REACH Restriction on Formaldehyde Released from Articles
On 13 February, EU Member States approved the text of a REACH Rrestriction on Formaldehyde released from articles. The text will in the coming weeks be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, after which it will become law. A relatively long transition period is foreseen as it shall apply 48 months after […]
European Comission Proposes EU-Wide Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) For Diisocyanates
Diisocyanates are – together with polyols – the main building blocks of polyurethanes. The two main diisocyanates used in the production of moulded PU parts are TDI (Toluene diisocyanate) and MDI (Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate). Diisocyanates – when not handled properly – can cause health issues, such as skin or eye irritation and occupational asthma. To […]
Polyurethanes in automobiles – Horizon 2030
Polyurethane is the second most often used polymer in automobiles, after polypropylene. There is a total of ~28 kg of polyurethanes on average in light vehicles, out of which 60% is flexible foam used in seating. Some 10% is used in carpet underlay/other insulators and headliners each, while the rest can be found in small quantities in head-rests, armrests and consoles, steering wheels, dashboard insulators and IP and door panels.
Europur & Euro-Moulders Conference 2022: The European flexible PU foam industry’s meeting point
The annual conference of EUROPUR and EURO-MOULDERS – respectively the trade association of flexible PU foam blocks producers and the association of polyurethane parts for the automotive industry – took place on 8-9 June in Berlin. This was the two organisations’ most well attended event ever, with nearly 400 participants in-person and about 90 online, coming from all over Europe and beyond, including the United States, India, Korea and several African countries. In total more than 100 companies – out of which 50+ foam producers – participated in this key event for the flexible polyurethane industry.
Supply of raw materials in parts of flexible polyurethane foam supply chain remains critical
Following our earlier update on 16th December 2020 on disruptions in the flexible polyurethane foam supply chain, supply issues have continued to affect the industry through the year end. In a context of high demand for flexible polyurethane foam, supply of raw materials is expected to remain tight well into H1 2021. To read more […]
Supply of Raw Materials in Parts of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Supply Chain Remains Critical
Flexible polyurethane foam is a polymeric material which is produced by combining two main substances: polyols and diisocyanates; as well as other minor components such as water. When these substances are mixed together, they react almost instantly – creating PU foam.
Force Majeures Raw Materials
Force Majeures at European Polyol and Diisocyanates Producers and an extended Gulf storm season in the US disrupt supplies for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Manufacturers. To read more please click.
COVID 19 – FLEXIBLE POLYURETHANE FOAM INDUSTRY UPDATE
Following earlier communications in April and June 2020, and based on continued interviews of our members and experts in the flexible polyurethane foam industry, the situation in Europe’s foam industry to date can be summarised as follows: to read more please click HERE Previous articles are available in the News section of the Europur site https://www.europur.org
Euro-Moulders welcomes 5 new members in 2018
Euro-Moulders formally welcomed 5 new members at its latest General Assembly in Krakow on 11 April 2018: As a regular member Recticel automotive and as Associated Members BASF, Mol, Repsol, MCNS (joint venture of Mitsui Chemicals and SKC Polyurethanes)
Eric Van Lancker new President of Euro-Moulders
Eric Van Lancker new President of Euro-Moulders On 11 April 2018 the Board of Directors of Euro-Moulders unanimously elected Eric Van Lancker from Recticel Automotive as new President of the Association, effective as from 11 April 2018. Mr Van Lancker succeeds long-standing President Renato Ravicino. Esther Quintanilla (Dow), Jean-Christophe L’Hommeau (Adient) and Helge Pfeiffer (Pro-Seat) […]