Materials

  • 12 June 2024

    From old tires to new car parts

    Neste, Borealis and Covestro have signed a project agreement to enable the recycling of discarded tires into high-quality plastics for automotive applications. The collaboration aims at driving circularity in plastics value chains and the automotive industry. When no longer fit for use, tires are liquefied by means of...
  • 15 May 2024

    TPE with EPDM adhesion properties for automotive applications

    Kraiburg TPE is launching new EPDM adhesion compounds designed for the automotive sealing and exterior sector, addressing global requirements and needs with particular focus on the markets in Europe, North, South and Central America. These compounds epitomize a remarkable...
  • 23 April 2024

    Solvay inaugurates new blowing agent production unit in Rosignano

    Solvay, a global leader in essential chemistry, announced the opening of its groundbreaking Alve-One production unit in Rosignano, Italy. This marks a new milestone with the launch of a significant European production facility for Alve-One, a chemical blowing agent eco-designed to transform...
  • 17 April 2024

    Dow chooses Italy for largest investment in research for sustainable mobility

    Dow announced its expanded investment in MobilityScience capabilities by opening the doors of its first European MobilityScience Studio in Correggio, Reggio Emilia, Italy, marking its long-term commitment to the mobility industry as it continues to transform and grow. The new studio will allow Dow to further...
  • 10 April 2024

    Polycarbonate panels for a Polish kindergarten construction project

    Bright rooms for carefree play. With the construction of a new public kindergarten, the village of Bobrowniki near Katowice in Poland has created a modern environment for its youngest community members. This award-winning building is a showcase for the successful combination of polycarbonate with...
  • 03 April 2024

    Covestro inaugurates new production plant for polycarbonate copolymers

    Covestro has finished its first plant for polycarbonate copolymers that can produce these high-quality plastics on an industrial scale at its Antwerp site in Belgium. The new platform technology, which the company developed itself, is based on an innovative, solvent-free melt process in combination with a new...
  • 13 March 2024

    11 March 1954: “Made polypropylene”

    11 March 1954 was a Thursday and Giulio Natta’s diary entry for that day read “Fatto il polipropilene” (Made polypropylene). That was indeed the day that saw the birth of polypropylene, which is therefore today celebrating its three score years and ten. A landmark birthday for a material that, from Italy...
  • 06 March 2024

    Bio-based epoxy prepreg

    Syensqo has developed a new version of its flagship MTM 49-3 resin that contains 30% bio-sourced monomers. The new product variant complements the portfolio of the company’s MTM advanced prepregs and targets structural automotive applications, including body panels, chassis components and spoilers...
  • 06 March 2024

    TPE with at least 73% recycled content

    Kraiburg TPE has released a new range of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) products that contain at least 73% recycled content. The new Recycling Content TPE for Automotive series has been designed to fulfil a variety of technical applications. To this scope, Kraiburg TPE has also signed an...
  • 31 January 2024

    PFAS-free additives for extrusion

    Tosaf, a globally active manufacturer of additives, compounds, and colour masterbatches for the plastics industry, has developed processing aids for the extrusion of polyolefins that do not contain fluoroelastomers. They can be used without restriction in place of conventional products currently affected by...
  • 17 January 2024

    Dual award to Sipa’s PET bottle for sparkling wine

    Developed by Sipa for sparkling wine, the PET/rPET bottle La Spumante recently won the "WorldStar Awards" in the categories "Alcoholic Beverages" and "Packaging Materials and Components". The handover ceremony will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 15th during ProPak Asia...
  • 13 December 2023

    Ecopol invests in water-soluble polymers and edible films from JRF Technology

    Ecopol, a leading developer and producer of innovative biodegradable films and delivery systems, announced it has completed a strategic investment in JRF Technology, a leading developer of water-soluble polymer and edible film technology. Founded in 2007 and based in Tampa, Florida, JRF is...
  • 29 November 2023

    Agreement in maleic anhydride catalysts for polymers and bioplastics

    A sustainability-focused specialty chemical company, Clariant announced that it has signed an agreement with Conser, part of Maire Group, for the supply of maleic anhydride catalysts. The partners will develop next-generation catalysts based on Clariant’s successful SynDane series, with the aim of...
  • 08 November 2023

    Borealis completes acquisition of Rialti and expands range of circular compounds

    Borealis closed deal to acquire Rialti, an Italian polypropylene compounder of recyclates. The acquisition will enhance Borealis’ portfolio of PP compounds based on mechanical recyclates by 50,000 tons per year, strengthening its ability to meet customer demand for an ever-wider range of sustainable, high-performance solutions...
  • 25 October 2023

    Non-cross-linked TPE for cold and hot water

    Kraiburg TPE has launched a new series of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for tubes and hoses used in sanitary and drinking water applications. These innovative products already meet the stricter evaluation criteria for plastics and other organic materials in contact with drinking water established by...
  • 18 October 2023

    Covestro expands capacity for TPU films in Germany

    Covestro has expanded its production capacities for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films in the Platilon range, as well as the associated infrastructure and logistics in Bomlitz, Lower Saxony, Germany. This site of Epurex Films, a wholly owned subsidiary of Covestro...
  • 10 October 2023

    Post-consumer recycling solution for polypropylene strapping

    Repsol and its client Signode have jointly developed the first ready-to-use polypropylene compound specific for high tenacity strapping, incorporating 30% mechanically recycled post-consumer domestic plastic, Repsol Reciclex RXP33AAA, and certified under the Recyclass scheme that ensures...
  • 04 October 2023

    Groundbreaking for new TPU production site of Covestro in China

    Covestro broke ground on its new thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) production site in Zhuhai, China. The investment had been announced in February. The new site will be built in three phases and is expected to achieve up to a maximum annual production capacity of 120,000 tons of TPU after the final phase of expansion...
  • 04 October 2023

    Baystar doubles polyethylene productivity in Texas

    Borealis and TotalEnergies celebrate the start-up of their Baystar joint venture’s new 625,000 metric ton-per-year Borstar polyethylene unit, which more than doubles the current production capacity at Baystar’s site in Pasadena, Texas. The new 1.4 billion-dollar unit completes the partners’ integrated petrochemicals venture, which...
  • 27 September 2023

    Certified carbon footprint and traceability of Mater-Bi

    In a market context characterised by an European regulatory framework that is increasingly focused on transparency and the prevention of greenwashing, as opposed to often fake ecologism, in a state of dangerous resurgence of illegality, being a Novamont partner will henceforth be synonymous with a guarantee...