Lishui, Zhejiang, China — The Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision of Luishi (the municipal BQTS) has issued new standards for water-based PU leather following an inquiry into its draft proposals. As China’s first authoritative standards for water-based PU leather, the new standards are equivalent to international standards, said the BQTS. Seven Water-based PU Leather […]
Cassano Spinola, Italy — Marcel Lubben has been appointed president of Reverdia – a joint venture between DSM and starch and starch-derivatives company Roquette Frères. The company hopes to do well in the sustainable succinic acid market with Biosuccinium, a compound produced using a unique and proprietary low pH yeast technology. “Marcel brings commercial and business […]
New Jersey, United States — A soft, urethane modified gel-like epoxy offering thermal conductivity and electrical insulation properties is available from Master Bond. The Super Gel 9AO is a two-part system suitable for sealing a range of materials while encapsulating sensitive electronic components. The gel has a 2 to 1 mix ratio by weight or […]
Barnsley, UK – Polyurethane machinery supplier CTM Equipment has appointed Kieran Jackson as technical director and shareholder in both CTM UK Ltd and CTM Equipment Ltd. Jackson joined CTM as technical manager seven years ago. According to a company press release: ‘This is one of a number of strategic moves by CTM for 2014 designed […]
Gateshead, UK — The technology used to give added flexibility and bounce to running shoe soles is being used in a revolutionary shoe for horses. The GluShu – dubbed crocs for horses – uses a traditional metal horseshoe covered with a polyurethane coating. The shoes were designed by John Wright with the help of GB Olympic […]
Greenville, United States — Composite and urethanes manufacturer JPS Industries reported a gross profit of $33.6m (EUR 24.6m) for last year – a 22% increase on 2012. The company’s net sales also saw an increase on 2012 – at $202m the figure was 28% higher than the previous year. Mikel Williams, president and CEO of […]
Poland is set to gain more polyurethane capacity as South Korea’s SKC promises to increase capacity at its PU Plant in Dzierzoniow, Poland.
Cleremont-Ferrand, France — An inner coating of polyurethane designed to eliminate noise from automobile tyres is the subject of an international patent application by French manufacturer Michelin. The innovation was filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) under patent number WO/2013/182477 earlier this year and published on the organisation’s website in December. The French […]
Johnson Controls said that 2014 looks likely to be a bright year for the Chinese growing automotive markets.
Los Angeles, United States – A hemp-based fibre material which its developers claim weighs up to 25% lighter than standard injection-molded parts is being used in cars three-quarters of a century Henry Ford unveiled his lightweight hemp car. Faurecia’s natural fibres for injection process (NAFI) uses in-line compounding to add fibres such as hemp or […]