Plastics & Additives

Chem-Trend invests $24 million in its China facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2014

Chem-Trend, a provider in the development and production of mold release agents and casting lubricants, together with Klüber Lubrication, part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialties business group, is investing in an expansion project at its Qingpu facility in China.

FKuR closes distribution agreement with Clariant for North America

By Karen Laird
Published: August 6th, 2014

Global specialty chemicals leader Clariant and bioplastics specialist FKuR have announced that they have entered into a distribution agreement with immediate effect. Under the agreement, Clariant Masterbatches will market, sell and distribute FKuR's full line of biodegradable and bio-based products in North America, a product portfolio comprising FKuR's Bio-Flex PLA blends, Biograde, cellulose blends, Fibrolon, woodfiber reinforced compounds, Terralene compounds based on I'm Green PE and and Terramid compounds based on Vestamid Terra polyamides.

Banning plastic bags breeds theft in California stores

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2014

California has long led the nation in plastic bag bans, so it only stands to reason that it might soon lead the nation in shoplifting as well. According to an article written by Beatriz Valenzuela, a journalist for the Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram, shop keepers and store owners have to watch shopper more closely now that plastic bags have been banned.

Hot melt adhesive offers bonding solution for PP parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 5th, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) is  stepping up efforts to develop applications for a recently-developed polyolefin-based hot melt resin. Already, the company has found success in applications in the auto sector, including bonding of interior and exterior components molded from PP with other materials, and the new focus will be on sectors such as appliances and household fittings.

Resin pricing: PE prices jumped a nickel and PP sprinted $.06/lb higher in July

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2014

Spot resin trading remained robust, capping off a very busy July, according to The Plastics Exchange. Prices for both polyethylene and polypropylene continued to march higher, building on an already strong month of gains. Although there was a small flurry of railcar offers, they were mostly made available from resellers that already committed to the resin and had held out shipping disposition to maximize margins in this rising market.

Genomatica targets biobased nylon intermediates in third development program

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2014

Genomatica today revealed that major nylon intermediates are the focus of its third publicly-disclosed development program. The aim of the nylon intermediates program is to deliver biobased processes for the production of the nylon building blocks hexamethylenediamine, caprolactam and adipic acid (HMD, CPL and ADA). These three chemicals, with a total market of over $18 billion per year, are used primarily in the production PA 6 and PA 6,6.

EU phthalate flap pushes industry to innovate

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2014

When in 2012, Denmark announced plans to ban DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP phthalates; the industry was caught by surprise.

It was a move that was, at the time, by many viewed as a political stunt. Ole Grøndahl Hansen, director of the PVC Information Council Denmark, pointed out that the consumption of the phthalates in question, known as 'low phthalates,' were already declining fast and 'were on their way out in the EU.' "So why make this noise? It's annoying," he said.

Nanocomposites in a nutshell

By Karen Laird
Published: August 4th, 2014

Biocomposites and nanotechnology are two areas drawing attention today from researchers and the industry alike. In Iran, researchers from, among others, Isfahan University of Technology have combined the two to produce a new kind of nanocomposite, based on pistachio shell, an agro-waste that has high tensile strength. 
The wood-plastic nanocomposite can be used in the building industry, and it is resistant to humidity, loss of color and various types of fungi and insects.

New EPS recycling facility opens in Indianapolis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI) has opened a new recycling facility in Indianapolis, IN dedicated to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country.

Toray Plastics to showcase OPP, PET, metallized and bio-based films at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Toray Plastics (America) will showcase new high-barrier flexible packaging materials that are made in America and creative packaging solutions at Pack Expo International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

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