Lightweight, solar-powered scooter a boost to sustainable urban mobility

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 26th, 2015

BASF and German company Floatility (Hamburg) have partnered for the development of an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered electric scooter. Weighing less than 12 kg and consisting of more than 80% composite and plastic materials from BASF, the scooter will apparently give commuters the sensation of floating and has been aptly named e-floater.

Coperion to open new China plant

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 25th, 2015

Compounding equipment maker Coperion's Chinese affiliate will move to a new facility in Nanjing in September 2015. Coperion (Nanjing) Machinery Ltd. Co.'s current production site will in the future be dedicated to R&D and technology use only as per the Nanjing Jiangning Government's development plan. The new Coperion plant will be located nearby. Construction work started in May 2014 and will be finished in June 2015.

Infinity LTL introduces medical-grade compounds, clean compounding site at NPE

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 18th, 2015

A company that was founded in 1990 to cater to customers looking for small-order, custom color compounding has made some big news over the decades. Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds (Swedesboro, NJ) began operations in a 10,000-sq-ft facility, compounding and repelletizing polycarbonate regrind, which it then recolored, and reprocessing acrylic copolymers. Ten years later, it purchased additional land and constructed a new 70,000-sq-ft plant, and in 2007 the company opened a facility in Dongguan, China. The medical market has been a growing business area for the company.

Citadel Plastics sold to A. Schulman

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2015

Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. (Chicago, IL), a global provider of thermoplastic and engineered composite compounds, today announced that its owners, private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, have entered into a definitive agreement to sell the company to global plastics supplier A. Schulman (Fairlawn, OH) for $800 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015.

Arkema's new Plastistrength 566 acrylic process aid benefits building and construction products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 13th, 2015

PVC as a polymer material is ubiquitous. It is, in fact, the third most used resin behind polyethylene and polypropylene and, therefore, according to Jason Lyons, R&D Manager of polymer additives at Arkema (King of Prussia, PA), it's a material worth taking a new look at in terms of properties. PVC is a material that consists of many ingredients in its formulation, and traditionally the molecular weight of PVC has a value less than 100k, Lyons explained to PlasticsToday.

Arkema expands PEKK production to satisfy demand for composites, 3D-printing applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2015

French chemicals company Arkema (Colombe) has announced that it will increase production capacity of its new Kepstan polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) in France and the United States to meet growing demand for the material in carbon-fiber composites and 3D printing applications.

Owens Corning to introduce five new products at upcoming JEC Europe show

By Karen Laird
Published: March 4th, 2015

Global producer of innovative glass-fiber solutions and engineered materials for composite systems, Owens Corning (Toledo, OH) will unveil five new products at the upcoming JEC Europe 2015 composites show and conferences in Paris, France. This year marks the 50th session of this show and conferences, which are taking place on March 10, 11 and 12 at Paris' Porte de Versailles.

Bayer MaterialScience acquires composite materials specialist

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 2nd, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen) has expanded its position in the composite materials field through an acquisition in southern Germany. The company has taken over Thermoplast Composite GmbH (TCG), basded in Langenfeld, near Nuremberg, which specializes in the production of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites.

Halogen-free flame-retardant continuous-fiber-reinforced polycarbonate grades debut; target metal replacement

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 2nd, 2015

The Bond Laminates GmbH (Brilon, Germany), a subsidiary of specialty chemicals company Lanxess (Cologne, Germany), has expanded its Tepex range of continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic high-performance composites to include halogen-free flame-retardant versions with a polycarbonate matrix.

New PTFE-modified compounds feature improved wear resistance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 27th, 2015

A new generation of polymers lubricated with a proprietary PTFE formulation exhibit improved wear resistance, especially at high loads, compared with conventional materials. The high-performance Luvocom XTF compounds have been introduced by Lehvoss North America (Pawcatuck, CT), a subsidiary of global chemicals company Lehmann & Voss, to meet increased requirements for high pressure, increased load and elevated temperatures.         

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