An Aipe conference at Plast 2015

EPS: instruments to improve the energy efficiency of the plants

Materials - Wednesday, 22 April 2015

On May 8, during Plast 2015, Aipe (the Italian Association for Expanded Polystyrene) organises the conference “EPS production: innovations, financing lines and strategies to improve plants’ energy efficiency”. Sustainable innovations is the most important tool to deal with the current market situation...

Masterbatches, biodegradable and not

Quality and technologies at the service of the colour

Materials - Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Always focused on environmentally friendly products, the Italian company Vanetti (stand C 131/D 132, hall 9, at Plast 2015) has recently developed the Biomasterbatches (registered trademark). They were designed by analysing the molecular structure of biodegradable materials in the laboratory and verifying their specific...

Compound based on LDPE from renewable resources

It looks like paper, but it is not

Materials - Friday, 10 April 2015

The Grafe Group is introducing at Plast 2015 (stand A 2, hall 9) an innovation in the field of bio-plastics: “Bio-Compalen-Paperlike” makes it possible to produce foils which can be torn in any given direction. The compound can also be used for HDPE and PP bottle extrusion. It has the additional benefit of being antistatic, which reduces the attraction of surface dust...

New certification for Rifra

Doing business responsibly

Materials - Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Present at the international exhibition Plast 2015 (Hall 9, stand B52) Rifra Masterbatches recently obtained certification for its integrated Quality, Environment & Safety system. The system now meets the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems (Certification no. 187) and OHSAS 18001 for...

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...