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The partners of the European Union sponsored project FreeFOAM met for the seventh time in Chartres at the facilities of project partner Cosmetic Valley representing the French perfumery and cosmetics industry, on the 15th June 2016. BFM is a partner to the project - please see here for the consortium.

The FreeFoan project officially ended on the 30th April 2016 and this final meeting of the consortium was held to review and confirm the successful outcomes achieved by the partners since the beginning of the project in May 2013.  The ambitious aims and objectives of the project were; to develop  an improved PU foaming process using microencapsulated isocyanate to precisely control the foaming reaction during the production of PUR expanded foam
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Against this background the partners have successfully developed a new PUR foam formulation, using microencapsulated isocyanate dispersed in a polyol mixture enabling the reactive foaming process to be precisely triggered with the benefits of re-
duced free isocyanate being released to atmosphere, improved homogeneity of the foam structure and reduced waste, all of which combine to address the health, safety and environmental concerns associated with today's chemistry and process.  

These demonstrated results are to be presented to the European Commission with a comprehensive plan for the use and dissemination of this new knowledge and a commercial plan as to how this can be exploited to secure the benefits for the community and the PUR industry alike. 

For access to a training video.

Also, see INSPISALIA's, a partner to the project, news about the results.

FreeFOAM  is  funded  by  the  European  Union  Seventh  Framework  Programme PFF sponsos(FP7/2007 2013) under grant agreement no. 309283.

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Also visit the Freefoam website

Furniture Apprenticeships > Furniture Manufacturer Level 2

Apprenticeships logoA new government apprenticeship scheme in Furniture Manufacture Level 2 has been developed by the industry and is now available for delivery. The new apprenticeship standard replaces the current apprenticeship framework.

Please see the link to the standard and assessment plan for more details: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards#furniture-standards

The employer group has also developed assessment modules to support the delivery of the apprenticeship. The assessment modules cover what apprentices need to do to meet the requirements of the apprenticeship. These are available to download below:

Assessment Modules:

Guides and Resources
The BFM has developed a number of guides to support employers and providers interested in the new apprenticeship standards. These are available to download below:

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