ADDITIVES

Additives

Lanxess to Acquire Emerald Kalama Chemicals

Emerald Kalama’s additives for plastics include non-phthalate PVC plasticizers and polyolefin modifiers.
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Additives

'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day' Recognized on Feb. 20.

Plastics additives and adhesives supplier Mayzo has joined the worldwide campaign engaging girls in the engineering field.  
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Biopolymers

Milliken Joins Global Organization for PHA to Drive Adoption of Biodegradable Polymers in Single-Use Packaging

Existing and new additives technology from Milliken will be aimed at improving the processing performance, aesthetics and other key attributes of PHA biopolymers.  

Additives

Fine Silica Fillers Improve Cost/Performance of 3D Printing Resins

AGC Chemicals says resins infused with new Solesphere fine silica gels improve product quality, performance and processing efficiencies for all three major 3D printing processes.

Additives

Acrylic Impact Modifiers Key to Enhanced Callaway Golf Balls

Dow’s Paraloid impact modifier and a proprietary blend of Surlyn ionomers make up the hybrid cover of Callaway’s new ERC Soft and Supersoft golf balls.  
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Additives

Natural Zeolite Acid Scavengers Show Broad Use in Film, Packaging, Molded Parts

Endex International’s Alterin 110 & 111 aluminum silicates approved for several end-use applications in polyolefins and beyond.

Biopolymers

Caprolactone Thermoplastics Boost Flexibility, Biodegradability of PLA and PHA

Ingevity’s Capa has been shown to enhance PLA and PHA end-use products.
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Additives

BASF Increases Prices of Additives for Plastic Applications

Citing higher costs of raw materials and logistics, BASF is hiking prices of plastic additives by up to 10%.

Additives

Joint Research Work on Antimicrobial Polymers Underway

U. of Postdam and Fraunhofer IAP aim to develop new  antimicrobial polymers as alternatives to antibiotics  
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Biopolymers

'Unique' Polymeric Melt Flow Additive for PLA

CAI Additives is now offering ST-PA210 flow agent for PLA and other biobased polyesters.