Materials

Invista starts work on China polyamide project

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Invista (Wichita, KS) has started construction of a 150,000-tonnes/year polyamide (PA) 66 plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. The company is also constructing a  hexamethylene diamine (HMD) monomer plant there. The polymer and monomer plants are expected to start up in 2015.

Dallas passes partial plastic bag ban

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 26th, 2014

List Dallas under the latest city to pass a plastic bag tax. By a vote of 8-6 the Dallas City Council passed the "environmental fee ordinance," which bans single-use carryout bags at all city facilities and events while still allowing retailers to use plastic and paper bags, according to the Dallas Morning News

Slideshow: Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

For the seventh year running, the Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award will be awarded during the International Conference on Bio-Based Materials, to be held this year on April 8-10, 2014, in Cologne, Germany. The award recognizes young, innovative developments in the biobased chemicals and materials field launched or to be launched in 2013 and 2014.

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 2

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

FIS Green 300 T is the first chemical injection mortar, derived from bio-based components. The goal was to "innovate a real "green" product which is based on a majority of bio-based raw materials". Chemical injection mortars are complex mixtures consisting of a multitude of different raw materials, for each of which green substitutes were examined. As a result, bio-based raw materials with various functions were used: reactive resins, fillers, additives, plasticizers and two different thermoplastic polymers for the cartridge and pistons.

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 3

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

HES-mix is an innovative building material made from hemp shivs, lime, natural minerals and water. It is used to build walls and insulation in one material and as insulation under roofs, attics, walls and floors.

The material offers the advantage of the highest thermal efficiency; it regulates humidity, does not burn or rot, 30-50% reduction of energy in houses and buildings, no toxic chemicals, offers an alkaline in-door climate, captures more carbon than necessary for the complete process, is completely recyclable, fast & economical application.

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 4

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

Qmilk produces a 100% natural textile fiber based on casein, a milk protein. In spring 2014, the Hannover-based start-up is launching the production of Qmilk fiber for fashion, sportswear and home textiles. The new fiber feels like silk, is compostable, suitable for allergy sufferers, and even antibacterial. Incredibly, the production process takes five minutes, demands temperatures of only 80 °C and max. 2 liters of water per kilogram of fiber. Annually, 2 million metric tons of milk, which is not fit for consumption, are thrown away in Germany.

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 5

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

The BioWit-Tube is a tree protection device developed only for the "Biowit" brand. The idea was "to create a product with a design by which the user sees immediately that this tree protection is made from 100% compostable bio-plastic." The product features a new locking-system, which enables the user to build a tube out of a flat film.

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 6

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

The new bionic bio-fan from ZIEHL-ABEGG, made from castor oil-based bio-polyamides, boasts a blade geometry that incorporates knowledge from bionics. As a result, the fan is quieter and more efficient, cutting operating electricity costs and noise emissions and reducing CO2 emissions in several ways. This revolutionary design is used, for example, in refrigeration engineering (refrigeration chain for food to the supermarket), in heaters, heating pumps and for electrical cooling (computer centers, control cabinet cooling, inverter cooling).

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 7

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

ZinCo creates "Green roofing for the 21st Century." As a pioneer in this area, ZinCo has been consistent in treading the environmental path for over forty years. Providing permanently reliable green roof systems for all types of roofs, the top priority is to do so in an environmentally compatible way. ZinCo system substrates, therefore, are based on recycled, pure-grade clay bricks. Where possible, recycling materials are also used for drainage elements and protection mats.

Arevo Labs creates strong polymer parts using the 3D printing process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2014

Arevo Labs, a Silicon Valley startup, announced the availability of technology and materials to create ultra strong high performance polymer parts using a 3D printing process. Supported materials include high performance polymers such as KetaSpire PEEK, AvaSpire PAEK, Radel PPSU and PrimoSpire SRP.

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