PT ZONE: Materials

MATERIALS: Acetal Grades for Food and Water Applications
Polyplastics has expanded its engineering resin offerings in the Americas and Europe. More (+)
Arkema & HP to Collaborate on Additive Manufacturing Materials Development
The collaborations involves HP's new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology and Arkema's engineering resins. More (+)


Most Prices Up, PP Down

Prices of four of the five large-volume commodity resins are on an upward trajectory

MATERIALS: Expanded Range of LSRs for Medical Devices

Dow Corning's two new series of LSRs further expands its portfolio of medical-grade silicone elastomers.

More New LED Lighting Materials—LSRs, PPs and PCs

Wacker’s LSR encapsulants, Trinseo’s advanced PC, and Panasonic’s light diffusion PP are among the latest options.

Nova Chemicals Opens New Center for Performance Applications

Facility expansion and equipment investments expected to boost innovation and customer collaboration within PE business.

Plastic Heat Sinks for LEDs “Shine” for Two Lighting Component Manufacturers

PolyOne’s Therma-Tech compounds prove their mettle replacing aluminum as an LED heat sink.

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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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