Due to the current situation the professional association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) is postponing its Lightweight PUR specialist day to 24.02.2021 and is continuing the successful series of events next year. Together with its member Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal, the FSK is organizing the industry meeting.
Building on the success of the first four Lightweight PUR Days, the specialist association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. is organizing (FSK) is organizing the fifth Lightweight PUR specialist day at the Fraunhofer ICT. The FSK’s youngest specialist group and its events enjoy great popularity and are enormously popular. Due to the corona crisis, the trade association has to postpone the Lightweight PUR Conference, which was originally scheduled for April 30, 2020, until 2021. Cooperation partners, the lecture program and the venue remain unchanged. The venue alone and the unique insights into the work of the Fraunhofer-ICT are worth participating in the event. The presentation of the ICT and a tour of its laboratories form the interesting supporting program for the specialist lectures from the lightweight construction industry. The symposium invites to selected expert lectures, discussion and networking. The first specialist presentation “Lightweight construction for commercial vehicle cabins: The BWMI Project HylightCab”, is presented by Florian Wafzig, Fraunhofer ICT, and Oleg Saburow, KIT. The topic “Hot, hotter, Elastocoat® C for pultrusion” is presented by Dr. Julia Liese and Bert Neuhaus from BASF Polyurethanes GmbH. This will be followed by two further technical presentations on lightweight construction with polyurethane. At the end of the lecture block, the active member companies of the Lightweight PUR section will present a cooperation lecture entitled: “PUR systems for lightweight construction – a materials overview”. The FSK will then present its activities and allow time for questions, discussion and feedback.
Registrations are now possible exclusively online via the FSK website: www.fsk-vsv.de. On the FSK website you will also find the detailed programme of events and hotel recommendations for overnight stays. FSK members pay 175.00 EUR per person, non-members 250.00 EUR. Included in the costs are the participation in the evening get-together and the symposium itself on February 24, 2021, the conference documentation and catering during the event.
Further information on the specialist association for foam plastics and polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) and its events as well as the work of the specialist committees can be found online at: www.fsk-vsv.de or by telephone: 0711 993 751- 0.
At its International FSK Conference Polyurethane 2019 on November 13th and 14th in Reutlingen near Stuttgart, the Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) awarded this year’s FSK Innovation Award Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes in the categories “Technology – Processing and Chemistry” and “Design and Creation” to a total of five award winners, whose award-winning projects are presented below.
For the 21st time, the FSK Innovation Award of the Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) was presented at its International Conference on Polyurethanes 2019. The awards were presented in a ceremonial act in the city hall in Reutlingen near Stuttgart. The FSK Innovation Award for Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes was announced jointly for the first time in 2019. The award was presented in two categories: “Technology – Processing and Chemistry” and “Design and Creation”. “With the Europe-wide announcement of this annual innovation award, we as a trade association want to motivate, among other things, young professionals to submit innovative ideas, forward-looking concepts and sustainable new developments in the field of foam plastics and polyurethanes,” explains Klaus Junginger, FSK Managing Director. “At the same time, we want to encourage young talent and support cooperation between award winners and industry partners,” he adds. In 2019, a total of 16 projects from individuals and groups from universities and companies were submitted to the trade association within the application deadline. The decision on the award winners was made by a jury of experts selected by the Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes. In addition to the novelty and innovative strength of the submitted products and solutions, the evaluation criteria were their expected market and competitive strength. Their material-specific implementation and technical feasibility also played an important role. In order to ensure a fair and appropriate assessment and awarding of prizes according to the level of knowledge and experience, the jury members assessed entries from young professionals as well as from specialists, professionals and companies separately. In 2019, the expert jury decided to award a total of five prizes – four of them in the category “Technology – Processing and Chemistry”. Within these, two awards were given to specialists, professionals and companies. The other two in this category went to young professionals in the industry. One prize was awarded in the category “Design and Creation” and with it the young talents of the industry. The Innovation Award was presented by Martin Dietrich, R&D consultant for polyurethanes and materials at Getzner Werkstoffe, specialist for vibration insulation, from Bürs, Austria. Starting with the category “Technology – Processing and Chemistry” in the area of skilled workers, professionals and companies, all five prize winners are briefly introduced below: Wiebke Speckels, Julia Liese and Bert Neuhaus from BASF Polyurethanes were pleased to receive the award for their project “High temperature resistant pultrusion material – Elastocat® C 6226/107”. BASF Polyurethanes has developed a pultrusion material that is suitable for applications with the highest temperature requirements in terms of temperature peaks and mechanical stability over a wide temperature range and has a special physical property profile for special applications. Another award in this category went to Katrin Laumann and Dr. Marc Schürmann from Bomix Chemie. The award went to the submitted concept with the project title “Bondable release agent for steering wheel production”. Bomix Chemie has succeeded in developing a release agent that reduces the cleaning process after foaming and demoulding of the steering wheels to a minimum and often even eliminates it completely. What is innovative about this is that it is a special solution which is also suitable for combination products with IMC. In the category “Technology – Chemistry and Processing” – Young Talent, it is not necessarily an innovation that is already in the marketability stage. Rather, it is about the idea and its potential possibilities. Lukas Knorr, a doctoral student at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen/BMW, was delighted to receive an award in this category. He received the award for his project “Additive production (3D printing) of foams in a 2-component process”. Additive manufacturing technologies enable a decisive acceleration of the product development process. Prototypes and small series can be produced cost-effectively in a wide variety of materials without the need for a shaping tool. In addition, the layered structure allows geometric freedom of design, which is not possible with conventional production methods using ablation or casting processes. The jury of experts assessed this “academic idea” as an innovation, even though it is still unsuitable for prototype construction or series production. Markus Rottmar, Scientific Group Leader at Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, was also honored as a newcomer to the industry. His project “ScarAvoid – A novel 3D foam to treat chronic skin wounds and scar tissue formation” received the award. As a researcher at the Swiss Research Institute for Application-Oriented Materials Science and Technology, he has developed ScarAvoid, a curcumin foam that is highly innovative for the medical technology sector and can be used to treat difficult-to-heal and complex wounds while preventing scarring. Similar products have so far only been concerned with wound healing, but not with preventing scar formation. Only one prize was awarded in the “Design and Creation” category. This was awarded to the newcomers to the industry. Michael Bettati, Product Design Engineer at Dolfinos, received the award for his “Violin rest as an ergonomic interface with high-end polyurethane padding”. The novelty is that unlike all previous violin supports with inferior foam, where the violin player had to adapt to the equipment, a solution was developed here that can be adapted to the needs of the human being. In this project idea, various polyurethane foam formulations were tested in close cooperation with Zelu Chemie and compared with other foams such as XPE 33 and XVA 45. This made it possible to develop a sustainable polyurethane cushion that was as good as new despite being subjected to even high levels of stress for seven consecutive days of six hours each. The decisive optimization of the violin rest in this sustainability concept is achieved through the material properties of the high-end padding. “We are delighted with the diverse and very interesting projects and ideas submitted,” sums up Dietrich: “We are already looking forward to receiving applications for the FSK Innovation Award 2020, which will again be jointly announced for foam plastics and polyurethanes next year and awarded at the FSK’s International Conference on Foamed Plastics 2020”.
FSK Innovation Award Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes 2019 F.l. Martin Dietrich (Getzner Werkstoffe), Markus Rottmar (Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), Julia Liese und Bert Neuhaus (BASF Polyurethanes), Michael Bettati (Dolfinos AG), Lukas Knorr (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) in Erlangen/BMW), Katrin Laumann und Dr. Marc Schürmann (Bomix Chemie).
The motto of this year’s International Conference Polyurethanes of the Association of Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) was: “Innovations, lectures, contacts, trends around polyurethane”. The conference took place on November 13th and 14th in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart.
International FSK Symposium on Polyurethanes 2019 in Reutlingen City Hall
On November 13 th and 14 th the Association Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes e.V. (FSK) invited to this year’s International Conference Polyurethanes. The conference took place in 2019 in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. Participation in the get-together the evening before the conference was optional, which gave participants the opportunity to make contacts and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. The Get Together has already been accepted by numerous event participants and was evaluated positively. The focus of the International FSK Conference 2019 was on polyurethanes. It comprised a two-day conference program. On the morning of November 13, immediately before the start of the industry event, the annual FSK general meeting took place. This year’s annual meeting included, in addition to the report on the current business year 2019, the closing of the business year 2018, the discharge of the board, the managing directors and the cash auditors as well as the board elections. In addition, Rudolf Rampf, founder and supervisory board member of the Rampf Group, was honoured for his life’s work by the FSK e.V. A detailed report on the General Assembly 2019 will be published in a separate press release. For all participants of the event, the International Symposium started after the FSK General Assembly. In 2019, the venue was the Stadthalle in Reutlingen. FSK Chairman Albrecht Manderscheid opened the International Conference Polyurethanes 2019 and wished all participants numerous and varied information for their daily work as well as good discussions and new contacts. At the beginning of the conference, FSK member Rampf introduced himself. The company from Grafenberg, near Reutlingen, was a cooperation partner of FSK e.V. for this year’s International FSK Conference. This was followed by interesting technical presentations on the topics of “Plastics material flow in Germany”, “From waste incineration to multi-output plants”, “Chemical recycling of polyurethanes and polyesters”, “How expanded graphite improves flame retardancy in foamed plastics” and “Processing expanded graphite as a flame retardant – machinery and process technology”. The first day of the event ended with the ceremonial presentation of the FSK Innovation Award 2019, which was awarded jointly for the first time in 2019 for foam plastics and polyurethanes in the categories “Technology” and “Design and Creation”. A total of 16 applications were submitted, which were judged by a jury of experts selected by the association according to criteria such as new and innovative strength and the expected market and competitiveness of the products and technologies. In the “Technology” category, two winners were honored in each of the professional and junior categories: in the corporate/professional category, Bomix Chemie and BASF Polyurethanes. In the newcomer category, Markus Rottmar, researcher at the EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and Lukas Knorr, doctoral student at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Nuremberg/Erlangen. In the “Design and Creation” category, the newcomer award was given to Michael Bettati, Product Design Engineer at Dolfinos AG in Switzerland.
Matthias Rampf, Managing Director of Rampf Holding GmbH & Co. KG, presented the Rampf Group at the International FSK Conference on Polyurethanes 2019.
The second day of the International FSK Conference on Polyurethanes 2019 was opened by the speaker of the FSK Expert Group Polyurethanes. This was followed by technical presentations on the global development of the PU industry, cybercrime and hacker attacks, as well as on the use of data throughout the life cycle of machines and plants. In addition, PU sealing systems for applications in the field of electromobility and high-performance plastics in model and mold making with polyols based on recycled PET residues were presented. At the end of the International FSK Symposium on Polyurethanes 2019, FSK member Rampf invited all interested parties to a tour of the plant at his headquarters near Reutlingen. Numerous participants accepted this invitation and rated it as a successful conclusion to this year’s International Conference of the Association. The FSK itself draws an extremely positive balance of the two days of the event and thanks all those who were involved in the organisation and implementation and thus contributed to the success of the International FSK Symposium 2019. “With the annual International FSK Symposium, the trade association wants to offer the industry a platform on which the topics in the field of polyurethanes and foam plastics can be viewed and discussed in a wide variety of ways and from different perspectives”, explains FSK Managing Director Klaus Junginger and gives an outlook for 2020: “In 2020, the FSK will again invite to an International Conference where foam plastics and polyurethanes will be the focus of the event”. The International FSK Conference Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes will take place on 25/26 November 2020 in Dortmund.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.