in Southeast Asia TechnoBiz Group is organising the second Asean polyurethane industry expo, PU Tech Asia, from 11 – 12 July 2017 at the Bangkok...
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Events / Exhibitions
PU TECH 2017 - preview
8 – 10 March 2017, India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India The fifth polyurethane exhibition and conference for the Indian market, PU TECH 2017, will take place in early March at...
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Technical Paper
Foamed seals offer many perspectives
To ensure that a seal in the application seals components reliably for many years – in addition to design, component configuration and consideration of implementation conditions –...
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Financial
The Asian Market for Thermal Insulation Products
New market study from IAL Consultants IAL Consultants has published the study “The Asian Market for Thermal Insulation Products”. The report contains market data by material type and...
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Personnel
Interview with Andrea Maier-Richter, Head of Commercial Operations Asia Pacific, Covestro
In her current role as Head of Commercial Operations Asia Pacific of Covestro, Andrea Maier-Richter is very glad to be back in the region – it is already her third time working in Asia Pacific....
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