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FSK announces its International Specialist Conference Polyurethane 2019
FSK announces its International Specialist Conference Polyurethane 2019. The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) is holding this year’s International FSK Specialist Conference Polyurethane in Reutlingen in mid-November.
This year’s International FSK Specialist Conference Polyurethane 2019 will take place from 13 to 14 November. The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) is inviting participants to Reutlingen, near Stuttgart in Southern Germany. Last year’s International Specialist Conference focused on foam plastics, at this year’s event polyurethanes will be at the centre of attention.  The two-day specialist conference will begin on 13 November with the FSK General Assembly, including board elections and honours. Participation is reserved for FSK member companies only.  For all other participants, the industry event will begin immediately after the assembly. The venue is the Stadthalle in Reutlingen. The conference will be opened by Albrecht Manderscheid, FSK CEO and Managing Director of Cannon Deutschland GmbH and Jörg Arntzen, Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH, Werk Ahlen and spokesman for the FSK Polyurethanes Specialist Group. The following is a brief excerpt from this year’s FSK Specialist Conference programme. For more information and download please visit the Specialist Association for Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes website at: www.fsk-vsv.de.
Conference venue for the International FSK Specialist Conference Polyurethane 2019 – Stadthalle in Reutlingen (BW)
The opening presentation “Internationalisation in the medium-sized business sector using the RAMPF Group as an example” will be held by Matthias Rampf, Managing Director of RAMPF Holding, and will provide an introduction to the Rampf company. The company is based in Grafenberg near Reutlingen and is a leader in the development and manufacture of reactive plastic systems based on polyurethane, epoxy and silicone. The FSK-member RAMPF will open its doors for the participants of the conference and at the end of the event will offer the opportunity to take part in an exciting tour of the plant. The Interessengemeinschaft der Thermischen Abfallbehandlungsanlagen in Deutschland (ITAD), based in Düsseldorf and represented by Martin Treder, Managing Director of Energy, Climate and Sustainability at ITAD, will provide an insight into the topic “From waste incineration to multi-output plant”.
Christoph Lindner, Managing Partner of the B2B consulting, project management and market research company Conversio Market & Strategy, with offices in Mainz and Aschaffenburg, will speak on the topic “Plastics material flow in Germany”. Angelika Schöffel, Head of Marketing & Sales at FSK member Georg H. Luh from Walluf, will explain “How expandable graphite improves flame retardancy in foamed plastics and polyurethanes” and Dr. Wolfgang Raffelt, Lead Engineer Development RPM at KraussMaffei, will hold a presentation on “Processing expandable graphite as a flame retardant – Machinery and process technology”. The FSK Innovation Award for Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes 2019 will be presented at the end of the first day in the Stadthalle in Reutlingen.  This year, for the first time, the two areas – foam plastics and polyurethanes – were jointly announced. The application deadline is mid-August. The 22nd FSK Innovation Award ceremony will take place in a festive setting. Following the ceremony, the evening event at the SixFeetUnder in Reutlingen will be the relaxing end of first the day. Besides a wide range of presentations on polyurethanes and interesting industry topics, the specialist association also offers participants plenty of opportunities for questions, discussions and networking
Networking at the FSK – participants at the last FSK Specialist Conference
The second day of the FSK specialist conference also promises an interesting agenda.  Angela Austin, Associate Director at Labyrinth Research & Markets, will hold her presentation “A review of the global PU industry 2018/2019 and outlook for 2020”, in English. There will be information on “Cybercrime and hacker attacks”, a contribution by Florian Beutemüller, Managing Director of the Academy and Digital Agency Mecodia. Dr. Matthias Grimme, Software Architect, at FSK-member Fill in Gurten, Austria will report on “Closing the Engineering Loop – Data usage in all life cycle stages of a machine”.  Dr. Christian Weber, R&D Director at RAMPF Polymer Solutions, will speak on “PU foam sealing systems for applications in the field of electromobility”. Before concluding the specialist conference with a highly interesting tour of the RAMPF plant in Grafenberg, Alexander Ege, Director R&D and Head of Research & Development at RAMPF Tooling Solutions, will offer interesting information on “High-performance plastics in model and mould making industry with polyols based on recycled PET waste”.

The agenda for the International FSK Specialist Conference Polyurethane 2019 can be found online. Registrations for the conference and further information are now available online on the association website at https://www.fsk-vsv.de/termine-veranstaltungen/ .

 

Cardolite Specialty Chemicals Europe NV – the new association member

The FSK is very pleased to welcome its new member to the association. Cardolite Specialty Chemicals Europe NV is a subsidiary of the Cardolite Corporation, a privately held manufacturer of the world’s largest range of Cashew Nutshell Liquids (CNSL), a natural, non-food chain, annually renewable biomaterial. With over 30 years of experience, Cardolite is the leader in the production of high-quality CNSL-based products. The world’s most advanced CNSL technology manufacturing facilities are located in Zhuhai, Guangdong (China) and Mangalore, Karnataka (India).

With the Cashew Nutshell Liquid (CNSL) technology, Cardolite diols and polyols are equipped to offer specific handling and performance characteristics. A wide range of viscosities, hydroxyl values, molecular weights, and functionalities can be achieved with CNSL technology in order to meet different application requirements in PU foams.

The intrinsic advantages of CNSL technology can be translated into polyols with fast reactivity, good compression strength and fire resistance, hydrophobicity and good compatibility with various blowing agents.

Cardolite Specialty Chemicals Europe N.V.
Wijmenstraat 21K /2
BE-9030 Mariakerke – Gent
Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0) 92658826
Internet: www.cardolite.com

FSK-Gemeinschaftsstand auf der K 2016

The K, the world’s largest leading trade fair for the plastics industry, takes place every 3 years. 2019 is again the year of the K, from 16 to 23 October the industry will meet in Düsseldorf.

The K is one of the major highlights in 2019, not only for the Specialist Association Foamed Plastic and Polyurethanes (FSK), but for the entire plastics industry. This event takes place every three years on eight days, in 2019 from 16 to 23 October at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. “In the future, economic success will increasingly depend on the effective merging of the digital world with the worlds of production processes and new product developments. This challenge requires a creative pioneering spirit. In 2019 the trade fair committee has chosen the motto ‘A world of pioneers’ for the world’s largest industry fair”, explained Klaus Junginger, Managing Director of the FSK and since 2018 also a member of the K fair committee. The English-language title demonstrates the global significance and orientation of the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics industry. Around a quarter of a million international visitors from over 150 countries are expected. The K 2019 not only presents the global players, but also focuses on relevant topics of the plastics industry. In addition to other “Hot Topics”, the focus of this year’s fair will be on sustainability and the recycling industry in particular. The international exhibitors at the Plastics Fair 2019 are addressing the current challenges and will be presenting the latest innovations and developments in the plastics industry. Visitors can find information on the focused subject areas at the exhibitor stands and in the supporting programme of the fair.

FSK-Gemeinschaftsstand auf der K 2016

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The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes and its FSK members have had a joint stand at the K since 2007 and are extremely satisfied with the results. In 2016, a new, modern stand concept was developed for the trade fair presentation. “Having fulfilled the expectations of FSK members and trade association in equal measure, in 2019 the FSK is sticking to the concept realised three years ago and will again be presenting itself together with its member companies on the 250 square metre joint stand in Hall 7a, Stands B26/C25,” says Junginger. Among the co-exhibitors at the FSK joint stand (as of April 2019) are Acmos Chemie, BOSIG, FreChem, Keil Anlagenbau, Performance Chemicals, Rampf Polymer Solutions, RÜHL PUROMER and Sitola. The association members will present their products and services to the specialist audience under the flag of the FSK. Thus, visitors to the FSK joint stand will be offered a wide range of services from foam processors and PUR system houses to suppliers of machine and cutting technologies. The individual co-exhibiting FSK members will be introduced in greater detail by the specialist association over the next few weeks.

Zotefoams Plc - the new FSK member

Zotefoams is a world leader in cellular materials technology, with a legacy of innovation that stretches back to 1921. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of lightweight cross-linked polyolefin block foams, grouped under the brand name AZOTE®, and is also a producer of high-performance, fluoropolymer foams, ZOTEK®. Additionally, Zotefoams uses its own cellular materials to manufacture T-FIT® advanced insulation as well as microcellular materials technology, MuCell®. Zotefoams’ products and technologies are based around a unique, environmentally friendly process that uses nitrogen gas to produce a range of closed cell, cross-linked foams.

Zotefoams plc/
Zotefoams Operations Ltd.
675 Mitcham Road
Croydon
CR9 3AL
United Kingdom

Tel +44 208 664 1600
Fax +44 208 664 1616
Email: info@zotefoams.com

FSK - Specialist Day REACH meets Recycling

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) is announcing an FSK Specialist Day titled REACH meets Recycling. The Specialist Association is organizing this event together with its Italian members C.O.I.M. and Olmo Guiseppe on 4 and 5 July, in the region of Milan, Italy.

The FSK REACH meets Recycling Day is being organized by the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) and its Italian member companies C.O.I.M. S.p.A. and Olmo Guiseppe S.p.A. both based in the Milan region. The event will take place on 5 July, 2019 in Italy. In addition to interesting lectures by Dr. Uwe Blumenstein, BASF SE, and Gianflavio Lunardon, AIPEF/Federazione Gomma Plastica, the event will also focus on the two organizing FSK members. “We are very pleased to have C.O.I.M. and Olmo Guiseppe, two committed Italian member companies at our side hosting the FSK REACH meets Recycling Day at their premises near Milan. This again expresses the association’s increasingly international orientation”, says Klaus Junginger, FSK Managing Director. The lectures will be exclusively in English. One day before the event, July 4, 2019, interested parties will meet for a factory tour at the flexible polyurethane foam manufacturer Olmo Guiseppe in Bergamo. This is followed by the evening “Get Together” on site. The Specialist Day itself starts on 5 July at the association member C.O.I.M., specialist for polyaddition polyurethanes, in Cremona. Here the participants have the opportunity to find out more through lectures held by BASF SE and AIPEF. The FSK Specialist Day “REACH meets Recycling” will end with a tour of the production facilities at C.O.I.M. As with all association events, there will be sufficient time for networking and exchanging experiences on both days. Registration for the FSK-REACH-Event 2019 is now possible, please use the FSK online registration tool: www.fsk-vsv.de/termine-veranstaltungen. The participation fee for FSK members is 265 Euro. Non-members will be charged 435 Euro.

 

FSK calls for entries for the 2019 Innovation Award Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes

In 2019, the Association of Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) announces the Innovation Award for Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes. Young talents and specialists, professionals and companies are invited to submit innovative ideas, forward-looking concepts and new developments in the field of foam plastics and polyurethanes.

The FSK has set itself the goal of promoting and motivating young people from the industry to submit new ideas, concepts and developments. To this end, the FSK annually awards an innovation prize in the categories “Technology” and “Design”. The prize is awarded alternately to foam plastics and polyurethanes. In 2019, it will be announced specifically for innovations in both material areas – foam plastics and polyurethanes. Individuals and groups from universities and companies throughout Europe can apply until August 16, 2019. Entries from junior staff and professionals or companies will be evaluated and awarded separately in order to ensure a fair and appropriate assessment and award based on knowledge and experience. The evaluation is carried out by a jury of experts selected by the FSK. Criteria are the novelty and innovative strength of the submitted products and solutions, as well as their marketability and competitiveness. Application documents can be requested from the FSK office or downloaded from its website. The award ceremony will take place in Reutlingen (BW) on 13 November 2019 as part of the International FSK Conference on Polyurethanes. The winners in the field of junior staff can receive additional funding of up to 3000 euros to establish their innovations on the market.
Application documents can be found on the FSK website.

FSK calls for entries for the 2018 Innovation Award Foamed Plastics

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) is once again calling for entries for the Innovation Award Foamed Plastics in 2018. The competition is open to young talents and specialists, professionals and companies – to submit innovative ideas, forward-looking concepts and new developments in the field of foam plastics.

Stuttgart, 23 April – The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) has set itself the goal of promoting young industry professionals and motivating them to submit new ideas, concepts and developments. Each year, the FSK presents an innovation award in the categories “Technology” and “Design and Construction”. The prize is awarded alternately to the Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes divisions. In 2018, the competition will be specifically for innovations in the field of foamed plastics. Applications are open until 3 September 2018 to individuals and groups from universities and companies across Europe. Submissions from junior professionals and senior professionals or companies will be evaluated and awarded separately in order to ensure a fair and appropriate assessment and according to the level of knowledge and experience. The evaluation is carried out by a jury of experts selected by the FSK. The criteria are the newness and innovative power of the submitted products and solutions, as well as their market and competitive ability. Application documents can be requested from the FSK office or downloaded from its website. The award ceremony will take place in Papenburg on 28/29 November as part of the 19th International FSK Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics. The winners in the category junior professionals will receive an additional cash prize of up to 3,000 Euros in order to establish their innovations on the market.

FSK makes PUR flexible foam data available for download

The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) presents the results of its work online. New technical data sheets and product descriptions for PUR flexible foam are now available for download on the association’s website. Stuttgart, July 11, 2018 – The Technical Specialist Group PUR Flexible Foam of the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) is an expert committee whose task is the further development of the PUR flexible foam sector. The results of its work lead, among other things, to the further development of technical documentation. New data sheets and product descriptions are now openly available to all members and interested parties on the FSK website. These documents are also available in an English version. The data sheets typify and specify different PUR foams such as gel, hypersoft, cold or visco-foam for a wide range of applications and uses. The specialist association also provides a data sheet on the bulk density and hardness tolerances of PUR flexible foams, a sample material data sheet and a basic principle document on quality and the environment. “The data sheets provide the processing industry in particular with valuable information on how to handle the various types of PUR flexible foams. This applies to both processing and application,” says Manfred Stahl, Managing Director of Eurofoam Deutschland GmbH Schaumstoffe and spokesman of the Technical FSK Specialist Group PUR Flexible Foam. The technical documentation describes the mechanical and chemical-physical properties of the various foam families. The material data sheet also serves as a sample, making it easier to properly record the labelling of your own products. There are also recommendations for action when dealing with PUR flexible foam. “The principles on quality and the environment enhance the applicable DIN and international standards and guidelines and link these, for example in the VdS guidelines, with the regulations of the insurance industry”, explains Manfred Stahl. The data sheets and product descriptions for PUR flexible foam in German and English can be found on the FSK website at www.fsk-vsv.de.

FSK invites to the International Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics 2018

Innovations, lectures, contacts and trends – the Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes offers the perfect platform at its annual industry event, the International Foamed Plastics Conference in Papenburg at the end of November.

Stuttgart, 14 June 2018 – The Specialist Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes (FSK) will be holding its annual International FSK Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics from 27 to 29 November. The 2018 venue for the FSK Specialist Conference will be the Forum Alte Werft in Papenburg and will offer participants everything they need to know about foamed plastics. The two-day conference agenda includes lectures from numerous companies and institutions in the field of foamed plastics and of course, the traditional FSK evening event. Among other things, new solutions with technical foams and composites in various fields of application, flame protection in PUR and innovations in lightweight construction will be presented. Further topics will include effective vibration isolation with IMO-certified PUR elastomers and the introduction of technologies for using high-pressure water jets as universal cutting media. “It is very important that, with this international conference, the specialist association offers the industry a platform where topics in the field of foamed plastics are addressed in a variety of ways and from different perspectives. There should also be enough time for questions and discussions,” said Klaus Junginger, Managing Director of the FSK. To provide the participants with the opportunity for intense discussions and networking, the association itself has organised an interesting supporting programme, which will begin with an evening Get-Together at the Fischhaus Smutje in Papenburg and extend to an evening event at the Alter Güterbahnhof. A special highlight this year will be the tour of the MEYER WERFT shipyard. The presentation of the FSK Innovation Award Foamed Plastics 2018, for which submissions are currently being accepted, will also take place in a festive setting. “With the wide variety of topics, the participants can look forward to extremely interesting and future-oriented impulses from the professional world,” promises Klaus Junginger.
Very special and new – this year companies have the opportunity to present their company, special technologies or innovations to the participants of the event as exhibitors in the Forum Alte Werft. Space is limited! If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact the FSK team directly.  The programme for the International FSK Specialist Conference Foamed Plastics 2018 is now available for download on the website of the specialist association.

Registration online, by fax: +49 (0) 711 993 751 11 or by e-mail: fachtagung2018@fsk-vsv.de or by postal mail directly to the FSK.