Frankfurt, Germany -- Some 70 participants, including polyurethane processors, raw material and additive suppliers, machinery and plant manufacturers converged recently for a German-Austrian meeting of the FSK, the trade association for polyurethane and foamed plastics.
The group met at the Gurten, Austria, premises of machine and plant builder FILL GmbH, an active member of the FSK.
The meeting focussed on technical questions about polyurethane and PU processing equipment technologies. Examples discussed are the development of polyurethane to make alpine skiing equipment or high-quality bathtubs with a barrier-free, ground-level entrance and door opening, as presented by the Austrian systems house Hecxel and sanitary-ware manufacturer Artweger.
Other examples of reinforced PU components, as well as lightweight and hybrid applications in wood and polyurethane, presented in terms of engineering technology by Wilhelm Rupertsberger and Jürgen Huber of the host company.
Rolf Apfeld of PU foam can recyclers PDR Recycling GmbH + Co KG of Thurau in Germany presented some new applications for recycled materials from polyurethane, developed in cooperation with Rampf Ecosystems.
This German-Austrian meeting also set also the programme priorities and lectures for the FSK's Polyurethanes Conference 2011 to be held at the Volkswagen site in Wolfsburg, 6/7 Oct in Wolfsburg.
The focus at the Wolfsburg meeting will be on new lightweight design, and structural components made of polyurethane for the automotive and other industries as well as new technical developments in polyurethane.
With the implementation of REACH chemicals regulation and the findings from the completed registration of large quantities of material at the end of 2010, the recent meeting discussed the next steps in the polyurethane industry.
A particular focus was the requirement for new work processes and safety measures in REACH, related to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (known as CLP). This measure is how the EU is adopting the international Globally Harmonised System (GHS). This puts new demands on the material chain, and implementation of these requirements will be discussed by the FSK in association meetings and workshops during the next few weeks.