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LATEST TRENDS >> PRESS RELEASES
PU RAW MATERIALS
Rising Demand in PU to Drive Global Adipic Acid Market, Reports Transparency Market Research

Adipic Acid, the most widely used dicarboxylic acid from the industrial perspective, finds applications as a raw material in the production of nylon 6,6, paints & coatings, low-temperature lubricants, plastic additives, polyurethane resins, food additives and production of other synthetic fibers.The global demand for adipic acid was estimated to be...

Company name: Transparency Market Research
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
BASF increases prices for ethanolamines in Europe

With immediate effect, or as existing contracts permit, BASF is increasing its European sales prices for ethanolamines (EOA) as follows:Monoethanolamine (MEOA) + 70 EUR/ mt Diethanolamine (DEOA) + 70 EUR/ mt Triethanolamine (TEOA) + 70 EUR/ mt or by the equivalent amounts in local currency .The price increase will also apply to current supply...

Company name: BASF Corporation
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> ADDITIVES>> PLATICIZER
BASF and Sinopec sign Memorandum of Understanding to explore building a world-scale iso-nonanol...

BASF and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (“Sinopec”) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further strengthen their cooperation by jointly exploring the possibility of building a world-scale iso-nonanol (INA) plant in Maoming Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, Guangdong, China. The final scope of the investment will be...

Company name: BASF Asia Pacific
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> ADDITIVES>> FLAME RETARDANT
Commercial transition to safer flame retardants a golden opportunity for Alexium

Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) has announced that it is reaffirming its strategic focus on providing unique, environmentally friendly flame retardant (FR) chemistries. As the public and government agencies across the world are increasing pressure to phase out traditional bromine-based flame retardants due to environmental and health...

Company name: Alexium International
Published On: Wednesday August 01st, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> CURING AGENTS - CROSSLINKERS>> ALCOHOL BASED (DIOL)
Perstorp is entering the 1,6-hexanediol market

Perstorp now expands their already extensive offer for resin producers with 1,6-hexanediol. The company is now producing substantial volumes to meet the growing market demand. Demand for 1,6-hexanediol is increasing thanks to continued growth in applications such as coatings, sealants, polyurethane elastomers and printing inks where the product is...

Company name: Perstorp
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> POLYOLS>> POLYESTER
Stepan Announces September 1st, 2012 Aliphatic Polyol Price Increase for the Americas

Effective September 1, 2012 Stepan will increase prices for all aliphatic STEPANPOL® Polyester Polyols in North and South America by up to $0.10 per pound. The increase is necessary due to rising raw material costs.

Company name: Stepan Company
Published On: Friday August 03rd, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> ADHESIVES>> PRESSURE SENSITIVE
Henkel acquired Pressure Sensitive Adhesives product range from Cytec Industries

Henkel acquired the high-performance pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) product range from the US-based specialty chemicals company Cytec Industries Inc. Both companies signed the definitive agreement on May 11 2012. Pressure sensitive adhesives are specialized adhesives used in the packaging, automotive, electronic and durable goods industries for...

Company name: Henkel
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COATINGS
Blister Pack Technology for the CPG Market

The Lubrizol Corporation announces the launch of BlisterBond Pro advanced heat seal coating designed specifically for carded blister pack applications. Compatible with rPET, APET, PVC and other common blister types, BlisterBond Pro’s aqueous chemistry is an alternative to solvent-based and aqueous polyurethane dispersions.BlisterBond Pro is...

Company name: The Lubrizol Corporation
Published On: Monday August 06th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COATINGS>> POLYASPARTIC COATINGS
Concrete Flooring Innovators Promote World's Most Complete Line of Polyaspartic Coating Systems

When Colorado Rockies fans walk into Camarena Loft, a high-end restaurant located inside Coors Field, they may not realize it, but they are treading upon an innovative and special flooring system. In order to complement the artistic design of the open air restaurant, the Rockies needed a flooring system that was stylish enough to go with the...

Company name: HP Spartacote
Published On: Friday August 03rd, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COATINGS>> POWDER COATINGS
AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Receives Innovation Award

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings North America has received the Haworth 2011 Supplier Innovation Award for developing its Interpon F2010 furniture product/technology. The F2010 Technology is the next generation of coatings developed for Haworth's ever-changing product lines. AkzoNobel says the technology has unsurpassed color and gloss stability across...

Company name: AkzoNobel
Published On: Sunday July 29th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COATINGS>> SPRAYS
Polyurea Coatings Supplier Expands Into New Facility

After 18 years of developing a wide ranging offering of products, service and knowledge based on polyurea technology, VersaFlex is moving into a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Kansas City. The new building is perfectly suited for the company's continued growth and future business plans. At just over 100,000 sq/ft. the new building...

Company name: VersaFlex
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> RIGID FOAMS>> CAVITY FILLING
Cars Could Lose Weight With Green Cavity Foam

Besides automakers' lightweighting efforts, they're also interested in reducing sound and vibration, both inside and outside the vehicle. A renewable version of Dow Automotive Systems' polyurethane cavity sealing Betafoam system, which achieves both, is now on the market.Dow's new product, Betafoam Renue, is made with 25 percent renewable materials...

Company name: Dow Automotive
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
PROCESSING EQUIPMENTS - PRODUCTION
Electro-Mechanical Mixing System mixes 2 component paints

EXEL North America is pleased to introduce the New Kremlin Rexson PU3000! The PU3000 incorporates a unique "Plug and Play" concept for mixing two component paints. The patented "Pulse Free Control" technology delivers pulsation free performance for improved quality of mixing and application. Electronic, variable-ratio pumps ensure accurate,...

Company name: EXEL North America
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
Servo-Flo 404-IDS Robotic Integrated Dispense System Delivers Precision Bead Profiles

The new Servo-Flo® 404-IDS dispensing system is incorporated into Motoman's Integrated Dispense System using their series MH or ES 6-axis robot. The Servo-Flo meter's servo drive, Yaskawa encoder and supply pump system controls are integrated into the Motoman control panel for a smaller footprint, lower system cost and one-stop operator control of...

Company name: Sealant Equipment
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> CONSTRUCTING>> ACOUSTIC INSULATION
Dunlop AcoustiCushion foam carpet underlay for excellent sound insulation

Dunlop Flooring has developed a new type of foam carpet underlay that delivers excellent sound insulation, especially in multi-level living spaces. Noise from the upper floor caused by footsteps, moving furniture or falling items can become an annoying problem for people living in townhouses, apartments or two-storey homes. The new Dunlop...

Company name: Dunlop Flooring
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> CONSTRUCTING>> THERMAL INSULATION
Insulation specialist introduces new developments to SA

Hot and cold insulation specialist IPC Industries has started manu- facturing prefabricated dome heads for vessels from rigid polyurethane foam (PIC).The company focuses on developing new products and technologies from four core materials – PIC, Rockwool, Foamglass and cement, says IPC Industries MD Barry Collins.PIC is used for cold insulation and...

Company name:
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> BEDDING
Tempur-Pedic® Introduces New TEMPUR-Weightless™ Collection

Tempur-Pedic International Inc., the leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of premium mattresses and pillows worldwide, today unveiled the new TEMPUR-Weightless™ Collection of mattresses designed to provide extra responsiveness that allows for easier movement in and out of bed. "We modeled the TEMPUR-Weightless Collection after our...

Company name: Tempur-Pedic
Published On: Tuesday July 31st, 2012

 
Tempur-Pedic® Introduces TEMPUR-Breeze™ Technology

Tempur-Pedic International Inc., the leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of premium mattresses and pillows worldwide, today unveiled two new mattresses featuring new TEMPUR-Breeze™ technology: the TEMPUR-Cloud® Supreme Breeze and TEMPUR-Rhapsody™ Breeze. The new TEMPUR-Breeze™ technology optimizes the sleep climate to produce an...

Company name: Tempur-Pedic
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> BEDDING>> MATTRESSES CORES
Industry assesses health risk posed by residual diisocyanates and polyols in foam mattresses

Sleeping on a polyurethane (PU) foam mattress does not pose health risks related to traces of toluene diisocyanate (TDI) that may remain from the manufacturing process, according to an industry study.Polyurethanes are made from diisocyanates and polyols and there is a possibility that PU foam may contain residual trace amounts of TDI. A...

Company name:
Published On: Friday August 03rd, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> PACKAGING
Aerospace & Defense Solutions: Protective Cases and Where Custom Foam Makes Sense

Protective cases with custom interior protection are an essential part of guaranteeing the safe and smooth transportation of tools, sensitive electronic equipment and weapons used by soldiers during active combat. As a supplier of military-grade protective cases, UFP Technologies’ specializes in engineering and fabricated custom foam inserts for...

Company name: UFP Technologies, Inc
Published On: Tuesday July 31st, 2012

 
INDUSTRY UPDATE
Demilec Spray Foam Problems Under Investigation

The attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating potential claims on behalf of residents and owners whose property contains Demilec spray polyurethane foam insulation (SPF). It has been alleged that the company’s “SEALECTION 500” and “SEALECTION Agribalance” polyurethane foam insulation remains toxic after installation and can cause...

Company name: Demilec
Published On: Friday August 03rd, 2012

 
Huntsman’s Polyurethanes business helps Q2 net profit rise 9%

Huntsman’s second-quarter net profit grew by 9% year on year to $124m (€100m), helped by strong growth from the group’s Polyurethanes business, the US-based chemicals major said on Wednesday.Revenues for the three months ended 30 June fell slightly to $2.91bn from $2.93bn in the corresponding period last year, following a fall in sales from the...

Company name: Huntsman Polyurethanes
Published On: Friday August 03rd, 2012

 
Restructuring of spandex operations at Asahi Kasei Fibers

Asahi Kasei Fibers, a global spandex manufacturer with six manufacturing sites worldwide, has decided to proceed with a restructuring of its spandex (elastic polyurethane filament) operations in order to improve business results. As a part of this process, the manufacture and sale of spandex at its US subsidiary, Asahi Kasei Spandex America, Inc.,...

Company name: Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
Nordson Corporation Acquires Sealant Equipment & Engineering Inc., Expanding Cold Material...

Nordson Corporation today announced the acquisition of Plymouth, Michigan based Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc., a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of meter, mix and dispense equipment and valves which apply 1-part, 2-part and 3-part adhesive, sealant and lubricating materials. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The...

Company name: Nordson
Published On: Thursday August 02nd, 2012

 
Tosoh acquires the remaining shares of its subsidiary Nippon Polyurethane Industry

At a board of directors meeting on July 13, Tosoh Corporation decided to acquire the remaining shares of its subsidiary Nippon Polyurethane Industry Co., Ltd. (NPU) from Hodogaya Cheical Co., Ltd., and to convert NPU to a wholly owned subsidiary.Tosoh made NPU a subsidiary in April 2006 and then upped its stake in NPU to 80.28% in May of 2008. The...

Company name: Nippon Polyurethane Industry
Published On: Monday August 06th, 2012

 
Lagos has emerged the business hub for West Africa, sub-Sahara, says Delmoitiez

The global chemical giant- BASF, re-established its Lagos office on Tuesday, after exiting the country in 2001, due to a mix of political and business factors. BASF’s President in charge of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa’s business, Jacques Delmoitiez, led a delegation of the organisation’s top shots from around the globe for the...

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
Akzo Nobel sells 75.8 % stake in ICI Pakistan

AkzoNobel signs agreement to sell its shares in ICI Pakistan to the Yunus Brothers Group.AkzoNobel has reached an agreement to sell its 75.81 % shareholding in ICI Pakistan Limited to the Yunus Brothers Group for EUR 124.4 million. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of this year, once regulatory approvals have been obtained...

Company name: Akzo Nobel
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
BASF Declares Q2 2012 Results; Reports a 9% Rise in Sales in Europe, 15% Drop in US

BASF's business performed solidly in the second quarter. The company improved sales by 6% to €19.5 billion and income from operations (EBIT) before special items increased by €253 million to €2.5 billion. While sales volumes declined in the chemicals business, which comprises the Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products and Functional Solutions...

Company name: BASF
Published On: Monday July 30th, 2012

 
PEOPLE
BASF makes senior appointment for Polyurethanes in Asia Pacific

BASF has appointed Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva as Senior Vice President, Polyurethanes, Asia Pacific, effective August 1, 2012 . He succeeds Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner, who will return to BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, Germany, as Senior Vice President, Engineering Plastics Europe, effective November 1, 2012.Dhruva started his career in BASF’s polymer research...

Company name: BASF Asia Pacific
Published On: Tuesday July 31st, 2012

 
 
LATEST TRENDS >> PATENTS
PU RAW MATERIALS>> CURING AGENTS - CROSSLINKERS
Hydrolysable linkers and cross-linkers for absorbable polymers

The present invention relates to the discovery of new class of linear and multiarmed hydrolysable linkers and cross linkers for use in the synthesis of biodegradable polymers such as, polyesters, polyurethanes, polyamides, polyureas and degradable epoxy amine resin. The linear and multiarmed hydrolysable linkers of the present invention include...

Company name: Bezwada Biomedical
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> POLYOLS>> POLYETHER
Method for the production of polyether polyols comprising terminal primary hydroxyl groups

The present invention relates to a process for producing polyether polyols having primary hydroxyl end groups, comprising the steps of reacting a starter compound containing active hydrogen atoms with an epoxide under double metal cyanide catalysis, reacting the resulting product with a cyclic carboxylic anhydride and reacting this resulting...

Company name: Bayer MaterialScience AG
Published On: Saturday August 04th, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> ISOCYANATES
Process for preparing isocyanates

Process for preparing isocyanates by phosgenation of amines, wherein phosgene and amine are brought into contact in at least 2 mixing chambers connected in parallel.

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> PREPOLYMERS
Preparation of amino-silane terminated polymer by using organic bismuth catalyst and cured polymer...

The present invention relates to a process for preparing silylated isocyanato-terminated polyurethane prepolymer which have increased stability toward atmospheric moisture, in the presence of at least one catalyst selected from the group consisting of bismuth and zinc compounds.

Company name: Momentive Performance Materials
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
PU RAW MATERIALS>> RESIN COMPOSITION
Urethane resin composition, cured object, and photosemiconductor device using cured object

A urethane resin composition obtained by a method comprising the steps of: melt mixing an isocyanate (B), an antioxidant (C), a release agent (D) and a dispersing agent (E) to obtain a molten mixture, and mixing the molten mixture and a polyol (A): wherein the release agent (D) is a compound represented by the following formula (1): [Chemical...

Company name: Hitachi Chemical Company
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> ADHESIVES
Hydrophilic biodegradable adhesives

A moisture-curable and biodegradable adhesive that includes the reaction product of: (a) an isocyanate component having an average functionality of at least 2; (b) an active hydrogen component having an average functionality greater than 2.1; and (c) an ionic salt component having an average hydroxyl or amino functionality, or combination thereof,...

Company name:
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COATINGS
Polylactic acid-based decorative body

A polylactic acid-based decorative body including a polylactic acid resin-containing substrate, a polylactic acid resin-containing adhesion layer provided on the substrate, and at least one functional layer that is formed on the adhesion layer by applying an acrylic urethane coating composition, wherein in the acrylic urethane coating composition,...

Company name:
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COATINGS>> RADIATION CURABLE COATINGS
Block-resistant, radiation-curable coating systems based on high molecular mass, aqueous...

The present invention describes block-resistant, radiation-curable coating systems based on high molecular mass, aqueous polyurethane dispersions, a process for preparing them, the use of the coating systems as paints and/or adhesives, and also articles and substrates provided with these paints and/or adhesives.

Company name: Bayer MaterialScience AG
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> ELASTOMERS>> GELS
Gel masses based on polyurethane, their production and use

The present invention relates to improved gel masses prepared from a reaction mixture of NCO prepolymers and selected compounds containing groups reactive towards isocyanate groups. This invention is also directed to a process for the production of these gel masses and to the production of pressure-distributing elements comprising these gel masses.

Company name: Technogel
Published On: Saturday August 04th, 2012

 
SYSTEMS>> COSMETIC COMPOSITIONS
Process for treating hair fibers using polysiloxane/polyurea

A process for treating hair fibers comprising: applying to the hair fibers at least one cosmetic composition comprising, in a cosmetically acceptable medium, at least one polysiloxane/polyurea block copolymer; and subsequently or simultaneously heating the hair fibers at a temperature ranging from 50 to 280.degree. C.

Company name:
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FOAMS
Method for producing a nanoporous polyurethane-based coating

The present invention relates to a process for producing a nanoporous foam, said process comprising providing a monomeric component (A) comprising a polyfunctional isocyanate (A1) and a solvent (C), and contacting said monomeric component (A) with water vapor. The present invention further comprises a nanoporous foam obtainable by such a process...

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FOAMS>> FLEXIBLE
Process for making a flexible polyurethane foam

Flexible polyurethane foam having a density of 25-70 kg/m.sup.3 and a compression load deflection of 5-15 kPa. Process for making a flexible polyurethane foam and the use as plant growth medium and in green roofs and green walls.

Company name: Huntsman International LLC
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FOAMS>> RIGID
Polyurethane having improved insulating properties

The present invention relates to a rigid polyurethane foam in which rigid polyurethane foam constituents are embedded in a polyurethane matrix, articles which are enveloped by such a foam for insulation and corresponding production processes.

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
CASE>> COMPOSITES
Roofing cover board, roofing panel composites, and method

A roofing system includes a plurality of insulation boards adapted for overlying a roof deck to form a layer of insulation, and a plurality of cover boards adapted for overlying the layer of insulation. Each insulation board includes a foam material that includes polyisocyanurate or polyurethane, the foam material having a first density. Each cover...

Company name:
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> BEDDING
Bedding product having phase change material

Embodiments herein describe a cooling cushion or bedding product and methods of making the same. In some embodiments, the cooling cushion or bedding product comprises a microencapsulated phase change material having a melting point in the range from about -30.degree. C. to about 55.degree. C. and a foam. In some embodiments, the microencapsulated...

Company name: Sleep Innovations
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC
Electromagnetic converter with a polymer element based on a mixture of polyisocyanate and...

The present invention relates to an electromechanical converter, in particular an electromechanical sensor, actuator and/or generator, which comprises a polymer element obtainable from a reaction mixture comprising a polyisocyanate, a polyisocyanate prepolymer and a compound having at least two isocyanate-reactive hydroxy groups. The present...

Company name: Bayer MaterialScience AG
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> SPORTS>> GOLF
Multi-piece golf ball comprising low hardness gradient core

A golf ball includes a single core formed from a substantially homogenous rubber composition, an inner cover disposed about the core, and an outer cover. The inner cover includes an ionomeric material and has a hardness of about 60 Shore D or greater. The outer cover layer is disposed about the inner cover layer, is formed from a castable polyurea...

Company name:
Published On: Saturday August 04th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> INDUSTRIAL
Damper bearing with profiled insert

A damper bearing (10) comprising a substantially hollow cylindrical damping element (20, 22, 24, 26), based on cellular polyisocyanate polyaddition products, and an insert (30), which is at least partially enclosed by the damping element (20, 22, 24, 26) in the radial direction and axial direction, wherein the insert (30) has, on at least one axial...

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
FINISHED PRODUCTS>> INDUSTRIAL>> INSULATED PIPE
Insulated pipes

A process for the batchwise production of insulated pipes, comprising the steps: 1) provision of medium pipe and casing, the medium pipe being arranged inside the casing, 2) production of a polyisocyanurate foam by reacting an isocyanate component (a) with a polyol mixture (b) between medium pipe and casing, wherein the polyol mixture (b) comprises...

Company name: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
SHAPE MEMORY MATERIALS
Variable Tg Shape Memory Polyurethane For Wellbore Devices

Wellbore devices for use in filtration, wellbore isolation, production control, lifecycle management and wellbore construction may include at least a first and a second shape-memory material each having an altered geometric position and each an original geometric position. Each shape-memory material may include a polyurethane material held in the...

Company name: Baker Hughes
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
CHEMISTRY
Glycerol levulinate ketals and their use in the manufacture of polyurethanes, and polyurethanes...

The present disclosure relates to the preparation of ketal compounds from glycerol and levulinic acid and esters, and uses thereof, in particular the manufacture of polyurethanes.

Company name: Segetis
Published On: Sunday August 05th, 2012

 
 
LATEST TRENDS >> PAPERS
PU RAW MATERIALS>> POLYOLS>> GREEN BASED POLYOLS
Thermal stability of polyurethane materials based on castor oil as polyol component

Preparation of the series of polyurethane elastomers and its nanocomposites from castor oil (a vegetable triglyceride) and different isocyanates (aromatic: toluene diisocyanate, TDI and aliphatic: isophorone diisocyanate, IPDI) is described. The synthesis was carried out in bulk and without catalyst by a one-step reactive process. Different...

Company name: University of Novi Sad
Published On: Monday August 06th, 2012

 
HEALTH & SAFETY
Risk assessment for consumer exposure to toluene diisocyanate (TDI) derived from polyurethane...

Polyurethanes (PU) are polymers made from diisocyanates and polyols for a variety of consumer products. It has been suggested that PU foam may contain trace amounts of residual toluene diisocyanate (TDI) monomers and present a health risk. To address this concern, the exposure scenario and health risks posed by sleeping on a PU foam mattress were...

Company name: The Dow Chemical Company
Published On: Monday August 06th, 2012

 
 

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