The construction of Bayer MaterialScience’s 300 kilotonne-per-year TDI (toluene diisocyanate) plant in Dormagen, Germany, remains well on schedule for its completion in the second half of 2014,
Henkel has given more details of the physical and processing properties of the polyurethane matrix resin it has developed for resin transfer moulding (RTM).
Henkel believes that this process will speed the production of composite components in the automotive industry with resins that can cure in one minute.
Polyurethane composite offer many advantages over traditional epoxy or polyester-based products. Low viscosity an fast cure times make them increasingly competitive. Experts from Dow Italia, lead by Luigi Bertucelli, give an overview of physical properties and some applications for polyurethane composites.
Sustainabilty is an increasingly important part of the polyurethane industry. Customers such as IKEA take sustainability very seriously because not only is it environmentally important, but because it helps to give them an edge in the market.
At the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg, March 2013, exhibitors shared their thoughts on current trends and issues in the polyurethane-based coatings market.
Work done by Green Urethanes of the UK shows that polyurethane foams with permanent flame retardants offer a new way to pass the well-respected Cal 117 flammability standard. This helps to overcome objections to flame retardants which may leave the foam over a period of many years.
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