New partnership for plastics from renewable raw materials

Covestro and Reverdia develop bio-based TPU

Materials - Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The two companies Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) and Reverdia have reached an agreement to jointly develop and promote thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) based on renewable raw materials. Covestro will employ Biosuccinium succinic acid from Reverdia for the production of its...

New standard

Measuring the adhesive strength of TPE

Materials - Wednesday, 7 October 2015

At the recent DKT trade exhibition, API introduced its new VDI 2019 standard for measuring the adhesive strength of TPE on rigid substrates. Indeed, the Vicenza-based company is part of a committee, formed with the purpose of harmonising the various methods used in the past for measuring this parameter, and bringing them together in...

Thermoplastic compounds

Self-lubricating for boating

Materials - Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Italian company Viadana, operating in the production and sale of boating accessories since 1961, has choosen Latilub 66-20T G/20 compound by Lati for the manufacture of the front fairlead of its ball bearing cam cleats. Applications for the boating sector are among those subjected to the most severe mechanical, thermal, and environmental stresses...

Long experience in industrial production of polystyrene

Basf resumes the marketing of GPPS

Materials - Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The German colossus of chemistry will be offering again GPPS (general purpose polystyrene) on the European market from its production facility in Ludwigshafen. As well as utilising it for its own needs - polystyrene is used for example for manufacturing Neopor and Styrodur - a sufficient quantity is now available following the expiry of...

Lightweight sandwich structure for automotive

Honeycomb on the car roof

Materials - Wednesday, 30 September 2015

With the polyurethane foam system Elastoflex E from Basf (stand 4306, hall B4, at Fakuma 2015) it is possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The roof module in the standard model of the new smart fortwo consists of a paper...

Milano Bicocca University and Pirelli

Patent for a new “supertyre” compound

Materials - Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Greater adherence to the ground, increased durability and safety, and lower fuel consumption. These are the features of the new elongated silica nanoparticle-based compound for tyres that has been developed and patented by the University of Milano Bicocca together with Pirelli. The new compound is the...  

Ethylene methylacrylate elastomer

AEM takes the heat

Materials - Wednesday, 2 September 2015

At DKT//International Rubber Conference (Norimberga, June 29 - July 2, 2015), DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) introduced Vamac VMX5000, a new and commercially available family of ethylene methylacrylate elastomer (AEM) pre-compounds that extend the... 

Solvay materials for automotive

The all-plastic engine will be tested in 2016

Materials - Wednesday, 22 July 2015

It will be called Polimotor 2 and it will be produced entirely of plastic materials by Solvay Specialty Polymers. The all-plastic automotive engine will be tested in a race car next year, demonstrating the company’s unique and industry-leading advanced specialty polymer technologies in light-weighting through metal replacement...

40 cases in 4 months

EuMBC questions the legality of recent force majeure declarations

Materials - Tuesday, 7 July 2015

EuMBC (European Compounders and Masterbatchers Association) questions the legality of recent high number of force majeure declarations. The reliability of the European polymer producing industry continues to raise serious concerns as over 40 force majeure situations have been declared in a period of...

ATEX compliant compounds

Electrically conductive and not only black

Materials - Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Lati’s range of electrically conductive products includes Latiohm PD02 grades, in which electrical resistivity is reduced by the presence of special polymers ensuring, in addition to antistatic properties, colourability without the need of special painting. Safety in explosive atmospheres has been regulating for years by the European ATEX...

Strategic alliance for polymers in Europe

EuPC responds to force majeure declarations

Materials - Friday, 29 May 2015

On May 22, during the EuPC general assembly in Warsaw, the association representing European plastics converters launched a strategic alliance for polymer supplies in Europe.  This alliance was formed in response to a recent series of force majeure declarations by some of the leading EU polymer suppliers leading to...

Agreement between Aquafil and Suminoe Textile

Italy and Japan linked by polyamide yarn

Materials - Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Aquafil, Italian manufacturer of polyamide 6 fibres, is to become the leading supplier of polyamide yarn to Suminoe Textile, a Japanese company that manufactures textile coverings for the furnishing, automotive and transport sectors. This is what is stipulated in an agreement between the two companies, which, signed on...