PT ZONE: Materials

PT Article First Renewable Capa Lactide for New Bioplastic Compounds
Perstorp's new biopolymer enhancer allows for the formulation of thermoplastics compounds with high renewable content and high mechanical properties. More (+)
PT Article Two Dow Flexible Packaging Technologies Among 2015 R&D 100 Awards
Both the PE Stand-Up Pouch and PacXpert bottles are making commercial advances globally. More (+)


MATERIALS: New Class of PE Film Resins Adds Fresh Downgauging Potential

New LLDPEs boast unmatched stiffness/toughness balance and processing ease. Better downgauging ahead.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: Polycarbonate for 3D Printing

Lower-temperature processing makes PC more adaptable to additive manufacturing.

Additives: Multi-Purpose Modifiers Pump Up Properties of Virgin & Recycled Plastics

A new slate of compatibilizers, chain extenders, and process aids improve properties and processability of resin alloys and mixed post-consumer recycle.

Commodity Resin Prices Flat or Lower

Mostly quiet forecast for the end of the year.

Takeaway from IHS Presentations on PET, and nylons 6 & 66

Expect lower prices for PET and more competitive prices for base nylon 6 and 66 resins.

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A generic term for plastics, thermoplastics or polymers, materials are the stuff of which molded and extruded parts are made. Broad subcategories include commodity materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC; and engineering materials such as nylon, acetal and ABS for applications requiring higher performance in the areas of heat resistance, chemical resistance, impact, fire retardancy or mechanical strength. This Zone includes links to many material subsets, including those mentioned above as well as thermoplastics elastomers, biopolymers and nanocomposites.

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