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.
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.
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."
Published: October 31st, 2013
A new report from Axis Research Mind claims that the plastics market is expected to reach 508.6 million tons by 2016 primarily supported by the segments (rigid/flexible plastics), resins (thermoplastics/thermoset) and end-users such as food and beverage packaging, building and construction plastics, healthcare and more.
Published: October 31st, 2013
Antwerp, Belgium - Speaking at a Media Round Table conference held at Bayer's Antwerp site, Patrick Thomas, chairman of the board of management at Bayer MaterialScience, discussed the importance of sustainability and social responsibility - within the context of economic viability. "People, planet and profit - it has to be all three," he said.
Published: October 28th, 2013
All new chemistries for plastic additives that turn out being successful products come along rarely these days but Japanese supplier Adeka is confident that its latest development will prove to be a blockbuster given the targeted nature of its mission. ADK STAB LA-1000 is a high molecular weight (1,000) triazine UV absorber whose focus is on light stabilization of polycarbonate (PC) sheet cap layers.
Published: July 30th, 2013
Following a successful test phase, Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) is aiming to commercialize the use of carbon dioxide as a raw material for polyurethane (PUR) plastics. The company has started the planning process for the construction of a production facility at its site in Dormagen, Germany, where carbon dioxide will be used to produce a precursor for high-quality foam.
Published: June 3rd, 2013
Regulations governing the usage of flame retardants in polyurethane (PU) foam used in furniture and automotive applications are prompting additive suppliers to tailor their formulations to meet regional requirements.
Published: April 15th, 2013
"Fully fibrous" is how Eovations describes its wood polymer composite (WPC) product, a technology that originated at a British polymer research institution and was a Dow Chemical project at one time. The patented process results in a composite profile that "replicates the fibrous structure of wood and creates a unique combination of strength, durability, aesthetic and workability properties," according to company information.
Published: November 8th, 2012
There's a new player in the rapidly emerging field of engineered wood-reinforced plastic compounds for durable goods applications.
The Sonae Industria Group, a French wood products company with an office in Quebec, plans to build production capacity for its WoodForce material in North America and Asia, although no timetable has yet been established. The company made its North American debut this week with a presence at JEC Americas in Boston, the first-ever JEC Composites show in North America.