With growth resuming in the polyurethanes industry, Maastricht is the place to meet up and explore new avenues for development with key players in urethanes
By Louise McHenry, UTI reporter
London – The leading international exhibition and conference for the global polyurethanes industry, UTECH, returns this year to the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre (MECC) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 17- 19 April 2012.
Organised by Crain Communications Ltd, the publisher of Urethanes Technology International, the event brings together top decision-makers from across the sector.
The three-day meeting sees more than 120 suppliers of raw materials, equipment and services to the polyurethane market take part in the exhibition, giving visitors the opportunity to network with a range of international companies, and evaluate a host of products and services, as described in our preview, pp28-40.
In 2009, the last time the UTECH Europe event was held, almost 3000 exhibition visitors and conference delegates came from more than 85 different countries worldwide, and the organisers are expecting the 2012 event to be even bigger and busier than ever.
The UTECH Europe 2012 conference will open with a session celebrating the 75th anniversary of Otto Bayer’s discovery of polyurethane.
A session titled ‘Green Chemistry,’ detailing the latest advances in sustainable manufacturing processes for key PU raw materials, will open the meeting’s technical programme. The conference, with over 90 papers by speakers from all corners of the global industry, will focus on new developments, including novel catalysts and additives for flexible foam to the latest in blowing agents for rigid foam types.
Other highlights from the conference programme include a session from the Polyurea Development Association Europe on the latest commercial and technical developments in the polyurea market. Also, ISOPA (the European Diisocyanate and Polyols Producers Association) will present the most recent updates on safety, health and sustainability issues.
Our listing highlighting what is on display at UTECH Europe starts below. Any exhibitors not listed here are invited to send in information for UTI to use in its coverage in the April/May issue, out just before UTECH.
Free shuttle service
The organisers of UTECH Europe 2012 will run a free bus service to MECC Maastricht from Brussels airport, 16-19 April. A free shuttle bus will also run from local hotels to the MECC.
Timetables are on the UTECH website.
Exhibition opening times
Tuesday 17 April 09.00 – 18.00 Wednesday 18 April 09.00 – 18.00 Thursday 19 April 09.00 – 18.00 For more information on the exhibition or to register, visit: www.utecheurope.eu To register for the conference, go to: www.utecheuropeconference.com
ACMOS CHEMIE Stand 1870 Release agent maker Acmos will present its latest developments in water-based release agents, which it says are applicable in all PU areas. The company is focusing on water-based developments in order to meet intensifying emission demands. Acmos says it aims to provide the best release, perfect surface optics and unique haptics in combination with the best ecological and economic benefits.
AINY Stand 2178 Chinese company AINY Ele-Mechanical Co. Ltd will be presenting its TODI (σ-tolidine diisocyanate), an isocyanate for prepolymers for elastomer use. Due to the steric effects of the σ-methyl, TODI’s reactivity is less than that of NDI and MDI. TODI’s longer pot life make it easier to handle than NDI or MDI-based products, AINY claims.
TODI prepolymers give good heat- and hydrolysis-resistance, AINY says, and can be used in various areas including sealing; automobile parts; industrial use; electric; medical equipment; and personal computer parts.
AIR PRODUCTS Stand 1220 Air Products Chemicals Europe will be showcasing its range of non-emissive grades at the event, including Dabco NE300, a non-emissive blow catalyst that the company says can be used in all moulded and high-density foam applications to meet OEM emission specifications such as VDA 278.
The additive company has also recently launched a new range of silicone surfactants for rigid foam. It claims these give improved thermal performance, enhanced stabilisation or emulsification.
ARPADIS BENELUX NV Stand 1800 Distributor Arpadis will present its full range of products and services for the polyurethanes sector at the exhibition. New products featured will include glass bonding materials, isocyanates, and polyether polyols.
ALFA Stand 1170 At this year’s event, German company Alfa Klebstoffe AG will show its Simalfa 1K+ On- Demand system, which it says offers the combined benefits of one-part and two-part adhesives with a simple system. This creates a level of control, stability, performance, and ease of use that Alfa claims has never been possible before.
The company will also show its Simalfa 303 solvent-free, pressure-sensitive, wet contact, water-based adhesive for the adhesion of foams and upholstered materials onto wood, as well as its Simalfa 315 frost-thaw stable, solvent-free dispersion adhesive for foam bonding.
Finally, Alfa will also present Simalfa 335 OF, a unique solvent-free dispersion adhesive, which it says allows an instant bonding and overspray-free (OF) application.
Alfa’s OF technology creates a weblike spray pattern that prevents adhesive particles from going airborne, ensuring a clean, safe and waste free environment.
BAULE/ SECMER Stand 1650 Baulé offers cast polyurethane system formulations and low-pressure dispensing machine manufacturing. Some of the highlights at the UTECH event will include its 3- component Universal Machine with output of up to 10 kg/min. The machine enables the processing of versatile 3-component systems – either Quasi-MDI or TDI-blend based systems continuously fed with degassed raw material, Baulé says. The machine is equipped with additive and pigment injection and is able to process cast PU materials that include up to 40 percent of fillers with precise metering.
The French company will also present new equipment for amine curative processing.
The dedicated equipment is suitable for either hand processing or together with a dispensing machine.
Baule's systems range covers all the conventional cast PU formulations with TDI, MDI and quasi-MDI, NDI and PPDI based prepolymers in both ether and ester as well as polycarbonate series. It also has a selection of new mercury-free MDI systems.
Showing alongside Baulé will be Secmer, which joined the group in 2003.
Secmer, which focuses on machines for reactive resins and foams, will show its two-component Multicast machine at the event. The Multicast heavy-duty low-pressure dispensing machine can process many cast resins or foams, with widely varying viscosities and mixing ratios.
The company will also present its Dosamix machine series, which are two component “table top” low-pressure dispensing machines ideal for prototyping or lab trials.
BAALBAKI GROUP SA Stand 1530 Baalbaki Group SA Offshore will introduce its new DP 22 additive, used for improving tear resistance in low-density flexible slabstock foam The company’s product list includes a comprehensive range of PU systems for footwear, rigid foam and cold cure flexible foams. This includes specific end uses such as wood imitation or viscoelastic or integral skin.
The Syrian company, which has planned expansion projects in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Turkey, also produces auxiliary products for footwear such as adhesives, mould-release agents and colouration products. It offers polyesters as raw materials for flexible, elastomeric and rigid foam applications, as well as various adhesives or bonding material for recycled flexible foam.
BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE Stand 1450 Bayer MaterialScience will be presenting technologies linked to innovative and sustainable developments for polyurethanes.
The company will focus on climate protection, and solutions for saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, and conserving natural resources.
New products on show will include Bayflex RIM Light Weight, a new material for bodywork parts produced using reaction injection moulding (RIM). The material is even lighter than water, BMS says.
Dr Reinhard Albers from Bayer MaterialScience will give a presentation introducing the Baytherm Microcell polyurethane system at the UTECH Europe conference. Bayer says this sustainable foam system is characterised by very small cells with diameters in the micrometer range.
The plenary session of the conference is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Dr Otto Bayer’s development and patenting of polyurethanes. Dr Thorsten Dreier will give a paper on the history of and future outlook for TDI.
The company will also give technical presentations on polyurethane developments, ranging from lightweight composites to a more efficient method for the production of metal-faced sandwich panels.
BALTIMORE Stand 1052 Desiccant specialist Baltimore Innovations Ltd will be promoting its latest Supersiv powders and pastes.
These zeolite molecular sieves are excellent moisture scavengers, and are particularly useful in two-component PU systems, the company says.
“The demand for our Supersiv range from large multi-national users continues to grow with every year, but we have chosen to exhibit at UTECH this time round, so as to make contact with smaller SME formulators, and to raise our profile amongst this category of user,” commented Saul Edwards of Baltimore.
The Bourne End, UK-based supplier is named after the city in which industrial silica desiccants were first synthesised. It expects to launch further complementary product ranges in 2012.
Baltimore holds several awards including an Interphex Award for its new desiccant technology in the best new or redesigned pack or device for ethical or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals category.
CHEMTURA Stand 1330 Chemtura will be showcasing its range of urethane elastomers, polyurethane dispersions, urethane surface coatings, flame retardants and additives used to enhance the performance of urethanes and make them safer for use.
A highlight is an extended range of Adiprene Duracast low free MDI prepolymers cured with a proprietary curative (Vibracure A260), which the company says is a possible solution to MOCA-cured TDI systems.
It will also present its mercury-free Vibrathane/Vibracure Quasi MDI ester and ether systems, which Chemtura has developed to replace products that traditionally use mercury-based catalysts. These new systems are compliant with both RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH, Chemtura says.
Chemtura subsidiary Great Lakes Solutions will show its Emerald NH-1 halogen- free flame retardant for both automotive and furniture flexible polyurethane foam applications. The FR can be used at low load levels and enables production of foams with superior physical properties, according to the company.
BAUMER Stand 1425 PU machinery maker Albrecht Bäumer GmbH & Co. KG will show its roll-compression machine, material storage unit, splitting machines and modular Looper at UTECH Europe.
The roll-compression machine offers space-saving storage and economic transport, the German firm says.
The company’s basic Looper machine can now be equipped with additional options to meet customers’ exact needs. It also will showcase its technology for markfree foil cutting, which makes it possible to exchange a roll without having to stop the machine completely.
BEAMECH GROUP Stand 2225 Beamech of Manchester, UK, says it offers the most complete range of flexible foam slabstock equipment to suit any foamer regardless of size or sophistication.
The machinery maker will introduce its new Quantum machine. Quantum is based on Beamech’s Ultima Technology. The company claims to be the world’s first to combine the advantages of Fallplate, liquid laydown and high-pressure metering and mixing technology for the production of high-quality ether and ester foams.
Quantum, which was brought to the market in mid-2011, was developed to produce high-quality technical grade polyester and polyether foams with excellent block shape and maximum yield, according to the company.
CHEM-TREND Stand 1700 Chem-Trend will show its solutions for “efficient polyurethane moulding,” including mould-release agents and ancillary moulding products.
The company says its expertise includes materials for use with high resilience foam; visco-elastic foam; back foaming and acoustical foaming; integral skin and spray skin; shoe soles; rigid foam; iso binders; and cast elastomers.
The Howell, Michigan-based company will focus on its new “environmentally sound” high-performance release agents.
These mould-release agents are available in water-based or solvent-based formulations (and tin-free, when required). Chem- Trend says they offer excellent part release, optimal gloss level and surface finish quality that is ideal for secondary operations, such as gluing and painting. They are low VOC and other benefits include lower scrap rates; cleaner moulds; less downtime; and higher quality parts, Chem-Trend adds.
The company also offers ancillary products such as mould cleaners, mould preparation pastes, anti-squeak products and flushing solvents.
CHUKYO EUROPE Stand 1890 The focus of Chukyo’s stand will be mouldrelease agents for the PU industry, including its new solvent- and water-based release agents, which the company claims will reduce VOCs and aid the elimination of toxic catalyst use.
Chukyo will introduce its new PU pouring machine from Hennecke, which it has purchased for its new R&D centre in Germany. It says this will help it to develop even better mould-release agents for the industry.
CONCENTROL Stand 1010 Spanish additive producer Concentrol will be showcasing its new water-based release agent line, Concentrol LP FA-5-11, which it says provides a dry finish, while also offering the possibility of fixing self-adhesive heating pads or electrical sensors to the foam surface.
Productos Concentrol SA will present its new range of silicone surfactants for use as stabilisers in rigid PU foam.
According to the company, the surfactants have a high stabilising capacity and excellent regulation of cell size, and may be used with different blowing agents, from water-based formulations to formulations containing pentane and its isomers, or volatile liquids, such as HCFCs and HFCs.
Concentrol claims that these new additives give rigid PU foams with low thermal conductivity values (lambda), in the range of 0.022 W / mK and below.
CRAY VALLEY Stand 950 Cray Valley has recently commissioned a 40-percent capacity increase for the production of Poly bd hydroxyl-terminated polybutadienes. The French company says it is therefore now in a position to support its customers’ volume growth and to develop new customers and applications.
Cray Valley also supplies the Krasol butadiene diols, which it says are perfect for customers who require a thermoplastic urethane.
Originally introduced in the 1960s to support the military and aerospace markets, Poly bd and Krasol hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene polyols have found broad application in commercial markets for their ability to provide hydrophobicity, acid and base resistance, adhesion to metal and glass, and wide temperatureflexibility, Cray notes.
DESMA Stand 1970 German machinery maker Klöckner Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH specialises in machines to produce bumpers. Its bumperSpeed machine is used to produce air springs for the automotive, elevator and crane industries. Desma says its fully automated machines can be adapted to meet customers’ requirements.
An important feature is fast-change of component and colour from shot to shot, the company says, and it is possible to install up to four components and four colours, additives or catalysts in the lowpressure injection machines. Desma adds that two different isocyanates and polyols can run parallel to each other. With this dosing, it’s possible to produce different qualities or coloured products.
Desma will highlight the advantages of its machine, which has a low-pressure unit with self-cleaning mixing head. Other features include:
• robot-guided release agent spraying;
• automatic product de-moulding and stripping;
• product separation;
• production in multi-cavity moulds;
• fast mould change;
• quick colour change.
DEMASC Stand 1130 Demasc (Nanjing Dymatic Shichuang Chemical Co. Ltd) says it is the largest PU silicone surfactant manufacturer in China.
Its production process uses an automatic distributed control system. Demasc wants to introduce its products to European customers.
The Nanjing, China-headquartered company will be showing its newly developed silicone surfactant for flexible foam, which it says has a favourable performance in terms of activity and processing safety, and can be used advantageously to produce soft polyurethane slabstock foams.
DIAMOND Stand 954 Romanian band-blade manufacturer Diamond Preciciut Srl will introduce its new blade for the abrasive pad industry. The company says these new-design abrasivepad blades were introduced in 2011 and extensive trials have been conducted with customers all over the world. Diamond claims that it has been proven that the new blade design gives more than 50 percent life as compared to the conventional blades.
DKSH GMBH Stand 2150 DKSH of Hamburg, Germany, says it is a leading global expert in market expansion services for speciality chemicals, growing the business for its suppliers and customers.
DOW CHEMICAL Stand 2230 At UTECH Europe 2012, Dow Polyurethanes will highlight its new Hyperlast and Diprane non-mercury-catalysed products for engineering applications, as well as its Monothane AS range of single-component elastomers.
Hyperlast and Diprane products have enhanced features in terms of processing and end elastomer performance, Dow Chemical Co. says. The company adds that the new catalyst technology meets recent changes in REACH regulations. Monothane AS has also been developed to meet new REACH regulations. The processing of the product requires no weighing to meet ratio or complex dispensing equipment and provides bubble-free castings.
Dow will also showcase its Pascal system technology that it says dramatically increases the energy efficiency performance of household appliances, without negatively affecting design or productivity.
The company’s Voranol polyol portfolio for high-resilience foam formulations will also be on show.
EASTSUN Stand 2179 Chinese manufacturer of silicone surfactants Eastsun Chemical (Zhongshan) Co. Ltd will be showcasing its products for PU rigid foam, elastomers and high-resilience foam. It will also present its cell opener for PU foam. The company says it can provide customised designs for its customers throughout Europe and Asia.
ERA POLYMERS Stand 1360 Era Polymers, an Australian PU chemistry company, says the most important aspect of its stand at UTECH Europe 2012 will be its people. The company’s team of technical and customer service representatives will be presenting three innovations: a onecomponent blocked series for TDI polyester; Erapol EME/EMD series of non-mercury- based polyester/polyether (three-component quasi systems 55A-95A), and the Erakote series of two- and three-component rotational casting systems used for industrial roll applications.
ESCO Stand 1120 Grand Rapids, Michigan-headquartered Edge-Sweets Co. will show its latest cutting technology for polyurethane processing and fabrication equipment. ESCO will also introduce its specialised equipment for processing expandable graphite as a flame retardant, which it says it has developed to help move the industry away from halogenated flame retardants.
The company has developed a matching filled system with metering pumps that are engineered to handle viscosity, particle size and hardness, shear rates and operating pressure requirements. ESCO has also developed a filler-fed mixing head system for blending, which it claims overcomes the challenges of costly bulk storage and pre-blending facilities combined with particle damage, settling, viscosity increases, separation and agglomerations that can limit the effectiveness of many batch-blend systems.
EVONIK Stand 1430 Speciality chemical group Evonik Industries says its activities focus on the key megatrends of health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalisation. At UTECH, the German company will showcase its polyurethane portfolio including Tegostab silicone stabilisers, Tegoamin amine catalysts, Kosmos metal catalysts, Gorapur release agents, Tegocolour pigments, and Ortegol performance additives.
In rigid foam, Evonik Industries AG offers surfactants for panel systems, such as Tegostab B 84503, a new silicone surfactant for PIR panel systems.
In flexible foam, Evonik has additives such as Kosmos 27, a new tin catalyst, which is a 2-ethylhexanoic acid-free version of its Kosmos 29 product for the production of polyether PU foams.
Also on show will be solutions for ester foam and moulded foam, such as Tegostab B 8742 LF 2, a silicone surfactant that Evonik says has been proven to reduce transmissivity (A/A0) of vibration through HR TDI or TM20 seating foam, improving passenger dynamic comfort. The company also has a number of solutions that it says meet low-VOC requirements.
Evonik offers Gorapur release agents from its affiliate Evonik Gorapur GmbH, Germany, to the market. The portfolio includes products for the automotive and shoe-sole-industry as well as many other polyurethane applications.
FECKEN-KIRFEL Stand 1730 At the exhibition, Fecken-Kirfel GmbH & Co. KG will showcase its software modules for reduction of material and labour costs. The modules can be used for standalone machines such as the popular C 67 Horizontal CNC Contour Cutting Machine as well as for highly complex cutting lines.
The range of solutions offers reaches from automatic nesting and block optimisation to control software for nearly any required cutting-line configuration.
The German firm will also highlight recent enhancements to the Loop Splitting Line H 32 LF in combined operation mode.
Since the introduction of the new Loop machine at the end of 2010, the Loop has already met with huge interest from the worldwide market, the manufacturer says.
Fecken-Kirfel has sold these new Loops in Europe, South America and Asia. The Fecken-Kirfel engineers continuously enhance the Loop to meet customer requirements.
The company will also show its new developments in the field of CNC contour cutting machines, as well as integrated customised cutting lines.
Fecken-Kirfel will offer a shuttle service to its factory in Aachen, Germany, which is only about 30 minutes away. Visitors will have the possibility to see a range of cutting machines in the field, the company says.
FORMAT Stand 2260 Format Messtechnik GmbH will show its SubCASE HT pot-life and curing monitor for reactive plastics based on PU formulations, epoxy and polyester resins. It will also presents its Resimat 150 test device for recovery measurement of viscoelastic foams.
SubCASE HT combines dielectric polarisation measurement and temperature measurement of reactive test samples, Format says. The dielectric polarisation reveals the electro-chemical process during compound formation and crosslinking, from which conclusions can be drawn regarding the pot life and the curing behaviour of the material.
Resimat 150 can be used for development as well as for quality-assurance testing of viscoelastic foams. During the measurement cycle, a test sample is compressed vertically by means of a pressure plate onto an adjustable reference surface.
While being compressed the restoring force of the foam is measured. After the hold time the sample gradually recovers from the deformation, regaining its original shape. The recovery process is continuously recorded.
Format will also show its Foamat foam qualification system for development, quality control, as well as for production control, as well as its Sonic Joker ultrasonic sensor for precision distance and thickness measurement in quality control.
GAMA Stand 2240 At UTECH Europe 2012, GAMA - Garraf Maquinaria of Sitges, Spain, will be displaying its latest spray equipment for polyurethane foam and polyurea applications.
The GAMA G-50H, part of the company’s ‘evolution’ series, has been designed to fulfil the demanding requirements of industrial foam-in-place applications of two component systems requiring high dosing precision to ensure the best mixing quality of the chemicals, the company says.
GAMA says no pump change is needed for different applications – the machine can be used for polyurethane spraying (20kg/min output at 140 bar pressure), foam pouring (26kg/min at 110 bar pressure) and polyurea and coatings spraying (12kg/min at 240 bar pressure).
The company will also show its complete range of air-driven and hydraulic units and spray/pour guns.
GDE SRL Stand 870 Since 1986, GDE has specialised in machines for the production of PU shoe soles and other objects. At this year’s event, GDE will show a new machine for injection moulding of the shoe sole on the upper, as well as last generation mixing heads and all the spare parts, and robots the company supplies across the world.
GDE will also showcase its various innovations in the PU field, including special multi-purpose machines, which can be used for a variety of applications.
The company also repairs second-hand machines and sells spare parts.
HENNECKE GMBH Stand 1470 Hennecke’s spotlight is on innovations in the production of fibre-reinforced structural elements, as well as on new machine and mixhead technology for making formed-inplace foam gaskets using PU high-pressure metering.
On display will be different fibre-reinforced structural elements for automotive applications made using the high-pressure RTM process. The improved version of the classic RTM process gives users unlimited capacities for producing large volumes, as a result of the degree of automation and cycle time, the German equipment manufacturer says.
Hennecke will be introducing a new kind of metering machine for extremely small outputs. The system can be used in the application of formed-in-place foam gaskets where the high pressure metering of particularly reactive raw materials enables different process steps to be combined effectively based on a synchronised cycle time. The new MT 3 mixhead for very small outputs is ideal for outputs starting at 1.5 g/s per component, according to the company.
HONEYWELL Stand 1740 Honeywell will launch its Solstice liquid blowing agent, the most recent addition to its family of materials with low global warming potential (GWP). Solstice can be used in a variety of insulation applications including spray-foam, foam insulating panels and refrigerator insulation, Honeywell says. It claims that use of the new material can make refrigerators up to 10 to 12 percent more energy efficient than those insulated by hydrocarbon-blown foam, and more than 2 percent more energy efficient than those with HFC-245fa.
In residential and commercial building spray-applied insulating foam, Solstice provides a 5-percent improvement in thermal insulation value over HFC-245fa-based spray foam, Honeywell Fluorine Products says.
Solstice has an extremely short atmospheric lifetime of about 26 days. It has an ultra-low GWP of less than 7 and has no impact on ozone-layer depletion.
Honeywell says that because Solstice liquid blowing agent is non-flammable, it does not require expensive explosion-proof equipment and handling, unlike hydrocarbon alternatives. It is also a near drop-in replacement for today’s most commonly used blowing agents.
The company will also show its Enovate 245fa blowing agent.
HUNTSMAN Stand 1210 Huntsman Polyurethanes and Huntsman Performance Products will be exhibiting together. Huntsman Polyurethanes will be showing its Vydro substrate, a PU-based, lightweight material with a very high water holding capacity. The company says it is an extremely effective planting medium for roofing and hydroponic projects.
Huntsman PU will also show Vitrox, an isocyanate resin system with a flexible, adjustable open time that provides “unprecedented” levels of control over the reaction profile of PU.
Huntsman claims the resin can extend the pot life of PU-based composites from just a few minutes to several hours.
Formulators can even specify a desirable gel time and viscosity profile to create a bespoke solution that meets exact processing and application requirements.
Vitrox can also come as a composite resin for cure-in-place-pipe repair systems, or as a bonding solution.
Huntsman Performance Products will be focus on its low-emission catalysts, including the growing family of Jeffcat catalysts that provides solutions to a wide range of urethane applications. Huntsman says the catalyst range addresses the environmental, health and safety requirements of PU foam producers in automotive, furniture and bedding, and spray foam markets.
IAL CONSULTANTS Stand 2270 The UK-based consultancy group will promote its new market research reports on the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and one component foam (OCF) markets globally, and on ‘Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in South America.’ IAL will also promote its flagship report on ‘Polyurethane Chemicals and Products in EMEA (European Middle East and Africa).’ The group will launch its new website at the event.
ICL-IP Stand 1260 Flame retardant specialist ICL-IP Europe BV will showcase its portfolio of flame retardants, including three new commercial products: Fyrol HF-5, a new non-halogen FR for flexible foam passing the IKEA volatiles requirements; Fyrol PNX-LE, a nonhalogen FR for flexible foam passing the extremely stringent Mercedes volatiles requirements; and SaFRon 6605 FR for spray foam applications, but also metal panels.
The company will also present three developmental products: • E-08-16, a non-halogen development for automotive and furniture foam; • E-AF-084-RS, a non-halogen FR development for rigid foam; • E-06-16, a reactive non-halogen FR development for rigid foam.
ICL will be presenting two papers on rigid and flexible foam at the UTECH conference.
INVISTA Stand 1670 Invista is celebrating more than 20 years of Terate polyols in Europe. The Wilmington, North Carolina-based company says it is proud to be able to offer products used in PIR insulation, which can help increase the energy efficiency of heating and cooling of buildings resulting in lower green house gas emissions.
Its polyol portfolio includes Terate polyols and Terathane polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG), which can be used in PIRs, PU foams, CASE applications, polyesters, other polymers and a variety of esters.
Invista’s diacids are an ingredient for nylon, and are also found in cleaning products, coatings, lubricants, fragrances and more, under brand names such as ADIpure adipic acid, C12 intermediates, and Corfree diacids.
The company’s solvents, which include FlexiSolv microemulsions and DBE esters, can be used in applications such as coatings, inks, adhesives, plasticisers, polyols, thermoplastic polyurethanes, pigments, cleaners, paint strippers and graffiti removers.
The intermediates firm also has Dytek amines, which can be used in coatings and composites ranging from glossy decorative floor coatings, industrial maintenance coatings, to marine protective coatings and chemically resistant tank linings.
IPF Stand 2215 Spanish firm Ingenieria del Poliuretano Flexible SL will show its open-top rack curing that saves space and total investment, and is fully flexible with the future needs of its customers, the company says. It will also showcase its efficient foam-handling systems at the event, which it says are a complete set of solutions for efficient foam handling which are cost-saving and fully automatic.
The company will also present its crane systems, rack systems and special machinery.
ISL-CHEMIE Stand 1770 ISL of Kürten, Germany sees itself a “competent system partner for the plastics and lacquer industry.” The company offers highly developed colour products specially tailored for their respective applications.
The portfolio includes pigment pastes for the colouring of buoys, which contain high-quality, very lightfast and resistant pigments. These colours remain stable for a long time despite the harsh marine environments in which they are used.
ISL also makes pigment pastes for the colouring of garden furniture, which it says uses lightfast and resistant pigments, as well as corresponding binders which will not influence the properties of the customers ´ system.
The colours manufacturer says it offers products that are based on sustainable, environment-friendly raw materials, and/or phthalate-free binders.
ISL’s product range comprises over 1750 colour pastes and specialised lacquers, which can be used in applications, such as automotive, footwear and furniture.
ISOPA Stand 1995 ISOPA’s stand will demonstrate the important contribution that PU makes towards energy efficiency as well as exhibiting the material’s sustainability. It will also showcase the ISOPA Polyurethanes passive house, which is currently being built in Brussels.
The objective of the campaign is to inform the wider construction industry as well as policymakers about the benefits and advantages of using PU in passive construction.
The association will also showcase its Walk The Talk programme, which has the aim of improving safety, health and environmental standards across the European PU industry.
The stand will also be showcasing the following activities that ISOPA is involved in, including the ISOPA product stewardship policy. It will also present its polyurethanes communications campaign, now available in 8 languages, which is aimed at promoting PU’s sustainability, versatility and comfort.
ISOPA will also present its ‘One step ahead’ health and safety programme in Africa, alongside the second generation of the Walk The Talk programme. The association now has ‘Foaming an opinion: The (new) Polyurethanes Blog,’ and also ‘PolyurethanesMedia: The Polyurethanes Youtube channel.’
ISOTHERM Stand 1910 Isotherm of Ütendorf, Switzerland, will introduce its range of PU high-pressure equipment with solvent- and purge-free impingement mixing heads for spraying, casting, and injection moulding of filled and unfilled two-component PU foam, elastomers and polyurea, combined with application- specific engineering.
Products that Isotherm will show include its filler-resistant airless spray and L-mixing heads for spraying: • up to 70 percent solid fillers in the components; • stiff and lightweight sandwich composite parts in combinations of filled and unfilled PU coatings/foams; • functional in-mould coatings (IMC) or inmould- paintings (IMP) in combination with Panadur (Stand 1020); • filled and unfilled gluing systems in conveyor lines for the production of mineral wool insulation panels.
The Swiss company will also show fully installed 5-t trailers with mobile spraying equipment including: • automatic tank filling; • 90-metre electric-heated hoses as independent coating units for thermal and hydro insulation; • solvent-, flush-free low-throughput Lheads and piston-metering equipment for the production of air- and oil-filters with up to 70 percent CaCO3 filled systems.
Also, Isotherm will showcase its pistonmetering machines, PSM 90 and PSM 3000, which are equipped with a fully heated closed-loop system, and PU spray machine PSM 700 varicontrol for spray insulation foams, coatings and elastomers filled/unfilled in mobile or in-house application.
INVENTEC Stand 1880 French chemical company Inventec Performance Chemicals will show its range of foaming agents, cleaning agents and engineering services at the exhibition, including the Novexpans range. These are tailor-made blends to improve foaming performances and respect the user and environment (HFC and HC range), according to Inventec.
JIAHUA Stand 2176 Chinese chemical company Jiahua Chemicals Inc. will show its diisopropanolamine (DIPA) chemical, which is widely used in gas purification, as an emulsifier, stabiliser, surfactant, and chemical building block. It was first introduced in Dec 2011. The company also makes monoisopropylamine (MIPA) and triisopropanolamine (TIPA). It says it also specialises in polyether polyols.
JIANLONG Stand 1760 Jianlong will present its activated zeolite powder, molecular sieve powder, and moisture scavenger at the event. These remove moisture from the polyol component, and so prevent formation of foam and bubbles by suppressing the reaction of free water with the isocyanate group.
Luoyang Jianlong Chemical Industrial Co. Ltd says its products are compatible with commonly used polyols, polyethers and isocyanates. They are easily dispersible and especially stabilised to ensure sufficiently long hardening times.
KING Stand 1785 Norwalk, Connecticut-based King Industries Inc. will be presenting for the first time its new K-Flex polyester diols for optically clear systems, including K-Flex XM-359, XM-360, XM-361, and XM-370. These diols provide optically clear systems even in combination with benzotriazole UV light absorbers, as well as improved pot life, King says.
King’s new catalysts, K-KAT XK-634 and XK-635, will also be introduced. These are the company’s newest non-tin, non-mercury catalysts available for catalysing twocomponent urethanes.
The additive specialist will also be showing an anti-ballistic specimen, demonstrating the anti-ballistic capabilities of parts made using its polyester diols designed for optically clear systems.
King Industries has three divisions, of which the Coating Additive segment produces urethane items for coatings, elastomers, inks, sealants and adhesives (catalysts and resin modifiers).
KRACHT GMBH Stand 1590 At the event, the German PU equipment maker will be showing its new screw type flow meter size SVC 250. This is designed especially for slabstock machines where high flow rates of high viscosity fluids have to be measured. Kracht says its flow meter SVC 250 measures the flow very accurately at a very low pressure drop.
Kracht will also showcase its full range of gear type and screw type flow meters.
The company makes a full range of gear pumps in cast iron and stainless steel and pumps with wear protection for abrasive fluids.
KRAL AG Stand 1125 Kral of Lustenau, Austria, develops screw pumps, volumeters and flowmeters. At this year’s event, the company will be showcasing its flowmeters and its three-screw pump with magnetic coupling.
KURARAY Stand 1190 The European subsidiary of Japanese speciality chemical company Kuraray Co. Ltd will introduce its liquid polyester polyols and polycarbonate polyols at the exhibition.
The company will present its polyester polyol for PU ink applications, which Kuraray says is its most successful area in the Far East.
Kuraray polyester polyol (3-methyl-1,5- pentanediol adipate) is suitable for PU ink applications, because of high transparency, good compatibility with wide range of solvents, low viscosity, good softness, better adhesion, and adequate heat resistance, according to the company. Kuraray polyester polyol has been used in this application for more than 20 years in Japan, but was introduced to Europe quite recently.
Kuraray Europe GmbH of Hattersheim, Germany, will also show its Kuraray polycarbonate polyol, which the company says is getting popular in artificial leather and coating applications, due to its softness and good flex fatigue resistance. Kuraray will also present its 3-methyl-1,5-pentanediol, which is used as a chain extender.
LAADER BERG AS Stand 1110 Laader Berg of Aalesund, Norway, will present its machinery solutions for the PU industry. The focus at its stand will be on the most recent update of Laader Berg’s Multimax machine. This machine allows users to produce foam in a number of different ways, and gives customers “full flexibility,” Laader Berg says. It allows customers to produce foam in the most cost efficient way.
The machines were first introduced spring 2011 and have received “big interest all over the world,” the Norwegian firm notes.
LAMBIOTTE & CIE Stand 1150 Belgian solvent producer Lambiotte will focus on new formulations of its methylal blowing agent, which it says is economical with “good insulating properties and good toxicological, eco-toxicological and atmospheric behaviour.” The blowing agent’s production does not consume non-renewable oils and it is potentially bio-sourced, Lambiotte claims.
The company will also show its new TOU (2,5,7,10-TetraOxaUndecane) cleaning agent for polyurethanes and a solvent for PU dispersions. Lambiotte notes that this non-flammable product has an extremely high solvent power. TOU is a replacement for NMP (N-methylpyrrolidone).
Lambiotte also offers 2-ethylhexylal, which is a non-VOC solvent used as viscosity modifier for polyurethane adhesives, and 1,3-dioxolane, which is a cleaning solvent with a good toxicological and eco-toxicological profile.
LANXESS Stand 1810 Lanxess will present its phosphorus-based flame retardants for different polyurethane applications such as rigid PU foam, flexible PU foam and CASE.
The Leverkusen, Germany-headquartered company will present its new sprayable intumescent Bayfomox system for the production of fire-resistant articles and coatings This is an adapted version of the company’s original intumescent Bayfomox polyurethane material system.
Lanxess sasy the sprayable system can be applied in a fast and economical way without losing its excellent level of fire resistance.
Lanxess Deutschland GmbH has recently acquired the company Unitex in USA, which produces plasticisers and flame retardants to complement its product portfolio.
LASER COMP Stand 861 LaserComp of Saugus, Massachusetts, will be introducing its latest product – FOX200.
LaserComp says FOX200 gives the most accurate thermal conductivity measurement available. The company will also be showing its FOX801 rotational system, FOX200 vacuum, FOX800LT (cryogenic temperatures), FOX500 to 190C VHS with vacuum, and FOX600 guarded hot plate.
LATEXCO SOLUTIONS Stand 1180 Latexco Solutions, formerly Latexco Recycling, will show how it creates new products and applications with recycled PU, latex and rubber foams. It will especially focus on tailor-made solutions for industry.
The Belgian company says many people do not realise that they are using recycled products in their office chairs, cars or carpets. Latexco notes that it is transforming industrial cutting scrap into an “indispensable” and high-quality product.
Latexco processes industrial cutting remains from latex and polyurethane foam, which are then ground into flocks. By adding a binding agent, these flocks are compressed into blocks of different sizes, densities and colours.
The company cuts these blocks into different plates or shapes, which it says can be used in many traditional and industrial applications, such as furniture, agriculture, landscaping, vegetal roofs, acoustics, and carpet underlay.
MAGMA SAS Stand 2180 For its first time at UTECH Europe, Magma SAS di Paolo Guaglio & C. will promote its equipment and plants, including its machines for dispensing polyurethane twocomponents.
It will also presents its plant for discontinuous blocks for mattress, sofa and pillow production, as well as a complete line for gluing and foaming two-component resins.
Magma will also introduce a complete line to produce agglomerate block using waste from flexible foam production.
The Italian company ill present its new MS machines series for spray and pour polyurethane. The MS machines mount volumetric high-pressure pumps with variable ratio and output from 3 to 22 kg/min, according to the model. End users include construction building enterprises, and industries involved with two-component systems generally.
Magma says that by analysing its customers’ needs, it is able to design machines and plants to mix epoxy, phenolic resins, silicone resins, polyester and coloured systems.
MARBO Stand 2205 Italian additive supplier Marbo Italia Spa will be showcasing its water-based release agents, water-based lacquers and in-mould coatings, as well as phthalate-free colouring pastes and water-based dispersion of pigments.
MILLIKEN Stand 1340 Milliken will highlight its liquid colouring technology for PU applications. Reactint colourants offer high colour strength at low concentrations and are typically three to five times stronger than dyes or pigment dispersions, the Belgian company says.
Reactint colourants are reactive polymeric colourants that consist of chromophores which are chemically bound to polyols, allowing the colourants to react into the PU polymer matrix.
Milliken will also present Dispersitech colourants, a new range of pigment-based colour dispersions compatible with all kinds of PU systems, and Milliguard UVX, a new 100-percent reactive ultraviolet light absorber.
Other products will include Milliguard AOX, a new polymeric range of reactive antioxidants that reduces polymer damage due to oxidation caused by hightemperature exposure, with minimal VOC contribution, and AlphaSan AF, which Milliken say is a new stable dispersion designed to provide cost-effective antimicrobial and antifungal performance in foam applications that require a special protection, such as sponges, furniture, mattresses and pillows.
MONDI COATINGS Stand 1042 Mondi of Vienna, Austria, supplies solutions for the flexible foam industry, as well as solutions for specific building and insulation applications.
At the exhibition, Mondi will show its new product, OLMO 2.0+, a peelable process liner for the flexible foam industry, designed to provide enormous cost savings, a cleaner production process and environmental benefits, the company says.
It will also show its portfolio for the building industry, which includes insulation facings and versatile breathable and nonbreathable membranes for all building projects.
Mondi Coatings & Consumer Packaging GmbH says the insulation facers are based on extrusion coating or lamination and meet the highest requirements for production of rigid polyurethane boards with the highest possible trustable insulation values.
NCZK Stand 2100 Novácke Chemické Závody as v Konkurze produces polyether polyols for flexible and rigid foam, under the tradename Slovaprop.
The Slovakian company will present its polyether polyols based on amine, glycerine and sucrose starters, as well as its polyols for HR foams.
The sucrose types are used as a basic polyol component for rigid PU insulation.
The glycerine types are used as a polyol component for rigid foam systems. The amine types are used for production of rigid PU foams for refrigerators, panels and pipe insulations For HR foams, they are used as a polyol reactant for high resilience flexible slabstock PU foam. For flexible foams, it is used as a reactant for flexible slabstock PU foam production.
NESTAAN HOLLAND BV Stand 1600 Nestaan of Tholen, the Netherlands will present its two-component polyurethane systems at UTECH Europe. It will also show its systems for rigid polyurethane block foam.
NITROIL Stand 1140 Nitroil Performance Chemicals H. GmbH develops and supplies a broad range of catalysts for nearly all PU applications. Its goal is to develop a portfolio of fully incorporable, low-VOC (volatile organic component) amine catalysts which are beneficial for the environment and occupational health and safety. Nitroil also offers solventfree, environmentally friendly PU/polyurea coating systems and sealants.
The Hamburg, Germany-based company will present its new environmentally friendly catalyst PC CAT NP 151 HA, a nonvolatile catalyst which can be used for flexible foam, offering improved curing characteristic for short demoulding times; and the stannous carboxylate-based catalysts, which were developed as substitution for stannous octoate. They can also be used as co-catalysts with excellent synergetic effects along with amine catalysts, Nitroil says.
OLTCHIM Stand 1920 At the exhibition, Oltchim of Romania, will be showing its polyether diols, polyether triols for flexible foams, and polyether polyols for rigid foams. It will also present its Mannich polyols, and range of polymer polyols.
OMS Stand 1640 Impianti OMS Spa will introduce its technologies for continuous panel lines (flexible or rigid facings and core insulation in PU/PIR), discontinuous panel plants, continuous and discontinuous blocks plants, elastomers, gaskets, refrigerators plants (both domestic and industrial), automotive (for the production of car seats, steering wheels, headrests, absorption carpets, air filters) and solar heaters (boilers, solar panels).
The Italian manufacturer will also present its low- and high-pressure dispensing machines for rigid, flexible and integral skin parts. Its display will include foam mixing and metering technology, as well as such end-product samples as elastomer parts, insulating panels and viscoelastic foam.
OMS has recently formed a new metalfaced PU sandwich panel equipment company called FIRST Srl, which it will introduce at the exhibition.
PCC ROKITA SA Stand 1205 Rokita’s stand will showcase its range of polyols, with an emphasis on solutions for high comfort cushioning, particularly high resilience and viscoelastic technologies.
The Polish company will highlight its newly introduced broader range of Rokopol vTec polyol solutions for viscoelastic foams.
Rokita says the Rokopol vTec range permits the production of a wide range of viscoelastic of foams with different density, hardness and recovery characteristics, and includes solutions for use with both TDI and MDI on all types of processing machinery.
Rokita’s flame retardants business will showcase its range of additives. Rokita’s sister company PCC Prodex will be promoting its range of PU systems.
OSV TECHNOLOGIYA Stand 1980 OSV will present its new compact mixing and dosing unit, OSV Mini Dynamica, which it says is used for the processing of a wide range of polymers, as it has a range of new options such as a dynamic mixer, heated tanks, and a control panel. The Ukrainian company says it developed the unit following ideas given by its clients who needed equipment for manufacturing different products from polyurethane foams and elastomers, silicone rubbers, and epoxy resins.
OSV says an advantage of new machine is that it still has compact dimensions, light weight and a reasonable price.
The company will also present its portfolio of mixing and dosing machines.
OSV will give a presentation about the company at the concurrent UTECH Europe conference.
PLASFI SA Stand 1036 Plasfi makes a complete range of products for the building and automotive industry. It produces spray systems for pour-in-place applications. The Tarragona, Spain-headquartered firm produces raw materials for PU formulations, such as aromatic polyester polyols (APP) and Mannich polyols. It supplies a complete range of pre-polymers based on MDI/TDI for applications such as cork and rubber binders, as well as systems for filling up industrial wheels.
At the event, Plasfi will focus on its NOP (natural oil polyol) for rigid formulations; new PU systems (PU and PIR) for flexible and metallic-faced sandwich panels; viscoelastic foam (VE); adhesives for rubber, wood, aggregate and cork; and Questol, a polyurea system for surface protection and waterproofing.
PERSTORP Stand 1350 Swedish company Perstorp’s caprolactones business will present its range of Capa polycaprolactone polyols for cast elastomers and TPU. It will also show its range of crosslinkers and speciality chain extenders.
The company says its main message is about its doubled new capacity for caprolactone technology, which went on stream mid 2011.
PERSTORP COATINGS Stand 958 Perstorp Coating Additives of Saint Priest, France will showcase its new joint venture with Thai company PTT GC.
It will present its new company structure dedicated to aliphatic and aromatic isocyanates for polyurethanes and polyureas. The company will introduce its developments in raw materials for PU resins, as well as new solutions to environment and sustainable concerns.
POLYCRAFT Stand 1780 The Rodgau, Germany-based manufacturer will show its new heated hoses with special insulation (DS Hoses). These are for PU and polyurea spray-in-field application. The heated hoses maintain the proper hoseheat from the preheater of the machine up to the gun, Polycraft says.
The hose has geomembrane insulation consisting of non-woven fabric with a 100- percent polyester protective sheet, which is of low permeability, is flame resistant and has very low thermal conductivity.
Compared to conventional heated hoses insulated with black rubber, Polycraft’s DS hose has high tear resistance, tensile strength and frictional resistance to movements and edges during in-field application.
Polycraft GmbH will also show its whip-gun hose with integrated temperature sensor (TSU) for use in PU and polyurea spray-in-field applications use heating hoses with lengths up to 300ft (90m). The company has developed a TSU, which is built-into the whip gun hose. The main advantage of this `integrated` TSU is the higher safety, security and flexibility during applications.
POLYTEC EMC Stand 1255 Austrian company Polytec EMC Engineering GmbH will show its three-component dispensing machine, DG-200, which is used for mixing and dispensing of castable PU elastomers. The machine is fully automatic and controlled for high production capacity and quality. It uses a Siemens SPS-S7 control with automatic flow-control, mass-flow for continuous ratio-control and high-quality material output.
Polytec adds that the DG-200 has automatic refilling with continuous level probes, colour and additive dosing, and production-data storage for quality control.
It also has online-service capability for quick and easy service and parametersetup of machines.
PURINOVA Stand 2265 Purinova SP zoo of Bydgoszcz, Poland, will present its portfolio of polyester polyols and PU systems for lamination and sandwich panels, preinsulated pipes, spray foam and refrigeration, including new products in the range.
PURPLAN GMBH Stand 2000 Purplan specialises in plants for the storage and processing of liquid materials in the area of PU and resins, such as polyol, isocyanate, additives, blowing agents, resins and binding agents. It optimises and adjusts its products depending on customer requirements.
The German company has a network of locations and distribution partners across the world in China, US, Turkey, Hungary, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition to providing a plant, Purplan says it also wants to ensure the long-term use of the plant, and has therefore expanded its range of services. These include a 24- hour hotline and spare parts, technical approval, telephone support and diagnostics, maintenance and repair, system updates, process consulting, and training.
Purplan’s range of products and service includes tank farms; piping constructions; steel constructions, impounding basins and container stations; mixing stations; resin plants; tempering plants; and metering systems.
The chemical company says it is export-oriented and is looking for distributors in international markets all over the world.
REPSOL Stand 2050 Repsol says it operates under three basic strengths: state-of the-art technology, top product quality and excellent technical service.
The Spanish company is dedicated to research and development and has more than 400 researchers at its technology centre, located in Madrid, to improve on products and preserve the environment.
At the event, Repsol will show its polyol offering with the inclusion of new grades for flexible and rigid foams as well as for non-cellular applications.
REPI SPA Stand 1570 Repi will present its colours for all PU and TPU application including integral skin foam, flexible/slabstock foam, PU and TPU footwear and elastomers.
The Italian company will show its new high-tinting strength REPI black dispersions, which it says allow strong black shades and are money-saving as they require less quantity. Repi will also show its phthalate-free blacks and colours, and biobased colour dispersions and UV stabilisers for all PU applications.
REVERDIA Stand 1495 Reverdia, a joint venture between DSM and Roquette, will show the opportunities of Biosuccinium, a sustainable succinic acid, for polyurethanes. Biosuccinium is a new bio-based chemical with an “improved environmental footprint” that can be used to develop superior sustainable polyurethanes, Reverdia says. It is used in polyester polyols and PU for usage in diverse products, such as footwear.
Biosuccinium is currently produced in a demonstration plant on the Roquette site in Lestrem, France. The first commercial scale plant will open up in the second half of this year on a Roquette site in Cassano, Italy.
Reverdia will also present a paper at the conference, entitled “Sustainable Polyurethane Opportunities with Biosuccinium.”
RHEIN CHEMIE Stand 2120 Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH will present its new Bioadimide product line, which it says enables the production of renewable, bio-based polymers for durable applications with a lower environmental impact.
The company also will highlight its Hycasyl hydrolysis stabilisers, Addocat catalysts, and Addovate stabilisers. Its portfolio also includes Stabaxol high-performance antihydrolysis agents for PU products based on polyester polyols.
SABA DINXPERLO Stand 1695 SABA develops, produces and supplies adhesives and adhesive systems for the foam bonding industry. Its integrated portfolio includes adhesives, application equipment, installation and implementation, and consultancy.
The Dutch company offers water-based adhesives, hotmelts and solvent-based adhesives for the production of mattresses, project furniture, comfort furniture and foam converting applications.
SABA will introduce its new Access system, which it says integrates adhesive delivery and monitoring capabilities in one complete system. This system is designed to deliver a constant and optimised adhesive flow rate to each spray station, which means all operators will apply a predictable amount of adhesive every time.
• monitors adhesive usage during production;
• calculates the adhesive cost of each unit type produced;
• supplies automatic e-mailed costing reports
; • sends e-mail alerts when adhesive usage is not optimal;
• has automatic e-mailed reorder notification;
• has lower inventory costs, less handling, less downtime.
SCHILL + SEILACHER Stand 1200 Schill + Seilacher ‘Struktol’ GmbH of Hamburg, Germany is a producer of silicone stabilisers for rigid and flexible polyurethane foam, such as conventional slabstock, appliance, panels, 1+2 L Spray foam and pipes. It also produces trimerisation catalysts for PIR foam.
The silicones group will present its latest generation of stabilisers for appliances using c-pentane, which need enhanced flowability, also stabilisers for metal-faced panels, which need cell control as well as good adhesion to surface. It will also present the latest generation of flexible foam surfactants.
SHIJIAZHUANG HEJIA Stand 956 Chinese PU catalyst and additive manufacturer Hejia’s main products include amine catalysts, metal catalysts, silicones and flame retardants, which are widely used in PU foams.
The company will show a number of its new products including HJCP-TEDA for all kinds of polyurethane foam; HJCP-A37B delayed catalyst, used for butanediol (BDO) extended shoe sole and integral skin; HJCP-SCLD for medium and low density foam; and HJCP-MCT12 (DBTDL) for CASE, rigid foam and shoe soles.
Shijiazhuang Hejia Chemical Products Co. Ltd says it is specialised in exporting all of its products to the overseas market.
SILCART SPA Stand 2130 Silcart will introduce new facers, which will provide real solutions to complying with new requirements of safety, energy saving and to reducing environmental impact, the Italian firm says.
As well as its its traditional mineral and bituminous facings, Silcart is introducing the following new products: • laminglass defender, a fiberglass mat coupled to a synthetic breather with defender treatment, which moves insects, moulds and bacteria away from the roof; • glass GT universal, a bituminised facer for torch-on application of rigid PU panels with gas-tight properties.
The glass GT product is an improved gas-tight version of a torchable facer, Silcart says. Its special bituminised coating helps soften and melt, improving the adhesion to the membrane.
STATEMIX Stand 1885 StateMix of Winnipeg, Canada, will showcase its new technology at the exhibition, including its new Vortex Mixer design along with the new VM-10,00, which is capable of mixing up to 10 kg of material in a single pail. StateMix says the product is used to mix and de-gas material in a very short time with no clean up required.
STEPAN EUROPE Stand 1300 Stepan Europe will emphasise its aromatic polyester polyols used in rigid foams, as well as its speciality CASE polyols. It will show its new Stepanpol polyester polyols for CASE applications, which it says deliver enhanced hydrolytic stability and adhesion to diverse substrates while improving abrasion resistance and overall hardness.
These polyols can be used in PU hot-melt adhesives, flexible packaging and insulating sealants.
Stepan will also present its Stepanpol range for use in PIR and PU foams.
SYNTHESIA Stand 1115 Synthesia Internacional SLU is involved in several PU businesses: polyester polyols (CASE, rigid foams, flexible foams and shoe-soles); PU systems for insulation (spray and panel); and industrial applications (wood imitation, flexible foams, integral skin, structural PU, elastomers, etc.) The Barcelona, Spain-headquartered company will showcase its new developments for polyester polyols, which have been adapted following its customers’ requirements. The main developments ara based on new and cheaper raw materials, new technical requirements and more natural sources, Synthesia says.
Founded in 1964, privately-owned systems house Synthesia’s main business is the production of polyester polyols as raw materials for the PU business, and formulated polyurethane systems for the insulation and industrial applications.
TEC MAC SRL Stand 2250 Tec Mac makes block foaming plants, cutting equipment, spray machines and casting machines. The PU equipment and machinery maker will present its new CNC cutting unit, TML-A, a fully automated CNC unit, which can cut any shape into the foam and similar materials; a new model of the patented spray gun AP-X, which Tec-Mac saysi si seven more reliable, easier maintenance and very effective in mixing even with polyurea; and Rotoblock, a foam rebonding plant which uses the company's Ecoblet technology to produce big blocks at high density.
Tec Mac will show Isolblock, its block foaming plant for flexible foam, rigid insulation, PIR foam, semi-rigid and phenolic foam. It will also show Isoltec, its multi-purpose high-pressure spray equipment.
TECNOELASTOMERI SRL Stand 1410 Tecnoelastomeri says it provides a “360° approach” to the polyurethane elastomer world: casting, machines, systems, technology and science. The Italian company will show its new Castech LCM machines, along with its polyurethane systems Tecnothane and Rithane.
The Castech PU machines offer the “most advanced” technology in polyurethane casting market, in combination with a very competitive price, according to Tecnoelastomeri. The company says its 30 years of experience means customers get the best combination of performances and workability, as well as a full package of technology.
VOELKEL Stand 1895 Voelkel Industrie Produkte will highlight a number of new products in its polyurea quickspray range, which can be applied by high-pressure spray units, making it a mobile system. Within seconds all hotsprays build a “vinyl like” elastic skin, according to VIP.
It claims its Supreme LSE product is extremely anti-grip and offers a very low surface energy. It will additionally resist puncture tears and is highly impact resistant even in highly abrasive environments.
VIP says Supreme AL, an aliphatic hotspray one-coat system, will protect against corrosion, has excellent resistance to heat distortion and sagging by maintaining its flexibility and shape can replace conventional gelcoats. These properties make it ideal for applications in the chemical as well as food and beverage industry, VIP notes.
The company’s new Supreme F hot spray polyurea emits no toxic fumes and has non-dripping flame retardancy, making it an “ideal choice” in flame-sensitive areas like tunnels, train interiors and furniture industries, according to the German firm.
The Munich, Germany-headquartered company will also show its other polyurea formulations as well as its 2K adhesives.
UBE Stand 1510 Madrid-headquartered UBE’s focus will be on its recently developed polycarbonate-diols (PCD) grades. PCD polyols are linear polycarbonates with OH-groups on both ends.
UBE Chemical Europe claims that PU based on PDC is superior to those based on polyether, polyester and polycaprolactone polyol in heat, weather, hydrolytic and chemical resistance.
The Spanish firm adds that these properties make the polyols suitable for applications such as artificial leather, synthetic leather, thermoplastic elastomers, paints, adhesives and coatings, which require high performance.
Other products that UBE offers include 1,6-hexanediol, an intermediate used in the synthesis of speciality chemicals, and dimethylcarbonate, used as a reactive agent and environmental friendly solvent.
UBE will present a paper on the influence of PCD content on properties of polyurethane elastomers at the concurrent UTECH Europe conference.
UMICORE Stand 1050 Umicore Speciality Materials Brugge NV of Belgium will launch a new range of polyurethane catalysts called Valikat at the exhibition. The Valikat series has been designed to replace mercury-based catalysts in PU applications.
The company notes several advantages to Valikat catalysts: they are non-toxic; can be used in polyether, polyester and PTMEG based elastomers; offer improved reactivity and stability; and can be used as co-catalysts.
WUXI WEIHUA Stand 2172 Wuxi Weihua Machinery Co. Ltd of China, will present its new PU sandwich panel production line for producing construction panels. The surfaces of the panel are steel sheet and the core material is polyurethane. These panels are widely used for roof, wall, door and refrigerator applications.
XUANCHENG Stand 951 Xuancheng City Trooyawn Refined Chemical Industry Co. Ltd supplies flame retardants for polyurethane. The Chinese company’s main products include TCPP [tris(chlorisopropyl) phosphate], IPPP (isopropylate triphenyl phosphate), TEP (triethyl phosphate) and TIPP [Tri(isopropylphenyl)phosphate].
ZHEJIANG WANSHENG Stand 2079 Wansheng of Zhejiang, China, will show its phosphorusbased flame retardants used in PU, PVC and engineering plastics.