Urban mobility

On the foldable scooter with PA 6 from Solvay

Materials - Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bud-e is its name and it has been presented by Solvay on the occasion of Challenge Bibendum 2014 event in Chengdu, China. It is a foldable electric scooter specially designed for intermodal mobility in urban areas and developed by French company Kleefer. The streamlined fairing parts of the scooter are made...

Same material, new name

EPS becomes airpop

Materials - Wednesday, 5 November 2014

In spite of its excellent mechanical and insulating properties, expanded polystyrene, EPS, is not always perceived as an innovative and modern material. With this thought, Eumeps, representing the European manufacturers of expanded polystyrene, decided to coin the new registered trademark airpop “engineered air”...


Biomaterials for packaging in the experimental stage

Materials - Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Following Avantium and Polytype’s announcement, at K 2013, of a cooperation agreement to study and develop extruded and thermoformed products in PEF, the implementation stage of the cooperation was entrusted to OMV Machinery, an Italian manufacturer of thermoforming machines, extrusion lines and moulds...

Joint development for the aerospace industry

Stronger and lighter bracket with PAEK and PEEK

Materials - Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The cooperation between Victrex and the moulder Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing has led to the production of a bracket intended for aerospace applications by means of a hybrid moulding process using PAEK and PEEK. More precisely, in order to manufacture this component, a PAEK-based composite is...


Subsea drilling: no more voltage drops

Materials - Wednesday, 17 September 2014

In order develop the new Diamould high efficiency connector line, OneSubsea chose Victrex PEEK as the construction material. This engineering polymer offers ideal properties for the subsea drilling applications which require such components, allowing them to withstand the high temperatures generated...

Innovative process

PA6 replaces PVC on steel wires

Materials - Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Life-Inno.Pro.Wire is a sustainable innovation challenge. This all-Italian pilot project, stemming from a partnership between two major Italian industrial multinationals, Maccaferri Industrial Group and RadiciGroup, has been awarded financial support for a period of 3 years by the European Commission’s...


Basf towards 150 years: preparations are underway

Materials - Wednesday, 10 September 2014

"We create chemistry” is the new claim in the Basf logo. This change to the company’s brand identity underlines how Basf collaborates and innovates with customers and partners to contribute to a sustainable future. The new claim is derived from Basf’s strategy announced in 2011. “Since we launched this strategy...

Against any electrical shock

Materials - Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri expands its offer of Marfran compounds with the introduction of the Marfran E CDT 1444 Black family dedicated to all those areas where it is essential to avoid the occurrence of electrical discharges (ESD). The polymeric materials, insulators by definition, tend to accumulate electrostatic...

An all-Italian model inspired by “Lego Architecture”

Materials - Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The company Htdm has the possibility to help the construction sector regain its leading role in the world of industry. Indeed, its know-how in the field of injection moulds has recently enabled it to launch its Panel System range of thermoplastic panels, designed for a variety of applications. The concept behind Panel System, which has been...

Super-light and resistant thanks to carbon fibres

Materials - Wednesday, 16 July 2014

It is no longer necessary to choose between lightweight and durability. Both characteristics are now possible with the new Borealis plastomer-based compound Queo developed by Xenia Materials. The aim is to broaden the application field of this plastomer, currently used in a large number of areas due to its...

“UL recognised” polyurethane system

Materials - Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The independent organisation Underwriters Laboratories has recently confirmed that Sonderhoff’s new Fermapor K31-A-45C4-2-UL-FR bi-component polyurethane system satisfies the Usa’s UL 94 HF-1 fire protection standards and is therefore officially classified as “UL recognised”. This flameproof system can now be...

Tribute to Stephanie Kwolek: the woman who invented Kevlar

Materials - Wednesday, 25 June 2014

On 18 June, Stephanie Kwolek, the American scientist who invented Kevlar in 1965, died in Wilmington (Delaware) at the age of ninety-one. Kevlar, produced by DuPont, which patented it in 1973, was initially conceived as a material to be used in the...