Huntsman's polyurethane technologies attract attention
Everyday use products, which are made using the latest polyurethane technologies from Everberg-based global chemical company Huntsman, have become the main attraction at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium. Fibre-Fixed: Composites in Design, open until April 21, 2019, showcases products that use fibre-reinforced composite materials.
The exhibition is curated by Ignaas Verpoest from KU Leuven and Lut Pil from the LUCA School of Arts, in conjunction with the Dutch design collective, envisions.
Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division, which has its European headquarters located just outside of Brussels, is a key sponsor of the Fibre-Fixed show. The business is providing financial support to the event organisers and two display products: a window frame based on Rimline glass fibre-reinforced pultrusions; and an ultra-lightweight license plate holder developed for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R motorcycle – a high performance bike with a powerful 1300 cc /170 HP V-engine.
Irina Bolshakova, senior market manager Transportation EAMEI at Huntsman said: “We are proud to be a part of this exhibition and to be working together with its curators to demonstrate the unique designs that can arise from combining fibres and plastics into composite structures. Composite materials are becoming increasingly common place in the world around us, helping to reduce the weight of vehicles, create stronger construction materials, and produce furniture that is more comfortable to sit and sleep on. Focusing on composite breakthroughs from the past five years, this exhibition is also designed to provide attendees with a clear overview of what they can expect to see coming out of the world of composites in the near future.”
Bart Vangrimde, technical manager Polyurethane Composites EAMEI at Huntsman said: “Huntsman is committed to developing plastic technologies that can enable the design of products that are more durable and more sustainable. Versatile, easy and safe to use, our polyurethane-based composite technologies make it possible to manufacture fibre-reinforced plastics that can be used to create exciting designs for ordinary objects that we encounter every day.” (SV)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India