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Health, Environmental Concerns Give Non-Phthalate Plasticizers a Push
New and improved formulations are displacing leading plasticizer DEHP; DINP’s future is also now shakier.
Materials at NPE: New Solutions to Enhance Processing, Performance, Sustainability & Cost
There was no shortage of new thermoplastics and additives covering the full range of end-use applications.
ADDITIVES: New PVC Process Aid & Soy Plasticizers
Process aid for PVC foam sheet and pipe, and phthalate-replacement plasticizer.
APPLICATION: Stand-Up Paddle Boards Feature High-Performance Acrylic
Altuglas' high-performance acrylic coextruded on ABS produces new high-gloss colored boards.
Conference Presents Materials & Applications for Thermoplastic Composites in Automotive
Thermoplastic composites represent a new class of structural parts for automotive and a new opportunity for injection and compression molders.
Reactive Liquid Acrylic for In-Situ Thermoplastic Composites
Easy impregnation of fiber composites and room-temperature processing plus toughness, weldability, and recyclability.
Enhanced Resins & Additives At Biopolymers Conference
An industry gathering sponsored by NatureWorks is a forum for materials, additives, and processing advances.
Liquid Thermoplastics Process Like Composite Thermosets
The continued evolution of thermoplastic composites just got even more interesting with this week’s launch by Arkema of the first range of a novel family of liquid thermoplastics that are transformed via reactive closed-mold processes such as room-temperature infusion, RTM, and flex-molding as used for composite thermosets.
MATERIALS: Acrylic-Based Liquid Thermoplastics Process Like Thermosets
Arkema's liquid thermoplastics are based on a high-molecular-weight acrylic and can be transformed using the same processes as composite thermosets.
MATERIALS: New PEKK Copolymers Offer Easier Processing
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Arkema says its newly developed Kepstan 6000 PEKK copolymers offer a low melting point and slow crystallization rate for injection molding and extrusion in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and oil and gas.
Arkema Launches Amorphous & Crystalline PEKK
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Arkema has introduced a comprehensive range of PEKK (poly ether ketone ketone) comprised of three families of high-performance thermoplastics for aerospace, oil exploration, and electronics applications.
Novel Biochemicals for Plastics Debut
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Elevance Renewable Sciences and Wilmar International Ltd. have begun shipping commercial quantities of novel biobased specialty chemicals suitable for making specialty nylons, thermoset polyesters, and polyurethanes from their joint-venture biorefinery in Indonesia.
MATERIALS: Transparent Nylon for Home Healthcare Applications
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new high-performance, fully transparent nylon 11 from Arkema Inc., Philadelphia, is designed for breathing masks, tubing, and other medical-device components worn for continuous periods.
New Technology Permits PVDF Foaming
New technology from Arkema Inc., Philadelphia, allows foaming its Kynar PVDF fluoropolymers, paving the way for new applications for foam-core pipe and sheet in aerospace, aircraft, and automotive.
Altuglas & NatureWorks Collaborate on Biobased Alloys
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Arkema Group’s subsidiary, Altuglas International, King of Prussia, Pa., and NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., have entered a global marketing collaboration to provide a range of high-performance alloys based on PMMA and PLA.
MATERIALS: Super-Low-Gloss Acrylic With Soft Touch
WEB EXCLUSIVE: What’s said to be the lowest-gloss of any PMMA on the market, plus a pleasant soft touch, are offered by new Altuglas HFI-10 Super Matt from Arkema’s Altuglas International, subsidiary (U.S. office in Bristol, Pa.). The unique matte finish of this resin when extruded is retained after thermoforming.
Bayer to Buy Arkema’s PC Sheet Business
Bayer MaterialScience, Pittsburgh, will acquire the U.S. polycarbonate sheet business of Arkema Inc., Philadelphia.
MATERIALS AT NPE: All Market Sectors Benefit from Large Crop of New Materials
Higher-performance and easier processing PE film resins for packaging, a one-pass crosslinked PE for photovoltaic (PV) wire and cable, several higher-performing nylons and TPEs, “greener” plastics, and enhanced styrenic and PC resins are among the new materials that made their debut at the big show in Orlando, Fla., last month.
Conference Report: Bioplastics Are Breaking Out of Their 'Green' Niche
The excitement in the air of the recent Innovation Takes Root conference was a sense of arrival.
MATERIALS: Nanostructured Acrylic Sheet Bridges Cast & Extruded Properties
WEB EXCLUSIVE: New Altuglas ShieldUp nanostructured acrylic sheet from Altuglas International (a unit of Arkema Inc.), Philadelphia, is said to combine the toughness of extruded acrylic sheet with all the other properties of cast sheets.