AUTOMOTIVE

Packaging

European Machinery Suppliers See Steadying Markets

After a sharp drop in activity at the start of the year, the German plastics and rubber machinery sector has corrected with 2020 orders tracking only 3% below 2019 levels, while Austria’s Engel and Wittmann Battenfeld saw North American bright spots.

Automotive

PBT-Based Compounds for Automotive Radar Sensors

SABIC expands radar absorbing LNP Stat-Kon portfolio of specialty compounds.

Automotive

Super High-Flow TPEs for Sustainable Large-Scale Moldings

Hexpol TPE’s new Dryflex HiF TPS-SEBS family boast very high melt flow and scratch resistance.  
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Additives

Antiviral Additive Reportedly Kills Coronavirus on Plastics in Auto Interiors

In response to COVID-19, automotive Tier 1 molder and compounder CpK has developed an antiviral additive for auto interiors and other applications. 
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Engineering Resins

Modified PBT Offers More Clarity for Automotive Radar Sensors

BASF’s new Ultradur RX PBT meets the high requirements of sensors for automated driving
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Biopolymers

Eastman Partners with Compounder Gruppo Maip to Formulate Biobased and Molecular Recycled Content Plastics for Automotive Interiors

Eastman’s Tritan Renew copolyester and Treva Renew engineering bioplastic to play key role in new Eastman-Gruppo Maip partnership.
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Electronics

High-Performance Black Masterbatch for Styrenics

Cabot’s new Plasblack XP6801D is a new generation SAN-based formulation for styrenics without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties.  
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Engineering Resins

Long-Chain Nylon Compounds for Automotive and More

Ascend’s new HiDura nylons 610 and 612 designed for automotive fuel systems, cable ties for solar power systems, battery seals and monofilaments for brush bristles.  

Construction

Evonik Completes First Plant of New Nylon 12 Complex

Evonik appears to be on track with bringing its major new nylon 12 production complex to fruition.  
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Injection Molding

Protolabs Addresses How to Survive a Pandemic with Digital Manufacturing

Protolabs survey results examine product development and the supply chain.