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Rising benzene prices have already impacted prices of PS and nylon 6 appears to be next.
There was no shortage of new thermoplastics and additives covering the full range of end-use applications.
Full portfolio of nylon 66 compounds now globally available through supply alliance.
As high-performance materials follow the path taken by some commodity resins, farming could replace drilling as suppliers rely more on plants than oil or gas for feedstocks.
While price increases for nylon 66 are attributed to supply contraints, those for nylon 6 are linked to upward raw material costs.
Lots of news in engineering thermoplastic compounds, TPEs, and purging agents, plus a wide range of colorants and additives.
The 44th annual awards competition broke new ground in almost all award categories
DSM's first North American high-viscosity nylon 6 plant to planned for start-up in mid-2016.
New Diablo high temperature resistant nylons from DSM unveiled.
Aimed at automotive underhood components.
PE and PP are expected to hold firm or head upwards, but it’s a mixed bag for PS and PVC prices.
A halogen-free FR biobased nylon 410 grade from DSM "stars" in high-end sports cars.
Up to 80% improved flow and cycle-time reductions from 15% to 40% is claimed.
Targeted to film, fiber, and monofilament markets is a new nylon 410 said to surpass other "green" nylons due to its much higher melting point.
There was no shortage of interesting materials developments at K 2013, in particular high-performance engineering thermoplastics and thermoplastic composites—much of them geared to automotive/transportation.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: PlastiComp, Inc., Winona, Minn., has entered into a partnership with DSM Engineering Plastics (U.S. office in Birmingham, Mich.), to develop biobased, long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composite materials for automotive and other performance-driven markets.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: DSM Engineering Plastics claims it has made a breakthrough in nylon 6 blown-film processing for flexible food packaging with the development of its new Akulon XS.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Next-generation Volkswagen diesel engines will benefit from a multi-functional crankshaft cover made of biobased nylon 410 from DSM Engineering Plastics.
Stanyl ForTii nylon 4T from DSM is said to be the only halogen-free, high-temperature nylon that answers the stringent requirements of reflow soldering for DDR-DIMM sockets.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new EcopaXX nylon 410 grade launched by DSM Engineering Plastics offers both manufacturing and environmental benefits in insulating profiles for aluminum windows.