Solvay and Renault Trucks win JEC Innovation Award

Thermoplastic composite material to lightweight a structural truck module

Materials - Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Solvay, Renault Trucks and its partners have won the 2016 “JEC Innovation Award for Structural Parts in Automotive” using a thermoplastic composite material to build a front structural module of a truck, called the firewall. This new high performance composite material is based on Solvay Evolite thermoplastic resin reinforced with...


Chemtura expands capacity of LF MDI prepolymers in Italy

Materials - Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Last April 11 Chemtura announced the expansion of the Low Free (LF) MDI polyurethane elastomers production capacity at its Latina, Italian facility. The expansion, due for completion by the end of 2016, will complement the company existing LF MDI production capability in Gastonia, North Carolina (US), and ensure a flexible, reliable supply of LF MDI for...

Cooperation between Metalvuoto and NatureWorks

Two layers instead of three: the barrier remains the same

Materials - Wednesday, 6 April 2016

NatureWorks and Metalvuoto announced a new generation of high barrier Ingeo based flexible substrates designed to keep processed foods fresh on store shelves. While Ingeo film has been used for years in fresh food packaging, this is the first application for longer shelf life foods that are increasingly packaged in flat, stand up, or squared bottom pouches...

JEC World Innovation Awards

Mass production of hollow components: from the challenge to the solution

Materials - Wednesday, 30 March 2016

This year’s winner in the RTM category at the JEC World Innovation Awards shows how complex hollow parts can be mass-produced in an automated process at competitive prices. The joint project of KTM Technologies, H2K Minerals, Teufelberger and Basf takes an integrative view of the process chain - from core formation and the manufacturing of...

A new compound from Lati

Thermal conductivity and electrical insulation

Materials - Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The most performant thermally conductive compounds are obtained by adding large amounts of selected graphite to the thermoplastic matrix. However, this high graphite content ends up making these materials electrically conductive, with resistivity values that make them unsuitable for applications also requiring electrical insulation...

Towards Rio 2016

From the Fifa World Cup to the Olympic Games with Radiflam

Materials - Wednesday, 23 March 2016

After supplying its material for the seats of eight of the major Brazilian stadiums that hosted the 2014 Fifa World Cup, this year RadiciGroup is back in Brazil with its Radiflam S flame retardant PA 6 engineering plastics. Five of the venues of the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (August 5-21) - Centro Olimpico de Tiro Esportivo, Arena da...

Cooperation between ITP and DuPont

Super barrier film for food packaging

Materials - Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Italian packaging specialist Industria Termoplastica Pavese (ITP) and DuPont Performance Materials have jointly developed Clearpack F for food, a high barrier film for vacuum skin packaging (VSP) applications, which provides a multitude of benefits including perfect sealing at low processing temperatures, tamper evidence...

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...