"Circular" partnership for three

Dyneema fibres go bio

Materials - Tuesday, 17 March 2020

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...

Commitment for the plastics recycling

Versalis joins the Circular Plastics Alliance

Materials - Wednesday, 11 March 2020

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...

Reporting on the 2019 business year

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

Materials - Wednesday, 11 March 2020

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 announcement

VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020 postponed in October due to coronavirus

Materials - Wednesday, 11 March 2020

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...

Factories certified

From Repsol only circular polyolefins

Materials - Wednesday, 4 March 2020

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...

Safilo and Aquafil in partnership

Ecosustainable eyewears with Econyl regenerated PA

Materials - Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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...

The 2019 of Covestro

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

Materials - Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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...

Chemical recycling

Versalis to launch Hoop, for an infinitely recyclable plastic

Materials - Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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...

Packaging of fresh produce

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

Materials - Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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...

API with a new TPU at Simac 2020

Sustainable, light TPU made with bio-based content

Materials - Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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...

Change of ownership

Poliblend and Esseti Plast acquired by Ascend

Materials - Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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...

Indian automotive market strategic

RadiciGroup at Auto Expo Components with innovative and sustainable materials

Materials - Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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...