Plastics & Additives

Carbon fiber-reinforced material used to fabricate world's first 3D-printed vehicle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2014

A fully functional vehicle being 3D-printed from scratch and assembled by automotive design firm Local Motors (Chandler, AZ) in the space of 44 hours is expected to be driven off the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) floor this Saturday. A carbon fiber-reinforced compound supplied by Sabic's Innovative Plastics business is being employed as the build material.

Amut supplies equipment to Latin America's largest bottle-to-bottle recycling plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2014

Earlier this summer, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated PetStar, the largest food-grade PET recycling plant in the world, where the Coca-Cola System in Mexico, comprised of Arca Continental, Coca-Cola Mexico and other bottling partners, invested more than $100 million dollars and which will have the capacity to process up to 65,000 tons of PET bottles, doubling its previous capacity. 

Virent and Coca-Cola partnership on 100% bio PET further expanded

By Karen Laird
Published: September 8th, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co. is making an additional investment in the development and commercialization of Virent's bio-based paraxylene, BioFormP, Virent announced today. This investment will enable the company to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX material at its demonstration plant in Madison, WI.

Clariant homes in on Chinese automakers with additives approach to lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 7th, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is introducing China's local automotive and transportation industry players to solutions which enhance lightweight plastics for under-the-hood, interior and exterior parts, in support of their increasing interest in using plastics and polymer-based components to achieve greater fuel efficiency.

Igus sends car on global road trip to prove plastic's mettle

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 6th, 2014

Igus, a global supplier of engineered plastic components headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is going to great lengths—some 100,000 kilometers, in fact—to prove that its dry-running bearings made of advanced composite materials are as good as, or even better than, factory-specified metal and lubricated plastic bearings in automotive applications.

Myriant teams up with Azelis to sell bio-succinic acid in Europe

By Karen Laird
Published: September 5th, 2014

Massachusetts-based renewable chemicals company Myriant (Quincy) has announced the appointment of Azelis Group, a specialty chemicals distribution leader, for its bio-succinic acid in the Nordic countries, Benelux, France, Iberia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The appointment became effective on September 2, 2014, when the two companies signed the distribution agreement to develop sales in these countries, targeting customers in the industrial and base chemicals markets.

Chevron Phillips Chemical to sell its Ryton PPS Business to Solvay as global competition intensifies

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 4th, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (The Woodlands, TX) will divest its Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA ((Alpharetta, GA) for $220 million. The announcement comes at a time when incumbent and new players are investing aggressively in new polymerization and compounding capacity meaning despite strong market growth, suppliers are facing ever increasing competition.

Saudi-based Sipchem appoints Resinex distributor of EVA products

By Karen Laird
Published: September 4th, 2014

The Saudi International Petrochemical Company Sipchem has wasted no time in finding a partner to market its new ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) products in Europe. The company has appointed Resinex (Arendonk, Belgium), a leading European plastics distributor and member of global plastics supplier Ravago Group, as the distributor tasked with launching the products onto the European market.

Foam cores offer aircraft component manufacturers low-cost, rigid lightweighting options

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2014

Aircraft manufacture requires optimal design at low cost and makes corresponding demands on the composites industry. Sandwich components reportedly satisfy the requirement of low weight combined with the highest possible rigidity in, for example, spoilers, flaps and paneling.

Stent made with biodegradable plastic as good as current gold standard

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 2nd, 2014

A new coronary artery stent made, in part, with a biodegradable plastic is as good as the current gold standard, according to a study presented at the ESC Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, and published simultaneously in The Lancet.

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