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Black Bear debuts world's first Crade to Cradle Certified carbon black  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nederweert, The Netherlands – Black Bear announces that Black Bear’s carbon black has received an official Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze Certificate, assessed by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This is the first time that a carbon black has received this certification. “This certification is a clear demonstration of our commitment to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy. We are pleased that we can now offer carbon black users a real and officially certified choice for selecting clean and green materials,” said Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO of Black Bear. The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is an independent, third-party verified certification program that certifies products and materials that are developed to respect human and environmental health, designed for future use cycles, and that utilize clean energy and water throughout the supply chain. Certified products are required to show continuous improvement every two years. One of the interesting findings of the certification activities was a reconfirmation that Black Bear’s carbon black has extremely low levels of harmful PAHs. A low level of PAHs is increasingly becoming important given health considerations and increased REACH regulation. Michael Braungart, founder and CEO of EPEA and co-author of the lauded book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, praised the product, saying: “The Black Bear Carbon upcycled product is a game-changer in the field of carbon black. It is “upcycled” because the output material is of higher quality than the input material (furnace black in car tires). Its extremely low content of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) means that it is of such good quality that I am happy to recommend its use in all kinds of applications, including those involving a lot of skin contact, such as bicycle handlebars, stroller handles, wheelchairs, and of course, in car and bike tires, where abrasion and inhalation of carcinogenic PAH-containing particles can be hazardous. The use of a high-quality product like Black Bear’s carbon black has the potential to positively impact on the health and well-being of many people, and it is therefore a beneficial Cradle to Cradle product.” - * Email

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ARPM reveals full speaker line-up for 2017 EHS Summit  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Indianapolis, IN - The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) has revealed more industry speakers and presentation topics to be included in the 2017 Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Summit. The EHS Summit will welcome Kevin Margolis of Benesch law firm; Rob Medlock, vice president of SCT, Inc.; Ki Miles of Zeon Chemicals; Robert Nicholson, senior electrical designer and arc flash specialist; Jennifer Sommers, certified drug and alcohol tester; and William Wahoff of Steptoe and Johnson LLC, all of whom will be speaking on timely and relevant topics. These topics include new OSHA revisions, interpreting the environmental laws REACH and Prop 65, new TCSA reform, attitude-based safety culture, air permitting, and lock-out, tag-out. These speakers join previously announced experts Fred Rine from FDR Safety, LLC, and Todd Grover from Master Lock Company. When asked about their experience, a 2016 Summit attendee said the following: “The Summit is a great resource for companies to meet with peers to learn about the relevant topics that affect all companies in the rubber industry. It also offers 1.5 days of networking opportunities at a bargain price.” This year’s Summit will also include the round table discussions, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet other individuals in similar roles and responsibilities. This portion of the programming proves to be an attendee favorite year after year, according to organizers. Finally, the 2017 EHS Summit will also include the presentation of the 2017 ARPM Safety Awards. These prestigious awards are designed to recognize companies in the rubber manufacturing industry that have achieved world-class safety techniques that go above and beyond the average regulations. The awards will be given based on information collected on OSHA 300’s log of work-related injuries and illness. To reserve a space at ARPM’s 2017 EHS Summit on July 19-20 in Columbus, OH, and to learn more about the speakers and agenda, visit www.arpminc.org/ehs. Established in 2010, the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers is managed by rubber business leaders and has over 85 members. The association works to provide manufacturers with bottom line impacting programs, networking and additional beneficial services. - * Email

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Airbus Helicopters selects Hexcel as supplier of advanced composites materials  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stamford, CT - Hexcel Corporation will extend its 40-year partnership with Airbus Helicopters by supplying composite materials for the new H160 helicopter. Hexcel’s reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials have been selected for the H160’s composite fuselage structures and main rotor blades. The H160 was designed by Airbus Helicopters to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. The use of Hexcel’s composite materials throughout the structure (fuselage, tail boom, tail rotor and main rotor blades) contributes to the lightweight fuel-saving design and performance optimization. “Hexcel’s composite materials have been used in Airbus Helicopters’ programs for many years and we are honored to be continuing our long term relationship, based on innovation and continuous improvement” commented Thierry Merlot, Hexcel president, Aerospace EMEA-AP. “We thank Airbus Helicopters for their selection and look forward to our ongoing supply of high performance, weight saving composites materials for this innovative rotorcraft.” H160 configurations in development include offshore transportation, business and private aviation, emergency medical services, public services and commercial passenger transport. The helicopter is planned to enter into service in 2019. - * Email

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CPI announces keynote speaker for 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council announced Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, a renowned Harvard University psychology professor, will deliver the keynote at the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on October 2, 2017. Dr. Banaji will examine the importance of diversity and inclusion in relation to the STEM disciplines, with special relevance to the plastics and polyurethanes industry, and how companies can help plan a course of action to differentiate this industry from others. The conference will take place from October 2-4, 2017, at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA. “We are excited to have Dr. Banaji share her experience on how the polyurethane industry can drive innovation and attract and retain new talent in this evolving world,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “I am grateful to CPI member BASF for its support of this keynote presentation.” Dr. Banaji is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, where she has been named Harvard College Professor for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Prior to teaching at Harvard, she was Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology and was awarded Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence. She currently serves as senior advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard on Faculty Development and is the chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Her presentation, titled: Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, is based on the science of how humans make decisions and is intended to broaden mindsets, change behaviors and spark interactive discussion with leaders in the polyurethane industry. In addition to delivering the keynote, Dr. Banaji will also be the featured guest at a follow-on workshop on diversity and inclusion. This interactive session is meant to explore key issues and help companies plan a course of action to further distinguish the polyurethanes industry and enable the ability of member companies and audience members to attract, develop and retain key talent and drive innovation. Dr. Banaji will share information on best practices, what is working and what other companies have done in the past to address diversity concerns. Audience members from the keynote interested in having more opportunity for interaction and questions and answers, the broad range of conference attendees as well as corporate diversity and inclusion officers are all encouraged to join this interactive session on October 2 from 12-1:30 p.m. Seats are limited for this luncheon workshop. The conference features more than 60 technical presentations by industry experts and government officials, as well as 14 technical sessions on a range of topics, including automotive applications, construction applications, polyurethane chemistry and renewables, among others. - * Email

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