PSE Europe Blog

FRIMO Group: Innovating Surface Technology

Posted 16th June 2017 by Paul Davis
Energy efficiency and sustainable solutions are key drivers in shaping many of the products we buy today as consumers. The polyurethane industry has played a big role in helping to meet the demands of manufacturers to improve light weighting, insulation and comfort solutions.

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Keeping pace with change: Helping design tomorrow’s footwear

Posted 18th April 2017 by Paul Davis
The footwear sector in recent years has enjoyed rapid growth triggered through strong consumer demand for the latest trend, design and innovations.

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JIAHUA CHEMICALS: Because proximity is key for innovation in the polyurethane industry

Posted 21st March 2017 by Paul Davis
JIAHUA CHEMICALS Inc. is a leading Chinese speciality chemical company serving the Urethane, Construction chemicals and Surfactants markets. The company was started in 1998 and has shown remarkable growth resulting in todays over 500 Kt par annum capacity at its main 5 Polyol production sites throughout China.

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New Developments in Aromatic Curative Technology

Posted 13th January 2017 by Paul Davis
MOCA has been used for many years as a curative for various TDI based polyurethane systems. The raw material cost effectively provides good mechanical properties in many polyurethane applications. However, MOCA has also been under the scrutiny of many regulatory bodies due to health & safety concerns when handling the material in production. To ensure safeguards are maintained, The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has conducted a thorough review and now plans to restrict use of the material under the REACH regulatory process in late 2017.

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PDA Europe 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition: Strong demand for Polyurea!

Posted 4th January 2017 by Paul Davis
The polyurethane spray material ‘Polyurea’ has been used for many years to protect our buildings and infrastructure against the effects of weather conditions, abrasion, fire and chemical exposure. The material is considered extremely versatile offering unique properties and advantages compared to many other coating materials. Though not as high profile as polyurethane used for rigid and flexible foams, the global Polyurea industry has enjoyed steady growth in recent years. The market is buoyant and according to the latest research anticipated to reach a respectable USD 1.59 Billion by 2022 (Global Market Insights). With this level of business and forecast, I decided to take a closer look at the drivers that are pushing the use of Polyurea forward.

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Stepan Polska Sp. z o.o.: Adding real value to polyurethane customers

Posted 28th November 2016 by Paul Davis
The development of strategic partnerships and commercial relationships are crucial to the development of new solutions and products. The influence chemical suppliers are now having on the industry encouraged me to take a closer look at the recent investment made by one of the industries key raw material suppliers. My journey took me to Wroclaw, Poland to visit Stepan Sp. z o.o.; the company recently opened a new R&D and Technical centre for customers involved in the manufacture of insulation foams, coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.

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KraussMaffei: Polyurethane solutions through process technology

Posted 21st September 2016 by Paul Davis
The growth and use of polyurethane products across many industrial and end use applications has largely been attributed to various improvements and innovation in process technology and equipment solutions. I decided to talk with Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery division of the KraussMaffei Group to find out how this specialised area of the market is developing and what new innovations we should expect going forward.

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EuroPUR Conference: Strong market trends in 2015!

Posted 19th August 2016 by Paul Davis
According to the latest figures by research group Mordor Intelligence, the global demand for polyurethane is projected to increase from 17 million tons to 24 million tons from 2014 – 2020. The biggest slice of the polyurethane cake is the made up of ‘flexible foams’ consisting of slabstock, moulded and integral skin apllications. The flexible foam market has enjoyed strong growth in recent years expanding volume and market share in a number of areas that include the automotive, bedding and upholstered furniture sectors.

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Covestro: Creating new opportunities through digital print

Posted 18th July 2016 by Paul Davis
The Coatings and adhesive markets have grown steadily in recent years. The latest figures provided by consulting firm Orr & Boss estimate the combined industries are now worth around €100 Billion in sales globally every year, excluding the decorative paints market (architectural coatings applied on site at residential, commercial or even Industrial sites). I travelled to the offices of Covestro in Leverkusen, Germany to talk with Adam Salmen, Head of Marketing for digital printing. Covestro, one of the leading manufacturers of chemical raw materials made an important announcement earlier this year that may open huge opportunities for the digital inkjet printing of polyurethane coatings and adhesive materials.

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Dendro: Making good use of Industrial waste

Posted 4th July 2016 by Paul Davis
In a world heavily reliant on plastics to make the products we depend on, industrial and consumer waste is a growing concern and at the forefront of many government agendas. There is no surprise that the recent action plan by the EU Commission 'Closing the Loop' made important recommendations to encourage recyclability and introduce new limits to the volume of plastic waste that end up in land fill sites across Europe. But what solutions are being developed to help tackle the waste as a result of the manufacture process?

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INVISTA: Developing sustainable solutions for the polyurethane industry

Posted 17th June 2016 by Paul Davis
Now more than ever, the pressure on the industry to demonstrate a commitment to developing sustainable manufacturing models has become a critical factor in the development and long-term success in many sectors. There are many examples throughout the polyurethane supply chain of manufacturers that are taking responsibility to help drive the industry to seek even more efficient use of resources. I spoke to Peter Zeimentz, European sales and market development manager of INVISTA Deutschland GmbH. The company have recently expanded capacity at their site in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, developing their range of polyols from bio-based and renewable materials for the rigid, flexible and spray foam markets. Please read below for a Q&A based on our conversation.

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Helping to Build a Brighter Future

Posted 25th April 2016 by Paul Davis
As 170 countries prepare to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, it is clear that the issue of sustainability and climate control has moved onto another level. And innovators from across the Polyurethane industry are working hard to develop sustainable solutions that will help to protect our environment for future generations. This article takes a look at the drivers for change and positive impact this is having on our lives and communities.

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The Legacy of Innovation

Posted 12th April 2016 by Paul Davis
In this post, I look at the role innovation has played in developing new markets for polyurethane and how this will form the theme for the PSE Europe show planned to run in Munich, Germany in 2017. Since polyurethane chemistry was first discovered and patented by Dr Otto Bayer in 1937, innovation across the industry has been unrelenting. From early uses in aircraft and shoes, the markets and applications for polyurethane appear to have no boundaries.

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Let the show begin!

Posted 4th April 2016 by Paul Davis
In the first of a series of new blogs, I hope to provide a little background to the work and vision for a new trade show to help build new markets for the polyurethane industry from across the EMEA regions. Through my experience with the polyurethane sector, I have grown to appreciate and recognise the importance of this special material...

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