PT ZONE: Engineering Thermoplastics

PT Article Laser Annealing of Block Copolymers
Could blasting copolymers with temperatures above 1000 F create novel structures and features? More (+)
PT Article K Reporter’s Notebook Materials: New 3D Printer Uses COCs for Microfluidic Devices; ABS Terpolymer for 3D Printing
Specially designed 3D printer uses COCs for microfluidics; new ABS player promotes terpolymer for additive manufacturing. More (+)

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K Reporter’s Notebook, Materials: New PPAs; Styrenic-Based Thermoplastic Composites; and Additive Introductions

BASF and DSM have introduced all new PPAs targeting automotive applications, while a modified SAN from INEOS is thought to be the first styrenic-based thermoplastic composite and Vertellus and Addivant introduce antioxidants and chain extenders, respectively.

K2016 Reporter’s Notebook: Materials News

Celanese to offer PEEK, TPE; SABIC eyes new Gulf Coast facility; Covestro displays automotive, electronics innovations; and Baerlocher launches heat stabilizer for recycled resins.

Commodity Engineering Resin Production, Consumption Shifts to Asia

Supply/demand in balance for PC, nylon 66; overcapacity looms large for ABS, nylon 6.

Nylon from Wood Industry Waste?

Process can produce nylons from wood cellulose terpenes.

New Source for Homopolymer Polyacetal

KEP's new homopolymer POM boasts next-generation attributes, such as a wider processing window.

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Engineering Thermoplastics


A category of polymers that are used typically in demanding applications. They are so named because they have properties that offer higher performance (such as heat resistance) than commodity materials, and are suitable for applications that require engineering to design parts that perform in their intended use. Examples of engineering polymers include nylon, ABS, PC, PEEK, PBT, and POM.

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