PT ZONE: Additives

PT Article Non-Ortho-Phthalates Gain Ground in Flexible PVC
Conversion to non-ortho-phthalate plasticizers expected to steadily continue. More (+)
DOTP/DEHT Plasticizer Conversion Up Nine-Fold
The move away from phthalates steadily gains speed. More (+)


Americhem, LPKF Collaborate on Delivery of Colorful Laser Plastic Welding Results

Technology allows weight, time and money savings while optimizing aesthetics.

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.

"Green" Carbon Black Pigments from End-of-Life Tires

The Netherlands' Black Bear Carbon has plans to build production facilities in North America next year.

Novel, Vivid, and Durable Blue Pigment Could Soon Debut

First new blue pigment in two centuries created accidentally in a university lab.

A Discussion on the Value of Materials Testing

The top three reasons processors should consider materials testing.

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Additives are materials that are added to the primary resin to improve the polymer’s processability or its performance or appearance in some way. They are used with virtually all polymers either at the compounding stage or during processing, when they may be dosed in via a blender. Some categories of additives include flame/smoke retardants, impact modifiers, process aids, colorants and clarifiers.

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