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PET bottles for sparkling wine

Designed to replace traditional glass bottles, Sipa presents the first PET bottle for sparkling wine to be filled on existing bottling lines. The wine sector accounts for something like 45% of the market for glass bottles, which until recently was on a rapid rise - currently over 5 million tonnes, compared with...

Foam injection moulding for visible automotive components

The global leader in the chemical industry, Sabic, introduced a specialized portfolio of Sabic PP compounds for foam injection molding (FIM). New mineral-reinforced PPc F9005, PPc F9007 and PPc F9015 grades can help deliver excellent aesthetics for visible automotive interior parts with complex geometries, such as...

Sound absorbing foam for safer and healthier innovative air filters

The air purification specialist UVCclean, Germany now uses the Basf melamine resin foam Basotect as sound absorber in its mobile airtubeUVC air filter systems. These filters use UV-C technology to lower the concentration of aerosols that transmit bacteria, spores and viruses such as the coronavirus in the air. They can be...

NIR-detectable masterbatch for black flexible applications

The global masterbatch leader Ampacet has added Rec-NIR-Black PE 512 for black flexible applications to its carbon-free Rec-NIR-Black masterbatch range. Rec-NIR-Black masterbatches are near-infrared (NIR) transparent to allow sorting with near-infrared optical sensors. The reuse and recycling of...

The first time of Covestro: aesthetics, functionality and sustainability for designers

For the first time Covestro takes part in Fuorisalone, the Design Week which is taking place in Milan from June 6 to 12. The world of design is currently undergoing a major transformation: in addition to functional and aesthetic aspects, the focus on the circular economy is becoming increasingly important. This...

Repsol invests over 18 million euros to produce polymeric polyols in Tarragona

Repsol invests over 18 million euros in the polyol plant located at its industrial complex in Tarragona (Spain), to expand the Alcupol range of high-quality polymeric polyols. This investment shows the clear commitment of the multi-energy company to meet its customers’ needs in the flexible polyurethane industry, especially for...

Persico Marine to build Infiniti 52, all carbon fibre racing yacht

After a lengthy tendering process, future construction of the Infiniti 52 racing yachts outside of the USA is to be undertaken by Persico Marine. The all-carbon fibre Infiniti 52 is the latest model in the Hugh Welbourn-designed Infiniti range that includes 36-, 46- and 105-feet models. All are equipped with...

Covestro starts the production of prepolymers in Barcelona

To addresses the growing demand for its high-performance elastomers and serve an ever wider range of very demanding applications, Covestro launches the production of Desmodur 15 prepolymers at its Spanish site of Barcelona. Combining the highest mechanical characteristics with dynamic load-bearing capacity...

Automotive and recycle together for sustainable mobility

The company of the Group Forvia, Faurecia, and Veolia have signed a cooperation and research agreement to jointly develop innovative compounds for automotive interior modules, aiming to achieve an average of 30% of recycled content by 2025. Through this partnership, the two companies will accelerate the...

TPE with post industrial recycled material for car interiors

Kraiburg TPE is expanding its portfolio for OEMs and their suppliers, while it significantly contributes to meeting recycling rates and is offering support in reducing the carbon footprint of products for automotive interiors: with a recycling content of up to 38%, interior post industrial recycled TPE grades provide the automotive market...

New safe PET aerosol container offering brands a sustainable and competitive edge

Launched by Sidel, PressureSafe is an innovative PET aerosol container design that will give home and personal care brands the opportunity to offer more environmentally sustainable dispensing spray packaging. This new PET product-packaging solution is approved for the traditional PET recycling stream. Intended for...

Interchangeable matrix mould for laboratory specimens

At the production facilities at its main site in Waldkraiburg (Germany), Kraiburg TPE has implemented a new system enabling quick changeover between temperature-controlled tooling inserts in injection moulding processes, in order to gain precise data on the fluidity, surface quality, and adhesion of...

Technical fabrics for missions to Mars

A group of companies in the Italian textile industry, headed by RadiciGroup, has created the first spacesuit for analogue simulation fully designed and engineered in Italy for the Space Medicine Operations (SMOPS) Mars mission. This endeavour was promoted and organized by Mars Planet - the Italian chapter of the Mars Society headquartered...

DSM expands compound production in China

DSM Engineering Materials announced the expansion of its high-performance materials production capacity at its Jiangyin plant in Jiangsu province, China. Work on an additional compounding line began in February 2022, with completion expected in 2023. The new line will help DSM to meet growing demand for high-performance polymers used in...

Inovyn cements worldwide leadership in specialty PVC

Inovyn has announced a further planned step increase in its European specialty PVC production capacity, which will bring its total increase in capacity to 220 kt by 2027. This latest increase builds on the technological and commercial success of previous investments and will be delivered though expansions across...

International trademark rights for sustainable lightweight fillers

Lightweight fillers are used, among other things, in plastics technology, the automotive sector, construction chemicals, and the paint and coatings sector. They are used for acoustic or thermal insulation, provide products with slip- or fire-resistant properties, or contribute to weight reduction. MagSpheres from Magnesia are...

Carbon nanotubes for 3D printed sensors

Spin-off of Lati, Lati3Dlab is dedicated to engineering and manufacturing of special thermoplastic compounds suitable for FDM 3D printing. Among recently developed grades, electrically conductive materials have met successful applications in printing of conductive devices used in medical, electronics, robotics and sensor technology. Thanks to...

Versalis to license technology for styrenic polymers to Supreme Petrochem

Eni’s chemical company, Versalis, has agreed to license the continuous mass technology for a 70,000 t/year ABS unit to Supreme Petrochem, a leading Indian polystyrene and expandable polystyrene producer. The unit will be built in Amdoshi–Wangani (India). This state-of-the-art technology will produce styrenic polymers with a low carbon footprint...

Submarine cable with XLPE insulation between Piombino and Elba island

The world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, Prysmian Group, has received the Letter of Award for a project worth approximately 68 million euros for the new submarine cable connection between the island of Elba and Italian mainland (Piombino, in the province of Livorno, Italy). The project has been...