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Novel PUR foaming manufacturing process with reduced toxic isocyanate content

Objective

Polyurethane (PUR) is one of the most versatile materials ever created, present in the cars, under the carpets, as packaging material, cushioning material in almost all furniture and bedding. The European PUR foam sector has 50.000 companies that employ over 1.6 million people.
Polyurethane foam technology consists on foam building by reacting two chemicals, isocyanate and polyol, in the presence of other additives such as blowing agents, catalysts, and fire retardants. Manufacture of PUR foam requires certain amount of free isocyanate in order to fully react the polyurethane mixture. Isocyanate component represents a potential risk to workers during manufacture of the PUR foams. Isocyanate is included in the 2003 European schedule of occupational diseases, and it has been established that ten to twenty percent of asthma cases recorded in EU are due to isocyanates.
The aim of FREEFOAM is to reduce health risk of workers during foam manufacturing by lowering the concentration of free isocyanate and reducing the emission of the same to the atmosphere. We propose a unique, homogeneous reactive mixture for PUR foaming purposes where reactants are physically separated by using functionalised microcapsules of isocyanate conveniently dispersed on polyol mixture component. The reactive system will allow increasing the mixture reactivity due to the performed compatibility and hence, homogeneity between isocyanate and polyol components while decreasing the exposure of workers to harmful emissions by lowering the residual monomer content on the foam, avoiding the emissions and migration of such components from foams. In addition, the used solution will allow decreasing the generated waste due to bad cell homogeneity and product density as consequence of bad mixing process.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL MUEBLE Y LA MADERA DE LA REGION DE MURCIA
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Calle Perales
30510 Yecla
Spain

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francisco José Melero Muñoz (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 60 680

Participants (8)

ZAVOD LESARSKI GROZD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 331 209,70
Address
Dimiceva 13
1504 Ljubljana

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bernard Likar (Mr.)
BFM LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 353 454,20
Address
The Clare Centre Wycombe Road
HP14 4BF Sauderton

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Other
Administrative Contact
Jackie Bazeley (Ms.)
ZVAZ CHEMICKEHO A FARMACEUTICKEHO PRIEMYSLU SLOVENSKEJ REPUBLIKY
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 9 770
Address
Hattalova 12
83103 Bratislava

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Other
Administrative Contact
Silvia Surová (Ms.)
TAGRA BIOTECHNOLOGIES LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 289 111,50
Address
Hamlacha Street 8
42293 Netanya

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Danny Goldstein (Dr.)
PLAMA-PUR PROIZVODNJA IN PREDELAVAPLASTICNIH MAS DD PODGRAD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 295 185,10
Address
Podgrad 17
6244 Podgrad

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bojan Gorjanc (Mr.)
POLYMEREXPERT SA
France
EU contribution
€ 9 200
Address
Allee Du Doyen Georges Brus 1
33600 Pessac

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Galet (Mrs.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 838
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
COSMETIC VALLEY ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 266 551,50
Address
Place De La Cathedrale 1
28000 Chartres

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Other
Administrative Contact
Christophe Masson (Dr.)