Long fibre, glass-reinforced polyurethane composites offer a number of advantages over traditional materials, and now building code changes in China offer the prospect of real growth
While there can be doubt about what is happening in different application sectors for polyurethane, this year it was unequivocal at UTECH Asia 2016: when it comes to machinery, there is a flight to quality in China.
The Chinese market, which roared ahead like a tiger at the turn of the century and into the first half of the 2010s, is slowing down as the country refocuses its production efforts
The “cost of energy as a as a focus of industry” attention was among issues raised at the Symposium Polyurethanes – Processes – Materials conference in Denmark.
Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing as it is more commonly known – is being touted as the next major industry disruptor. While the process of creating products by layer by layer is not new, it is true that some of its drivers are. Jane Denny explores its potential to offer an alternative to series production process
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One example of a novel 3D print technology idea using polyurethane that has caused high disruption to a well-established industry is the Invisalign orthodontic treatment device.
Two companies were honoured in the first EuroPUR/Urethanes Technology International European Flexible Polyurethane Foam Awards in Brussels in early June.
Foam certification body CertiPUR-US now has 31 foam manufacturers as members, 92 foam families are registered, and nearly 400 downstream product manufacturers listed on the website as using certified foams.
Technical presentations featured at this year’s spring meeting of the Polyurethane Foam Association looked at how the the US foam industry reduce its environmental burden. Sarah Houlton reports.