Published: December 2nd, 2013
Targeting growing auto production, Japanese compounder Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co. (DNS) plans to start production of compounds at a 10,000-tonnes/yr facility in the Méxican State of Guanajuato in January 2015. Trading company Mitsubishi Corp. will partner DNS in the joint venture with a 35% stake.
Published: November 26th, 2013
Published: November 19th, 2013
French chemical company Arkema has introduced a new high-performance thermoplastic material, Kepstan6000 polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) copolymer.
Kepstan6000 series copolymers are members of the PAEK (polyaryletherketone) family that, due to its molecular structures, reportedly allows for control of crystallization, with greater adhesion for powder coatings in harsh conditions.
Published: November 18th, 2013
The German extruder manufacturer Leistritz Extrusionstechnik has upgrades its popular ZSE MAXX series extruder based on end user feedback. The result is the ZSE 27 iMAXX featuring a new, more user-friendly design that was on display at the recent K Show.
Published: November 15th, 2013
November 15 is an especially great day for PlasticsToday. Why? Well, it's the first official day for our new Senior Editor, Norbert Sparrow.
Published: November 13th, 2013
Hannover-based machine manufacturer KraussMaffei Berstorff announced that it built and supplied the new compounding line, which FKuR has brought on stream for the production of its biopolymer materials. This is the third line from KraussMaffei Berstorff that this German producer of biodegradable and biobased polymer compounds has installed.
Published: November 7th, 2013
Japan's Mitsui Chemicals and polyolefin supplier Prime Polymer, a Mitsui Chemicals subsidiary, have announced a 21,000-tonnes/yr expansion of polypropylene (PP) compound production capacity at their U.S. subsidiary Advanced Composites Inc. as well as a 13,000-tonnes/yr expansion in Mexico at subsidiary Advanced Composites Mexicana S.A. de C.V to the meet growing demands of the automotive sector.
Published: November 6th, 2013
Two suppliers of extrusion and material handling technology have come together to develop an extrusion line for the production of highly filled compounds with up to 85% CaCo3 content. Partners Leistritz Extrusionstechnik and AZO have developed a system that, with slight adjustments, can run other applications such as talc, titanium dioxide and barium sulfate filler. In the field of flame retardants, meanwhile, materials such as aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide can be processed.
Published: November 5th, 2013
News impacting the U.S. economic outlook is "terrific," Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS said today at the opening of the inaugural joint SPI/IHS Global Plastics Summit in Chicago.
Representing an organization of 400 economists, Behravesh thinks that U.S. GDP growth will approach 3.5% after hovering under 2%.
"We have made substantial progress in reducing household, financial sector, and government debt --all of which had contributed to a decline in economic growth since 2010."
Positive news for the U.S. economy includes:
Published: November 4th, 2013
TechnoPales, a new masterbatch from Ampacet, present chalky pastel hues to provide a new color presence in packaging and consumer goods.