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Group know-how and materials chiefly targeted on four strategic markets

RadiciGroup is exhibiting at Chinaplast 2019 through Radici Plastics Suzhou and focusing on four strategic markets for its high performance polymers business area: automotive, electrical/electronics, water and heating systems, and transport. “We have just increased our production capacity”, pointed out Alberto Sessolo, CEO of...

Deploying artificial intelligence in product development

By deploying artificial intelligence (AI), the specialty chemicals company Lanxess is looking to drastically cut the amount of time it takes to develop new materials. For this, the company has entered into close collaboration with Citrine Informatics, a US-based AI company specializing in data-driven materials development...

Results influenced by challenging environment as expected

As expected, higher competitive pressure influenced the first quarter 2019 results of Covestro. Despite an overall solid demand, core volumes decreased slightly by 1.8%, mainly due to lower volumes in the polycarbonates segment. A marked drop in selling prices led to a reduction in Group sales by 16.0% to 3.2 billion euros. The Group’s...

Sales increase, earnings below prior-year quarter, in line with expectations

“In the first quarter of 2019, Basf Group sales rose by 3% year on year to 16.2 billion euros”, said Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Basf, at the company’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting held at Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim, Germany. Compared with the first quarter of 2018, income from...

A solid start into 2019

A leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, Borealis, announced a net profit of 200 million euros for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 240 million euros in the same quarter of 2018. The deterioration in profit compared to the first quarter of 2018 was driven by lower European integrated polyolefin...

Reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment

A RadiciGroup company and leader in the South American engineering polymers market, Radici Plastics Brazil is participating in the Feiplastic trade show, taking place at Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil, from April 22 to 26. The main goal of the company is to draw attention to the high quality of its products and the sustainability of its business...

Cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess is expanding the new polyamide 6 Durethan P product range with the addition of two highly reinforced material variants that can be used, among other things, as an economical alternative to polyamide 66 materials. Durethan BKV50PH2.0 and Durethan BKV60PH2.0EF have short glass fibre content levels of...

The CEO Rohr becomes executive president, Ryerkerk called to replace him

The global chemical and specialty materials company, Celanese, announced that Mark Rohr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will assume the position of Executive Chairman of Celanese’s Board of Directors. After an extensive search, the Board has selected Lori Ryerkerk to succeed Rohr as CEO. The appointments are effective...

Composites based on PP reinforced with carbon fibre

On the occasion of Mecspe 2019, (Parma, Italy, March 28-30) Xenia brought to market the new series Xecarb 11 of thermoplastics composite grades reinforced with short carbon fibres. After over a year of testing and improvements, Xecarb 11 final result represents the ideal solution for a wide range of applications in chemical, industrial and sport fields...

Accelerating the time to market for 3D printed components

To help customers with an accelerated route to market for 3D printed PAEK parts, UK-based Victrex has commenced a multi-million euro investment in Bond High Performance 3D Technology. The Dutch company has developed differentiated 3D printing machinery and software combination which can produce high strength parts from existing grades of...

Conductive compounds for tankers pressure relief valves

The UK company Fairfax 3D Design has chosen Latiohm electrically conductive polyamide from Lati as the ideal material from which to manufacture its innovative new pressure relief valve. The pressure, or vacuum, relief valve is designed to be fitted into each compartment on a road tanker...

Black without carbon black for near infrared sorting technologies

Premier global provider of masterbatch and additive materials, services and solutions, Ampacet has developed carbon black-free masterbatch solutions REC-NIR-Black that can help to significantly reduce the carbon footprint by providing a second life for black plastic packaging. These carbon black-free products are part of Ampacet’s sustainable...

More TPC in Ferrara to meet the growing demand

The global chemical and specialty materials company, Celanese Corporation, announced on March 6 the expansion of its Pibiflex and Riteflex TPC (thermoplastic co-polyester) production unit at the Donegani facility in Ferrara, Italy to support the continued growth of its global engineered materials business. Celanese recently added one more solid-state...

PVDF optimizes new ultrafiltration membranes

To optimize its TIPS membrane technology, Scinor Beijing Membrane Technology chose Solef PVDF from Solvay. TIPS (Thermally Infused Phase Separation) has applications in reverse osmosis pretreatment as well as industrial and drinking water applications. The excellent chemical resistance of Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) was one key factor in...

Methacrylates sold to Advent International, growth in 2018

Evonik has signed an agreement to sell its methacrylates business to Advent International for three billion euros. The transaction is subject to approval by the authorities in several countries and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. The methacrylates business has 18 production sites and 3,900 employees worldwide and, from...

Thermo-abrasion resistant for producing soles in a single-step cycle

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, presented the new recyclable TPU Apilon 52 A/C-series at Simac Tanning Tech 2019, (February 20-22, Milan). In order to demonstrate the advantages of this material...

Innovative materials and computer simulation for optimized shanks for shoes

From February 20-22, 2019, Simac, the international machinery and technology exhibition for shoes, is being held in Milan and Basf is presenting the newest material developments together with Ultrasim computer simulation, targeted specifically on manufacturing optimized shanks for shoes...

Polymer in place of metal and ceramics in dental prostheses

At the European Association of Osseointegration (EAO) Congress, recently held in Vienna, dental clinicians from the Malo Clinic, Lisbon, reported positive results when Juvora a PEEK polymer-based solution, replaces traditional metal and ceramic materials. Their findings were those of a two-year follow-up study of dental restorations implemented...

PVC-free corrugated pipes and conduits

The removal of halogens and other hazardous substances from materials intended for the electric and electronics sector is an industrial priority since long. The main reason lies in the dangerousness of these products when they reach their end of life. For some compounds, this process started successfully, for example with the use of...