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Two new release agents for FRP applications

The global leader in the development and production of highly effective release agents, purging compounds, and other ancillary moulding products, Chem-trend, has launched two new release agents for FRP applications - Chemlease 5127 and Chemlease 5128. The two silicone-free, solvent-based universal release agents combine...

Maip Group and Eastman partner on sustainable automotive materials

Eastman and Gruppo Maip, a leading international plastics formulator and compound producer based in Turin, Italy, have announced a partnership to formulate new sustainable polymer solutions for automotive interior applications. It will enable an exclusive portfolio of formulations based on Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technology, offering a...

Genomatica to scale bio-PA 50-fold with Aquafil to meet surging brand demand

Clean manufacturing leader Genomatica signed a first-of-its-kind deal with Aquafil to build a demonstration scale facility to produce the largest quantity of 100% renewable PA 6 ever available. Responding to surging consumer interest in sustainable products, the material will go to leading global brands eager to explore and develop renewable products, create...

Ultramid Advanced for today’s fuel cell technologies

The American manufacturer of heavy-duty, zero-emission engines Nuvera Fuel Cells, Massachusetts, is now using Basf’s polyphthalamide (PPA) Ultramid Advanced N to manufacture several components in its latest generation of 45 kW fuel cell engines. The fuel cell engines will be integrated into transit buses and delivery vehicles in...

Latigloss compounds for veterinary pliers

Latigloss structural compounds produced by Lati are designed to combine the high mechanical strength of 50% glass fibre-reinforced PA 66 with a high-quality surface finish, usually impossible to achieve with filled semi-crystalline polymers. The fibres used to reinforce structural plastics are usually visible on the surface of the moulded pieces, often...

Ensinger commissions new prepreg facility

Ensinger Group has invested further in the field of composite materials: at the Cham site (Germany), a new facility has been commissioned for the production of thermoplastic prepregs. Ensinger range now encompasses thermoplastic, continuous fibre-reinforced semipregs and prepregs, organosheets and compression moulded composite plates from...

The third quarter of Covestro: growth in volume and earnings

In the third quarter of 2020, Covestro increased core volumes by 3.0% year-on-year as the result of a significant improvement in demand. This development was largely driven by volume growth in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in China. At the same time, Group sales were down by 12.7% to around 2.8 billion euros due to lower selling prices. As...

Basf third quarter between ups and downs

In an environment that continues to be shaped by the global economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Basf Group’s income from operations (Ebit) before special items rose considerably compared with the previous quarter: At 581 million euros in the third quarter of 2020, it was 355 million euros higher than in the second quarter of 2020. “This...

Lanxess offers new flame-retardant thermoplastic composite materials with a PA 6 matrix

Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites from Lanxess are characterized by their high inherent flame-retardant properties. One of the reasons for this is their high fiber content. They therefore already pass many of the flammability tests required for typical applications without flame protection. However...

Repsol and Elix Polymers sign a collaboration agreement on circular economy

The agreement reached between Repsol and Elix Polymers will allow the development of a collaborative framework in circular economy matters, that includes the commitment to supply regularly circular styrene with ISCC Plus certification from 2021. In this way, both companies reinforce their relationship by collaborating closely to achieve their objectives...

Padanaplast offers new advanced HFFR compounds for high-performance wires and cables for electric vehicles

Specialized in crosslinkable polyolefin halogen free flame retardant (XLPO-HFFR) compounds for wires and cables, the Italian Padanaplast offers a range of products developed to meet the stringent needs of electric mobility in the automotive industry. “The surging development of complex hybrid, all-electric and fuel cell vehicles demand...

Ampacet introduces a new masterbatch for premium quality white-opaque BOPP film

The global masterbatch leader, Ampacet, has introduced Pearl 368, a high-performance organic cavitating masterbatch designed for premium quality labels and white-opaque BOPP packaging. The highly efficient organic cavitating masterbatch enables processors to achieve very low film densities with...

A new level of puncture resistance thanks to Elastollan

With the market launch of its new Aerothan bicycle tube on October 8, Schwalbe presents a new generation of bicycle tubes based on Basf thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Elastollan. This innovation scores top marks in terms of weight, puncture resistance, handling characteristics, ease of assembly and packing size. Aerothan bicycle tubes are...

The automotive headlights of the future developed by Covestro are entirely in PC

Covestro has developed an innovative automotive headlight concept for the vehicle lighting of tomorrow. The visionary approach is based on different types of the polycarbonate Makrolon and addresses the high demands in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Compared with conventional solutions, the new modular design makes do with...

The latest RadiciGroup innovations in two webinars

The global company active in the development and production of polymers for engineering use, RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, will present its latest innovations in two separate webinar sessions, hosted by UL’s Prospector platform. During the first session, on October 14, RadiciGroup experts will focus on innovative...

Engineering polymers replace wood in precision weapons

A few years ago, polymers began to make their mark in the world of long firearms, replacing traditional wood in the manufacture of basic gun parts like the stock and fore-end. A particularly challenging shift, because shooting and hunting enthusiasts consider noble wood to be an integral part of the sportive and hunting experience. In this like other...

RadiciGroup focuses on research and innovation: "Radici InNova" is born

RadiciGroup has announced the founding of Radici InNova, a non-profit consortium, to carry out the group’s strategic aims of ensuring business continuity, improving corporate competitiveness and creating value for the community. The new company’s main object is the development of new research and innovation projects for...

Xecarb SL: a new family of super-light structural composites

Xecarb SL composites are the newest Xenia Materials family of carbon filled, super light structural compounds developed in partnership with Arkema. With a flexural modulus reaching 11000 MPa and a density equal to 1,00 g/cm3, the pioneer grade of this family was designed using Rilsan PA 11. This polymer is obtained from...

Ultrasim: simulation now for elastomers

Basf expands the application range of its simulation tool Ultrasim: as of now, the CAE tool also calculates component concepts based on elastomers, especially Elastollan, Basf’s thermoplastic polyurethane. The simulation covers the entire process chain from initial processing to the mechanical properties of the final product. Among the special features of...