Materials

Evonik: More PA 12 capacity, new production processes alleviate supply fears

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2014

Evonik Industries has expanded its polyamide (PA) 12 production capacity at Marl Chemical Site by 5,000 tonnes/year, thereby increasing the supply security of its Vestamid high performance polymer material.

Medical polymers market expected to exceed $17 billion by 2020

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 27th, 2014

Driven by the continued substitution of metals and glass in medical applications and growing demand from emerging economies, the medical polymers market is expected to reach a global value of $17.05 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. (San Francisco, CA). Increased demand from an aging population for minimally invasive procedures, which typically rely on single-use polymer-based devices, is also driving this trend, according to the market research and consulting firm.

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.

World-first textile application for Kraig Biocraft's spider silk; medical and industrial uses on horizon

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 26th, 2014

Five times stronger than steel and three times tougher than Kevlar, by weight, spider silk has galvanized the imaginations of researchers for many years. However, producing or harvesting spider silk protein in a viable way has proven challenging, although a handful of smaller companies are appearing to make a go of it. One of them is Kraig Biocraft Laboratories (Lansing, MI), which announced earlier this month that Warwick Mills (New Ipswich, NH) will use its genetically engineered spider silk to produce textiles for the first time.

Open source 3D printing means freedom to improve technology

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 26th, 2014

Aleph Objects believes in open source 3D printing. In fact, the company was born to build open source and its philosophy of "Libre Hardware" is built into everything the company creates. "We exist for the freedom of our users and the benefits that brings," said Harris Kenny, communications manager for Aleph Objects, a Loveland, CO-based maker of the LulzBot 3D desktop printer.

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.

From beer to bone regeneration

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 25th, 2014

So, Homer Simpson was on to something when he opined that beer was the cause—and solution—to all of life's problems. Researchers in Madrid have developed materials made from beer-brewing residue that can be used as scaffolds for bone regeneration. It turns out that bagasse, a waste byproduct of the brewing process, is chockfull of phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and silica, which are the main chemical components found in bone.

Medical materials database integrates extensive neurological device data

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 25th, 2014

Medical device designers developing neurological products now can avail themselves of a comprehensive database that compiles materials used in these devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with neurological applications.

Nano-acrylic-elastomer combination delivers clear vision in motorcycle racing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2014

Round seven of the 2014 World Superbike Championship took place at Misano in Italy June 22, where Tom Sykes notched his third double victory of the 2014 World Superbike Championship series. The British world champion 2013 from the Kawasaki official team rode his superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R equipped with a new windshield made of ShieldUp PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) sheet from Altuglas.

Names in the News: Nordson Corp., Asaclean, Teknor Apex Co., and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Nordson Corp. has appointed Regis Machinery (Sales) Ltd. as its agent in the United Kingdom and Ireland for its extrusion dies product lines, it was announced by Andrei Stapinoiu, managing director of Nordson EDI Europe. 

Regis Machinery will provide sales and support services for Nordson EDI Europe's range of flat dies and related systems for film, sheet, extrusion coating, and fluid coating. The company has long provided representation for Nordson's Kreyenborg line of pumps and screen changers and its BKG line of pelletizers.

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