Victrex joins TPRC as tier-1 member

Materials - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The ThermoPlastic composites Research Center (TPRC) has a new tier-1 member: Victrex, who recently introduced the new Victrex AE 250 composite family based on PAEK polymer. Planned joint activities will concentrate on the acceleration and proliferation of new technologies with the aim of addressing industry needs regarding costs, speed of...

From Spain

Limonene in place of bisphenol A

Materials - Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A team of researchers from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia has developed a polycarbonate in which the traditional bisphenol monomer A (BPA) has been replaced with limonene, a hydrocarbon contained in citrus fruit peel. In the research, published in the review ACS Catalysis, the researchers explained that...

Cooperation beetwen Evonik and NTEC

PA 612 strings for music instruments

Materials - Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Evonik and NTEC, an experienced manufacturer of filaments based in China, have jointly developed a new monofilament using Evonik’s high performance plastic Vestamid for instrument strings. Since the late 1930s, growing numbers of instruments have used strings made of robust polyamide fibres. There are obvious benefits to these...

Safe riding

Structural compounds for stirrups

Materials - Wednesday, 21 June 2017

For a company specializing in the production of compounds for special applications such as Lati, the most sought-after success is to provide answers to those who work in the field of safety and design. This is even more valid if the project adopting Lati’s proposals is meant to protect people's safety and health. This is the case of Safety First stirrups of the...

Synvina receives interim approval from EPBP

Recovering PEF bottles the same way as PET bottles

Materials - Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has given interim approval for the recyclability of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) produced by Synvina, a joint venture of Avantium and Basf, located in Amsterdam, in the European bottle recycling market. Following EPBP’s assessment PEF bottles are expected to be disposable through existing...


“Transforming for you”

Materials - Wednesday, 24 May 2017

With this motto, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe revealed five innovative products at Fespa 2017 (Hamburg, May 8-12). This year’s stand showed the new digital wrapping series, MPI 1105, together with a range of other vehicle and architectural solutions. These include 5600 LD Translucent Films, an outdoor high opacity film that...

Basf cooperates with ABC Group and Magneti Marelli

Heat-resistant PA for the turbocharging in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Materials - Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Basf is introducing its heat-resistant polyamide Ultramid Endure in two new powertrain applications on the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: the air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler and the hot-side turbo duct. As heat under the hood increases, Ultramid Endure with its high heat-aging resistance up to 220°C enables automakers to achieve...

High-performance filaments for FDM technology

Sabic debuts in 3D printing and additive manufacturing

Materials - Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sabic unveiled at Rapid + TCT 2017 (Pittsburgh, May 8-11) a new portfolio of high-performance filament grades for fused deposition modeling. The new products address growing global demand for greater material choices in the industrial filament market and lay the groundwork for Sabic’s strategy to help drive the growth of...

A material range by Ensinger

High performance plastics filaments for 3D printing

Materials - Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The German group Ensinger - with headquarters in Italy since 1991 - has always been focusing on a diversified product offering that includes materials, technologies, production methods and application, in response to the multiple market needs. At Mecspe fair 2017, in Parma, the company presented a new research field: the rapid filament prototyping...

Climate change

A greenhouse for extreme conditions

Materials - Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Experts at the United Nations estimate that food production will need to be increased by 70% by the second half of the century. But how? “Indoor farming” is one solution. According to this concept, food is planted where it is needed - for example in the city centre, or on King George Island in the middle of Antarctica...

Accidental discovery of an Italian biologist

The caterpillar that digests polyethylene

Materials - Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Galleria Mellonella probably says little to most people; larva of the greater wax moth can perhaps give a hint of what it is; caterpillar is understandable to all. This caterpillar, however has a very special ability, accidentally discovered by an Italian biologist: it digests polyethylene. After having placed some...

Thanks to Basf’s melamine foam…

Total silence at the Guggenheim Museum

Materials - Wednesday, 12 April 2017

In New York City - ranked among the top 10 loudest cities in the world - noise is a constant. The din in restaurants soars over 90 decibels, and subways rushing across the city register more than 80 decibels. Since end of March and running through August 2, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers a serene and silent escape...