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Materials

Thermoplastics Structures the Focus of Engel’s China Composites Expo Presence

At the China Composites Expo 2020 (Sept. 2-4; Shanghai), Engel will highlight its thermoplastic based organomelt composite technology saying it represents the “answer to sustainable transport.”
#Elastomers

Consumer Products

Moldworx Consolidates into New Facility to Expand Business in Medical, Silicon Wafer Markets

Moldworx already molding FDA-approved TPU face masks prompted by coronavirus pandemic and can up production as needed. 

Engineering Resins

Lanxess' Easy-Flow Nylon 6 Enables Integrated Hybrid Front-End Module with Adjustable Air Flow

Durethan BKV30H2.0EF glass-reinforced nylon 6 from Lanxess used in highly-loaded plastic-metal structural bolster of new Ford Kuga SUV.

Construction

USMCA Implementation Strengthens Plastics Sectors Positioning for Continued Cooperation and Growth

The implementation of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a historic step for the three nations; their businesses and workers; and consumers, said PLASTICS’ President and CEO Tony Radoszewksi.

Injection Molding

Barnes Group Announces Restructuring

The company, whose portfolio companies include Synventive, Thermoplay, männer, Foboha, Priamus and Gammaflux, will cut approximately 400 jobs globally.

Electronics

Pandemic’s Impact on U.S. Plastics Appears Weaker Than Originally Forecast

A second quarter economic report from the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) reveals the possibility of a less severe coronavirus slowdown in the plastics industry than previously expected.
#economics

Medical

Braskem Completes Construction of World-Scale PP Facility in LaPorte, Texas

Braskem’s facility is the first new PP production facility built in North America since 2003 and has global export capacity. 
#polyolefins

Automotive

Testing: Vertical Spectrophotometer for Hard-to-Measure Materials and Shapes

Datacolor’s SpectraVision V vertical model measures and digitally communicates the color of “unmeasurables” for expanded applications. 
#color

Construction

PolyOne to Boost Production of Recycled Nylon and Biobased TPEs in Europe

Capacity of both PolyOne’s Nymax post-industrial recycled nylons and ReSound OM biobased TPEs will be increased in Europe.

Automotive

PolyOne Expands Production of OnFlex TPEs to North America

PolyOnes OnFlex LO and AF TPE grades are useful for a broad range of automotive applications.