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First European standard for PVC-O pipes

The first European EN standard for oriented unplasticised PVC (PVC-O) pipes came out after an extensive four-year development process, initiated by TEPPFA (The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association). EN 17176 PVC-O piping systems for water supply and for buried and above-ground...

Pushing the boundaries for a sustainable and digital world

Sustainable and digital: at the plastics trade fair K 2019 in Düsseldorf, materials manufacturer Covestro presents innovative material solutions that provide answers to the great challenges of the world. In doing so, the company continually pushes boundaries, in order to improve people’s lives and generate added value for customers, but also...

A roadmap aligned with the UN goals

The global leader in the chemical industry has today launched its Sustainability Roadmap aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), outlining ambitious targets relating to resource efficiency, climate change, the circular economy, food security, sustainable infrastructure, and preservation of the environment...

High resistance and flowability for the industrial sector

Based on polyamide 4.6, Xecarb 37 and Xebrid 37, are our two brand-new families of carbon fibre and hybrid carbon/glass fibre reinforced compounds. PA 4.6 is a high-performance polyamide known for its unmatched performance and value for demanding applications in which superior heat resistance, design stiffness, wear and...

Basf bolsters investment in footwear segment

New investments have been announced by Basf to strengthen its global footwear presence: opening new Footwear Development Centers in the US and Thailand, launching a Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan, and expanding the Footwear Development Center in Italy. Bringing together a dedicated team of process engineers, footwear...

Increasing production and specialty chemicals to grow in the plastic industry

The key global player in the specialty chemicals business and the second largest manufacturer of polymer stabilizers in the world, Songwon Industrial will be at K2019 to showcase its extensive portfolio of high performance solutions and its ongoing commitment to the plastics industry...

Developing innovative and sustainable polymeric solutions

Sibur and Basf are collaborating to develop innovative polymer solutions at Sibur’s PolyLab Research and Development Center located in Moscow, Russia. The signing took place at Sibur’s newly inaugurated state-of-the-art PolyLab at the Skolkovo Innovation Center to seal the strong commitment from Sibur and Basf...

To improve aesthetics of post-consumer recycled PET

Ampacet, a global masterbatch leader, has introduced Blue Edge 78, a masterbatch that has been specially formulated to enhance the appearance and functionality of post-consumer resins. Developed for use in recycled PET, Ampacet Blue Edge 78 improves the look of post-consumer recycled plastics and increases...

A new production line for Arnitel in Emmen

The global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, DSM, announced the strengthening of its leadership in high-performance specialty polymers with the operational launch of a new production line for Arnitel in Emmen, the Netherlands. The capacity will be expanded by 20% and will enable greater supply flexibility and security...

Joined development of authorized materials for FDM printers

An authorized materials partner program established by Stratasys is designed to expand the range of high-performance polymers available to manufacturers leveraging company fused deposition modeling process using FDM Technology in 3D printing applications. As an initial step, advanced materials leader Solvay has been selected to...

Group know-how and materials chiefly targeted on four strategic markets

RadiciGroup is exhibiting at Chinaplast 2019 through Radici Plastics Suzhou and focusing on four strategic markets for its high performance polymers business area: automotive, electrical/electronics, water and heating systems, and transport. “We have just increased our production capacity”, pointed out Alberto Sessolo, CEO of...

Deploying artificial intelligence in product development

By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company Lanxess is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, the company has entered into close collaboration with Citrine Informatics, a US-based AI company specializing in data-driven materials development...

Results influenced by challenging environment as expected

As expected, higher competitive pressure influenced the first quarter 2019 results of Covestro. Despite an overall solid demand, core volumes decreased slightly by 1.8%, mainly due to lower volumes in the polycarbonates segment. A marked drop in selling prices led to a reduction in Group sales by 16.0% to 3.2 billion euros. The Group’s...

Sales increase, earnings below prior-year quarter, in line with expectations

“In the first quarter of 2019, Basf Group sales rose by 3% year on year to 16.2 billion euros”, said Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Basf, at the company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting held at Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim, Germany. Compared with the first quarter of 2018, income from...

A solid start into 2019

A leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, Borealis, announced a net profit of 200 million euros for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 240 million euros in the same quarter of 2018. The deterioration in profit compared to the first quarter of 2018 was driven by lower European integrated polyolefin...

Reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment

A RadiciGroup company and leader in the South American engineering polymers market, Radici Plastics Brazil is participating in the Feiplastic trade show, taking place at Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil, from April 22 to 26. The main goal of the company is to draw attention to the high quality of its products and the sustainability of its business...

Cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess is expanding the new polyamide 6 Durethan P product range with the addition of two highly reinforced material variants that can be used, among other things, as an economical alternative to polyamide 66 materials. Durethan BKV50PH2.0 and Durethan BKV60PH2.0EF have short glass fibre content levels of...

The CEO Rohr becomes executive president, Ryerkerk called to replace him

The global chemical and specialty materials company, Celanese, announced that Mark Rohr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will assume the position of Executive Chairman of Celanese’s Board of Directors. After an extensive search, the Board has selected Lori Ryerkerk to succeed Rohr as CEO. The appointments are effective...

Composites based on PP reinforced with carbon fibre

On the occasion of Mecspe 2019, (Parma, Italy, March 28-30) Xenia brought to market the new series Xecarb 11 of thermoplastics composite grades reinforced with short carbon fibres. After over a year of testing and improvements, Xecarb 11 final result represents the ideal solution for a wide range of applications in chemical, industrial and sport fields...