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Techmer buys melt additive line from BASF; subsidiary recognized by customer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2010

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has sold its hydrophilic melt additives business to Techmer PM LLC (Clinton, TN) after a strategic portfolio review completed following its acquisition of Ciba Plastic Additives. Techmer, which manufactures colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, said in a release that the Irgasurf HL products complement its existing product line and strong presence in the fibers and nonwoven markets.

Quantifying environmental benefits of auto weight reduction

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Cutting weight from cars has to help the environment by reducing emissions and increasing mileage, right? Trexel decided to find out just how much good its MuCell microcellular foam can do, and hired an environmental firm to spell it out. As it happens, they only need capital letters.

TPE North American resin pricing, June 14-18: PP ends eight-week skid; PE down $0.02-$0.03/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Overview: Polypropylene (PP) ended its recent skid, raising a penny in the spot market, while polyethylene (PE) continues its slide, losing another $0.02-$0.03/lb. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) saw similar movements in the spot monomer markets, where ethylene prices fell in active trading and propylene prices edged upward.

BASF enters LGF-PA market, and offers simo software for this material

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 22nd, 2010

During its pre-K 2010 press conference today (June 22) in Frankenthal, Germany, officials at plastics and additives supplier BASF announced the company's entry into the market for long-glass-fiber-reinforced grades of polyamide. Not only will the material be offered, but the company also has upgraded the capabilities of its proprietary Ultrasim software to permit simulation of components made with these materials.

New Ultem PEI grades for medical, E/E, and springs

By MPW Staff
Published: June 22nd, 2010

SABIC Innovative Plastics has developed new grades of its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, as well as Ultem-based compounds, to win medical and electrical/electronic components, with an industrial spring project in the mix for good measure.

PET size reduction silently

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 22nd, 2010

Various sizes of scrap present no problem to a series of horizontally fed granulators for PET container recycling said to be quieter and more efficient than gravity-fed size-reduction equipment.

W&H secures printer, extruder orders; on pace for record year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 21st, 2010

Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. (W&H; Lincoln, RI) has recently secured orders for its flexographic printing and blown-film technologies, with fourth-quarter deliveries planned for a flexographic press to Bema Polytech (Elmhurst, IL) and a co-extrusion film extrusion line to McNeely Plastics (Clinton, MS). A W&H North America representative told PlasticsToday that the company's sales through the first half of 2010 have been "robust," with the potential to post a record year.

Molders and compounders offered insight into what makes Ingeo tick

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 21st, 2010

Injection molders and compounders keen to experiment with NatureWorks' high-heat resistant, high-impact bioresin are being offered full details on the modifiers, nucleants, and other additives typically compounded into the material. The supplier hopes that this "full disclosure" will help spur innovation and drive biopolymers more widely into injection molding applications.

Automotive plastics: Plastic Omnium wants control of its Inergy joint venture

By MPW Staff
Published: June 21st, 2010

Automotive systems supplier Plastic Omnium (PO) has informed Solvay, its 50:50 JV partner in the Inergy Automotive Systems business, that PO wants to acquire Solvay's stake in the automotive fuel systems specialist. The purchase would make Plastic Omnium sole owner of the world's largest supplier of integrated fuel tank systems.

Arkema biomaterial adds durability to special soccer ball

By Rob Neilley
Published: June 21st, 2010

Hardly noticed amid the hulabaloo surrounding the World Cup taking place in South Africa, global electronics giant Sony is supplying a special soccer ball to African children, which, thanks to a bio-TPE from French materials supplier Arkema, is 1.6 times more durable than a conventional ball.

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