Building/construction

Elkhart Plastics launches new line of proprietary DEF tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

Elkhart Plastics manufactures several thousand DEF tanks each month and is excited to announce the addition of proprietary DEF tanks to its existing rotomolding capabilities.

"Adding proprietary DEF tanks, spill trays, and valve and venting systems to Elkhart Plastics' already extensive customizable offerings is a great way for our company to meet existing clients' needs, budgets, and timelines while reaching previously untapped clients and markets," said Jack Welter, CEO of Elkhart.

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Polyurethane: Form meets function

By Lee Salamone
Published: August 14th, 2014

As a young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan's architecture firm in Chicago. Sullivan is known for designing some of the earliest skyscrapers using steel-frame constructions. His famous adage, "form follows function," is still used by many architects who recognize the purpose of a building should be the starting point for its design. Wright later evolved the phrase to "form and function are one."

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 11th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Plastic pipe demand expected to outpace all other materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

The U.S. demand for pipe is expected to rise 7.3% per year to $63.5 billion in 2018, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by strong growth in crude oil and natural gas activity, as pipe is used extensively in drilling and oil and gas pipeline applications. Demand will also be supported by a projected rebound in building construction expenditures.

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.

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.

Additive improves thermoforming, foaming properties of PP

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 3rd, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) has kicked off marketing efforts for a new modifier for polypropylene-based resins. The additive, dosed in small amounts, reportedly enhances the processing and foaming properties of polypropylene (PP) resins.

Itself based on PP resin, the modifier reportedly boasts excellent compatibility with PP base resins, while it does not adversely affect the external appearance of molded parts. Further, it is said to be heat resistant, low in density and low in cost.

Westlake Chemical completes acquisition of PVC producer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

Westlake Chemical has closed its acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.

The battle over “green” plastics continues in the building & construction industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

This week, David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, took the opportunity to rake the plastics industry over the coals while SPI and other plastics industry groups held their "fly-in" in Washington, D.C.

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