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TESTING: Thermal Analysis Tester Elevates Performance and Efficiency
TA Instruments' new DSC systems have enhanced sensing technologies for thermal analysis of polymers and biomaterials.
TESTING: Advanced Video Extensometer Meets Rigorous Test Standards
Instron will debut its new advanced video extensometer for strain measurement at NPE 2015.
Carbon Nanotube-Enhanced Plastics
WEB EXCLUSIVE: In one of two recent announcements about carbon nanotubes, Arkema Inc., Philadelphia, has received EPA approval for commercial sales of its Graphistrength carbon nanotube (CNT) masterbatches in the U.S.
Medium-Density mPE for Tough, Stiff, High-Clarity Films
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Significant downgauging potential and outstanding processability on both LDPE and LLDPE extrusion equipment are claimed for new Enable mPE 35-05CH, a metallocene MDPE from ExxonMobil Chemical, Houston.
Non-Halogen FR-TPEs for Electronic Cables
WEB EXCLUSIVE: GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, McHenry, Ill., a unit of PolyOne Corp., has introduced two new grades of halogen-free, flame-retardant (HFFR) TPEs for consumer electronic power cords and auxiliary cables.
Europe Begins Pilot Production of PLA
WEB EXCLUSIVE: The first European production of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer went on stream last month at a pilot plant of Futerro, the 50/50 joint venture of Total Petrochemicals and Galactic, both of Brussels, Belgium.
Starch-Based Resin Adds More Bio Content
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Novamont N.A., Ridgefield, Conn., is offering a new, second generation of Mater-Bi starch-based thermoplastic with increased bio-based content.
Two New LDPEs for Packaging
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Two new LDPE resins for injection and blow molded packaging have been introduced globally by LyondellBasell Industries, Wilmington, Del.
Biodegradable Resin for Paper Coating & Shrink Film
WEB EXCLUSIVE: BASF Corp., Florham Park, N.J., has introduced a new member of the Ecovio line of fully biodegradable blends of PLA biopolymer and Ecoflex petro-based, biodegradable polyester.
Nanoclay Balances Stiffness & Flexibility in Medical TPEs
WEB EXCLUSIVE: As medical catheters get thinner and thinner, it becomes more difficult for unfilled TPEs and TPUs to provide the balance of stiffness and flexibility needed to insert the devices and thread them through long, complex vascular paths.