40 years of PEEK

Innovation never stops

Materials - Wednesday, 12 December 2018

November 1978 marked the invention of PEEK (polyetheretherketone), a new high-performance polymer (HPP). The following 40 years blazed a trail of pioneering innovation, across a range of industries and often in demanding applications that initially seemed an unlikely candidate for the thermoplastic. The dynamic driver of the success of this...

Lati launches new compound

Technical performances and aesthetics with permanent antistatic and colourable grades

Materials - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The rising number of conductive compounds in state-of-the-art technological solutions demand greater and greater control over the electrical characteristics available in manufactured goods. This is particularly true for projects that need to comply with Atex standards, destined for use in explosive atmospheres...

At Kuala Lumpur

Kraiburg TPE achieves new Asia Pacific milestone with additional production line

Materials - Wednesday, 5 December 2018

At Kuala Lumpur, Kraiburg TPE’s will begin operations of a new production line at its Malaysia plant this month to boost production capacity by 35% and increase Kraiburg TPE’s total production capabilities to 60,000 metric tons worldwide. Kraiburg TPE is expanding its offices and warehouse in Malaysia in tandem with the new...

Application development of Covestro

Polyols from carbon dioxide also for sport

Materials - Wednesday, 28 November 2018

For the first time, synthetic sports floorings can be produced with carbon dioxide - which means less crude oil is needed as a raw material. The world's first subfloor of this kind has now been opened in the hockey facility of a renowned sports club in Krefeld in western Germany. The particularly sustainable new material comes from the materials...

Cooperation between Victrex and University of Exeter

Development of PAEK-based materials for 3D printing

Materials - Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Taking on the challenge to develop a broader platform for new and existingadditive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter (United Kingdom) and Victrex, a world leader in high-performance PAEK polymer solutions, have commenced work in a strategic partnership. The goal is to introduce next-generation PAEK polymers and...

The Formnext 2018 of Sabic

Differentiated materials to advance additive manufacturing and spark innovation

Materials - Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Among its exhibit highlights at Formnext 2018 (Frankfurt, November 13-16), Sabic is featuring its newest filaments for fused deposition modelling, including a tough filament made from its high impact EXL resin. Addressing industry needs for greater choice, Sabic is also demonstrating the use of its filaments in...

DSM at Formnext 2018

Two new breakthrough high-performance materials for 3D printing structural parts

Materials - Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On November 13 at Formnext 2018 (Frankfurt, November 13-16) DSM announced two major product launches that will help accelerate adoption of 3D printing into mainstream production. With Somos PerForm Reflect, DSM once again demonstrates its leadership in high-performing materials for...

Introduced by Victrex at Fakuma 2018

PEEK for food and beverage industry

Materials - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

To help OEMs to meet the stringent regulatory and quality demands affecting the food equipment industry, Victrex introduced a dedicated PEEK1 food grade portfolio at the Fakuma show in Germany. Compared to metals, the new Victrex FG family of high-performing thermoplastics offers additional benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness...

PET Day 2018

The event that for 16 years has brought the global PET industry in Italy

Materials - Tuesday, 16 October 2018

This year, the PET Day, the definitive PET event that usually marks this period of the year, was a tad more special: as usual organized by GSI, Italy, in Artimino, on the Tuscan hills close to Florence, it was not only its 16th edition, but had a particularly festive atmosphere as it also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the...

Non-phtalate plasticizers

Perstorp doubles PETV production thanks to an Italian partnership

Materials - Monday, 15 October 2018

The Swedish group announces to substantially expand the production capacity of its non-phthalate polyester plasticizer Pevalen from 2019 onwards. To accomplish this, Perstorp has entered into a long-term production agreement with Italian company Alcoplast. The new partnership more than doubles the...

Carmel Olefins widens the Capilene range

Arcoplex presents new grades of polypropylene

Materials - Wednesday, 10 October 2018

During a technical meeting that took place recently at its headquarters, Arcoplex presented new polypropylene grades with improved aesthetic and mechanical features developed by the represented company Carmel Olefins. The first novelty concerns the PP grades Capilene Y 50 LE and Capilene SW 70 LE for...

Cooperation Dunlop-Basf

Tennis rackets with higher performance

Materials - Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Modern day tennis players tend to play with more spin and as a result, hit the ball out of the top of the racket rather than the centre. The disadvantage of this is players swing with more force to generate more power and spin. This puts extra load on the player’s arm and can result in injury...