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...

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...