Las Vegas, United States — The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) is set to address the issues around the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ‘Green Guides’ for manufacturers and retailers of furniture and bedding. A presentation entitled ‘Don’t Pad Your Green Claims’ is scheduled to take place on 27 January at The World Market Center in Las […]
Istanbul — A new eco-friendly artificial leather fabric will be produced by Turkish firm Poliser using a DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products building block, the US company announced. The 70% bio-content content leather will use the DuPont’s Susterra 1,3-propanediol (PDO) as a crosslinker. A peer-reviewed life cycle assessment confirmed that bio-based propanediol can reduce […]
Tokyo — An increase in domestic demand for polytetramethylene ether glycol-based polyurethane (PTMEG) bolstered Hodogaya Chemical Group during 2013, according to its interim financial report. The company’s specialty polymers segment also enjoyed an increase in exports of adhesives in 2013 “as a result of the weakening of the Japanese Yen”, said the report. The segment’s sales […]
Minneapolis, Minnesota – BioAmber, a bio-based succinic acid company has appointed Fabrice Orecchioni as a director. Orecchioni has been BioAmber’s senior vice president operations since April 2013 and prior to that was general manager (Plants) since 2012. Before joining BioAmber, Orecchioni worked for Abengoa Bioenergy France from 2007 to 2009. He has also worked at […]
Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia — The Saudi Arabian government is considering selling part of its stake in the Sadara joint venture with Dow Chemical, according to an unconfirmed press report. The report in Arab, News quoted Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi as saying: “We will sell part of Sadara and Satorp [a refinery] […]
Cleveland, Ohio – The US polyurethane foam market is forecast to climb at 5% annually to reach a value of $7.2bn (EUR 5.3bn) in 2017, according to a study by The Freedonia Group. Polyurethane foam constitutes roughly half of the US foam plastics market, which Freedonia said will be worth $14.1bn in 2017 – a fifth […]
Leeds, United Kingdom — Bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has been awarded more than £2m from the government’s Regional Growth Fund to produce automotive seating using a combination of spring and polyurethane technology. Available in cars manufactured from next year, Harrison Spinks’ seating innovation ComfortThin is both 100% recyclable and provides a 5% to 20% weight […]
Polyurethane foam helps improve medical packaging.
Polyurethane foam parts maker Active Composites won a contract to produce 600,000 armrest inserts for Nissan’s Qashqai – What Car? magazine’s Car of the Year 2014.
International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) to hold mattress recycling event at end January 2014.