Solvay’s development for Nafta markets

A new Technyl compounding unit in Mexico

Materials - Tuesday, 31 October 2017

On October 26, Solvay Performance Polyamides announced the start of production of engineering plastics in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. This new facility is dedicated to the production of the Technyl range and was built within a few months in partnership with Chunil Engineering, a global automotive Tier 1 and long-standing customer...

Novelties from Lehvoss Group

Materials for high-strength compounds and 3D printing

Materials - Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The new Luvocom CXR product line presented by Lehvoss Group at Fakuma 2017 supplies thermoplastic compounds based on polyamide that can be cross-linked by irradiation. Products from this line are characterized by an elevated temperature resistance and continuous service temperature. Combining them with...

RadiciGroup expands its product range

New PPS-based products particularly suited to engineering applications

Materials - Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Business Area is exhibiting at Fakuma 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, which is a strategic market for RadiciGroup, and the Group’s chemicals and engineering plastics businesses both have production sites in the country. To meet the ever more exacting requirements of the engineering plastics market...

Automotive application

Smooth steering, safe control

Materials - Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Safety, driving pleasure, esthetics - when you drive a car, it is not just the steering wheel that has a major influence on the driving experience, but also the top column module that connects the steering wheel with the control unit. The French automotive supplier Valeo has now developed a top column module whose housing and levers are made of Basf’s...

Novelties from Dow Performance Silicones

Silicone slip additive for BOPP film

Materials - Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dow Performance Silicones, a global business unit of DowDuPont Materials Sciences division, introduces at Fakuma 2017 a unique new technology based on the heritage Dow Corning silicone technology platform, for bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film production, and highlight recent additions to its expanding portfolio of materials...

Composites Europe 2017

World reinforced materials industry met in Stuttgart

Materials - Wednesday, 11 October 2017

They’re light, stable, corrosion-resistant and low-maintenance: thanks to these properties, prospects are excellent for the material and thus also for the European composites industry. Automotive engineering, aerospace and construction have been the main drivers propelling fibre composites. Production quantities of glass-fibre reinforced plastics...

Double reason for joy

Expansion of Mafran product range and 30th anniversary

Materials - Wednesday, 4 October 2017

In 2017 Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri (FFE) is not only looking back on 30 years of successful company history, the elastomer expert also presents a growing portfolio of its renowned Mafran range at Fakuma 2017. The leading European producer of TPE compounds is expanding its successful elastomer product range. The brand...

New materials for 3D printing

Functionality and versatility expanded for rapid prototyping and tooling applications

Materials - Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A global leader in applied additive technology solutions, Stratasys announced new material compatibility for its flagship J750 full colour, multi-material 3D printing solution, delivering additional functionality and versatility for rapid prototyping and tooling applications. Stratasys PolyJet Agilus30 rubber-like material and Digital ABS Plus...

Illuminated facade

Victoria’s Secret is dressed of PMMA

Materials - Wednesday, 27 September 2017

With a plethora of advertisement boards vying for the attention of passersby, it isn’t exactly easy to stand out from the crowd. Thanks to its illuminated PMMA façade, the new Victoria’s Secret flagship store is hard to miss - even in Shanghai’s urban jungle. The Plexiglas sheets drape the building on Shanghai’s Huaihai Road like a curtain of light...


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...