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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Published: March 2nd, 2015
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.