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The smart Verbund project launched in China

On November 23, Basf officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company’s 10 billion dollars investment project announced in July 2018. The first plants will produce engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to serve...

New resin with increased fluctuating pressure performance and cost-effectiveness

Noryl WM330G resin has been added by Sabic to its portfolio of high-performance thermoplastics for water management applications. The new product is the first in a family of materials featuring proprietary impact-resistant technology for improved fluctuating pressure performance compared to legacy materials. The 30% glass-reinforced...

Teppfa renewed its website and visual identity

The European plastic pipe and fittings association,Teppfa, launched a new website and a new visual identity. Ever since its foundation in 1991, the association has built up a wealth of information based on research. The view was to become the definitive source of information within Europe on the subject of performance and benefits associated with...

Covestro provides Signify with polycarbonate for 3D-printed luminaires

The world leader in lighting Signify is expanding its printing capabilities in the Netherlands and plans to establish new facilities in the USA, India and Indonesia. To this scope, Covestro is providing the company with polycarbonate for its capabilities for 3D printing. Signify has perfected 3D printing as a highly and more sustainable...

To brake safely thanks to Technyl Max

The new and advanced Technyl Max polyamide 6.6 technology of Solvay Performance Polyamides was chosen by Carbody, expert in safety and sealing solutions for the automotive industry, to develop its all-plastic brake pedal. Designated “Skeleton”, the revolutionary pedal concept made in Technyl Max replaces...

Growing in the additive manufacturing sector

To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, Basf New Business has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. The agreement was signed on November 14, 2019 and is expected to become effective in the next few weeks...

Artificial intelligence helps the formulation of polyurethane systems

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess is broadening its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development. It has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The...

The study of stars improves thanks to holograms into photopolymer films

Today's astronomical high-performance telescopes not only serve the precise imaging observation of stars and galaxies, but also allow a multitude of highly specific, physical investigations to elucidate the physical and chemical processes in a star, from its formation to super nova. While the instruments are getting bigger and bigger with the aim of...

Plixxent enters the polyurethane supply

A leading provider for polyurethane systems solutions, Plixxent, went into operation on November 4. With approximately 250 full-time employees at five locations in Europe, the group of companies covers the entire application range of PU systems. The main purchasers are customers from the building materials industry, manufacturers of...

Use of resources and emissions decreases, value added grows

The RadiciGroup 2018 Sustainability Report, prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core Option, was presented by RadiciGroup President Angelo Radici at Confindustria Bergamo (Bergamo Manufacturers’ Association) headquarters on October 30. The data collected and provided in the Report confirmed once again...

Artificial intelligence helps polyurethane systems formulation

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The Urethane Systems business unit is using the potential of...

Covestro sells systems houses

Covestro successfully closed the sale of its European Systems Houses business to HIG Capital effective as of November 1, 2019. The sales proceeds amount to a high-double-digit euro million sum. The business comprises facilities in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Germany and further businesses in Italy. Approximately...

EuPC, PlasticsEurope and PRE against the Italian plastic tax

During a meeting held in Düsseldorf at the K trade show, the three Presidents of the European plastics industry associations, Renato Zelcher (European Plastics Converters), Javier Constante (PlasticsEurope) and Ton Emans (Plastic Recyclers Europe), agreed to oppose the Italian Government’s tax proposal of 1000 euros per ton of plastic packaging...

Prices affect Covestro's third quarter

In the third quarter of 2019 Covestro was able to achieve core volume growth of 5.3% over the prior-year period in a continuing challenging economic environment. At the same time, Group sales declined as expected by 14.6% to 3.2 billion euro due to continued lower selling prices. At 425 million euro, Ebitda forecast was achieved for the quarter but...

In Ludwigshafen, sales fell in the third quarter of 2019

Sales of Basf Group in the third quarter of 2019 declined slightly year on year and amounted to 15.2 billion euros. This was mainly attributable to lower prices in the Materials and Chemicals segments. The uncertainties in the market and cautious ordering by customers also played a role. Demand from key customer sectors did not recover...

Reducing resource consumption in plastic loops

At K 2019, Clariant unveiled new high-performance additives promoting reduction in the consumption of fossil resources, to support the creation of value chain cycles which utilize viable and sustainable renewable sources and combat climate change. Clariant has teamed up with renewable hydrocarbon producer Neste to offer a wide range...

A new high temperature application product: Radilon NeXTreme

During K 2019, the RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area introduced its newest offering Radilon NeXTreme, together with other recent solutions that have been developed in response to the increasingly demanding requests from global markets. Radilon NeXTreme is a polyamide material capable of...

Strategic agreement and more Mater-bi

At K 2019 Novamont announced a strategic agreement with Saes and the increase of its production capacity (+36%). Novamont and Saes, two prominent Italian research and technology companies, both with extensive patent portfolios and recognised as leaders in biochemicals and functional...

More fluoroelastomers in Spinetta Marengo

The production capacity of its Tecnoflon FKM peroxide curable fluoroelastomer will be lifted by Solvay by nearly a third at its plant in Spinetta Marengo, Alessandria, Italy, to serve ongoing strong demand growth for high performance sealing applications in the automotive, oil & gas and semiconductor industries...