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Agreement for the extrusion of medical sheets

Specialty materials provider Eastman and Exolon Group have started a collaboration for the extrusion of solid sheet materials based on Eastman’s healthcare copolyester resins. Made using Eastar 6763, Vivak Med answers the increasing demand for thermoplastic solid sheet products and meets ISO 10993/USP Class VI biocompatibility...

In Europe Teknor Apex relies on Nexeo Plastics

Teknor Apex announced an expansion of its relationship with Nexeo Plastics. Effective 1 January 2023, Nexeo Plastics will become a key distributor for Teknor Apex in Europe (except Scandinavia and the Baltic region) of its portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers under the Sarlink and Monprene brands...

Basf launches third and final expansion of MDI in the USA

Basf has broken ground on the third and final phase of MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) expansion project at its Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana, announced in July 2022. The company will increase production capacity to approximately 600,000 metric tons per year by the middle of the decade to...

Borealis pushes on chemical recycling with the acquisition of the majority of Renasci

Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions, has acquired a majority stake in Renasci, a Belgium-based provider of innovative recycling solutions and the creator of the novel Smart Chain Processing (SCP) concept. Borealis announced the acquisition of a 10% stake in Renasci in July 2021; now...

Aromatic polyamides for steam guns

Glass fibre reinforced aromatic polyamides from Lati have been chosen by RoBiaPlast to make its steam guns. Prolonged exposure to pressurised steam is a far more severe test than one might imagine when it comes to plastics for technical applications. The hydrolytic action of water, intensified by high temperature, can cause...

Additives with high weather resistance

Ineos Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announced that it has improved its leading additive package for weather resistance. The new Luran S SPF60 elevates the UV stabilisation of Luran S to an all new level. Luran S provides all the product properties needed for a demanding outdoor application...

Bottle for a modern and healthy drinking

Mocktails are healthy soft drinks to be consumed in place of traditional cocktails. Today, thanks to the rediscovery of quality mixes, these beverages represent a growing market: increasingly balanced drinks, created by fanciful bartenders who use homemade juices and bitters. Almost all mocktails also eliminate...

Copper and halogen-free stabilizers for applications in E&E and e-mobility

Bruggolen TP-H2217 belongs to a new class of electrically neutral thermostabilisers from Brüggemann. Specially developed for reinforced and unreinforced aliphatic polyamides with metal- and halogen-free flame retardancy requirements, it ideally meets the needs of electrical and electronic applications, including those of e-mobility...

Fast curing film for large Class A car painted surfaces

Solvay announced the launch of SolvaLite SF200 surfacing film, a light tack film for “Class A” paintable body panels. “With a curing time of less than 10 minutes at 150 °C, our new SolvaLite SF200 Surfacing Film lends prepreg layups for high-class automotive body panels a very smooth cured surface where impeccable flatness is an...

Sound absorber material for more safe and healthy 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...

Reinforced PA for biophilic vertical garden

Designed and developed by Hexagro, Living Farming Tree is a novel vertical garden inspired by the principles of biophilic design. Cutting-edge ideas demand cutting-edge materials and solutions. Hexagro and Lati have teamed up to introduce thermally conductive plastics into the manufacturing of stand-alone heat sinks used to...

The impact of the energy crisis on the European plastics manufacturers

The energy and raw materials crisis resulting from Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has raised very significant challenges for our industry, supply chain, and all EU economies. This is stated by Plastics Europe, the association of European plastics manufacturers, which also notes how, despite significant ongoing efforts to

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...