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Lanxess extends use of composite material to extrusion blow molding

In a feasibility study, experts at Lanxess demonstrated that components made of polyamide 6 can be manufactured with blow molding technology while receiving local reinforcement with Tepex at points subject to heavy loads. The investigations were performed on a state-of-the-art and close-to-production blow molding machine at the...

LyondellBasell successfully started up new pilot molecular recycling facility

One of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, LyondellBasell announced the successful start-up of its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara (Italy) site. LyondellBasell's proprietary MoReTec advanced recycling technology aims to return post-consumer plastic waste to its molecular form for...

Ascend completes the acquisition of Poliblend and Esseti Plast

As part of its global growth strategy, Ascend Performance Materials has completed the acquisition of Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast. With this purchase, Ascend expands its portfolio into other engineered plastics, recycled resins and masterbatches. “Poliblend and Esseti Plast complement our current business exceptionally well,” said...

Enhancing abrasion and scratch resistance of engineering resins and alloys

A new additive from global masterbatch producer Ampacet, AntiScratch ABS 6000047-E enhances the surface appearance of styrenic plastics by improving abrasion and scratch resistance without impacting gloss, aesthetics or mechanical properties. While some plastics can be sensitive to scratches and marks, consumers expect long-lasting Surface...

Basf calculates the carbon footprint of all sales products

Thanks to a digital solution developed in-house, Basf will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions, so called “carbon footprints” for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the Basf product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the...

Innovation, sustainability and care for the environment and communities between uncertainty and optimism

The Italian multinational with 3,100 employees in 16 countries, engaged in the chemicals, engineering polymers, fibres and nonwovens businesses, RasdiciGroup, closed financial year 2019 with consolidated sales revenue of 1,092 million euros and Ebitda of 165 million euros. The results obtained were in line with the budgeted figures and were attained through the...

A centre of industrial competence in specialty plastic materials

Versalis announced the signing of the closing that formalizes the acquisition of a 40% stake in the Finproject capital from VEI Capital. The Eni chemical company thus enters the high-performance formulated polymer sector and extends its position towards businesses that are more resilient to the volatility of the chemical industry scenario...

Results significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as expected

Covestro’s business performance in the second quarter was, as expected, significantly impacted by the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and North America. Core volumes decreased by 22.7% year-on-year from April to June due to the massive drop in demand in all key customer industries. The global coronavirus pandemic drove...

Radilon Mixloy, a new range of PA blends

To maximize polymer performance in final products by mixing polymers with different properties was the goal of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. The result is its new specialty range of products with the brand name Radilon Mixloy. The matrix material for these new innovative products is polyamide, the flagship product of RadiciGroup...

“B-Corp” certification for Novamont, making it also a “Benefit Company”

A force for good and tools for global regeneration, with higher purposes than mere profit. There are 3,422 companies spanning 140 sectors in 71 countries across the world - certified “B-Corps” by the independent body B-Lab - which, in addition to generating profit for their shareholders, also create a positive impact on society and on the environment...

Domo Chemicals to minimise participation at the Friedrichshafen trade fair

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, and consistent with its focus on protecting the health and safety of employees and customers, Domo Chemicals will not actively participate at Fakuma 2020, scheduled to take place in Friedrichshafen, Germany from October 13-17, 2020. Domo will be present through an onsite contact desk at the event...

The first semi-finished product made with Ultramid Advanced N

Basf has now developed Ultramid Advanced N5H UN, a PPA that can be manufactured into semi-finished parts by extrusion. The plastics company Gehr (Germany) is using the new PPA to produce extruded stock shapes with a diameter of 50 millimeters. Ultramid Advanced N offers excellent mechanics at elevated temperatures due to...

Recycled glass fibres in the new products of the Eco family

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess is increasingly making use of recycled raw materials in the production of its thermoplastic compounds and composites. “We want to help make the switch from a throw-away society to a circular economy. Our goal is to make more and more of our plastic products sustainable so that we can make our growth...

Expanded TPU in the airless tires for bikes

The Taiwanese company Air Fom is offering a patented solution for airless tires that overcomes the drawbacks of previous airless products. It is based on an expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (eTPU) from Covestro. Solid rubber tires have been on the market for quite a while now, but just like earlier...

Elegant look to PET and rPET packaging

The global masterbatch producer, Ampacet, has introduced the Silky Bliss collection, designed to provide an elegant silky surface treatment as well as NIR sortability to PET and rPET packaging applications. Silky Bliss offers a sophisticated, modern look, enabling brand owners to increase product shelf appeal and...

Steilemann appointed president of the European plastics manufacturers

The Pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers, PlasticsEurope, has appointed Markus Steilemann, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Covestro, as its President. He succeeds Javier Constante who recently became President of Dow Latin America. In this new role Steilemann will drive forwards the association and its...

New president and CEO for Ineos Styrolution

Kevin McQuade, who has led Ineos Styrolution as Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2015 has been appointed as Chairman of the company. Steve Harrington, currently President Global Styrene Monomer and Asia-Pacific for Ineos Styrolution, has been appointed as CEO reporting to Kevin. The change will be effective from July 1, 2020...

Kurt Bock new chairman of the supervisory board of Basf

The Supervisory Board of Basf has elected Kurt Bock as its new chairman. Bock had previously been elected to the Supervisory Board of Basf by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting as a shareholder representative. The term runs until the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in 2024...

Solutions for medical disposables

Few sectors face as many critical challenges or as vitally important to humankind, as healthcare. Today the world faces a very serious challenge with the current pandemic and in response to this, Sabic’s engagements with its customers have focused on delivering larger volumes of Sabic Purecares polypropylene (PP) materials for manufacturing of...