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New recyclable TPU from API

Thermo-abrasion resistant for producing soles in a single-step cycle

Materials - Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The Italian company specialized in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics, API, which was acquired by global materials company Trinseo in July 2017, presented the new recyclable TPU Apilon 52 A/C-series at Simac Tanning Tech 2019, (February 20-22, Milan). In order to demonstrate the advantages of this material...

Stratasys at Mecspe 2019

Machines and materials: novelties and previews

Technology - Wednesday, 27 February 2019

At the coming edition of Mecspe (March 28-30, Parma, Italy), Stratasys will showcase its latest 3D printing solutions for design and production to the Italian manufacturing industry. Visitors will see the company’s latest PolyJet and FDM additive manufacturing solutions live on the stand, including the Italian premiere of new advanced elastomer materials...

2018 of Covestro

A weak fourth quarter slows a positive year

Marketing - Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Covestro generated strong results in 2018 while challenges mounted throughout the year. Core volumes increased 1.6%, and Group sales rose by 3.4% to 14.6 billion euros. After a weaker fourth quarter, Covestro could not achieve earnings at the previous year’s levels, which were marked by an outstanding positive business environment. Despite the decline...

Basf in 2018

Slight increase in sales and decline in earnings

Marketing - Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Basf generated sales of 62.7 billion euros last year. This represents an increase of 2% compared with the previous year. Income from operations (Ebit) before special items declined to 6.4 billion euros, compared with 7.6 billion euros in the previous year. This was mainly attributable to the Chemicals segment, which accounted for around two-thirds of...

Star Automation Europe at Mecspe 2019

Three decades in the business, three robots in operation

Technology - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The forthcoming Mecspe 2019 fair (Parma, Italy, March 28-30) will see Star Automation Europe, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, presenting three Cartesian robots - one on its own stand, one on the BMB stand, and the third on the RP Injection/Toyo Machinery  stand - as well as a variety of ancillary equipment for injection moulding machines, sharing...

Italian technology in the world

Sace supports Colines in India and Brazil

Marketing - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Through two new commercial operations in India and Brazil worth a total of 2.2 million euros and set up with the support of Sace Simest (the CDP Group’s centre for export and internationalisation), Colines has succeeded in strengthening its presence in the area of emerging or high-potential markets. These operations confirm and consolidate its...


Reifenhäuser Group takes over Plamex Maschinenbau

Marketing - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

As of February 18, 2019, Reifenhäuser Group acquires Plamex Maschinenbau, Kelberg, a specialized supplier of blown film lines and extrusion components. Its core competences are blown film lines for water-cooled and biaxially oriented films for the medical and food packaging industry. The company will continue its operations under the name...

Italian-Indian agreement

Lehvoss Italia distributes Birla Carbon in Italy

Marketing - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

An agreement signed by Lehvoss Italia and Birla Carbon for the distribution, in the Italian market, of the products from Birla Carbon came into effect on January 1, 2019. With a turnover of 44.3 billion euros Birla Carbon, a company of the Indian group Aditya Birla, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of carbon black...

Basf at Simac 2019

Innovative materials and computer simulation for optimized shanks for shoes

Materials - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

From February 20-22, 2019, Simac, the international machinery and technology exhibition for shoes, is being held in Milan and Basf is presenting the newest material developments together with Ultrasim computer simulation, targeted specifically on manufacturing optimized shanks for shoes...

Medical application for PEEK

Polymer in place of metal and ceramics in dental prostheses

Materials - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

At the European Association of Osseointegration (EAO) Congress, recently held in Vienna, dental clinicians from the Malo Clinic, Lisbon, reported positive results when Juvora a PEEK polymer-based solution, replaces traditional metal and ceramic materials. Their findings were those of a two-year follow-up study of dental restorations implemented...

Lati for electrical installation

PVC-free corrugated pipes and conduits

Materials - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The removal of halogens and other hazardous substances from materials intended for the electric and electronics sector is an industrial priority since long. The main reason lies in the dangerousness of these products when they reach their end of life. For some compounds, this process started successfully, for example with the use of...

European project supported by Horizon 2020

Polyurethane recycling towards a smart circular economy

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The global manufacturer of high performance polyurethane foam products, Recticel will coordinate the PUReSmart project, launched on January 1, 2019 for a duration of four years. It is supported by 6 million euros in funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The PUReSmart collaborative consortium gathers...