From the composite world

Rapid cure resins for the BMW hoods

Materials - Tuesday, 8 March 2016

During the exhibition JEC World in Paris (March 8-10, 2016) Solvay launches its new rapid cure thermoset resin system MTR 760, which BMW selected to manufacture the CFRP hood of its new M4 GTS. This new resin system was specifically developed to manufacture resin impregnated carbon fibre blanks through...

Giovanni Baucia


Materials - Tuesday, 8 March 2016

For the 50th anniversary of Assocomaplast, one of the first names on the list of the guests of honour was Giovanni Baucia. He is no longer with us; he died at the end of January at the age of 97 years old. I saw him for the last time at the beginning of October 2010, he was friendly and smiling like he always was, greeting many of the speakers...

Novelties from Borealis

Lightweight materials for composite applications and more Fibremod at Monza plant

Materials - Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Provider of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, Borealis introduces a complete polypropylene portfolio for lightweight composite applications. These new polypropylene composite-based application solutions will be presented for the first time at the upcoming VDI international conference on plastics in automotive engineering taking place...

The Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016

Smart vinyl for our cities

Materials - Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The 4th edition of the Vinyl Sustainability Forum will take place in Vienna on April 28, 2016. Building upon Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015, the theme for this year is “Smart Vinyl For Our Cities”. Cities are where an increasing majority of the world's population will be living and working in the future and where the challenge to provide essential services will be...

Cleaning of processing machines

Developments in the world of purging compounds

Materials - Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The processing of polymers brings its share of problems that can slow production, increase costs and reduce product quality. Such problems take place during colour and material changes mostly and include faded/mixed colours, black specks, material losses and time waste. Only the use of a strong and effective purging compound can...

Elopak aims to zero impact

From Sabic, renewable PE and PP for liquid food packaging

Materials - Wednesday, 10 February 2016

With the demand for energy and natural feedstock usage continually increasing in the world, there is a growing need for sustainable products made from renewable materials. Global packaging enterprise Elopak has taken on the ambitious goal of achieving a net zero impact on the environment, as featured in “Stories of Possible”, a campaign that captures...

Appeal to Iupac on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Levium: the chemical element in memory of Primo Levi

Materials - Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Planet Green Chem platform is amongst the signatories, together with some of the members of the Italian Chemical Society of the appeal addressed to Iupac (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), which is the competent organization of chemical nomenclature at a world level, in order that one of the four new, recently discovered chemical elements be called Levium...

Toy for babies and children

The Good Duck

Materials - Wednesday, 27 January 2016

PolyOne has announced that it has helped manufacturer CelebriDucks launch “The Good Duck”, a toy for babies and children with a smooth texture for teething. Unlike traditional toy ducks, it remains fully sealed to keep out water and prevent mold growth. The Good Duck is marketed as PVC free, phthalate free and BHA free, and also features two...

Ready to use silicone elastomers

Bluestar Silicones increases custom compounding capacity

Materials - Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bluestar Silicones announces it has expanded its elastomer capabilities in Spain adding capacity for silicone custom compounding and enhancing its manufacturing technology to strengthen its offering in ready to use silicone elastomers. The company promotes heat cured rubber (HCR) and liquid silicone rubber (LSR) for electrical and industrial as well as...

Commercial aircraft

PEEK pipes in place of the metal ones

Materials - Wednesday, 9 December 2015

To improve the overall fuel efficiency and reliability of their new commercial aircraft platform, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), selected Victrex Pipes rather than metal tubing for use in high-voltage cable conduits. The new thermoplastic solution can deliver weight savings of up to 45% and is being supplied through the partnership of...

New grades for the automotive industry from DuPont

Resistance to high temperatures and acids assured

Materials - Wednesday, 25 November 2015

DuPont Performance Polymers responds to the automotive industry’s request for materials that can stand up to long term exposure to heat and gases in turbo-charged environments with Zytel LCBM6301 and Hytrel HTR8797. Zytel LCBM6301 is a long-chain blow molding PA612-HI polyamide grade with enhanced...

New range of purging compounds

High quality cleaning

Materials - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

In addition to the well-known and proven products for all kind of polymers and plastic processing machines, after months of laboratory testing and tests on machines while running, Ultra System recently introduced its brand new range of purging compounds Qualipurge CS: PO-CS, POE-CS (both for polyolefins), High-CS...