The quality of air inside buildings, cars and other enclosed spaces is becoming important, but current methods give very variable results when emission tests for volatiles are carried out on polyurethane samples. Scientists at The Dow Chemical Company have developed a process that is designed to minimise the variability
John Televantos has many years’ experience in the North American polyurethane and chemicals industries. He gave the keynote address at UTECH North America 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this year. Here’s what he said
Ford has developed a PU foam that contains tiny amounts of graphene. Using the nanomaterial can make huge improvements in the foam’s performance in challenging applications. Sarah Houlton finds out more
Polyurethane foam is the major source of VOCs and odour in the automotive cockpit. Michael Holzwarth of design and development specialist imat-uve explains why it can be hard to change the smell of the foam
Bob Biondich, director of sales at Hennecke, outlines an innovative approach that maximises output and minimises footprint for a foam line.
OSIC is LaaderBerg’s agent in China, and played a key role in Meia’s recent plant upgrade by introducing the company to LaaderBerg machinery. OSIC’s chairman, Haoming Zhang, met Simon Robinson at PU China 2018, and explained what the Chinese surfactant maker plans for the next few years.
A dominating theme among the exhibitors at PU China was the environment. How is China’s drive to higher quality, environmentally friendly products and production is playing out? Simon Robinson investigates.
About two years ago, Meia, a Chinese foamer, bought a LaaderBerg machine for its plant in Beijing, but there is more to the company than that. Jane Ho and Simon Robinson spoke with Zhishan Huang, Meia’s chairman, on the fringes of PU China 2018.
Diisocyanate prices have been high for many months. James Elliott, principal analyst at IHS Markit, explains the reasons behind this.
Composites and joining technologies were some of the highlights in the automotive technical session at UTECH Europe 2018. Simon Robinson pulls some of the strands together.