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LyondellBasell grants 400 KTA Hostalen ACP License to Shandong Jinhai Chemical

The world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, LyondellBasell, on January 7, 2020, announced that Shandong Jinhai Chemical will use the LyondellBasell Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP) technology for a new facility. The process technology will be used for a 400 KTA high density polyethylene facility to be...

Shrinkable film for bundles in view of circular economy

The successes in the circular economy strategy continue for ITP offering a solution for multi-pack bundles. The new RecyTermoPCR is a 100% recyclable heat-shrinking film containing up to 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR). The ITP strategy, started in the Eighties for the development of increasingly sustainable...

New antioxidants manufacturing plant in Shanghai

On December 17, 2019, Basf inaugurated the second phase of its new, world-scale antioxidants manufacturing plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. The second phase comprises a synthesis plant to produce the antioxidants Irgafos 168 and Irganox 1076. With the completion of the second phase, the plant will have an annual capacity of...

High-performance thermoplastic film for engine acoustic panels

Film made from Solvay high-performance Halar ECTFE with additional plasma treatment offers excellent adhesion to composite substrates providing superior aesthetic surface aspects to perfectly blend with its surroundings. The company has signed an agreement with Safran to supply Halar ECTFE high performance film for its...

PPSU with improved flowability

The chemical company Basf is now expanding its Ultrason P product range with a particularly low-viscosity grade. The new polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) Ultrason P 2010 is characterised by improved flow behaviour in injection moulding while maintaining the excellent mechanical properties of Ultrason P. Thus, it is possible to manufacture larger...

Co-extruded TPEs with optimum adhesion to PA for high-quality corrugated tubes

An innovative new thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) family made by Kraiburg TPE transfers the established properties of injection-mouldable TPEs for multicomponent applications with polyamide to extrusion. Cable management systems in motor vehicles are the first application for which the Schlemmer Group (Munich) is producing new types of...

Feike Sijbesma resigns as CEO after 13 years

The Supervisory Board of DSM announced the upcoming succession of CEO Feike Sijbesma, who will hand over his responsibilities to his Managing Board colleagues Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze as Co-CEO’s in February 2020 and will support a smooth transition until May 2020...

New possibilities in the FFF

The materials for additive manufacturing of Solvay have been enlarged with the launch of Solef PVDF AM filament, targeted at fused filament fabrication (FFF) processes. With the Solef PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) AM filament MSC NT 1, Solvay is joining the Material Alliance program formed by Ultimaker, a global leader for high-quality 3D printers and...

The smart Verbund project launched in China

On November 23, Basf officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company’s 10 billion dollars investment project announced in July 2018. The first plants will produce engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to serve...

New resin with increased fluctuating pressure performance and cost-effectiveness

Noryl WM330G resin has been added by Sabic to its portfolio of high-performance thermoplastics for water management applications. The new product is the first in a family of materials featuring proprietary impact-resistant technology for improved fluctuating pressure performance compared to legacy materials. The 30% glass-reinforced...

Teppfa renewed its website and visual identity

The European plastic pipe and fittings association,Teppfa, launched a new website and a new visual identity. Ever since its foundation in 1991, the association has built up a wealth of information based on research. The view was to become the definitive source of information within Europe on the subject of performance and benefits associated with...

Covestro provides Signify with polycarbonate for 3D-printed luminaires

The world leader in lighting Signify is expanding its printing capabilities in the Netherlands and plans to establish new facilities in the USA, India and Indonesia. To this scope, Covestro is providing the company with polycarbonate for its capabilities for 3D printing. Signify has perfected 3D printing as a highly and more sustainable...

To brake safely thanks to Technyl Max

The new and advanced Technyl Max polyamide 6.6 technology of Solvay Performance Polyamides was chosen by Carbody, expert in safety and sealing solutions for the automotive industry, to develop its all-plastic brake pedal. Designated “Skeleton”, the revolutionary pedal concept made in Technyl Max replaces...

Growing in the additive manufacturing sector

To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, Basf New Business has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. The agreement was signed on November 14, 2019 and is expected to become effective in the next few weeks...

Artificial intelligence helps the formulation of polyurethane systems

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess is broadening its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development. It has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The...

The study of stars improves thanks to holograms into photopolymer films

Today's astronomical high-performance telescopes not only serve the precise imaging observation of stars and galaxies, but also allow a multitude of highly specific, physical investigations to elucidate the physical and chemical processes in a star, from its formation to super nova. While the instruments are getting bigger and bigger with the aim of...

Plixxent enters the polyurethane supply

A leading provider for polyurethane systems solutions, Plixxent, went into operation on November 4. With approximately 250 full-time employees at five locations in Europe, the group of companies covers the entire application range of PU systems. The main purchasers are customers from the building materials industry, manufacturers of...

Use of resources and emissions decreases, value added grows

The RadiciGroup 2018 Sustainability Report, prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core Option, was presented by RadiciGroup President Angelo Radici at Confindustria Bergamo (Bergamo Manufacturers’ Association) headquarters on October 30. The data collected and provided in the Report confirmed once again...

Artificial intelligence helps polyurethane systems formulation

The specialty chemicals company Lanxess has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The Urethane Systems business unit is using the potential of...