Materials

AGC FluoroCompounds Group opens pilot plant to help manufacturers speed product development

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2015

AGC Chemicals Americas FluoroCompounds Group has opened a pilot plant in Thorndale, PA, to make it fast and easy for customers to receive small batches and samples of PTFE compounds. The pilot plant is located within the manufacturing facility of AGC's full-scale production plant.

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.

Results of Michigan study into biodegradation-promoting additives evoke incensed response

By Karen Laird
Published: March 13th, 2015

It was not to be expected that the results of the study performed at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) into the effect of biodegradation-promoting additives on the biodegradation of PE and PET would be greeted with any enthusiasm by the manufacturers of these additives. The Michigan researchers, who evaluated biodegradation in compost, anaerobic digestion, and soil burial environments, were singularly unimpressed by the performance of the tested additives.

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.

Total HDPE boosts productivity in multilayer composite pipe extrusion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 13th, 2015

The latest high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe grade from the Refining & Chemicals Div. (Brussels) of integrated petrochemicals group Total combines processability with elevated temperature performance and long-term stability, achieving an unprecedented level of processing performance, according to the company.

Researchers in Finland develop large-surface, light-emitting plastic film

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 13th, 2015

Based on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology and implemented by means of a printing machine, patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces have been created on advertising displays, information signs and lighting fixtures by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd. The method also enables transparent smart surfaces to be attached to window panels or packaging, VTT recently explained in a technology paper.

Koplas: LS Mtron highlights composite technologies, introduces injection blow molding machine

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 12th, 2015

Sandwiched in local and global markets between up-and-coming Chinese injection machine builders with consistently improving quality standards and Japanese all-electric injection machine suppliers who dominate their market segment, Korean OEMs were out in force at the Koplas show near Seoul to prove that they too are making progress, particularly in terms of special machines and advanced applications.

Aurora Plastics introduces weatherable PVC/acrylic alloy capstock, low-density cellular foams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2015

Aurora Plastics Inc. (Streetsboro, OH), a manufacturer of rigid and foam PVC, has introduced a highly weatherable PVC/acrylic alloy capstock designed to withstand the effects of long-term weathering, even in dark colors. The new product is suited for a variety of demanding applications including outdoor trim, windows, decks, siding fencing and railings.

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.

Injectable plastic could be life saver in remote locations

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 11th, 2015

A new injectable polymer developed by researchers at the University of Washington (UW; Seattle) could strengthen blood clots and save countless lives on the battlefield, in rural areas and anywhere else where immediate medical treatment may not be available.

Following an injury, PolySTAT could be injected into the patient on site to staunch bleeding until he or she can receive proper medical care. Unlike other clotting treatments that require refrigerated or frozen blood products, a syringe loaded with the polymer could be carried inside a backpack for emergency use.

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