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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.
DuPont Co., Wilmington, Del., intends to separate its Performance Chemicals segment into a completely separate company about 15 months from now.
DuPont aims to replace more than half its current engineering polymers with biobased versions in 15 years.
The K 2013 show will present a broad range of engineered plastics materials, including thermoplastic composites, as well as additives. Automotive and electronic applications will be the main targets, as well as medical, packaging, lighting, and construction.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: DuPont Performance Polymers believes that itcan replace more than half of its current engineering plastics portfolio with biobased versions within the next 15 years.
New barrier materials for small fuel tanks, tooling developments for large, flat, and odd-shaped industrial parts, new all-electric machines for large containers, and gravimetric extrusion control for bottles are some of the topics discussed at the recent SPE Blow Molding Div. annual conference in Pittsburgh.
Just as eco-friendliness was a major theme in materials news at the big show in April, so it was with additives.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: At the MD&M West medical show in Anaheim, Calif., last month, DuPont Performance Polymers, Wilmington, Del., showed off two new applications for its Delrin acetal.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two renewably sourced engineering resins from DuPont Performance Polymers, Wilmington, Del., were featured at the 2011 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards in November.
Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Fowlerville, Mich., developed the Tenac-C ZSeries low-emission acetal copolymer for the seat-adjuster comfort mat in the lumbar support (pictured) for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The first commercial automotive application for Sorona EP biobased PTT polyester from DuPont Performance Polymers, Wilmington, Del., is in the interior of the Toyota Prius (alpha) hybrid car made in Japan.
Last fall’s K 2010 fair in Germany drew dozens of materials suppliers to show off hundreds of new products, aimed especially at packaging,medical, automotive, and electrical/electronics.
The footprint of thermoplastic materials suppliers at this year’s NPE is going to be fainter than usual.
A new class of semi-aromatic, high-temperature nylons is being introduced to the U.S. by Kuraray America in N.Y.C.
If you’re thinking about adding bioplastics to your portfolio of processing capabilities, it’s best to first find out what separates them from traditional synthetic polymers and how their differences will affect you.
Two suppliers have come out with a new type of flexible, translucent, semicrystalline nylon based 100% on renewable sebacic acid from castor oil.
In December, about a dozen representatives of European chemical companies gathered in Aachen, Germany, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a quiet revolution in plastics.
Photovoltaic markets are growing explosively, and so are opportunities for specialty film producers. Solar cell and module production, which was forecasted to grow at 50% a year for the next few years before the recession hit, is now expecting slightly more healthy 30% annual growth, according to DuPont, a major supplier of photovoltaic film materials. Solar cell and module manufacturers are expanding, and large numbers of new companies are entering the field.
A new acetal from DuPont Engineering Polymers, Wilmington, Del., combines high impact and mechanical performance with high flow (7 MFR), which improves weld-line strength.
The dramatic global downshifting in automotive manufacturing hasn’t put the brakes on plastics innovation, if recently announced developments are any indication.