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Tom Van Gyseghem at the helm of European plastic pipe manufacturers

The leading European trade association representing plastic pipe manufacturers in Europe, Teppfa, announced that Tom Van Gyseghem will join as the new president for the next two years with immediate effect. He was nominated by the Teppfa Executive Committee and unanimously approved by the...

Biocompatible ABS grades for medical devices

Leading ABS producer Elix Polymers is collaborating with a large group of companies within ClusterMAV, the Advanced Materials Cluster of Catalonia, Spain, in the fight against Covid-19. The partners are working in collaboration with the National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters (Fenaeic), which focuses on promoting...

Erik van Praet vice president of Borealis innovation and technology

Borealis has announced  the appointment of Erik van Praet as Vice President Innovation and Technology effective 1 April 2020. Erik van Praet succeeds Maurits van Tol, who decided to pursue his career outside of Borealis in October 2019. Van Praet started his career with Borealis in 1995 as development engineer in...

A partnership to offer quality and flexibility to German market

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers announced a reorganization of its sales network in Germany: starting on May 18, 2020, B.Bigler has been appointed as the distributor for the German market for a wide product range including Radilon, Heramid, Radiflam, Radistrong, Raditer, Heraflex, Torzen and Raditeck...

Compounds for the food safety

Recalling a food product from the market can have very serious consequences for the supplier and production chain involved. Whole sectors can suffer considerable damage to their image and reputation if polluted foodstuffs are allowed to go on sale, and this situation can have huge legal and economic repercussions, which are potentially fatal for...

Donation of TPE to make 10 thousand protective face shields

An Italian chemical company producing hotmelt stickers and thermoplastic elastomers, Sipol cooperated on the project launched by Syntech Plastics for the production of protective face shields to be donated to medical practices and nursing homes. Syntech Plastics, a German injection moulding company that creates products mainly...

EuPC conference postponed to May 2021

In view of the recent developments of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, the 2020 edition of the conference “A Circular Future with Plastics” that EuPC is organising together with the Belgian plastics associations Agoria and Essenscia - PolyMatters has been postponed to May 27-28, 2021...

Covestro meets guidance for 2020 first quarter

Covestro has met its Ebitda guidance for the first quarter of 2020 in a business environment strongly impacted by the coronavirus. Core volumes decreased by 4.1% compared to the prior-year quarter. This is mainly the result of significantly weaker demand in China due to coronavirus-related interruptions of production at...

Resilience amid coronavirus crisis thanks to diversified portfolio and financial solidity

Basf Group’s sales in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 7% compared with the prior-year quarter to 16.8 billion euros. This was mainly driven by a 4% increase in volumes. Income from operations (Ebit) before special items was 1.6 billion euros, down by 6% compared with the first quarter of 2019. The decline in Ebit before...

The JEC Composites Innovations Awards winners to be announced online

Following the launch of the podcast series in March, JEC Group will name the winners of the 2020 JEC Innovation Awards on May 13 through digital broadcasting for the first time. The recent global health crisis has prevented the ceremony from taking place during JEC World 2020, but the entire composites community as well as the finalists are expecting...

How plastics contribute to the fight against Covid-19

Today, the Covid-19 pandemic is deeply disrupting not only the European economy but the entire society. The social and economic impacts caused by it require immediate actions and will have medium and long-term consequences. As EuPC, the association representing the European plastics converters, remarks, plastic products which protect are...

The Composites in Rail conference postponed from June to October

AMI announced that its Composites in Rail conference, due to take place in Berlin on June 3-4, has now been postponed October 8-9, 2020. The event will still take place in Berlin, but the uncertainty created by the coronavirus led to the decision to delay it. “Following consultation with speakers, exhibitors and attendees we’ve made the difficult...

Antibacterial properties for hygienic walls and surfaces

The Lexan Cliniwall AC6200 non-chlorinated and non-brominated opaque sheet launched by Sabic aims to provide a hygienic, sanitary solution for interior surfaces to several industries around the world. The launch comes as the rising need for infection prevention and sanitation control across the world continues to increase. Sabic full integration across...

Pandemic forces Covestro to update 2020 estimates

Covestro has been actively executing its crisis management plans in response to the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic and adjusting business operations according to local developments. The Board of Management has taken early and decisive actions to adapt the company to the current conditions, to protect the health of all Covestro...

Agreement to develop traceability and circularity of plastics

Security Matters and Basf signed a binding joint development agreement to develop solutions for plastics traceability and circularity. Plastics, with unique characteristics and when used properly, contribute to a more sustainable and resource efficient future. However, to move towards a circular economy, more plastic waste needs to be recovered...

Working together to help people with reliable quality

While high-quality thermoplastic elastomers from Kraiburg TPE are used in many everyday applications such as toothbrushes, razors, automotive components, and others, they have also become indispensable in numerous areas of systemic importance. The current corona pandemic is an increasing challenge for both healthcare and social systems in particular...

EuPC requests the postponement of the entry into force of the SUP Directive

In an open letter sent to the European Commission, EuPC advocates for a postponement of the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive in view of the current Covid-19 crisis in Europe. Single-use plastics are not easily substitutable and offer unique advantages when it comes to ensuring hygiene, safety as well as preservation from...

Chemical plant converted to the production of disinfectant

The global leader in the specialty chemicals market Perstorp has started the large-scale production of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant for the Swedish healthcare sector - at cost price. With a capacity of over 2 million liters a month, the aim is to solve the current lack of disinfectants at a national level...

About a quarter of European ethylene production threatened by Covid-19

At least 6.6 million tonnes/year, or 26%, of Europe’s ethylene production capacity is threatened by oil refineries running at reduced rates or ceasing production, according to new analysis by Icis. The ethylene is produced by crackers attached to refineries hit by collapsing demand for...