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Did you know it? You don't have to be afraid of cheese. Because according to an EU regulation, cheese, when used as an attractant to control pests such as mice, is a product that does not give rise to concern and therefore does not have to be classified as a biocide. This bizarre regulation was recently brought to my attention by a friend who works in the wood protection industry:
“(3) On 31 January 2017 the Commission asked the Agency for an opinion on whether cheese gives rise to concern according to Article 28(2) of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.
(4) The opinion of the Agency (5) concluded that cheese does not give rise to concern and is therefore eligible for inclusion in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.”*
You probably have considered the risk of a vicious Brillat-Savarin, a unscrupulous Chaource or an aggressive Oud Amsterdam suddenly getting at you from behind or even jeopardizing your reproductive capacity to be rather negligible, so far anyway. I admit that from time to time, especially in France, I came across cheeses that one might even spontaneously classify under the ABC weapons ban according to the Geneva Convention. However, I’m glad that cheese has received an official EU absolution signed by Jean-Claude Juncker as a substance of no concern, which it makes handling this wonderful food safely so much easier for me.
Regarding the safe handling ... no, not of cheese, but of diisocyanates in everyday work, the FSK, the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes in Germany, has developed a training programme that supports and trains processors in the safe handling of this key raw material for our industry in accordance with the REACH regulation. In this issue we report on the progress and first promising results of the cross-border initiative of the industry association.
With its portfolio, Ingevity is helping to purify, protect and enhance the world around us. In our interview, Steve Hulme and Norman Keane tell us about the benefits of the caprolactone-based monomers, polyols and thermoplastics and what can be expected from the brand new Innovation Centre in Warrington, UK.
Guido Streukens and his colleagues from Evonik report on polyurethane coating solutions for direct food contact and cosmetic packaging applications. Haltermann Carless is successfully on its way to becoming the largest cyclopentane manufacturer in the world – Henning Böckemeier gives us an overview of how the blowing agent works and how it can contribute to mastering the energy efficiency goals of the European Green Deal. Lucia Buffoni from Repi presents a new additive that helps to reduce emissions from PU components in automotive interiors.
We are confident that the coming months will finally be marked by face-to-face meetings again at trade fairs and conferences worldwide. That's why the PU Magazine editorial team has put together a preview of the upcoming CPI Polyurethanes Conference in Denver (4-7 October 2021) as well as a look ahead to Utech Europe in Maastricht, The Netherlands. I hope to see you there.
Last but not least, I am happy to announce that Denis Hicks is back and will again provide us with his Thinking aloud column in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.
* COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) 2019/1824 of 8 August 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council to include cheese as an active substance in Annex I thereto.
Utech’s 2021 exhibitors list shows more than 150 entries for exhibitors from across the global polyurethanes industry. Rescheduled twice due to the Coivd-19 pandemic the international PU conference and exhibition Utech Europe is now going to take place from 16 to 18 November 2021 as an in-person event at the MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands. The conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal new insights into the European and global market. The winners of the Utech Europe Awards will be announced during the conference.
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will host its 63rd Polyurethanes Technical Conference – the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America – from 5 – 7 October 2021 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA. The event convenes technical experts, industry leaders, and downstream users for a unique convergence of scientific presentations, professional networking, and regulatory insight. Fostering both technical and professional development, it is the premier destination to preview the polyurethanes technology of tomorrow and key information for today, said the organiser.
Insulation is a major topic in the construction industry – providing higher energy efficiency, generating cost savings and supporting an improved climate balance. To achieve this, insulation with particularly good insulating properties is needed. Cyclopentane as a blowing agent in insulating foams contributes to the energy efficiency goals of the European Green Deal.
DirectCoating (DC) with polyurethane coating systems is a new process for producing functionally highly integrated and nobly decorated plastic parts economically and sustainably. Rühl Puromer GmbH and Covestro have joined forces to expand the technology's suitability for large-scale production.
IAL Consultants announced the recent publication of the 14th edition of its report on the markets for polyurethane chemicals and products in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). This new study updates and expands upon the information included in the previous study published in 2020. The information contained within this report is based upon an extensive programme of interviews throughout the industry. The report contains both PU product production and raw material consumption figures, with 2020 as the base year and market forecasts provided to 2025.
Artkim Fuarcılık Tic. A.S is organising four trade fairs simultaneously this year for the polyurethane, composite, adhesive, and technical foam industries in Turkey. The “7th International Polyurethane Industry Exhibition” Putech Eurasia, the “5th International Composites Raw Materials, Semi-Finished, Final Products and Technologies Exhibition” Eurasian Composites Show, the "Technical Foam Industry and Technologies Exhibition" Foam Eurasia, and the "Adhesives and Bonding Technologies Exhibition" Adhesive & Bonding Eurasia will take place from 25 – 27 November 2021 at the Istanbul Expo Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tooling boards with a density of 1,000 kg/m3 or more are classed as high density and are typically used where manufacturing stresses are high or where exact dimensional tolerances, sharp-corner retention and excellent surface finish is required. The new formula developed by Rub-ix was designed to exhibit a very fine surface structure, which has a major influence on providing the tooling board with a superior surface finish.
The pre-meetings are underway, the decisions are being formulated and post-Brexit Britain will host COP 26 in Glasgow in November this year. A crucial meeting to re-ignite the momentum of humanity’s journey from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris accord. [...]
Over the past few years, the industry of polyurethanes, and especially the car manufacturing sector has seen growing concern and apprehension around highly volatile hydrocarbons (VOC) and semi-volatile and heavy organic compounds (SVOC/FOG) considered elements of risk for human health. This article introduces a new additive range developed by Repi which is able to minimize these emissions in polyurethane components for car interior trim and furniture applications.
After designing, creating, improving, and conducting trial runs, FSK Services GmbH, a subsidiary of the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK e.V.), is now launching a new training platform for the safe use of diisocyanates. Training courses in the handling of diisocyanates will be made available with immediate effect in a pilot project to fulfil the training obligation under REACH. This pilot phase has started on schedule. Selected participants from member companies have already successfully completed the basic training courses. The learning opportunities and functionalities of the FSK training platform are continually enhanced and expanded in a feedback- and user-oriented manner.
In May 2016 Ingevity was formed as a company when it spun off from WestRock Company and acquired the Engineered Polymers Capa business from Perstorp Holdings AB in February 2019. The Capa business is managed globally out of the manufacturing site in Warrington, U.K. which houses the management team, production plant and laboratories. PU Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Steve Hulme and Norman Keane about benefits of the Capa product range for the polyurethane industry and their recent investments.
Metal cans are a very useful companion in our daily lives. Whether it is our daily use of deodorant, hairspray or the quick preparation of food or a refreshing drink, it’s normally some kind of metal can we’re holding in our hands. We are now so used to this everyday handling that we don’t usually worry about the demands placed on the metal can and its wide range of uses. This starts with the variety of items that need to be stored safely inside the can – from deodorants, to foods or drinks. Also, the material of the can differs from tin-plated steel (for food) to aluminum (for cosmetics). In addition, spray cans are pressurized with a propellant, whereas food cans often need to withstand aggressive chemicals for years while maintaining the quality and safety of the food.