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Lanxess offers new flame-retardant thermoplastic composite materials with a PA 6 matrix

Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites from Lanxess are characterized by their high inherent flame-retardant properties. One of the reasons for this is their high fiber content. They therefore already pass many of the flammability tests required for typical applications without flame protection. However...

Repsol and Elix Polymers sign a collaboration agreement on circular economy

The agreement reached between Repsol and Elix Polymers will allow the development of a collaborative framework in circular economy matters, that includes the commitment to supply regularly circular styrene with ISCC Plus certification from 2021. In this way, both companies reinforce their relationship by collaborating closely to achieve their objectives...

Padanaplast offers new advanced HFFR compounds for high-performance wires and cables for electric vehicles

Specialized in crosslinkable polyolefin halogen free flame retardant (XLPO-HFFR) compounds for wires and cables, the Italian Padanaplast offers a range of products developed to meet the stringent needs of electric mobility in the automotive industry. “The surging development of complex hybrid, all-electric and fuel cell vehicles demand...

Ampacet introduces a new masterbatch for premium quality white-opaque BOPP film

The global masterbatch leader, Ampacet, has introduced Pearl 368, a high-performance organic cavitating masterbatch designed for premium quality labels and white-opaque BOPP packaging. The highly efficient organic cavitating masterbatch enables processors to achieve very low film densities with...

A new level of puncture resistance thanks to Elastollan

With the market launch of its new Aerothan bicycle tube on October 8, Schwalbe presents a new generation of bicycle tubes based on Basf thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Elastollan. This innovation scores top marks in terms of weight, puncture resistance, handling characteristics, ease of assembly and packing size. Aerothan bicycle tubes are...

The automotive headlights of the future developed by Covestro are entirely in PC

Covestro has developed an innovative automotive headlight concept for the vehicle lighting of tomorrow. The visionary approach is based on different types of the polycarbonate Makrolon and addresses the high demands in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Compared with conventional solutions, the new modular design makes do with...

The latest RadiciGroup innovations in two webinars

The global company active in the development and production of polymers for engineering use, RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, will present its latest innovations in two separate webinar sessions, hosted by UL’s Prospector platform. During the first session, on October 14, RadiciGroup experts will focus on innovative...

Engineering polymers replace wood in precision weapons

A few years ago, polymers began to make their mark in the world of long firearms, replacing traditional wood in the manufacture of basic gun parts like the stock and fore-end. A particularly challenging shift, because shooting and hunting enthusiasts consider noble wood to be an integral part of the sportive and hunting experience. In this like other...

RadiciGroup focuses on research and innovation: "Radici InNova" is born

RadiciGroup has announced the founding of Radici InNova, a non-profit consortium, to carry out the group’s strategic aims of ensuring business continuity, improving corporate competitiveness and creating value for the community. The new company’s main object is the development of new research and innovation projects for...

Xecarb SL: a new family of super-light structural composites

Xecarb SL composites are the newest Xenia Materials family of carbon filled, super light structural compounds developed in partnership with Arkema. With a flexural modulus reaching 11000 MPa and a density equal to 1,00 g/cm3, the pioneer grade of this family was designed using Rilsan PA 11. This polymer is obtained from...

Ultrasim: simulation now for elastomers

Basf expands the application range of its simulation tool Ultrasim: as of now, the CAE tool also calculates component concepts based on elastomers, especially Elastollan, Basf’s thermoplastic polyurethane. The simulation covers the entire process chain from initial processing to the mechanical properties of the final product. Among the special features of...

Lanxess extends use of composite material to extrusion blow molding

In a feasibility study, experts at Lanxess demonstrated that components made of polyamide 6 can be manufactured with blow molding technology while receiving local reinforcement with Tepex at points subject to heavy loads. The investigations were performed on a state-of-the-art and close-to-production blow molding machine at the...

LyondellBasell successfully started up new pilot molecular recycling facility

One of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, LyondellBasell announced the successful start-up of its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara (Italy) site. LyondellBasell's proprietary MoReTec advanced recycling technology aims to return post-consumer plastic waste to its molecular form for...

Ascend completes the acquisition of Poliblend and Esseti Plast

As part of its global growth strategy, Ascend Performance Materials has completed the acquisition of Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast. With this purchase, Ascend expands its portfolio into other engineered plastics, recycled resins and masterbatches. “Poliblend and Esseti Plast complement our current business exceptionally well,” said...

Enhancing abrasion and scratch resistance of engineering resins and alloys

A new additive from global masterbatch producer Ampacet, AntiScratch ABS 6000047-E enhances the surface appearance of styrenic plastics by improving abrasion and scratch resistance without impacting gloss, aesthetics or mechanical properties. While some plastics can be sensitive to scratches and marks, consumers expect long-lasting Surface...

Basf calculates the carbon footprint of all sales products

Thanks to a digital solution developed in-house, Basf will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions, so called “carbon footprints” for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the Basf product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the...

Innovation, sustainability and care for the environment and communities between uncertainty and optimism

The Italian multinational with 3,100 employees in 16 countries, engaged in the chemicals, engineering polymers, fibres and nonwovens businesses, RasdiciGroup, closed financial year 2019 with consolidated sales revenue of 1,092 million euros and Ebitda of 165 million euros. The results obtained were in line with the budgeted figures and were attained through the...

A centre of industrial competence in specialty plastic materials

Versalis announced the signing of the closing that formalizes the acquisition of a 40% stake in the Finproject capital from VEI Capital. The Eni chemical company thus enters the high-performance formulated polymer sector and extends its position towards businesses that are more resilient to the volatility of the chemical industry scenario...

Results significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as expected

Covestro’s business performance in the second quarter was, as expected, significantly impacted by the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and North America. Core volumes decreased by 22.7% year-on-year from April to June due to the massive drop in demand in all key customer industries. The global coronavirus pandemic drove...