Clariant announces 50 percent capacity increase for innovative Licocene performance polymers

By Karen Laird
Published: June 30th, 2014

As customers around the globe wax lyrical about Clariant's Licocene performance polymers, the company has announced that it is increasing production capacity by 50 percent at its facility on the Frankfurt-Höchst Industrial Park in Germany. The facility is currently designed to produce 20,000 metric tons of Licocene per year in a continuous closed cycle. The debottlenecking of Clariant's existing production line represents a low double-digit million Swiss Franc investment. The additional capacity is scheduled to come on stream in Q1 2016.

Bayer MaterialScience: CO2-based polyols no longer a dream

By Karen Laird
Published: May 14th, 2014

Bayer MaterialScience today announced plans to invest 15 million euros in the construction of a CO2-based polyol production line at its Dormagen site in Germany. It's a significant step forward in a project that started years ago, when researchers at the company decided to chase their CO2 dream. 

Chinaplas: Haitian ships record number of machines in 2013; 27%-plus global market share

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 5th, 2014

Shanghai, China-China's and indeed the world's largest injection molding machine builder, Haitian International (Ningbo), announced record unit shipments of around 27,000 presses in 2013, which depending on what source you rely in corresponds to a global market share of the order of 27¬-32%. Shipments far exceeded the previous year's figure of 22,000 units.

Want to know the plastics industry 2014 color(s) of choice?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 14th, 2014

Anaheim - Last year, those in the fashion industry were either appalled or thrilled by the announcement that the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid. For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

California implements new flammability standards; Chemtura Corp. sues the state

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 22nd, 2014

California has adopted a new flammability standard through a controversial regulation (Technical Bulletin 117) that will allow manufacturers to make furniture and baby products that do not contain flame retardant chemicals. The revised regulation went into effect on Jan. 1, when manufacturers can begin making products to the new standard. They have a year to complete the transition and must be in full compliance by Jan. 1, 2015.

Oyster shells provide reinforcement in non-halogenated flame-retardant compound

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 22nd, 2014

Polypropylene (PP) thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers have been flame-retarded using "commercially viable" Exolit AP non-halogenated flame retardants supplied by Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). The compounds were developed by Eurostar Engineering Plastics (Fosses, France).

Simona America acquires Laminations Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 9th, 2014

Simona America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Simona AG based in Kirn, Germany, has acquired Laminations Inc., with headquarters and operations in Archbald, PA.

Laminations is a U.S. manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and fluoropolymer sheet products and lining laminates. Simona America is a producer of polyolefins and PVC sheet and rod products, and supplies the North American market primarily through its authorized distributor network.

Small wood-plastic composite pellets facilitate processing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 22nd, 2013

Size matters when it comes to wood-plastic composites (WPCs), or so says bioscience company Green Dot (Cottonwood, KS). The company has introduced a smaller pellet size suited for injection molding and sheet extrusion that, it claims, makes the material easier to process than other WPCs and results in better-quality products using existing equipment. Because they are uniform in size and shape, Terratek WPC pellets can be processed without extensive mold modifications. And since lower melt temperatures can be used and cycle times are reduced, production costs can be lowered.

Wood-Plastic Composite Conference will feature latest developments in WPC granulates

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2013

Wood flour and cellulosic fibers act as filler or reinforcement in plastics and lead to increased stiffness and strength as well as lower shrinkage and warpage. Moreover, their use leads to shortened cycle times. All this reportedly reduce production costs and the environmental footprint.

Global Plastics Summit: U.S. demand for PVC will grow with construction

By Heather Caliendo
Published: November 7th, 2013

Chicago - With the shale gas boom driving North American PE projects, Steve Brien, global business director for IHS, said that there will be excess ethylene.

"Whether that goes into PVC or another derivative, I can't tell you," he said at the Global Plastics Summit, sponsored by IHS and SPI. "But PVC producers want to get their hands on that ethylene molecule."

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