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Covestro sells systems houses

Covestro successfully closed the sale of its European Systems Houses business to HIG Capital effective as of November 1, 2019. The sales proceeds amount to a high-double-digit euro million sum. The business comprises facilities in the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Germany and further businesses in Italy. Approximately...

EuPC, PlasticsEurope and PRE against the Italian plastic tax

During a meeting held in Düsseldorf at the K trade show, the three Presidents of the European plastics industry associations, Renato Zelcher (European Plastics Converters), Javier Constante (PlasticsEurope) and Ton Emans (Plastic Recyclers Europe), agreed to oppose the Italian Government’s tax proposal of 1000 euros per ton of plastic packaging...

Prices affect Covestro's third quarter

In the third quarter of 2019 Covestro was able to achieve core volume growth of 5.3% over the prior-year period in a continuing challenging economic environment. At the same time, Group sales declined as expected by 14.6% to 3.2 billion euro due to continued lower selling prices. At 425 million euro, Ebitda forecast was achieved for the quarter but...

In Ludwigshafen, sales fell in the third quarter of 2019

Sales of Basf Group in the third quarter of 2019 declined slightly year on year and amounted to 15.2 billion euros. This was mainly attributable to lower prices in the Materials and Chemicals segments. The uncertainties in the market and cautious ordering by customers also played a role. Demand from key customer sectors did not recover...

Reducing resource consumption in plastic loops

At K 2019, Clariant unveiled new high-performance additives promoting reduction in the consumption of fossil resources, to support the creation of value chain cycles which utilize viable and sustainable renewable sources and combat climate change. Clariant has teamed up with renewable hydrocarbon producer Neste to offer a wide range...

A new high temperature application product: Radilon NeXTreme

During K 2019, the RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area introduced its newest offering Radilon NeXTreme, together with other recent solutions that have been developed in response to the increasingly demanding requests from global markets. Radilon NeXTreme is a polyamide material capable of...

Strategic agreement and more Mater-bi

At K 2019 Novamont announced a strategic agreement with Saes and the increase of its production capacity (+36%). Novamont and Saes, two prominent Italian research and technology companies, both with extensive patent portfolios and recognised as leaders in biochemicals and functional...

More fluoroelastomers in Spinetta Marengo

The production capacity of its Tecnoflon FKM peroxide curable fluoroelastomer will be lifted by Solvay by nearly a third at its plant in Spinetta Marengo, Alessandria, Italy, to serve ongoing strong demand growth for high performance sealing applications in the automotive, oil & gas and semiconductor industries...

Wider applications thanks to improved weldability and transparency

Laser transmission welding - also known as laser welding - is a method employed for joining plastic parts. It enables even very small components with complex geometries to be produced in a cost-efficient and resource-friendly manner, making it part of the growing trend toward the miniaturization of electrical and electronic functions. This is why Lanxess...

New life to recycled plastic

As part of Eni’s strategy for energy transition and sustainable development, Versalis has launched a new line of products made of recycled plastic, called Versalis Revive. The first range of these products, which have been developed at Versalis’ research laboratories and are based on different polymers, including polystyrene and polyethylene...

Songwon at K with new flame-retardants

One of the largest manufacturer of polymer stabilizers in the world and a key global specialty chemicals player, Songwon will be highlighting the success of its corporate strategy and its innovation strength when it launches an entire new family of flame-retardant synergists at K 2019...

Pilot plant for the material handling

Italy-based compounder Lati has tasked Coperion with the pre-engineering and engineering of a state-of-the-art material handling line of a pilot plant at their production site at Torba (Varese, Italy). The focus of this project is on the development of a tailor-made solution for the semi-automated and automated material handling from...

Polyurethane system for high performance wheels

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess recently launched the new system Adiprene LFM C525 cured with Vibracure 2101 developed for the most challenging wheel applications. This MDI polycaprolactone based prepolymer offers excellent performance and great dynamics such as high tear strength, outstanding fatigue and abrasion resistance...

A protocol to become one of the most safety company worldwide

The global specialty chemicals company, Perstorp Group has developed a new safety protocol for its seven international manufacturing sites with the help of safety and operations management consultancy, DuPont Sustainable Solutions. The initiative was prompted by Perstorp’s desire to be among the top quartile companies for...

Flying with Latamid

A dream, to be lived again and again. This is how Christian Ciech, hang gliding instructor and several times world champion, describes the unique experience of free flight. It is an experience that, to be enjoyed to the full, demands apparatus that is absolutely safe, comfortable and flawlessly designed, just like...

First use in an automotive application

The Basf product Ultramid Vision has been used in a car interior for the first time. The semi-crystalline polyamide is employed in the window regulator module of a German automobile manufacturer. Compared to opaque standard polyamides, Ultramid Vision displays very high light transmission with low light scattering. Perfect conditions for...

Covestro to sell European PC sheets business to Serafin Group

Materials manufacturer Covestro has signed an agreement with Serafin Group for the sale of Covestro’s European polycarbonate sheets business, which comprises manufacturing units in Belgium and Italy, central management operations and sales support in Europe. The business generates total revenues of around 130 million euros...

Automotive gears in PEEK are now certified

Victrex has achieved a new milestone for its automotive offerings. Its gear design and manufacturing facility in Grantsburg, Usa, has received the IATF 16949 certification, proving that the necessary systems and capabilities in line with Tier1/OEM needs are in place. At the international K 2019 tradeshow in Düsseldorf...

Songwon’s CEO suddenly passed away

On September 7, the Songwon's CEO, Maurizio Butti, dead suddenly and unexpectedly. Commenting, Jongho Park, Chairman of the Board said: “The entire Songwon family mourns the sudden loss of our CEO. With the organization since 2006, Maurizio was an inspiring leader, managing the company with humor, integrity and passion...