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Stratasys introduces carbon fibre material for F123 Series 3D printers

A new ABS-based carbon fibre material has been introduced by Stratasys for its line of F123 Series 3D printers, the first composite material for the platform. Carbon fibre materials have proven extremely popular on Stratasys’ industrial-scale FDM 3D printers for a variety of end-use applications such as jigs, fixtures, and tooling. With FDM ABS-CF10...

Lanxess pushes towards climate neutrality

Lanxess has taken another major step on the road to climate neutrality: the specialty chemicals company inaugurated a nitrous oxide reduction plant at its site in Antwerp on February 10, Belgium. The plant breaks down around 500 metric tons of nitrous oxide per year, which is equivalent to the climate impact of 150,000 metric tons of CO2. Lanxess...

Structural and self-extinguishing handle in PA 66 reinforced with glass fibre

The Italian Spii is leader in the design and construction of components and equipment for railway vehicles. The company specialises in complete driver desks and haptic panels for railway and industrial applications. Some time ago, the company decided to review its approach to the use of synthetic materials, including...

New release agent for the moulding of advanced composite materials

The global leader in the development and production of highly effective release agents, purging compounds, and other ancillary moulding products, Chem-Trend has launched the new release agent Chemlease 2754W. This semi-permanent product is specifically designed for advanced composites and high-performance carbon fibre components...

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers joins Pinfa

In accordance with the group sustainability strategy, RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers has recently joined Pinfa, the flame retardant and halogen-free producers and users’ Association, which is part of Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council). “We are making a further step in our journey into attention to safety and reduction of the...

Four new grades of biocompounds enlarge the “green” portfolio of Sirmax

The product portfolio of Sirmax Group is increasingly “green”. In the sustainable development context towards which the company has been focusing since some years ago, the range of bio-compound products, with the brand Biocomp produced by the company group Microtec, based in Mellaredo di Pianiga (Venice, Italy), is expanding...

RadiciGroup invests 15 million euros in a new plant for meltblown

RadiciGroup has taken the next step in its commitment to the health emergency response, by making an investment of 15 million euros for the purchase of a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the material used for manufacturing protective face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE)...

Joint development of a new casing for meat products from post-consumer plastics

Driven by a shared vision of sustainability and strong collaboration, DSM, Sabic, Cepsa, Fibrant, and Viscofan have together created a multi-barrier casing for meat products made via advanced recycling of post-consumer plastics. The transition towards recycled-based multi-layer films enables the packaging industry to adopt a more sustainable solution...

Agricultural applications to benefit from the expansion of Basf plastic additives in Pontecchio Marconi

Basf announced the technical completion of the newly constructed plant for the plastic additives business at its site located in Pontecchio Marconi (Bologna, Italy). The state-of-the-art facility will deliver a wider range of NOR solutions to support Basf’s leading position in the strategically important and growing agriculture industry...

Strength and transparency for domestic heating systems

To manufacture their flowmeter bodies, Multitherm and Duroset Technologie Plastics have chosen Lasul, a high-performance PSU-based compound by Lati. Radiant floor, wall and ceiling heating systems are a major advance in terms of improving living comfort, while also saving energy and safeguarding the environment...

Two new release agents for FRP applications

The global leader in the development and production of highly effective release agents, purging compounds, and other ancillary moulding products, Chem-trend, has launched two new release agents for FRP applications - Chemlease 5127 and Chemlease 5128. The two silicone-free, solvent-based universal release agents combine...

Maip Group and Eastman partner on sustainable automotive materials

Eastman and Gruppo Maip, a leading international plastics formulator and compound producer based in Turin, Italy, have announced a partnership to formulate new sustainable polymer solutions for automotive interior applications. It will enable an exclusive portfolio of formulations based on Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technology, offering a...

Genomatica to scale bio-PA 50-fold with Aquafil to meet surging brand demand

Clean manufacturing leader Genomatica signed a first-of-its-kind deal with Aquafil to build a demonstration scale facility to produce the largest quantity of 100% renewable PA 6 ever available. Responding to surging consumer interest in sustainable products, the material will go to leading global brands eager to explore and develop renewable products, create...

Ultramid Advanced for today’s fuel cell technologies

The American manufacturer of heavy-duty, zero-emission engines Nuvera Fuel Cells, Massachusetts, is now using Basf’s polyphthalamide (PPA) Ultramid Advanced N to manufacture several components in its latest generation of 45 kW fuel cell engines. The fuel cell engines will be integrated into transit buses and delivery vehicles in...

Latigloss compounds for veterinary pliers

Latigloss structural compounds produced by Lati are designed to combine the high mechanical strength of 50% glass fibre-reinforced PA 66 with a high-quality surface finish, usually impossible to achieve with filled semi-crystalline polymers. The fibres used to reinforce structural plastics are usually visible on the surface of the moulded pieces, often...

Ensinger commissions new prepreg facility

Ensinger Group has invested further in the field of composite materials: at the Cham site (Germany), a new facility has been commissioned for the production of thermoplastic prepregs. Ensinger range now encompasses thermoplastic, continuous fibre-reinforced semipregs and prepregs, organosheets and compression moulded composite plates from...

The third quarter of Covestro: growth in volume and earnings

In the third quarter of 2020, Covestro increased core volumes by 3.0% year-on-year as the result of a significant improvement in demand. This development was largely driven by volume growth in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in China. At the same time, Group sales were down by 12.7% to around 2.8 billion euros due to lower selling prices. As...

Basf third quarter between ups and downs

In an environment that continues to be shaped by the global economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Basf Group’s income from operations (Ebit) before special items rose considerably compared with the previous quarter: At 581 million euros in the third quarter of 2020, it was 355 million euros higher than in the second quarter of 2020. “This...