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Polyurethanes (PUR) are plastics resulting from a polyadditional reaction of polyisocyanates with polyols and are either hard and porous or soft and elastic depending on its production. Different kinds of PUR are needed for reactive, thermally activated, hot melt, dispersion, and solvent-borne adhesives. These adhesives are for example used to bond car front spoilers, sandwich constructions, and facade elements, to glue metal brackets, or to seal electronic casings. PUR Sealants are particularly utilized in the transport industry as well as in the construction industry for window joints, and sealing of windows, pipes, and more. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for adhesives and sealants based on PUR in detail. Until 2024, Ceresana expects an increase in revenues generated with these products to over USD 9.7 billion. Adhesives and sealants based on other products are NOT included in this study.

For the UK print and packaging industry to remain one of the most successful in the world, more needs to be done to secure the next generation of talent.

As a leading supplier of machinery to the corrugated board, folding carton and flexible materials markets, BOBST believes strongly in encouraging young people into the industry and developing existing employees to future-proof the sector.

By Javier Diez-Aguirre, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, CSR & Environment, Ricoh Europe

There’s an old saying, “they may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.” This rings remarkably true when it comes to customer service. It’s the quality of the impression you leave your customers with that will dictate your future revenue.

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