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IR-detectable black technology to make other dark colours more recyclable

To improve the recyclability of plastics while offering packaging and product developers more color options, Clariant continues to develop new technology. The latest development is a range of deep, dark colors that normally would have required the use of carbon black pigments that makes them undetectable by the near-infrared (NIR) sensors used in...

High-flow ABS grade for new battery-powered vacuum cleaner

High-end domestic appliance producer Miele has selected Elix Polymers’ high-flow ABS grade 118HF for its new battery-powered vacuum cleaner model, the Triflex HX1. Elix Polymers developed the grade specifically for the application, with improved rheological properties that enable a reduction of wall thickness of the vacuum cleaner housing parts...

Masterbatches for laser marking

The global masterbatch producer Ampacet has introduced Laser Mark 1001074-E and Laser Mark 1001088-E, two cost-effective solutions that enable high definition, high contrast laser marking on clear and dark surfaces using NdYAG laser systems. Because of most plastics cannot be detected by laser beams, an additive is added to...

Renato Zelcher re-elected as president of European plastics converters

On June 12, during the General Assembly of European Plastics Converters, Renato Zelcher, CEO of Crocco, has been re-elected as EuPC President for the period 2020-2022. While the annual two-day conference A Circular Future with Plastics had to be postponed by one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, the EuPC members met...

European Bioplastics appointed a new head of European public affairs

The association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, European Bioplastics appointed Joanna Dupont-Inglis as new Head of European Public Affairs. She assumed her position on June 1, 2020, and will be based in Brussels. Bioplastics play a crucial role in helping to achieve the European Green Deal. The deal...

Steering the PVC Industry Towards the Circular Economy

In 2019, VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 771,313 tonnes of PVC - more than 96% of the programme’s 2020 target. The PVC industry is well on track to meet VinylPlus’ ever more challenging recycling targets for 2025, in line with the Circular Economy and the ambition...

The right turn

In a live webcast held on May 26, Covestro CEO Markus Steilemann explained the role that the company of Leverkusen and the whole chemical industry are playing in moving towards a circular economy. Speakers who attended the event included industry experts such as Volker Sick, director of the Global CO2 Initiative, and Jacob Duer...

In Shanghai a plant for producing compostable copolyester

Basf and Red Avenue New Materials Group have signed a joint agreement that grants Red Avenue New Materials Group the license to produce and sell certified compostable aliphaticaromatic co-polyester (PBAT) according to high Basf quality standards. For that purpose, Red Avenue New Materials Group will build a 60,000 metric tons PBAT plant in...

Tom Van Gyseghem at the helm of European plastic pipe manufacturers

The leading European trade association representing plastic pipe manufacturers in Europe, Teppfa, announced that Tom Van Gyseghem will join as the new president for the next two years with immediate effect. He was nominated by the Teppfa Executive Committee and unanimously approved by the...

Biocompatible ABS grades for medical devices

Leading ABS producer Elix Polymers is collaborating with a large group of companies within ClusterMAV, the Advanced Materials Cluster of Catalonia, Spain, in the fight against Covid-19. The partners are working in collaboration with the National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters (Fenaeic), which focuses on promoting...

Erik van Praet vice president of Borealis innovation and technology

Borealis has announced  the appointment of Erik van Praet as Vice President Innovation and Technology effective 1 April 2020. Erik van Praet succeeds Maurits van Tol, who decided to pursue his career outside of Borealis in October 2019. Van Praet started his career with Borealis in 1995 as development engineer in...

A partnership to offer quality and flexibility to German market

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers announced a reorganization of its sales network in Germany: starting on May 18, 2020, B.Bigler has been appointed as the distributor for the German market for a wide product range including Radilon, Heramid, Radiflam, Radistrong, Raditer, Heraflex, Torzen and Raditeck...

Compounds for the food safety

Recalling a food product from the market can have very serious consequences for the supplier and production chain involved. Whole sectors can suffer considerable damage to their image and reputation if polluted foodstuffs are allowed to go on sale, and this situation can have huge legal and economic repercussions, which are potentially fatal for...

Donation of TPE to make 10 thousand protective face shields

An Italian chemical company producing hotmelt stickers and thermoplastic elastomers, Sipol cooperated on the project launched by Syntech Plastics for the production of protective face shields to be donated to medical practices and nursing homes. Syntech Plastics, a German injection moulding company that creates products mainly...

EuPC conference postponed to May 2021

In view of the recent developments of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, the 2020 edition of the conference “A Circular Future with Plastics” that EuPC is organising together with the Belgian plastics associations Agoria and Essenscia - PolyMatters has been postponed to May 27-28, 2021...

Covestro meets guidance for 2020 first quarter

Covestro has met its Ebitda guidance for the first quarter of 2020 in a business environment strongly impacted by the coronavirus. Core volumes decreased by 4.1% compared to the prior-year quarter. This is mainly the result of significantly weaker demand in China due to coronavirus-related interruptions of production at...

Resilience amid coronavirus crisis thanks to diversified portfolio and financial solidity

Basf Group’s sales in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 7% compared with the prior-year quarter to 16.8 billion euros. This was mainly driven by a 4% increase in volumes. Income from operations (Ebit) before special items was 1.6 billion euros, down by 6% compared with the first quarter of 2019. The decline in Ebit before...

The JEC Composites Innovations Awards winners to be announced online

Following the launch of the podcast series in March, JEC Group will name the winners of the 2020 JEC Innovation Awards on May 13 through digital broadcasting for the first time. The recent global health crisis has prevented the ceremony from taking place during JEC World 2020, but the entire composites community as well as the finalists are expecting...

How plastics contribute to the fight against Covid-19

Today, the Covid-19 pandemic is deeply disrupting not only the European economy but the entire society. The social and economic impacts caused by it require immediate actions and will have medium and long-term consequences. As EuPC, the association representing the European plastics converters, remarks, plastic products which protect are...