Issue-352 - March 18, 2013   Recommend
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Clariant Exolit® flame retardants receive EU recognition

A European Union commissioned study of flame retardants for smartphones, laptops and other electrical and electronics applications has acknowledged the environmental and health benefits of pioneering Exolit® non-halogenated flame retardants from Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals.The technology by Clariant, a world leader in specialty...

Company name: Clariant GmbH
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

BASF to increase prices for butanediol and derivatives in Europe

With immediate effect, or as existing contracts permit, BASF SE will increase its European selling prices for the following products1,4 Butanediol (BDO): + 80 EUR/mtTetrahydrofuran (THF): + 50 EUR/mtPolytetramethylene ether glycol (PolyTHF®): + 50 EUR/mtN-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP): + 50 EUR/mtGamma Butyrolactone (GBL): + 50 EUR/mtThe price...

Company name: BASF
Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Air Products to Feature Curing Agents at ECS 2013

Air Products will feature a number of waterborne and solvent-free epoxy curing agents as well as its new isocyanate curing agents, or polycarbamide technology, for use in a variety of coatings applications at next week's European Coatings Show (ECS) in Nuremberg, Germany.Air Products' Amicure® IC-321 curative is an amine curing agent specifically...

Company name: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

INVISTA Wilmington site celebrates product shipment

In August of last year, INVISTA Specialty Materials announced a multi-million dollar investment at its two Terate® polyols manufacturing sites in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, and Vlissingen, Netherlands, to expand manufacturing capabilities to accommodate demand for its innovative Terate® HT polyols product line. Earlier this quarter, the...

Company name: Terate Invista
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

BASF completes acquisition of parts of Ciech’s TDI business

BASF has successfully completed its acquisition of parts of Ciech’s TDI (toluene diisocyanate) business. The TDI production facility of Ciech’s subsidiary Zachem, Poland, is not part of the transaction.“With this acquisition, we are further developing our leading position in the isocyanates market,” said Kenneth Lane, Senior Vice President, Global...

Company name: BASF
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

China sets anti-dumping duties on EU TDI imports

China issued final anti-dumping duties on toluene di-isocyanate imported from the European Union, the Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of trade actions targeting imported chemicals.Trade relations between China and the European Union have been strained due to the imposition of a string of anti-dumping tariffs.Europe and the...

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Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Polyurethane Casting Resin is suitable for cable and harness assemblies

Epoxies, Etc. introduces the 20-2180, a Polyurethane Potting and Encapsulating Resin that has fitting properties for cable and harness assemblies. The 20-2180 can be poured into a metal or silicone mold to create an assembly with a firm seal around jacketed wires. Its rubber-like texture makes it ideal for outdoor applications. It is resilient...

Company name: Epoxies, Etc
Published On: Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Momentive’s Cardura™ Monomers Achieve 2K Polyurethane Waterborne Automotive Topcoats through...

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc, the leading supplier of Versatic™ acid derivatives for automotive coatings, has developed a novel way to produce resins for two-component (2K) polyurethane waterborne topcoats in a one-step process using its own Cardura brand of glycidyl ester. This method is faster and more energy efficient than the traditional...

Company name: Momentive Specialty Chemicals
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

Conversion Coating Cuts Out Chromates

A chromate-free conversion coating for magnesium alloys has been developed by NEI Corporation.The coating, NANOMYTE PT-60, is a chromate-free, self-healing conversion coating for magnesium that can be appled as a thin conversion coating to protect metal from corrosion, or as a pretreatment that improves adhesion with overlying paint, according to...

Company name: NEI Corporation
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

New eBook Offers Marine Coating Advice

Free technical guidance on selecting the right coatings for marine applications is the focus of a new, free eBook published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.Sourcing and Selecting Coatings for the Marine Industry combines technical expertise on ship coating maintenance and repair with resources for acquiring the appropriate coating...

Company name: The Society for Protective Coatings
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Five coating presentations not to miss at ECS 2013

This year, at the European Coating Show in Nurnberg, Perstorp will be delivering five keynote presentations. They highlight not only the superior product performance of our coating technologies, but also how they provide sustainable solutions.For Perstorp sustainable solutions go beyond renewables, to include replacement and/or reduction of...

Company name: Perstorp
Published On: Saturday March 16th, 2013

Dur-A-Flex Announces New Contractor Partner in Nigeria

Dur-A-Flex, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial and institutional seamless flooring, today announced its newest partner, Tapeema Nigeria Limited of Aduwawa Benin City, Nigeria. Tapeema is the exclusive distributor and contractor for the supply and installation of Dur-A-Flex’s systems in Nigeria and Western Africa.The news comes...

Company name: Dur-A-Flex
Published On: Wednesday March 13th, 2013

APF Launches ColorChrome Metallic Flooring System

APF is proud to announce the launch of ColorChrome™ Metallic Flooring Systems, a high-performance resinous flooring system providing durability and elegance in 20 shades.ColorChrome systems use a metallic mica pigment that can be dispersed in a variety of binders to create seamless floors with a decorative, three-dimensional appearance.“These...

Company name: Arizona Polymer Flooring
Published On: Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Kool Foam LLC announced the creation of an informative website about the benefits of polyurethane...

Before oil and gas companies begin construction, workers usually block off trenches with sandbags to prevent erosion. However, studies have shown that traditional sandbags are not strong enough to withstand permeation and can lead to premature erosion in trenches. For the past five years, Oklahoma-based spray foam company Kool Foam LLC has...

Company name: Kool Foam
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Principia Releases Comprehensive Report Focusing on Spray Polyurethane Foam Industry

As the housing industry in the U.S. is making a comeback, so too is the spray foam industry, according to Ken Jacobson, a partner at Principia, a building productions marketing and consulting firm. Principia has recently released a 2013 report on the spray polyurethane foam industry, which stands as an update to the company’s well-received 2009...

Company name: Principia
Published On: Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation Class Action Consolidation Sought

A motion has been filed to consolidate and centralize all class action lawsuits filed against the makers of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation, which allege that the foam insulation is toxic and poses potential health hazards in homes. At least 8 spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation class action lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District...

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Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Huntsman Publishes White Paper Addressing Wind Uplift and Spray Polyurethane Foam

Huntsman Corporation announced today its publication of a white paper titled, “Wind Uplift and Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF).”The paper addresses the role closed cell SPF plays in achieving a strong roof adhesion, which can help prevent damages caused by wind uplift and water from rain during heavy storm events.“Preparing your home or structure for...

Company name: Huntsman Polyurethanes
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Otto-Chemie offers a wide range of high performance products for composites industry

Hermann Otto GmbH was established in 1881 in Berlin as a manufacturer of window putty. Over the years the company has evolved to a leading german compounder of elastic adhesives and sealants.As a dynamic organization with a constant drive for technical knowledge, customer support & service, and extensive experience, we are now launching our product...

Company name: Otto-Chemie
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

American Kuhne Launches New Line of Modular Micro Extruders

American Kuhne introduced its new Modular Micro Extruder at the recent MD&M West Exhibition in Anaheim, CA. American Kuhne ran a Pebax 6333 micro tubing system that included their new 12 mm Modular Micro Extruder with servo drive and pressure control. This extruder provides the versatility to quickly and easily change barrel and screw diameters...

Company name: American Kuhne
Published On: Wednesday March 13th, 2013

Tubing Cutter: Save Money, Cut On-Demand

AZCO Corp. introduces a bench top tubing cutter for tube processing. This compact unit is ideal for flexible tubing including hosing, latex, medical tubing, nylon tubing, polyethylene, polyurethane, polypropylene, PVC, rubber hose, silicone, Tygon, and vinyl tubing.The tubing is indexed by a dual driver tractor belt system for high accuracy. For...

Company name: AZCO
Published On: Wednesday March 13th, 2013

NREL Hits Mark on Energy Efficiency, Misses Mark on Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, proffered recommendations in December of 2012 about how the U.S. could double its energy productivity by 2030. As a member of the Alliance to Save Energy Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, NREL Director David Arvisu outlined several...

Company name: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

European Parliament endorses Renovate Europe’s long-term target on building renovations

The European Parliament’s Report on the Energy Roadmap 2050 stresses that the reduction of energy use in buildings must be a “central element” of the EU’s long-term energy policy, and calls for a reduction in the energy consumption of the existing building stock “by 80% by 2050 compared to 2010 levels”, in line with the Renovate Europe Campaign...

Company name: PU Europe
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

FINISHED PRODUCTS>> AUTOMOTIVE Introduces a Host of Daystar Automotive Components

Whether one needs a lift kit or leveling kit, replacement suspension components, or various auto accessories, is where all these products are available at pocket-friendly prices.Daystar polyurethane mounts and bushings for leaf springs, coil springs, engine, transmission, control arms, shock absorbers, differential,...

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Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Making a big difference with small automotive components

One of the trends shaping the consumer automotive marketplace today is downsizing. Following in the footsteps of the European market, North American consumers are increasingly interested in smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and North American automakers are rising to that demand. In its annual “U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout...

Company name: BASF Polyurethanes
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Airless tyres evolve: from dream to reality

The day of the puncture may soon be over. No more changing your wheel on the side of the road in the rain, no more spare wheel in the back and no more tire maintenance. While there have been concepts of airless tyres around for a little while, none have actually been available for purchase, so the public has only been dreaming of the day when...

Company name: Michelin
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Tempur-Pedic gets FTC clearance for Sealy acquisition

Tempur-Pedic International Inc, the Kentucky company which pioneered pricey space-age mattresses, has won approval from antitrust regulators to buy century-old Sealy Corp, the company said on Friday.Tempur-Pedic put the total value of the transaction - stock purchases and acquired debt - at $1.3 billion."The combination of Tempur-Pedic and Sealy...

Company name: Tempur-Pedic
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

BRECOgreen - Timing belts made of Renewable Raw Materials

BRECOflex Co., L.L.C., the market leader in the PU-timing belt industry is the first belting manufacturer world wide to offer high performing timing belts made of up to 37% renewable materials. The load capacity and service life matches conventional belts made from oil based thermoplastic polyurethane. The performance reliability of “BRECOgreen”...

Company name: BRECOflex
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Industry delivers first pilot training to further improve the safety of PU spray foam application

According to a statement of Jörg Palmersheim, Secretary General of Isopa, the European trade association for manufacturers of aromatic diisocyanates and polyols: “Polyurethane spray foam insulation, when used correctly and as intended, poses no risk to human health and safety, and has been safely applied to over 10,000 crawl spaces annually in the...

Company name: ISOPA
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Spain fines polyurethane comfort foam cartel

The Spanish National Competition Commission has imposed fines totaling more than $34 million on 10 companies and the Spanish Association of Polyurethane Foam Businesses for operating a cartel in the comfort foam manufacturing sector. The auditor which set up the arrangement escaped prosecution. The CNC council has ruled that there is proof of a...

Company name: The British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association
Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Huntsman Acquires Stake in Japanese Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation Company

Huntsman Corporation today announced that it has acquired a 20% stake in Nippon Aqua Co. Ltd. , a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation company based in Yokohama, Japan, and that it has entered into a 10 year supply agreement with the company. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Nippon Aqua is the SPF market leader in Japan, with...

Company name: Huntsman International LLC
Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Polyurethane innovator will demonstrate high-performing, cost-effective tooling material...

General Plastics Manufacturing Company will participate in the 2013 AeroDef Manufacturing conference and exposition March 19-21 in Long Beach, California – the premier technology showcase for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. The company will feature its LAST-A-FOAM® high-temperature tooling boards and flame-retardant...

Company name: General Plastics
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Purac and Perstorp in partnership to develop caprolactone lactide co-product

Purac, a leading player in natural food preservation and biobased building blocks & chemicals, and Perstorp, a leading specialty chemicals company today announced a research and business development partnership for caprolactone lactide co-product, for amongst others coatings and adhesive markets.Combining the complementary strengths of Purac in...

Company name: Purac
Published On: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Evonik appoints Executive Vice President

Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries AG, Essen (Germany), is bundling the Communications/Board Office, Corporate Development, Legal and Compliance/Corporate Governance Divisions under the umbrella of a new General Secretariat. At its meeting yesterday, Evonik's Supervisory Board appointed Christian Kullmann (43),...

Company name: Evonik Industries
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Additives for improving natural oil based polyurethane foam peformance

Polyurethane foam compositions and processes to make flexible polyurethane foams are disclosed. Polyurethane foam is produced in the presence of additives comprising guanidine derivatives. Improvements in physical properties such as air flow, dimensional stability, tensile, tear, elongation and foam hardness is observed when these additives are...

Company name: Air Products and Chemicals
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Polymerization catalyst for polythiourethanes, polymerizable liquid composition and process for the...

Polymerization catalysts for organic polythiourethane glass which do not contain organometallic compounds contain a mixture of a tertiary aliphatic amine and a disubstituted phosphoric acid in a molar ratio ranging from 1/1.3 to 1/20. Polymerizable liquid compositions containing three components (A), (B) and (C) are also provided, wherein component...

Company name: Mitsui Chemicals
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Fine particle-dispersed polyol composition, method for producing polymer polyol, and method for...

A polyol composition comprising a polyol (a) and resin fine particles (b) dispersed in the polyol (a), and a method for producing the polyol composition are provided, wherein the resin fine particles (b) are particles such that an arithmetic standard deviation by volume of a particle size distribution of the particles, derived from respective...

Company name: Sanyo Chemical Industries
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Polyol prepolymers of natural oil based polyols

A polyol prepolymer having at least one urethane group is disclosed. The polyol preopolymer is a reaction product of at least one isocyanate and a polyol blend, where the polyol blend includes at least one conventional petroleum-based polyol and at least one natural oil based polyol. The polyol prepolymer may be used in producing flexible...

Company name: Dow Global Technologies
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Silane-terminated polyurethanes with high strength and high elongation

A silane-terminated polyurethane composition is the reaction product of a silane-terminated polyurethane prepolymer component, a silane-terminated monomeric diisocyanate, and optionally at least one multifunctional trisilane or tetrasilane component. A method for making a composition includes (a) providing a silane-terminated polyurethane...

Company name: Construction Research & Technology
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Reactive isocyanate-terminated prepolymers for binder applications

Elastomer composites are prepared by wetting particles of a natural or synthetic rubber with a liquid one-component moisture-curable resin composition and then exposing the wetted particles to moisture to cure the resin composition. The moisture-curable resin composition comprises (a) an isocyanate-terminated polyurethane prepolymer having an...

Company name:
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Polyurethane resin composition

The present invention provides a polyurethane resin composition containing an active hydrogen compound (A) formed by adding m-xylylene diisocyanate and/or hexamethylene diisocyanate to a specific compound (C) at a reaction equivalent ratio ([the number of isocyanate groups]/[the number of hydroxyl groups]) of 0.80 to 0.10; and an organic...

Company name: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Cosmetic composition comprising a polyurethane based on dialkyl tartrate diol and uses thereof

Cosmetic composition comprising, as film-forming agent, an aliphatic polyurethane based on dialkyl tartrate diol in a mixture of organic solvents and cosmetically acceptable ingredients.

Company name: Intercos
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Single pack low temperature bake coating composition

Substrates prone to heat distortion may be coated with a coating composition containing chlorinated polyolefin-modified acrylic latex emulsion, polyurethane dispersion, non-gelling self-crosslinking acrylic emulsion, and glycol-based solvent. The coating composition contains sufficient non-gelling self-crosslinking acrylic emulsion and glycol-based...

Company name: Valspar Sourcing
Published On: Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Coated and cured proppants

Solid proppants are coated with a coating that exhibits the handling characteristics of a pre-cured coating while also exhibiting the ability to form particle-to-particle bonds at the elevated temperatures and pressures within a wellbore. The coating includes a substantially homogeneous mixture of (i) at least one isocyanate component having at...

Company name:
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Laminated polyester film for protective material for protecting back surface of photovoltaic cells

The present invention provides a polyester film for a protective material for protecting a back surface of photovoltaic cell which exhibits a good hydrolysis resistance and an excellent adhesion property to a sealing resin for photovoltaic cells. The present invention relates to a polyester film for a protective material for protecting a back...

Company name: Mitsubishi Plastics
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Polyurethane elastomer ballast mat and preparation thereof

The present invention provides a polyurethane elastomer ballast mat and the preparation thereof, and a railway track bed and railway facilities using the same. The polyurethane elastomer ballast mat according to this invention comprises a reaction product prepared by spraying a reaction system comprising a polyisocyanate, a polyol, a chain...

Company name: Bayer Intellectual Property
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Polyurethane foam for seat pad

Polyurethane foam for a seat pad that achieves both reduced shakiness and reduced stress relaxation and is suitable particularly for a vehicle seat pad is provided, and the polyurethane foam contains a foaming liquid containing (A) a polyol component, (B) a polyisocyanate component, (C) water and (D) a catalyst, which has been foam-molded, wherein...

Company name: Bridgestone
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Flat cable, cable harness using the same and method of making the flat cable

A flat cable includes a plurality of wires arranged in parallel, and a fibrous member woven between the plurality of wires in the arrangement direction of the plurality of wires. The plurality of wires each include an inner conductor including a filament and a plurality of conductors on an outer periphery of the filament, and an insulation on an...

Company name: Hitachi Cable
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Platen reinforcing tension directed pressure materials manufacturing press

The present invention relates to a novel device to manufacture polyurethane foam boards used in structurally insulated panel known as insulated building material press. The press enables the application of pressure across a large area while foaming and curing polyurethane under pressure, curing glue or otherwise bonding materials into a finished...

Company name: EarthCore
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Shielded flat cable and cable harness using the same

A shielded flat cable includes a plurality of wires arranged in parallel, a fibrous member including a polyurethane elastic fiber and woven between the plurality of wires along the arrangement direction of the wires, and a shield layer including a conductive member that includes an adhesive layer on one surface thereof and covers an entire...

Company name: Hitachi Cable
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Use of polyethyleneimines in the preparation of polyamides

The present invention relates to a process for preparing a composition comprising (A) at least one lactam, (B) at least one catalyst, (C) an activator from the group consisting of isocyanates, acid anhydrides, acyl halides, reaction products thereof with (A) and mixtures thereof, (D) at least one polyethyleneimine. The invention likewise relates to...

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Friday March 15th, 2013

Flame retardant polyurethane elastomer nanocomposite applied to coal mines as air‐leak sealant

Polyurethane elastomer (PUE) was firstly applied to mining coal roadway as air-leak sealant. It is very important for air-leak sealants to possess the super mechanical properties and good flame retardant performance when applied to the coal-rock mass with cracks. The reinforced and toughened PUE nanocomposites were obtained by adding surface...

Company name: Taiyuan University of Technology
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

Properties of crosslinked polyurethanes obtained by acrylic side‐group polymerization and of...

Novel polyurethane elastomers have been developed to incorporate plant oil into their matrix. Bisphenol A glycerolate diacrylate was used as a chain extender for the polyurethane prepolymer obtained from poly(tetramethylene oxide) glycol and 1,6-hexane diisocyanate. The curing of the polyurethane acrylate matrix in the presence of the plant oil...

Company name: Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

Composites based on renewable materials: Polyurethane‐type matrices from forest...

The use of products and byproducts from the agro-industry and forest biorefinery is essential for the development of value-added and low environmental-impact materials. In this study, polyurethanes were prepared using sodium lignosulfonate (NaLS) and castor oil (CO) as reagents and were used to prepare composites reinforced with lignocellulosic...

Company name: University of Sao Paulo
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

Preparation, Characterization and Properties of Titania/Graphite Oxide Nanocomposite

Titania/graphite oxide (TiO2/GO) nanocomposites were obtained from a facile in-situ method using titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and GO. Nanocomposite structures and properties were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray photoelectron...

Company name: Henan University of Science and Technology
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

Bio-based Sulfonated Epoxy/Hyperbranched Polyurea-modified MMT Nanocomposites

Hyperbranched polyurea modified nanoclay was used for the preparation of vegetable oil modified sulfone epoxy nanocomposites at different loadings (1–5 wt%) for the first time. The bio-based nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, and FTIR techniques. These nanocomposites showed an enhancement of thermal stability up to 48°C as revealed...

Company name: Tezpur University
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

Multichannel and Repeatable Self‐Healing of Mechanical Enhanced Graphene‐Thermoplastic...

A novel self-healing material, which was fabricated using few-layered graphene (FG) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) via a facile method, not only exhibits a mechanical enhanced property, but also can be repeatedly healed by various methods including infrared (IR) light, electricity and electromagnetic wave with healing efficiencies higher than...

Company name: Nankai University
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013

New applications for foam composites of polyurethane and recycled rubber

In Portugal, most end-of-life tires are recycled through a process involving a cryogenic grinding technology. The purpose of this work was to envisage new applications for recycling rubber from end-of-life tires. In this work, rubber was supported in a polyurethane matrix generating two new products of distinct characteristics and properties. The...

Company name: Delphi Automotive Systems
Published On: Monday March 18th, 2013


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