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Radici Plastics Suzhou sends medical equipment to Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital

Radici Plastics Suzhou, a RadiciGroup company specializing in engineering polymer production and based in Jiangsu Province in China, has joined a fund-raising drive promoted by the Italian community in Shanghai to send Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo over 20,000 masks and other medical devices. This equipment...

Dyneema fibres go bio

The global science-based company, DSM, the global leader in the chemical industry, Sabic, and the leading producer of sustainable raw materials, UPM Biofuels, announced a partnership that will help to reduce the environmental footprint of Dyneema, the world’s strongest fibre. The collaboration will see Dyneema transition to bio-based feedstock...

Versalis joins the Circular Plastics Alliance

The Eni's chemicals company Versalis has joined the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) to actively contribute achieving the ambitious European target of using 10 million tonnes of recycled plastic in new products by 2025. The aim of the Alliance, promoted by the European Commission, with numerous member...

Basf: Ebit before special items declines despite better development in all downstream segments

Basf generated sales of 59.3 billion euros in the 2019 business year; the slight decline in sales compared with the previous year resulted from lower volumes and prices. Income from operations (Ebit) before special items was 4.5 billion euros, down by 1.7 billion euros from the prior-year level as a result of lower contributions from the...

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020 postponed in October due to coronavirus

Due to the growing concerns around the coronavirus and travel restrictions to Italy, VinylPlus has made a strategic decision to change the dates of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020. The new dates will be October 14-15, 2020.  The city stays the same - Florence...

From Repsol only circular polyolefins

After the certification of its industrial complex in Puertollano at the end of 2019, Repsol accomplishes another critical milestone in its commitment to boost the circular economy of its materials, by obtaining the ISCC Plus certification for the rest of its polyolefin production centers. By certifying its Tarragona and Sines complexes, Repsol reaffirms its...

Ecosustainable eyewears with Econyl regenerated PA

The worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of eyewear, Safilo, announced the introduction of Econyl regenerated polyamide in its eyewear collections, thanks to a pioneering partnership with Aquafil, a recognized global player with over half a century of expertise in creating synthetic fibres...

Volumes up, sales down, but targets have been achieved nevertheless difficulties

Covestro has achieved its targets in a challenging market environment in fiscal 2019. Core volumes increased by 2% compared to the previous year. Group sales fell by 15.1% to approximately 12.4 billion euros as selling prices remained low due to increased competitive pressure in all segments. Consequently...

Versalis to launch Hoop, for an infinitely recyclable plastic

Hoop, a circle as the symbol of circularity per excellence, is the project launched by Versalis, the ENI chemical company, for the development of a new technology to chemically recycle plastic waste. Versalis signed a joint development agreement with Italian engineering company...

New cling film in Mater-Bi ready for a the most of packaging machines

A fundamental breakthrough in Novamont's range of biodegradable and compostable films for food packaging five years after the launch of the first grade of Mater-Bi for cling film. Mater-Bi bioplastic cling film for the packaging of fresh produce can be used with most packaging machines. Thus the choice of compostable cling film will no longer mean that...

Sustainable, light TPU made with bio-based content

The Italian company specialized in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics, API, which was acquired by global materials company Trinseo in July 2017, is presenting the new expandable bio-based TPU Apilon 52 BIO Light at Simac Tanning Tech 2020, February 19-21, in Milan, Italy...

Poliblend and Esseti Plast acquired by Ascend

The largest fully integrated producer of polyamide 66 resin, Ascend Performance Materials announced it signed an agreement to purchase Poliblend and Esseti Plast GD from D’Ottavio Group. The acquisition includes a manufacturing facility in Mozzate (Varese, Italy), the masterbatch portfolio of Esseti Plast GD and the engineering plastics portfolio of...

RadiciGroup at Auto Expo Components with innovative and sustainable materials

The leading producer of high performance engineering polymers, RadiciGroup exhibited at Auto Expo Components 2020 (New Delhi, February 6-9), the major Asian trade fair focusing exclusively on the automotive market. In its 15th edition, Auto Expo Components 2020 showcased some of the latest products for the auto industry, a sector that...

Versalis: biomass power plant restarted at Crescentino, soon also the bioethanol

Eni’s chemical company, Versalis, announced that all the plants at Crescentino (Vercelli, Italy) will be up and running by the first half of 2020. The plant, acquired in November 2018, is designed for industrial-scale production of bioethanol and has been upgraded with an investment of more than 15 million euros...

Compostable transparent film for the food and industrial packaging

A sustainable solution for cling film used in fresh-food packaging has been developed by Basf and Fabbri Group. Based on Basf’s certified compostable ecovio, Fabbri Group produces the highly transparent stretch film Nature Fresh. Meat, seafood as well as fruit and vegetables can be wrapped manually or with automatic packaging...

The first ton of intermediates from renewable sources for bio PA 6

Eighty years after polyamide’s first commercial production, clean manufacturing technology Genomatica achieved a new milestone for the material - its production of the world’s first renewably-sourced ton of the key ingredient for polyamide 6, made from plants instead of crude oil. PA, the first totally synthetic fibre to be made into...

Domo Chemicals completes the acquisition of Solvay Performance Polyamides in Europe

Leading producer of high-quality engineering materials for a diverse range of markets, Domo Chemicals announced that the company has completed its acquisition of Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe. This Business includes engineering plastics operations in France and Poland; high...

Virginia Janssens appointed as Managing Director

The pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers, PlasticsEurope, announced the appointment of Virginia Janssens as Managing Director. She will take up her role on March 16, 2020. Janssens has been the Managing Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) since 2012...

Trend colours in the ski boots market

Thanks to an in-depth research and color-finding project recently completed in partnership with Clariant ColorWorks, Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri (FFE), a supplier of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds now has an invaluable competitive edge in one of its primary markets - ski boots...