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EURO-MOULDERS Welcomes 3 New Associate Members in 2024

Kimpur Kimteks Poliuretan is the polyurethane system house with the largest capacity in the region, of more than 200,000 tonnes overall. Kimpur’s products are used in various sectors, such as footwear, automotive, furniture, insulation-construction and defense industries. Learn More Plixxent is a leading European supplier of polyurethane systems, used in both flexible and rigid foam […]

Sustainable Polyurethanes in Automobiles: Addressing the Whole Lifecycle of PU Parts

At our last conference in Budapest, EURO-MOULDERS presented a report aimed at a non-specialist audience on ways to improve the sustainability of polyurethane foam in the automotive sector. The following article summarises the main conclusions of the study, while providing important context on the usage of PU in automotive and changes in the upcoming legislation […]

European Commission Proposal for the New End-of-Life Vehicles Regulation

On 13 July 2023, the European Commission published its proposal for a new End-of-Life Vehicles Regulation. Among others, the proposal foresees that 6 years after the adoption of the legislation (around 2030 thus), plastics in new type-approved vehicles must include 25% recycled content, as a percentage of the total weight of plastics in the vehicle, leaving […]

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.