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  • Sabic Sells Polymershapes to Laird Plastics Parent Blackfriars

    Saudi Basic Industries (Sabic) has sold its Polymershapes business to US-based private investment firm Blackfriars for an undisclosed price. The move marks a significant consolidation in the market for semi-finished plastics distribution, since Blackfriars already owns Laird Plastics. details>>
  • Global Electroactive Polymers Market Tipped to Reach 329 Million KG by 2021

    US-based research company BCC Research has forecast the global market for electroactive polymers will rise by 50% in the next five years. This emerging market has great commercial potential. ICPs (inherently conductive polymers) are seen as the fastest growing market segment with a projected five-year CAGR of 18.9%, tipped to reach a demand volume of 11.5 million kg by 2021. details>>
  • NEC?s New Bioplastic Rivals the Elegant Luster of Traditional Japanese Lacquerware

    NEC Corporation of Japan has developed a new bioplastic that mimics the much-prized ?Urushi black? color of Japanese traditional lacquerware. NEC has developed a unique technology for mixing additives to adjust the coloration and light reflectance of the material. The new bioplastic can be injection molded, bringing the mass production of ?Urushi black? products within reach for the first time. details>>
  • DSM launches ForTii MX Polyamides for Die-Cast Metal Replacement

    Global materials supplier DSM is extending its range of ForTii high performance polyphthalamides based on polyamide 4T. Following the introduction earlier this year of the ForTii Eco family of partly bio-based grades, it is now launching the ForTii MX grades to provide a more cost-effective alternative to die-casting metals. Plastics have been gradually replacing metals in numerous... details>>
  • WACKER to Launch Highly Transparent LSR for Lighting Technologies

    WACKER will present a new generation of highly transparent liquid silicone rubbers (LSR) for lighting technologies at the 20th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber K 2016. LUMISIL? LR 7601 makes it possible to produce crystal-clear optical lenses and coupling elements for high heat and light exposure. It's suitable for lenses, sensors and optical coupling elements in lighting... details>>
  • Branson's GLX-3 Aimed at Large-Format Plastic Parts with More Complex Geometries for Broad Range of Applications

    A new laser welder from Branson Ultrasonics reportedly delivers clean, high-speed laser welding of large format plastic parts with more complex geometries to meet the growing needs of automotive, appliance, medical filtration, and other applications that require particulate-free welds with superior aesthetic quality. One advanced feature incorporated into the welder is Branson?s patented... details>>
  • Teknor Apex at K 2016: To Unveil Lubricated TPV Compound for Pipe Seals

    Teknor Apex Company has recently announced that a new thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) elastomer for pipe seals exhibits the same processing and performance advantages over thermoset rubber as a well-established TPV while providing enhanced lubricity for faster insertion of seals and more error-free assembly. details>>
  • Dow Aids Barrier Packaging Recycling with New RecycleReady? Technology

    Dow Chemical Company has Introduced a New Member of the Recently Launched RecycleReady? Technology, which enables the Recyclability of Polyethylene-Based Barrier Packaging as Part of Existing Grocery Store Drop-Off Recycling Programs. The Technology is a Major Advancement That Enables Recycling of Packaging for Products Like Granola and Nuts, Which was Not Possible Before in Flexible Packaging. details>>
  • Hybrid Purging Compound for PP Color Changes

    What is said to be the first ?hybrid? purging compound, specifically engineered for PP color changes, has been launched by Dyna-Purge. It combines combines key features of both mechanical and chemical purging products, with advanced non-hazardous ingredients that reach all stagnation areas and break down the color contamination. details>>
  • Ford to Formulate Foam & Plastic Components for Vehicles Using Captured CO2

    Formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols, the foam is showing promise as it meets rigorous automotive test standards. It could be employed in seating and under hood applications, potentially reducing petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually. CO2-derived foam will further reduce the use of fossil fuels in Ford vehicles and increase the presence of sustainable foam in the... details>>
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