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...

Be inspired

Evonik launches a theme portal for Plexiglas brand

Materials - Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Plexiglas is one of the world's best-known plastics brands and enables a wide range of design options, from lighting to architecture, shopfitting and much more. Evonik now presents outstanding and pioneering examples of its use on the website. “Inspiration has always been at the heart of the Plexiglas brand. That is why we now...

Lati compounds for precision electronics

Transformers in glass fibre-reinforced PPS

Materials - Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The requirements in the field of electronics and telecommunications are ever more stringent with the progress of technological development that characterizes this industry. From the miniaturization of circuits at high operating temperatures and the integration of functions to the obvious cost containment requirements to keep pace with...

Innovation from Covestro

Debut of carbon dioxide as raw material

Materials - Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Innovation on the plastics market: materials manufacturer Covestro has begun delivery of a novel product based on carbon dioxide. The first tanker left the company’s Dormagen site near Cologne, Germany, on December 6. Covestro has now officially started production in the plant it inaugurated in Dormagen this past summer...

Compounds and masterbatches

A continuous improvement of production and quality

Materials - Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Founded in 1997, Color Tech is an Italian company specializing in the production of compounds and masterbatches. For about twenty years it has been responding to the needs of plastics processors with a personalized and flexible service under the experience of Marco Montagner and his sons Mauro and Andrea. Color Tech offers a very wide range of products to...

Merck and PolyOne collaborate for 3D effect

Fascinating depth effect, smooth surface

Materials - Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The leading science and technology company Merck will refine and market its innovative 3D plastics technology together with PolyOne in a strategic collaboration. PolyOne is a global leader in polymer materials, colorants and services. Together, the two companies want to develop this pioneering in-mould 3D (IM3D) technology and establish it in end-use markets...