Materials

Upgrade moulded surfaces with Smartbatch Fabric FX

Textile look in one step

Materials - Wednesday, 5 April 2017

At the VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering congress (Mannheim, March 29-30, 2017), PolyOne introduced Smartbatch Fabric FX colour and additive concentrate. This masterbatch helps manufacturers to efficiently injection mould attractive parts that appear to be covered with textile. In addition, “fabric graining” and colour can be tailored to...

“Metal replacement” by the additive production

PA and carbon fibre based resin for light and strong components

Materials - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, Stratasys announced the new advanced material FDM Nylon 12CF, a carbon fibre-filled thermoplastic strong enough to replace metal components in a range of applications. The first high-performance composite material to replace a range of metal applications available for Stratasys FDM technology

RadiciGroup for the extrusion field

Long-chain polyamides to obtain performance and flexibility

Materials - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The new special polyamides for the extrusion market are the next frontier for RadiciGroup Performance Plastics. Today the Radilon product range, as well as technopolymers that offer improved resistance to high temperatures (Radilon A HHR and Radilon XTreme) and reinforced materials for metal replacement (Radilon A RW and Radilon S URV high fluidity), includes...

Toray Industries invests in the Italian subsidiary

300 million euros in five years to increase the production of Alcantara

Materials - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Toray Industries on March 17 announced its policy decision to enhance the production capacity of Alcantara, a luxury made-in-Italy material manufactured and sold by its subsidiary Alcantara. The company plans to invest approximately 300 million euros in a phased manner over the next five years in response to the trend in demand to...

Reinforced materials for metal replacement

Hybrid thermoplatic composites with fibreglass and carbon fibre

Materials - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Specialised in the development and production of thermoplastic composites, Xenia has recently introduced a new family of materials reinforced with hybrid fillers composed of carbon and glass fibres mixtures. Fibreglass, since decades universally known as reinforcement due to its mechanical properties and carbon fibre, that...

Solvay at JEC World 2017

Fast-curing thermoset resin system for high volume automotive applications

Materials - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Solvay announces at JEC World 2017 (March 14-16) the launch of its innovative thermoset prepreg resin system SolvaLite 730 specifically developed for high volume automotive applications. This next-generation material, formulated with Reichhold Advalite resins, offers an...

Basf to invest 200 million euros

World-scale plant for plastic additives in Shanghai

Materials - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

As announced in November 2016, Basf is investing more than 200 million euros globally to increase its production network for plastic additives. An important step is an investment to build a new plastic additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. This world-scale plant, with an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, will produce antioxidants and...

Metal replacement

Switching to conductive polymer triples lifetime of LED pool lighting

Materials - Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Akboru Elektrik, a leading supplier of lighting systems for pools, hot tubs and gardens, selected Therma-Tech thermally conductive polymers from PolyOne to replace aluminum for heat sinks in LED swimming pool lighting. Collaborating with PolyOne enabled Akboru Elektrik to make a transition from metal to polymer that increased the expected...

Cooperation between Victrex and Tri-Mack

Joint venture for PAEK aerospace components

Materials - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Victrex and Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation have established a joint venture, TxV Aero Composites, to accelerate the commercial adoption of polyketone (PAEK) composite applications within the aerospace industry, through the manufacture of parts utilising new and innovative processes. The multi-million dollar investment includes the...

Chinaplas 2017

Automotive and 3D printing for the medical field in the limelight in Guangzhou

Materials - Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The next edition of Chinaplas, scheduled on May 16-19 in Guangzhou, will give extensive attention to applications for the automotive industry and to the 3D printing for the medical field. In recent years, the percentage of plastics used in a car has become one of the essential...

Application in the automotive industry for the Lexan resin

The world’s largest polycarbonate rear quarter window

Materials - Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Saic General Motors (SGM) has launched in China its new-generation Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir luxury multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), which sport the world’s largest polycarbonate rear quarter window, moulded from Sabic’s Lexan resin. SGM is offering five trim levels of the popular GL8 model, which has been a mainstay of the Chinese market since...

New products from Ampacet

Deleting shrinkage and warpage in injection moulding and blow moulding

Materials - Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ampacet has recently developed two new ranges of masterbatches in order to help processors to optimise the production and delete products shrinkage and warpage. These phenomena can occur in particular during injection moulding and blow moulding. Shrinkage is the dimensional reduction brought about by the decrease in...