WEB EXCLUSIVE: The German “MID Industry Award” for 2009 was given to the PBT steering switch for the new BMW Z4 Roadster.
Liquid colorants now can be used in HDPE blow molding without the usual problems of screw slippage.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Brushed Brilliance is a new series of color masterbatches for PET from Ampacet Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y., that offers the look of brushed aluminum.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new chocolate brown mineral pigment from Shepherd Color Co., Cincinnati, reflects infrared and thereby allows dark-colored plastics to minimize heat buildup when exposed to sunlight.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Lucite L clear cast acrylic sheet from Lucite International, Memphis, Tenn., is now available with built-in antimicrobial protection for medical applications such as dispensers for facial tissue, gloves, and paper towels.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two new masterbatches from Clariant Additive Masterbatches, Winchester, Va., offer long-lasting barrier to oxygen and carbon dioxide in PET bottles.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: “A profound step change in providing higher impact resistance in combination with high gloss” is how Dow Chemical Co. describes its new Paraloid KM-X100 impact modifier for PVC window profiles.
Honeywell Specialty Materials, Morristown, N.J., reports that its Rheochem line of high-performance lubricants (HPLs) have been certified by NSF International and the Plastics Pipe Institute for use in PVC water pipe.
Teijin Ltd. of Japan is developing a new carbon-fiber filler that conducts heat better than silver or copper.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two companies recently announced developments in high-security anti-counterfeit “taggant” additives that can be compounded into plastics.