EPSE Awards 2015

Winners announced!

Materials - Tuesday, 10 November 2015

On November 3, in conjunction with the Batimat Fair in Paris, EPSE held its award ceremony to announce the winners of its seventh Awards Competition recognizing the most sustainable, most innovative and best designed projects made out of polycarbonate sheets. The competition and the award ceremony promoted the unique properties...

Second generation biomasterbatches

“Vinçotte OK Compost” certification for Biomasterbatches

Materials - Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A constant focus on research and development has helped Vanetti to perfect its products. To recognize its work, the Italian company (based in Marnate, Varese, Italy) received latest certificate “Vinçotte OK compost” which attests to the quality of the Biomasterbatches (registered trademark) produced exclusively by Vanetti and...

Nilit Plastics at Fakuma 2015

New compounds for electrical applications, white goods and automotive

Materials - Wednesday, 4 November 2015

At Fakuma 2015 Nilit Plastics, one of the world’s largest polyamide compounders, highlighted its expertise in developing and producing innovative solutions for electrical & electronics applications, automotive and consumer durables. It has a wide range of products with excellent flame retardant properties, several of them...

New partnership for plastics from renewable raw materials

Covestro and Reverdia develop bio-based TPU

Materials - Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The two companies Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) and Reverdia have reached an agreement to jointly develop and promote thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) based on renewable raw materials. Covestro will employ Biosuccinium succinic acid from Reverdia for the production of its...

New standard

Measuring the adhesive strength of TPE

Materials - Wednesday, 7 October 2015

At the recent DKT trade exhibition, API introduced its new VDI 2019 standard for measuring the adhesive strength of TPE on rigid substrates. Indeed, the Vicenza-based company is part of a committee, formed with the purpose of harmonising the various methods used in the past for measuring this parameter, and bringing them together in...

Thermoplastic compounds

Self-lubricating for boating

Materials - Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Italian company Viadana, operating in the production and sale of boating accessories since 1961, has choosen Latilub 66-20T G/20 compound by Lati for the manufacture of the front fairlead of its ball bearing cam cleats. Applications for the boating sector are among those subjected to the most severe mechanical, thermal, and environmental stresses...

Long experience in industrial production of polystyrene

Basf resumes the marketing of GPPS

Materials - Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The German colossus of chemistry will be offering again GPPS (general purpose polystyrene) on the European market from its production facility in Ludwigshafen. As well as utilising it for its own needs - polystyrene is used for example for manufacturing Neopor and Styrodur - a sufficient quantity is now available following the expiry of...

Lightweight sandwich structure for automotive

Honeycomb on the car roof

Materials - Wednesday, 30 September 2015

With the polyurethane foam system Elastoflex E from Basf (stand 4306, hall B4, at Fakuma 2015) it is possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The roof module in the standard model of the new smart fortwo consists of a paper...

Milano Bicocca University and Pirelli

Patent for a new “supertyre” compound

Materials - Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Greater adherence to the ground, increased durability and safety, and lower fuel consumption. These are the features of the new elongated silica nanoparticle-based compound for tyres that has been developed and patented by the University of Milano Bicocca together with Pirelli. The new compound is the...  

Ethylene methylacrylate elastomer

AEM takes the heat

Materials - Wednesday, 2 September 2015

At DKT//International Rubber Conference (Norimberga, June 29 - July 2, 2015), DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) introduced Vamac VMX5000, a new and commercially available family of ethylene methylacrylate elastomer (AEM) pre-compounds that extend the... 

Solvay materials for automotive

The all-plastic engine will be tested in 2016

Materials - Wednesday, 22 July 2015

It will be called Polimotor 2 and it will be produced entirely of plastic materials by Solvay Specialty Polymers. The all-plastic automotive engine will be tested in a race car next year, demonstrating the company’s unique and industry-leading advanced specialty polymer technologies in light-weighting through metal replacement...

40 cases in 4 months

EuMBC questions the legality of recent force majeure declarations

Materials - Tuesday, 7 July 2015

EuMBC (European Compounders and Masterbatchers Association) questions the legality of recent high number of force majeure declarations. The reliability of the European polymer producing industry continues to raise serious concerns as over 40 force majeure situations have been declared in a period of...