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DuPont taps China’s largest fluoroelastomer manufacturer for new JV

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2010

DuPont and ChemChina will form a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market fluoroelastomer gums and pre-compounds in China. Specifically, DuPont will work with the Chenguang Chemical Research Institute, which is a subsidiary of ChemChina (China National Chemical Corp.). The venture will include a precompounding plant to be constructed in Shanghai that's expected to be operational in the second half of 2011, pending government approval.

PolyOne colorants, additives granted compostability certification

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2010

Compounder and distributor PolyOne (Cleveland, OH) can now further help processors looking to source certified compostable materials for products, announcing that its OnColor and OnCap BIO masterbatches have been granted OK Compost certification by AIB Vinçotte (Brussels), reportedly marking the first time this has been awarded to a full range of colorants and additives.

Upgraded robot to debut at K

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 18th, 2010

The W873 robot from Wittmann Robot Systeme (Groß-Umstadt, Germany) boasts numerous improvements over its predecessor, the W773, including a maximum payload of 125 kg with a maximum vertical stroke of 3000 mm. The robot is also available in a configuration with 3600-mm vertical stroke and 60-kg carrying weight.

TPE North American resin pricing, August 9-13: PE, PP flat; in June, PE sales highest in a year, PP sales best since '07

By Tony Deligio
Published: August 17th, 2010

Overview: The spot resin markets continued to trade actively, with the volume of transactions remaining strong, according to plastics spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Polyethylene (PE), on average, held steady this week, but there was movement amongst grades, while polypropylene (PP) remained stable for the second straight week. TPE CEO Michael Greenberg noted that overall resin demand was strong, while supply is becoming increasingly tight.

Expansion binge, then the recession—and now, they predict, a bright future

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2010

With €300 million of capital injected into it, Europe's largest PET supplier, La Seda de Barcelona Group, says it is financially stable and ready to invest, including in its own package processing business unit, Artenius PET Packaging Europe (APPE), the former Amcor Europe PET business.

Singapore consumer association finds harmful chemicals galore in Chinese toys

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 17th, 2010

A test of 50 toys recently conducted on behalf of the Consumer Assn. of Singapore (CASE) by local testing firm Insight Laboratories found that 23 of them (46%) failed chemical toxicological tests and were found to contain higher than permitted levels of phthalates, lead, or both. Singapore currently does not have a test standard for toy safety so U.S. and international regulatory standards were adopted.

PEEK pushes PC out of plasma cooling-chamber application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2010

Victrex PEEK (polyetheretherketone) has replaced polycarbonate (PC) in a cooling jacket for the aluminum nitride plasma chamber that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) uses for its new accelerator-based Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). The technology creates pulsed neutron beams for scientific research and industrial development.

Dow sees bright future for polyolefin-based encapsulant, targets EVA

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2010

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) is launching a line of polyolefin-based encapsulant films for photovoltaic (PV) modules, after adding a new production line at its Findlay, OH manufacturing plant for the new product in response to growing demand for PV specialty films.

E-Beam plans 90,000-sq-ft expansion, addition of second electron-beam accelerator

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Contract electron-beam processing company E-Beam Services Inc. (Lebanon, OH) is more than doubling its polymer-crosslinking capacity in response to growing demand for enhancement of materials and advanced sterilization for healthcare and plastic products manufacturers. The company will expand its Lebanon, OH electron-beam processing facility to 90,000 ft2 and install a second electron-beam accelerator, with completion projected for Q2 2011.

Could corn-derived chemical replace BPA in polycarbonate and epoxy resins?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) now offers a corn-derived chemical that it says is a potential alternative to the petroleum-based bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics and other applications. Isosorbide, which will be sold under ADM's line of Evolution Chemicals, can be marketed as "safe and renewable," according to ADM. BPA has come under consumer attack, retail bans, and regulatory examination for its alleged health impacts and "estrogen-mimicking" activity.

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