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Radilon Mixloy, a new range of PA blends

To maximize polymer performance in final products by mixing polymers with different properties was the goal of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. The result is its new specialty range of products with the brand name Radilon Mixloy. The matrix material for these new innovative products is polyamide, the flagship product of RadiciGroup...

“B-Corp” certification for Novamont, making it also a “Benefit Company”

A force for good and tools for global regeneration, with higher purposes than mere profit. There are 3,422 companies spanning 140 sectors in 71 countries across the world - certified “B-Corps” by the independent body B-Lab - which, in addition to generating profit for their shareholders, also create a positive impact on society and on the environment...

Domo Chemicals to minimise participation at the Friedrichshafen trade fair

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, and consistent with its focus on protecting the health and safety of employees and customers, Domo Chemicals will not actively participate at Fakuma 2020, scheduled to take place in Friedrichshafen, Germany from October 13-17, 2020. Domo will be present through an onsite contact desk at the event...

The first semi-finished product made with Ultramid Advanced N

Basf has now developed Ultramid Advanced N5H UN, a PPA that can be manufactured into semi-finished parts by extrusion. The plastics company Gehr (Germany) is using the new PPA to produce extruded stock shapes with a diameter of 50 millimeters. Ultramid Advanced N offers excellent mechanics at elevated temperatures due to...

Recycled glass fibres in the new products of the Eco family

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess is increasingly making use of recycled raw materials in the production of its thermoplastic compounds and composites. “We want to help make the switch from a throw-away society to a circular economy. Our goal is to make more and more of our plastic products sustainable so that we can make our growth...

Expanded TPU in the airless tires for bikes

The Taiwanese company Air Fom is offering a patented solution for airless tires that overcomes the drawbacks of previous airless products. It is based on an expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (eTPU) from Covestro. Solid rubber tires have been on the market for quite a while now, but just like earlier...

Elegant look to PET and rPET packaging

The global masterbatch producer, Ampacet, has introduced the Silky Bliss collection, designed to provide an elegant silky surface treatment as well as NIR sortability to PET and rPET packaging applications. Silky Bliss offers a sophisticated, modern look, enabling brand owners to increase product shelf appeal and...

Steilemann appointed president of the European plastics manufacturers

The Pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers, PlasticsEurope, has appointed Markus Steilemann, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Covestro, as its President. He succeeds Javier Constante who recently became President of Dow Latin America. In this new role Steilemann will drive forwards the association and its...

New president and CEO for Ineos Styrolution

Kevin McQuade, who has led Ineos Styrolution as Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2015 has been appointed as Chairman of the company. Steve Harrington, currently President Global Styrene Monomer and Asia-Pacific for Ineos Styrolution, has been appointed as CEO reporting to Kevin. The change will be effective from July 1, 2020...

Kurt Bock new chairman of the supervisory board of Basf

The Supervisory Board of Basf has elected Kurt Bock as its new chairman. Bock had previously been elected to the Supervisory Board of Basf by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting as a shareholder representative. The term runs until the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024...

Solutions for medical disposables

Few sectors face as many critical challenges or as vitally important to humankind, as healthcare. Today the world faces a very serious challenge with the current pandemic and in response to this, Sabic’s engagements with its customers have focused on delivering larger volumes of Sabic Purecares polypropylene (PP) materials for manufacturing of...

IR-detectable black technology to make other dark colours more recyclable

To improve the recyclability of plastics while offering packaging and product developers more color options, Clariant continues to develop new technology. The latest development is a range of deep, dark colors that normally would have required the use of carbon black pigments that makes them undetectable by the near-infrared (NIR) sensors used in...

High-flow ABS grade for new battery-powered vacuum cleaner

High-end domestic appliance producer Miele has selected Elix Polymers’ high-flow ABS grade 118HF for its new battery-powered vacuum cleaner model, the Triflex HX1. Elix Polymers developed the grade specifically for the application, with improved rheological properties that enable a reduction of wall thickness of the vacuum cleaner housing parts...

Masterbatches for laser marking

The global masterbatch producer Ampacet has introduced Laser Mark 1001074-E and Laser Mark 1001088-E, two cost-effective solutions that enable high definition, high contrast laser marking on clear and dark surfaces using NdYAG laser systems. Because of most plastics cannot be detected by laser beams, an additive is added to...

Renato Zelcher re-elected as president of European plastics converters

On June 12, during the General Assembly of European Plastics Converters, Renato Zelcher, CEO of Crocco, has been re-elected as EuPC President for the period 2020-2022. While the annual two-day conference A Circular Future with Plastics had to be postponed by one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, the EuPC members met...

European Bioplastics appointed a new head of European public affairs

The association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, European Bioplastics appointed Joanna Dupont-Inglis as new Head of European Public Affairs. She assumed her position on June 1, 2020, and will be based in Brussels. Bioplastics play a crucial role in helping to achieve the European Green Deal. The deal...

Steering the PVC Industry Towards the Circular Economy

In 2019, VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 771,313 tonnes of PVC - more than 96% of the programme’s 2020 target. The PVC industry is well on track to meet VinylPlus’ ever more challenging recycling targets for 2025, in line with the Circular Economy and the ambition...

The right turn

In a live webcast held on May 26, Covestro CEO Markus Steilemann explained the role that the company of Leverkusen and the whole chemical industry are playing in moving towards a circular economy. Speakers who attended the event included industry experts such as Volker Sick, director of the Global CO2 Initiative, and Jacob Duer...

In Shanghai a plant for producing compostable copolyester

Basf and Red Avenue New Materials Group have signed a joint agreement that grants Red Avenue New Materials Group the license to produce and sell certified compostable aliphaticaromatic co-polyester (PBAT) according to high Basf quality standards. For that purpose, Red Avenue New Materials Group will build a 60,000 metric tons PBAT plant in...