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Versalis to launch Hoop, for an infinitely recyclable plastic

Hoop, a circle as the symbol of circularity per excellence, is the project launched by Versalis, the ENI chemical company, for the development of a new technology to chemically recycle plastic waste. Versalis signed a joint development agreement with Italian engineering company...

New cling film in Mater-Bi ready for a the most of packaging machines

A fundamental breakthrough in Novamont's range of biodegradable and compostable films for food packaging five years after the launch of the first grade of Mater-Bi for cling film. Mater-Bi bioplastic cling film for the packaging of fresh produce can be used with most packaging machines. Thus the choice of compostable cling film will no longer mean that...

Sustainable, light TPU made with bio-based content

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, is presenting the new expandable bio-based TPU Apilon 52 BIO Light at Simac Tanning Tech 2020, February 19-21, in Milan, Italy...

Poliblend and Esseti Plast acquired by Ascend

The largest fully integrated producer of polyamide 66 resin, Ascend Performance Materials announced it signed an agreement to purchase Poliblend and Esseti Plast GD from D’Ottavio Group. The acquisition includes a manufacturing facility in Mozzate (Varese, Italy), the masterbatch portfolio of Esseti Plast GD and the engineering plastics portfolio of...

RadiciGroup at Auto Expo Components with innovative and sustainable materials

The leading producer of high performance engineering polymers, RadiciGroup exhibited at Auto Expo Components 2020 (New Delhi, February 6-9), the major Asian trade fair focusing exclusively on the automotive market. In its 15th edition, Auto Expo Components 2020 showcased some of the latest products for the auto industry, a sector that...

Versalis: biomass power plant restarted at Crescentino, soon also the bioethanol

Eni’s chemical company, Versalis, announced that all the plants at Crescentino (Vercelli, Italy) will be up and running by the first half of 2020. The plant, acquired in November 2018, is designed for industrial-scale production of bioethanol and has been upgraded with an investment of more than 15 million euros...

Compostable transparent film for the food and industrial packaging

A sustainable solution for cling film used in fresh-food packaging has been developed by Basf and Fabbri Group. Based on Basf’s certified compostable ecovio, Fabbri Group produces the highly transparent stretch film Nature Fresh. Meat, seafood as well as fruit and vegetables can be wrapped manually or with automatic packaging...

The first ton of intermediates from renewable sources for bio PA 6

Eighty years after polyamide’s first commercial production, clean manufacturing technology Genomatica achieved a new milestone for the material - its production of the world’s first renewably-sourced ton of the key ingredient for polyamide 6, made from plants instead of crude oil. PA, the first totally synthetic fibre to be made into...

Domo Chemicals completes the acquisition of Solvay Performance Polyamides in Europe

Leading producer of high-quality engineering materials for a diverse range of markets, Domo Chemicals announced that the company has completed its acquisition of Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe. This Business includes engineering plastics operations in France and Poland; high...

Virginia Janssens appointed as Managing Director

The pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers, PlasticsEurope, announced the appointment of Virginia Janssens as Managing Director. She will take up her role on March 16, 2020. Janssens has been the Managing Director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) since 2012...

Trend colours in the ski boots market

Thanks to an in-depth research and color-finding project recently completed in partnership with Clariant ColorWorks, Francesco Franceschetti Elastomeri (FFE), a supplier of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds now has an invaluable competitive edge in one of its primary markets - ski boots...

Lanxess for the third time among the companies protecting the climate

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has been recognized by the international climate protection initiative CDP as a global leader in climate protection. The company received the highest rating in the most recent evaluation and is now listed as one of 179 companies worldwide in the "Climate Change A List". Lanxess is among the top two percent out of...

A service to understand the evolution of plastics market

Launched by ChemOrbis, the new Price Forecast Report is a service to cover everything the companies need to get an idea of where the polymer market is headed in the upcoming months. Available for PP, PVC, PE, PS and PET, it includes market highlights and current prices, expected price trends for the next 12 months, and...

Award for the innovation in the composites industry

The German federation of reinforced plastics, AVK, has published the call for the AVK Innovation Award 2020. AVK is inviting submissions in fibre-reinforced plastics/composites, covering the categories: innovative products/components or applications; innovative procedures/processes; research and science...

More antioxidants at the Pontecchio Marconi site

Basf plans to increase the production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox 1520L by 20% at the site in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Irganox 1520L is a key product in Basf’s antioxidant portfolio. With this expansion, Basf responds to an increasing market demand and aims to better serve its global customers...

The production of light stabilizers increased in West Virginia

Solvay’s new high molecular weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) capacity is now online, complementing existing HALS production at the Willow Island, West Virginia, USA, site. Solvay’s state-of-the-art facility was designed with the latest improvements in technology to ensure operator safety, reduce impact on the environment...

RadiciGroup launches Renycle and acquires Zeta Polimeri

2020 of RadiciGroup has started off under the banner of sustainability: the market launch of Renycle, a range of yarns obtained from recycled nylon, and the acquisition of Zeta Polimeri, an Italian company with thirty years’ experience in the recovery of synthetic fibre and thermoplastics. Both concrete actions fall within the Italian Group’s strategy aimed at...

To Borealis the 50% of Novealis owned by Nova Chemicals

According to an agreement signed in recent days, Borealis will buy Nova Chemicals’ 50% ownership interest in Novealis Holdings. Formed in 2018, Novealis is the joint venture between affiliates of Borealis and Nova Chemicals, which subsequently formed a 50/50 joint venture with an affiliate of...

Glass fibre reinforced polyamide for 3D HSS printing

A leading company in the creation of prototypes and final applications in professional 3D printing, CRP Technology, based in Modena, recently launched Windform P2, a glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic polyamide material with excellent mechanical properties for the High Speed Sintering (HSS) process...