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More efficient tires thanks to silica

Solvay Silica is unveiling Efficium a breakthrough highly dispersible silica (HDS), an innovative filler which allows for higher productivity and greater flexibility in producing green passenger car and truck tire compounds. Efficium offers breakthrough benefits for the automotive industry, allowing for increased Productivity...

Unique orange full shades for packaging

The world leader in specialty chemicals Clariant adds a new striking and economical colour solution to designers’ creative palettes with the launch of orange pigment PV Fast Orange HGR. The mid shade orange can be used as a shading pigment or for customers to create unique full orange shades with...

Against dust and flying sparks

Basf is now adding its first carbon fibre reinforced Ultradur to its PBT portfolio. The specialty Ultradur B4300 C3 LS features low electrostatic charge along with good conductivity. This makes it particularly suitable for components in sensitive areas of measurement and control technology for...

There's no electric car without plastics

For several innovative components in the BMW i3, the electric vehicle from BMW, Basf supplies versatile plastics and supported part development with extensive construction know-how. These include the backrests of the front seats, key reinforcement parts in the carbon fiber body, and the rear seat shell...

Short tack-free times for a greater production efficiency

The new Fast-Cure two-component polyurethane (PU) foam seal systems developed by Sonderhoff are tack-free in less than three minutes. As a result, sealed industrial parts can quickly move to the subsequent production process, without requiring intermediate storage costs. Additional costs for the purchase of...

On the foldable scooter with PA 6 from Solvay

Bud-e is its name and it has been presented by Solvay on the occasion of Challenge Bibendum 2014 event in Chengdu, China. It is a foldable electric scooter specially designed for intermodal mobility in urban areas and developed by French company Kleefer. The streamlined fairing parts of the scooter are made...

EPS becomes airpop

In spite of its excellent mechanical and insulating properties, expanded polystyrene, EPS, is not always perceived as an innovative and modern material. With this thought, Eumeps, representing the European manufacturers of expanded polystyrene, decided to coin the new registered trademark airpop “engineered air”...

Biomaterials for packaging in the experimental stage

Following Avantium and Polytype’s announcement, at K 2013, of a cooperation agreement to study and develop extruded and thermoformed products in PEF, the implementation stage of the cooperation was entrusted to OMV Machinery, an Italian manufacturer of thermoforming machines, extrusion lines and moulds...

Stronger and lighter bracket with PAEK and PEEK

The cooperation between Victrex and the moulder Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing has led to the production of a bracket intended for aerospace applications by means of a hybrid moulding process using PAEK and PEEK. More precisely, in order to manufacture this component, a PAEK-based composite is...

Subsea drilling: no more voltage drops

In order develop the new Diamould high efficiency connector line, OneSubsea chose Victrex PEEK as the construction material. This engineering polymer offers ideal properties for the subsea drilling applications which require such components, allowing them to withstand the high temperatures generated...

PA6 replaces PVC on steel wires

Life-Inno.Pro.Wire is a sustainable innovation challenge. This all-Italian pilot project, stemming from a partnership between two major Italian industrial multinationals, Maccaferri Industrial Group and RadiciGroup, has been awarded financial support for a period of 3 years by the European Commission’s...

Basf towards 150 years: preparations are underway

"We create chemistry” is the new claim in the Basf logo. This change to the company’s brand identity underlines how Basf collaborates and innovates with customers and partners to contribute to a sustainable future. The new claim is derived from Basf’s strategy announced in 2011. “Since we launched this strategy...

Against any electrical shock

Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri expands its offer of Marfran compounds with the introduction of the Marfran E CDT 1444 Black family dedicated to all those areas where it is essential to avoid the occurrence of electrical discharges (ESD). The polymeric materials, insulators by definition, tend to accumulate electrostatic...

An all-Italian model inspired by “Lego Architecture”

The company Htdm has the possibility to help the construction sector regain its leading role in the world of industry. Indeed, its know-how in the field of injection moulds has recently enabled it to launch its Panel System range of thermoplastic panels, designed for a variety of applications. The concept behind Panel System, which has been...

Super-light and resistant thanks to carbon fibres

It is no longer necessary to choose between lightweight and durability. Both characteristics are now possible with the new Borealis plastomer-based compound Queo developed by Xenia Materials. The aim is to broaden the application field of this plastomer, currently used in a large number of areas due to its...

“UL recognised” polyurethane system

The independent organisation Underwriters Laboratories has recently confirmed that Sonderhoff’s new Fermapor K31-A-45C4-2-UL-FR bi-component polyurethane system satisfies the Usa’s UL 94 HF-1 fire protection standards and is therefore officially classified as “UL recognised”. This flameproof system can now be...

Tribute to Stephanie Kwolek: the woman who invented Kevlar

On 18 June, Stephanie Kwolek, the American scientist who invented Kevlar in 1965, died in Wilmington (Delaware) at the age of ninety-one. Kevlar, produced by DuPont, which patented it in 1973, was initially conceived as a material to be used in the...

Products for the polyurethane of the future

At the American Coatings Show 2014 (April 8-10, Atlanta), Perstorp, a world leader in specialty chemicals, showcased a full palette of essential building block raw materials and innovative specialty coating products. On the back of its Americas success the company is lining up a series of innovative specialty products for the...