FSK calls for applications for the Innovation Award Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes 2022

The Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Association (FSK) will confers the Innovation Award for Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes in January 2022.  Until 31 October 2021, junior professionals and professionals have the opportunity to submit innovations from the material areas of foam plastics and polyurethanes to the specialist association.

Stuttgart, 07.10.2021 – Strong industries need strong trade associations is the motto of the FSK. The FSK Innovation Award Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes 2022 is intended to prove this once again with innovations from all areas of the foamed plastics and polyurethane industry. The Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Association (FSK) has already extended the application deadline for the FSK Innovation Award until 31 October 2021. With this, the trade association would like to offer the industry the opportunity to specifically prepare and submit innovative ideas, solutions, products or processes related to the materials foamed plastics and polyurethane. A novelty this year: for the first time, applicants have the opportunity to submit products and innovations related to materials in the category “Sustainability”.

With the call for applications for the Innovation Award, the specialist association is pursuing the goal of promoting young talent in the sector as well as furthering cooperation between young professionals and industry partners.  Applications are accepted from young professionals as well as from specialists, professionals and companies. The submissions will be evaluated and awarded separately in order to ensure a fair assessment and award based on knowledge and experience. In addition to the innovative strength of the submitted products, ideas and solutions, the criteria are their marketability and competitiveness, sustainability, material-appropriate implementation and technical feasibility.  The FSK has been confers the Innovation Award in the categories “Technology” and “Design and Creation” since 1998. This year, for the first time, applicants can also submit products and innovations related to materials in the category “Sustainability”. In the category for young talents, the awars winners receive prize money of up to 3,000 euros, depending on their placement. This is intended to support the young applicants in successfully establishing their innovation on the market. The award ceremony will take place in a festive setting on 26 January 2022 at the International FSK Specialist Conference on Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes in Dortmund.

The specialist association is calling on all interested parties to take advantage of this opportunity and submit innovative ideas and products by 31 October 2021.

Application forms are available at or directly at the FSK

REACH Diisocyanates Training: FSK awards first training certificate

Pilot phase of REACH training courses on handling diisocyanates successfully completed: The FSK has now successfully certified the first participant. The first certificate for the basic course, Level 1 was awarded to an employee of the company Getzner Werkstoffe from Austria.

Stuttgart, 06.10.2021 – The Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Association (FSK) has awarded the FSK certificate to participants of the pilot companies in the REACH training courses after successful testing. Participants from the Austrian company Getzner Werkstoffe, a specialist in vibration insulation for the railway, construction and industrial sectors, were the first in Europe to complete certification as part of the FSK’s pilot project. Klaus Junginger, Managing Director of FSK Services GmbH presented the certificate to Mr Reinhardt Gantner, Chemical laboratory technician and foreman in plastics technology as well as works council member at Getzner Werkstoffe.

FSK-Training: Certificate handover to Reinhardt Gantner, Getzner Werkstoffe (f.l. Christian Loretz, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH, Nilüfer Bozkurt-Thielscher, Services GmbH., Klaus Junginger, FSK e.V., Reinhardt Gantner, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH, Kristina Fridrich, FSK e.V., Roger Höfle, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH, Martin Dietrich, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH)

“The FSK certificate is an important component of the REACH training requirement, which we offer to companies as proof of successfully completed training,” says Klaus Junginger. “With the EU restriction on use and placing on the market, another requirement has been introduced in addition to the training requirement. There must also be proof of successful completion of the training content. The FSK therefore issues a certificate after the course as proof of the knowledge acquired. For this purpose, there is a test on the learning contents at the end of each course. Based on the contents, the FSK has created a collection of questions from which the respective test questions are selected at random. If 80 percent of the questions are answered correctly, the test is passed and the participant receives a certificate. In our pilot project, the first participant successfully completed the basic training right away.”

The FSK was involved from the very beginning in the Europe-wide standardised training content that companies have to undergo for the safe handling of diisocyanates according to the REACH Regulation. The FSK certificate now creates transparency and thus trust. In the further course of training to the intermediate and higher training levels, the FSK relies on the expertise of experienced trainers who come from practical experience and can convey the contents in a targeted manner. “In this way, we want to create a high level of quality and trust to convey the learning content,” explains Klaus Junginger.

The FSK certificate offers companies a clear and comprehensible presentation of the knowledge imparted according to the classification under the REACH Regulation. In addition, the FSK guarantees that companies will be reminded to re-certify their employees after five years.
The EU obligation to train all users and distributors of diisocyanates in their safe handling by August 2023 is an extensive and important challenge for companies in the sector. Thanks to its learning platform and experienced trainers, the FSK is well equipped to take on this challenge. “Of course, all companies – even non-members of the FSK – that fall under the REACH diisocyanates training obligation can access this platform and benefit from its advantages,” adds Klaus Junginger and urges: “Clarify the training levels required for you with our advisors today!”

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FSK organises International Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes on 26 + 27 January 2022 in Dortmund

The Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Association (Fachverband Schaumkunststoffe und Polyurethane e.V.). (FSK) invites to the international conference Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes. The event provides information on innovations and trends, offers a forum for expert presentations, and is a marketplace for networking and contacts. After the break in the Corona year, the association welcomes participants from all over Europe at its conference.

Stuttgart, 05.10.2021 – With a convincing program and exciting topics of the industry, the professional association will start the new year on 26 and 27 January 2022 in Dortmund with the 21st International Specialist Conference. For the first time, the FSK conference will not take place in autumn 2021 as usual, but in January 2022. This conference will also be dedicated to innovations, lectures, contacts and trends: the professional audience will be offered a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and socialising at the Hotel Radisson Blue Dortmund.

In the two-day conference program, expert lectures focusing on sustainability and the circular economy, artificial intelligence (AI) and flame protection have been announced. “These are the topics that drive our industry,” explains FSK Managing Director Klaus Junginger. “Our materials stand for an innovative industry. Future-oriented thinking, developments and technologies are topics that are in focus for our members. In addition, we will present our specially developed training platform at the conference. The EU obligation to train all users and distributors of diisocyanates in the safe handling of these by August 2023 is an enormous challenge for the industry and an important mandate these days. We can rise to the challenge thanks to our learning platform and trainers.”

Following the general meeting, which will take place on 26 January in the morning, FSK chairman Albrecht Manderscheid, Cannon Deutschland GmbH will open the series of lectures on the first day. The keynote speaker will be Dr Ralf Bartels of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE), who will talk about the challenges of an energy-intensive industry. Pawel Szymutko and Dan Gavriliu from JIFFY PACKAGING SP. Z O.O. will shed light on the topics of sustainability and circular economy for polyethylene (PE); Marcel Müller from Dow Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. OHG, will focus on the topic in connection with polyurethane (PUR). In addition, on the first day of the conference there will be a panel discussion on the topic of “Circular economy – re-sorted?”, in which Dr. Thomas Hillebrand from PDR Recycling GmbH + Co KG, Marcel Möller from Dow Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. OHG, Dr. Thomas Probst from the Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung e.V. (German Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Disposal). (bvse) and Marco Werth from RAMPF Eco Solutions GmbH & Co. KG will take part. The first day of the conference will conclude with the award ceremony for the FSK Innovation Award 2022. The FSK is still accepting applications until 31.10.2021. Further information on the FSK Innovation Award is available online.

The second day of the conference will be opened by the FSC specialist group spokesman Jörg Arntzen, Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH. Michael Stöhr, Albrecht Bäumer GmbH & Co. KG, will speak in the first cluster on data use in production and David Haferkorn, Symate GmbH, on data pooling and analysis. In the second block, Tom Berckmans from Cardolite Specialty Chemicals Europe N.V. will talk about CNSL-based polyols. An English lecture on graphite as a flame retardant will be given by Stefano Andreolli of Cannon Afros S.p.A. This will be followed by a presentation on safe building envelopes by Rüdiger A. Dederichs of FM Approvals.

The event will be rounded off by a factory tour at ATLAS Schuhfabrik GmbH & Co.KG in Dortmund, which will open its doors to conference participants on this day and provide insights into the organisation, logistics and production.

To kick off the conference, a get-together will be held the evening before at Hövels Hausbrauerei to facilitate networking and intensive exchange. The subsequent evening event at the Brauturm location in the Dortmunder U will round off the day.

The event programme of the International FSK Conference Foam Plastics and Polyurethanes 2022 is now available for download on the homepage of the trade association. Registration is possible online, by email: and by post with the registration form.

Important note: The International FSK Conference 2022 will take place under consideration of the 3G rule. We reserve the right to make changes due to possible official instructions.

A voucher copy is requested.

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Launch of the FSK learning platform: FSK launches pilot project with REACH diisocyanate training courses
  • The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK e.V.) goes online with its learning platform FSK-Training.
  • The first training courses on the safe use of diisocyanates are already starting as a pilot project.
  • In good time for the entire industry: For the PU sector, the start of the pilot signifies the achievement of an important milestone in fulfilling the obligation under REACH.

Together with the eLeDia team of experts, FSK Services GmbH, the association’s service company, has developed a training platform available to all commercial and industrial users of diisocyanate products. With e-learning, classroom and hybrid training, there is a suitable learning concept for everyone. The launch of the learning platform is well-timed: Throughout Europe, after 24 August 2023, diisocyanates may only be used with the appropriate training certificate. From this date on, the use of diisocyanates without training will be prohibited. For the future-oriented and innovative PU sector, which with hundreds of thousands of employees presents a weighty branch of the industry, the platform offers access to the Europe-wide standardised training courses at just the right time. “Coping with the training mandate is a huge but not unsolvable task!” says FSK Managing Director Klaus Junginger. “The PU industry has a strong interest in top-level occupational health and safety. The aim is for diisocyanate products to be used safely in everyday working life. We provide the platform and access to the training content developed in cooperation with the manufacturers’ associations ISOPA and ALIPA for all areas and workflows.”

FSK Training Platform

Launch package – Everything you need to know!

To deal with the rush from the industry in a timely manner, the FSK has compiled an information package. The package provides information in a clear and understandable way with a short film, a factsheet and the FSK training website and answers a wide range of questions. “We have noticed that not all stakeholders are yet aware of their new training obligation regarding diisocyanates. Therefore, the film and the factsheet briefly and concisely explain the explosive nature of the topic of diisocyanate training for our industry and the future of polyurethanes to a broad target group. In addition, all information on the topic is also available on the specially created FSK training website. You can also use this to access the learning platform after ordering the course,” added Klaus Junginger. First participants are very enthusiastic: “In the shop, thanks to the overview, I was able to view and select the different levels of the course units. The learning platform is intuitive to use, and I was able to progress through the course at my own pace and daily rhythm. At the end of the lesson, I was well prepared for the test.”

The short film “Safe handling of diisocyanates – Train now with FSK Training” is available on the FSK homepage at or on the Specialist Association’s  YouTube-Channel.

Short film “Safe handling of diisocyanates – Train now with FSK Training”

FSK training courses – full-service and hosting in Germany

The FSK provides all companies, self-employed persons and employees in the PU sector with the training courses and the learning platform and offers a full-service package. “We work with the companies to determine their individual training needs and also in what form training should take place – online or with trainers on site. All required courses can be booked, attended and certified through us. We can handle all the administrative work for those concerned,” says Klaus Junginger with regard to the full-service package, which was created in response to the specific requests of numerous SMEs. Courses in other languages of the EU member states will also be available as soon as possible – a result of the requirement that training courses with the same content must be offered throughout Europe.

FSK certification – sustainability in the industry

The EU restriction on the use and placing on the market also requires proof of successful completion of the training content in addition to the training courses. At the end of each learning unit, the acquired knowledge is tested, and, if successfully passed, a certificate is issued. “The accredited FSK Certificate reflects the sustainable improvement in occupational health and safety based on the exemplary training in the field of diisocyanates,” stated Klaus Junginger.

FSK Certificate for the successful participation in the Diisocyanate Training.

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Nilüfer Bozkurt-Thielscher, Authorised Signatory and Project Manager REACH, FSK Services GmbH
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Deadline for applications for the FSK Innovation Award Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes 2022 extended
The Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Association (FSK) is extending the deadline for applications for the 2022 Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Innovation Award. In addition, innovative ideas, forward-looking concepts and sustainable new developments will also be honoured in the sustainability category for the first time in 2022.

Stuttgart, 02.09.2021 –  Since 1998, the Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes Association (FSK e.V.) has been awarding its annual Innovation Award.  For 22 years, it was awarded in the categories of design and creation as well as technology (processing and chemistry). In 2022, applicants for the Innovation Award have the opportunity to submit products and innovations related to materials in the category “Sustainability” for the first time. The FSK Innovation Award 2022 is
intended to inspire young industry professionals to submit concrete and sustainable innovations or future concepts in the material areas of foam plastics and polyurethanes. In order to motivate applicants and give them more time to carefully prepare the application documents, the FSK is extending the application deadline by three weeks from 08 to 31 October 2021. The application documents are available from the FSK office. In addition, they can be downloaded directly from the website of the professional association: A jury of experts selected by the FSK will review and evaluate all applications received. The jury evaluates the submitted projects of young professionals as well as professionals and companies independently of each other, to ensure a fair and proper assessment as well as awarding according to level of knowledge and experience. In addition to the degree of novelty, the evaluation criteria include the innovative strength of the submitted projects and concepts, their sustainability as well as their expected competitiveness on the market. competitiveness on the market. Individuals as well as groups from universities or companies can participate.

The award ceremony will take place on 26 January 2022 during the International FSK Specialist Conference on Polyurethanes and Foam Plastics in Dortmund. The winners in the area of young professionals of the Innovation Award Foams and Polyurethanes will be rewarded with prize money worth up to 3,000 euros, depending on their placement. The aim is to make it easier for them to successfully launch their innovations on the market. Apply now. Extended application deadline until 31 October 2021!

Application forms can be found on the FSK website.

For further information, please send an email to or call 0711 993 7510.

FSK at UTECH Europe and Foam Expo Europe

The FSK e. V. will present at two specialist trade fairs for the PUR and foam plastics industry in November 2021. The specialist association will be represented with a stand at Foam Expo Europe in Stuttgart and UTECH Europe in Maastricht.
Foam Expo Europe is the meeting place for the technical foam industry and offers visitors a comprehensive insight into all types of foam and raw materials used in the manufacture of foam and foam-related products. New applications, manufacturing processes, production machinery as well as innovative products and trends will be presented along the entire supply chain of the foam industry. In addition to the exhibition, there will be the opportunity to participate in the Foam Expo Europe conference. This will address industry issues such as optimising manufacturing processes, market trends, regulatory changes and promoting circularity and sustainability within the supply chain.
Foam Expo Europe will take place at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre (Hall 10) from 09 to 11 November 2021. The FSK can be found at stand no. 644.

In the following week, UTECH Europe will open the doors in the MECC Maastricht, Netherlands. Taking place from 16 to 18 November 2021, the trade fair is regarded as an expert platform with an international exhibition and conference for the polyurethane industry. Over 200 international exhibitors will present innovations, technologies and products from the entire polyurethane industry. Parallel to the exhibition, the organisers of UTECH Europe 2021 are organising a three-day technically adept conference, where participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest PU research and developments. The FSK will present itself in traditional blue on stand no. H28.

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Foam Expo Europe: Hall 10, stand number 644
UTECH Europe: Stand number H28

Foam Expo Europe 2021 - Europe´s meeting place for Foam Innovation and Technology

Europe’s Largest Event for Technical Foam Innovation and Technology

Foam Expo Europe covers all types of foam and raw materials used in the manufacture of foam and foam-related products, including moulded, rigid and flexible foams using materials ranging from urethanes to elastomeric materials such as rubber and PVC, as well as manufacturing machinery and foam service providers. The event offers a single marketplace for foam manufacturers to meet with potential buyers and their supply chain.

The event, taking place 09 – 11 November, 2021, in Stuttgart will offer synergies for applications across the automotive, aviation, construction, and sports and leisure industries, establishing a superior range of opportunities for key application industries seeking to utilise advanced materials and technology.

Further information about Foam Expo Europe 2021 can be find here

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International FSK Specialist Conference Foam Plastics and Polyurethanes 2022

In January 2022, it’s that time again. The Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) will be holding its industry event – the International Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes – from January 26 to 27, 2022. Due to the Corona pandemic, the FSK specialist conference in 2020 had to be cancelled and could not take place in 2021 either. Therefore, the FSK will hold its industry event next year not in autumn as usual, but already in January 2022. With innovations, presentations, contacts and trends, the trade association offers a platform for knowledge exchange and networking, this year in Dortmund. Innovative lectures by industry experts and the traditional evening event will shape this year’s FSK specialist conference. The event will be rounded off by a highly interesting factory tour at ATLAS Schuhfabrik GmbH & Co.KG in Dortmund.

Registration for the FSK specialist conference will soon be possible on the association’s website


REACH – Restriction of diisocyanates

In August 2020, the EU decided to restrict diisocyanates. Accordingly, in the future, all diisocyanate users must be trained in the safe handling of the chemical. In this interview, FSK Managing Director Klaus Junginger explains this new regulation’s impact on the industry.

Here you can find the interview in full length.

Further information on the REACH restriction procedure of diisocyanates and the upcoming training courses of the FSK e. V. on this topic can be found on the FSK homepage under REACH.

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Training courses are mandatory for employees dealing with diisocyanates

The restriction of diisocyanates under the EU REACH regulation, published in the EU Official Journal, introduces new minimum training requirements for employees handling diisocyanates and mixtures containing diisocyanates.

In August, the EU Commission finally published the restriction of diisocyanates in the Official Journal of the EU. According to this, qualified training in the handling of diisocyanates along the entire value chain in the PU industry will be mandatory in the future. The restriction regulates the placing on the market and handling of diisocyanates as independent substances, as a component of substances or in mixtures. Diisocyanates for industrial and commercial purposes are regulated at concentrations of more than 0.1 % by weight. The restriction provides for a transitional period until August 24, 2023. After this date, the training courses will become mandatory throughout Europe.

Content of the regulation

Specifically, the restriction regulates the following:

  • the minimum training requirements for industrial and commercial users of diisocyanates (stricter national regulations of the Member States are not affected),
  • the provision of training material in the official languages of the Member States by the respective diisocyanate suppliers,
  • the obligation to include information on training requirements already on the packaging by suppliers of diisocyanates,
  • the obligation of employers or self-employed persons to document the successful completion of the training,
  • updating the required training every five years,
  • the obligation for the Member States to report on the progress and effects of the restriction.

Application and restriction of diisocyanates in practice

Typical cases of handling diisocyanates are processing, spraying, various application types, post-treatment, cleaning, and waste handling. As part of the promotion of occupational health and safety when handling chemicals such as diisocyanates, the European REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals) allows the manufacture, placing on the market or use of a potentially hazardous substance to be restricted or prohibited to protect human health and the environment. For diisocyanates, this restriction means that all employees who come into direct contact with the substances must be both informed and trained to manage the risks involved in handling the substances. Otherwise, handling is not permitted.

Industry collaboration for optimal employee protection:

The entire diisocyanates industry – from manufacturers, formulators/system houses, and machine manufacturers to processors – were involved in the process from the very beginning through their interest groups. National and European associations have worked closely together to compile and make relevant data and information available to the authorities. The development of a comprehensive package of training materials for the industrial and commercial value chain is imminent. The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK e.V.) is actively involved in this process at the European level with its processors’ specialist knowledge. Klaus Junginger, Managing Director of the FSK, sees an online platform’s development as the right and appropriate solution from his many years of experience. Last but not least, to ensure a consistently high level of training throughout Europe:  “We are pleased to be involved in the successful implementation of the restriction and started developing training material several years ago. We understand qualified personnel as the key to every successful company. The continuous improvement of employee protection is, therefore, in the interest of our members. We, therefore, support the restriction proposal to the best of our ability and drive the implementation forward with our knowledge and expertise”.


The EU reach restriction procedure for diisocyanates was initiated by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), which submitted a restriction proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in 2016. Within the framework of the European restriction procedure for substances, ECHA determined that mandatory training is the most appropriate, safest, and effective EU-wide risk management measure to reduce occupational asthma among employees exposed to diisocyanates. ECHA submitted the relevant restriction proposal to the Commission.

The FSK e.V. and its polyurethane processing members:

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK), is an association of the plastics processing industry. It represents the interests of plastics processing companies at the national and the European level. Among its members are also manufacturers and processors from the polyurethane material sector. Together with polyols, diisocyanates are the essential building blocks of polyurethanes. It can be either rigid or flexible and offers various end-user applications such as insulation (of buildings, refrigerators, and freezers), adhesives, coatings, car parts, sportswear, beds, and furniture.

Further information on the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK), its members, materials, and products can be found at : or by phone: + 49 (0) 711 993 751- 0.