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Italian Compounder Building Plant Here
So.F.Ter. of Italy, a large independent compounder of engineered thermoplastics with a presence in Europe, Brazil and Mexico, is building its first U.S. plant in Lebanon, Tenn. Learn more

Techmer PM Buys TP Composites
Color and additives masterbatch supplier Techmer PM has further expanded its engineering thermoplastics portfolio with the acquisition of custom compounder TP Composites. Learn more

First Bio-Based PBT Production Under Way
Lanxess and Genomatica jointly announced recently that Lanxess started-up a production ran of bio-based PBT at its world-scale production plant using 20 m.t. of biobased BDO (1,4-butanediol) made with Genomatica’s commercially proven process. Learn more

DuPont Plans for Large-Scale Conversion to Biobased Polymers
DuPont Co. expects to replace more than half of its current engineering plastics portfolio with biobased versions within the next 15 years. Learn more

Novel Biochemicals for Plastics Debut
Elevance Renewable Sciences and Wilmar International Ltd. have begun shipping commercial quantities of novel biobased specialty chemicals suitable for making specialty nylons, thermoset polyesters, and polyurethanes from their joint-venture biorefinery in Indonesia. Learn more

FKuR Distributes Braskem’s Green PE in U.S. & Canada
FKuR, a leading compounder of bioplastics compounds for flexible packaging, and global biopolymer leader Braskem have expanded their distribution agreement , with FKuR now the official distribution partner for Braskem’s Green PE in USA and Canada. Learn more

First Blow Moldable TPV from APS
Alliance Polymers and Services LLC (APS) has introduced its first extrusion blow moldable TPV for automotive, aircraft, and other vehicle parts such as hollow boots, bellows, and ducts. Learn more

PPS Grade Approved for Food-Handling Uses
Ticona’s Fortron FX432T1 PPS now complies with U.S. FDA and EU food-contact regulations, allowing its use for food handling applications such as conveyor systems. Learn more

Ineos & Sasol Joint Venture for U.S. HDPE Plant
Ineos Olefins & Polymers and Sasol North America are building a world-scale HDPE plant that will produce nearly 940 million lb/yr of HDPE using Ineos’ Innovene S bimodal slurry technology by the end of 2015. Learn more
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PEEK Chosen for Nuclear Reactor Abeyance Seal System
Victrex PEEK was selected by EGC Critical Components for a seal system designed to prevent nuclear reactor coolant leaks during an emergency shutdown. Learn more

TPV Used for Robotic Extrusion of Automotive Seal
Windsor Mold Group (WMG) is using ExxonMobil’s Santoprene TPV to replace EPDM rubber, allowing robotic extrusion of the bulb seal directly onto a PP cowl for Ford’s C-Max hybrid electric vehicle. Learn more

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Renewable Polymer from Agricultural Waste
Enso Plastics has introduced a renewable starch-based thermoplastic derived from potato farming waste. It can be used alone or blended with PP or PE. Learn More


Arkema Launches Amorphous & Crystalline PEKK
Arkema has introduced a comprehensive range of PEKK (poly ether ketone ketone) comprised of three families of high-performance thermoplastics for aerospace, oil exploration, and electronics applications. Learn more


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