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.

World Cup stadiums let in the light with engineered thermoplastic roofing

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 16th, 2014

Giving attendees of World Cup games a clear view of the action meant providing a lot of natural light.

The Arena da Baixada (pictured), in Curitiba, Brazil, has long been the home of the Atlético Paranaense soccer team, and went through significant renovations in advance of 2014 World Cup games with Spain, Honduras, and Russia.

Lumber from trees may be a material of the past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 15th, 2014

It's summertime and you might be sitting out on your deck reading your online PlasticsToday NewsFeed on your laptop or iPad or iPhone, thinking that this past winter was pretty hard on that wooden deck and railing. Maybe you're chiding yourself for not getting out the sealant or the paint and taking on that nasty chore of beautifying and protecting your deck.

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

Bayer MaterialScience shutters Darmstadt site

By Karen Laird
Published: June 30th, 2014

As part of the worldwide consolidation of its business with sheets made of the high-performance plastic polycarbonate, Bayer MaterialScience has decided to close its site in Darmstadt, Germany, responsible for overall sales and for the production of Makrolon Multi. European customers will be supplied in the future by the plants in Nera Montoro, Italy, and Tielt, Belgium. The closure in Darmstadt affects 90 employees. The company says it will do everything possible to ensure that this step is conducted in a socially responsible manner.

Braskem to build new ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 27th, 2014

Braskem, the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas, announces its plans for the construction of an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) plant at its site in La Porte, TX.

Braskem's UHMWPE products are produced under the trade name UTEC. Groundbreaking of the new plant in La Porte will start during the third quarter of 2014. Construction is expected to last approximately 18 months with a targeted completion date during the first half of 2016. The U.S. plant's output will complement the existing UTEC product line that is produced in Brazil.

Clariant: Sustainable long-term value creation is based on innovation and growth

By Karen Laird
Published: June 26th, 2014

Frankfurt, Germany — 'Discover Innovation' was the theme of Clariant's Media Day event held on June 25-26 at the company's brand spanking new Innovation Center in Frankfurt. The new CIC features a light, open workplace design to foster contact and communication while providing state-of-the-art chemical research laboratory facilities for the approximately 500 employees who work here.

Corrosion-resistant composites employ basalt long fiber reinforcement

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2014

Long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) supplier PlastiComp, Inc. (Winona, MN) has introduced a line of basalt fiber-reinforced composites. These new LF products reportedly offer a significant increase in performance over short basalt fiber filled materials and are available in multiple resins matrices with 30-60% by weight fiber loadings.

BASF doubles China engineering plastics compounding capacity; largest site in Asia Pacific

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has undertaken three capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China for polyamide (PA), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPUs). The company has also undertaken an expansion of its microcellular polyurethane components capacity.

Plastic wall-plug king Artur Fischer receives lifetime achievement award

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 19th, 2014

A standing ovation greeted German inventor Artur Fischer as he accepted the lifetime achievement award at the European Inventor Award 2014 ceremony in Berlin on June 17. Considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time—he holds more than 1100 applications for patents and utility models—the 95 year old is perhaps best known throughout the world for coming up with a small plastic plug in 1958 that revolutionized the construction and do-it-yourself markets.

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