Posted by: Lilli Manolis Sherman 13. April 2017
Teaming up to accelerate commercial-scale development of 100% biobased PET bottles made from sustainable and renewable resources are the world’s two largest bottled water companies and a California-based startup.
France’s Danone (U.S. office in White Plains, N.Y) and Nestle Waters (Stamford, CT) have joined forces with Origin Materials of Sacramento in this project which will use biomass feedstocks—initially including cardboard, sawdust, and wood chips, but eventually exploring rice hulls, straw and agricultural residue. The goal: not diverting resources or land from food production for human or animal consumption.Read More
Posted by: Lilli Manolis Sherman 12. April 2017
Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite semi-finished products from Lanxess (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) are increasingly getting more play in the automotive arena, as more OEMs are seek more significant weight savings by replacing steel in structural parts. According to Lanxess, one budding application for the composite is the door module carrier for a compact-class vehicle from and international automotive manufacturer.
In fact, the company recently secured a contract from German system supplier Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH to supply the carrier’s manufacturer, ElringKlinger AG, with the composite material. Lanxess subsidiary Bond-Laminates, which develops and manufactures Tepex, will be supplying ErlingKlinger in Europe with the Tepex composite sheet.Read More
Posted by: Lilli Manolis Sherman 11. April 2017
Commonly used as a blowing agent for foamed communication cables, ADCA has been classified as a “substance of very high concern” by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) due to its respiratory sensitizing properties.Read More
Plastics Technology Magazine is bringing the world of extrusion together in one place, at one time, once more, at The Extrusion 2017 Conference. During this unique two-and-a-half day event, business owners, plant managers, process engineers, and manufacturing personnel will all be brought up to speed on technology developments, best practices, tips and techniques, and troubleshooting impacting all types of extrusion operations. The event will take place Oct. 18-20 at the Le Méridien/Sheraton Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
The Extrusion 2017 Conference will be the third such event organized by Plastics Technology Magazine. Our first conference attracted more than 300 attendees, while last year’s conference had close to 400 registrants.Read More
We’ve been reporting on rising prices of all commodity resins, including engineering resins ABS, PC, nylons 6 and 66, as well as key additives through first quarter. Generally, higher energy and raw material prices have been cited as the key contributing factors. Still, the nuances of the high-volume PE and PP markets make the pricing movements of these resins particularly intriguing, if not vexing.
Checking in with our sources at Houston-based PetroChemWire (PCW) as March comes to a close, we get an interesting scenario of how things might shape up in April and the second quarter, overall. Here’s where things are these days:Read More