SPD for the surge protection

LED safer with self-extinguishing compound

Materials - Wednesday, 18 March 2015

ABB’s expertise in electronics and Lati’s expertise in the world of special thermoplastics have given rise to a new product for the protection from transient voltage surges and lightning: PM EP 15 15-275 RES is a pre-wired protective device (SPD or surge protection device) featuring modern design and small dimensions. Designed for use in control housings and compact power supplies, the new...   

Henkel Innovation Challenge 2015

Bocconi wins with the smart CyanoFix sticker

Materials - Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Each year the international Henkel Innovation Challenge invites university students and post-grads to develop innovative, sustainable ideas for new products or technologies in the adhesives, beauty care, and laundry & homecare sectors. The winners of the eighth national edition in... 

Victrex invests in R&D

A multi-million pound for polymers innovation

Materials - Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Victrex is planning to increase its global technology leadership with the construction of a major polymer innovation centre in northern England. Financial assistance for the project has come in the form of 1.3 million pounds in grant funding from the UK government’s Regional Growth Fund, subject to satisfactory due diligence, which recognises the...

Bereavement in the Italian chemical industry

Guido Ghisolfi has died

Materials - Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Italian chemical industry mourns Guido Ghisolfi. On 3 March, the vice president and managing director of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group was found dead near his home in Tortona (province of Alessandria, Italy) after taking his own life. The extreme act of the industrialist was apparently the result of deep depression from...

Wicona is the first to use insulbar RE from Ensinger

Solutions for building with insulating bars in recycled PA

Materials - Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wicona is Europe's first aluminium systems company to use insulbar RE from Ensinger. The thermal insulation bars are used for the thermal separation of profiles for windows, facades and door constructions, and are made of 100% recycled material. This marks a decisive improvement to the life cycle assessment of the overall systems...

Investments in the Usa and India

Solvay increases the production capacity of PEEK

Materials - Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Solvay is building a new specialty polymers resin unit in the United States, significantly expanding its production capacity of PEEK and solidifying itself as a leader in the industry with a unique site presence in both the United States and in Asia. The new unit at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers site in Augusta, Georgia, is...

Patent of the Politecnico di Milano

A two-faced molecule for innovative polymers

Materials - Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Politecnico di Milano patented a new molecule that can attach in a stable manner to various forms of carbon, such as carbon black, graphite, nanotubes and graphene, which provide increased mechanical strength and electrical and thermal conductivity. These types of carbon become soluble in polar solvents such as...


More efficient tires thanks to silica

Materials - Monday, 16 February 2015

Solvay Silica is unveiling Efficium a breakthrough highly dispersible silica (HDS), an innovative filler which allows for higher productivity and greater flexibility in producing green passenger car and truck tire compounds. Efficium offers breakthrough benefits for the automotive industry, allowing for increased Productivity...

Clariant expands designers' colour spectrum

Unique orange full shades for packaging

Materials - Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The world leader in specialty chemicals Clariant adds a new striking and economical colour solution to designers’ creative palettes with the launch of orange pigment PV Fast Orange HGR. The mid shade orange can be used as a shading pigment or for customers to create unique full orange shades with...

New carbon fibre reinforced PBT

Against dust and flying sparks

Materials - Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Basf is now adding its first carbon fibre reinforced Ultradur to its PBT portfolio. The specialty Ultradur B4300 C3 LS features low electrostatic charge along with good conductivity. This makes it particularly suitable for components in sensitive areas of measurement and control technology for...

Basf polymers on the BMW i3

There's no electric car without plastics

Materials - Wednesday, 26 November 2014

For several innovative components in the BMW i3, the electric vehicle from BMW, Basf supplies versatile plastics and supported part development with extensive construction know-how. These include the backrests of the front seats, key reinforcement parts in the carbon fiber body, and the rear seat shell...

Fast-Cure polyurethane foam seal systems

Short tack-free times for a greater production efficiency

Materials - Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The new Fast-Cure two-component polyurethane (PU) foam seal systems developed by Sonderhoff are tack-free in less than three minutes. As a result, sealed industrial parts can quickly move to the subsequent production process, without requiring intermediate storage costs. Additional costs for the purchase of...