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...

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...