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Health, Eco Concerns Give Non-Phthalate Plasticizers a Push
New and improved formulations are displacing leading plasticizer DEHP; DINP’s future is also now shakier.
Materials at NPE: New Solutions to Enhance Processing, Performance, Sustainability & Cost
There was no shortage of new thermoplastics and additives covering the full range of end-use applications.
APPLICATION: Stand-Up Paddle Boards Feature High-Performance Acrylic
Altuglas' high-performance acrylic coextruded on ABS produces new high-gloss colored boards.
Materials & Applications for Thermoplastic Composites in Automotive
Thermoplastic composites represent a new class of structural parts for automotive and a new opportunity for injection and compression molders.
Reactive Liquid Acrylic for In-Situ Thermoplastic Composites
Easy impregnation of fiber composites and room-temperature processing plus toughness, weldability, and recyclability.
Enhanced Resins & Additives At Biopolymers Conference
An industry gathering sponsored by NatureWorks is a forum for materials, additives, and processing advances.
Liquid Thermoplastics Process Like Composite Thermosets
The continued evolution of thermoplastic composites just got even more interesting with this week’s launch by Arkema of the first range of a novel family of liquid thermoplastics that are transformed via reactive closed-mold processes such as room-temperature infusion, RTM, and flex-molding as used for composite thermosets.
Arkema Launches Amorphous & Crystalline PEKK
WEB EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Novel Biochemicals for Plastics Debut
WEB EXCLUSIVE: 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.
New Technology Permits PVDF Foaming
New technology from Arkema Inc., Philadelphia, allows foaming its Kynar PVDF fluoropolymers, paving the way for new applications for foam-core pipe and sheet in aerospace, aircraft, and automotive.
Altuglas & NatureWorks Collaborate on Biobased Alloys
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Arkema Group’s subsidiary, Altuglas International, King of Prussia, Pa., and NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., have entered a global marketing collaboration to provide a range of high-performance alloys based on PMMA and PLA.
Bayer to Buy Arkema’s PC Sheet Business
Bayer MaterialScience, Pittsburgh, will acquire the U.S. polycarbonate sheet business of Arkema Inc., Philadelphia.
MATERIALS AT NPE: All Market Sectors Benefit from Large Crop of New Materials
Higher-performance and easier processing PE film resins for packaging, a one-pass crosslinked PE for photovoltaic (PV) wire and cable, several higher-performing nylons and TPEs, “greener” plastics, and enhanced styrenic and PC resins are among the new materials that made their debut at the big show in Orlando, Fla., last month.
Conference Report: Bioplastics Are Breaking Out of Their 'Green' Niche
The excitement in the air of the recent Innovation Takes Root conference was a sense of arrival.
Biopolymers Add Something to Acrylics
Arkema blend consisting of 20% biopolymer doubles the melt flow of straight acrylic; 30% triples it.
Economical Toughener for PC/ABS Also Boosts Flow of PC
Impact modifier addresses three key needs.
On Site: Tailoring Medical Solutions… Sometimes in 50-lb Lots
Smaller volumes teams with higher quality and value as keys to the success of this growing medical compounder.
Four Key Markets Drive Material Advances At K 2010
Last fall’s K 2010 fair in Germany drew dozens of materials suppliers to show off hundreds of new products, aimed especially at packaging,medical, automotive, and electrical/electronics.
K 2010 Preview, Additives A Mix of New Ingredients at K Show
Want your plastic to mold faster, tougher, clearer?
Materials Additives & Blends Take PLA Upscale
The second conference on biopolymers hosted by NatureWorks testified to the burgeoning interest in this new field of plastics.
Additives: Three Trends to Track
Additives that render plastic compounds antistatic or electrically and/or thermally conductive are in hot demand.