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Articles from 2018 In October

Loop Industries endorses New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

circular economy concept

Helping to keep all plastic in the economy and “out of nature” is the goal of Loop Industries Inc. (Montreal, QC, Canada), a technology innovator in sustainable plastics. The company announced on Oct. 29 that it has joined leading global consumer brands, including PepsiCo, Danone, Coca-Cola, Unilever, L’Oreal and others, in signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with United Nations Environment.

The commitment was officially unveiled at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, on Monday, Oct. 29. At its heart is a vision of a new economy where plastics never become waste—a circular approach to create a “new normal” for plastic packaging. (The specific targets that signatories to the commitment have agreed to meet are described in “Business titans commit to elimination of plastic packaging waste by 2025.”)

“We are proud to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment,” said Daniel Solomita, founder and CEO of Loop Industries. “Joining leading companies from around the world by supporting and activating the commitment fuels our goal to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable plastic and away from the traditional take, make and dispose economy. It is inspiring to be part of this transition to a circular plastic economy.” 

The commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is supported by almost 300 organizations that are “drawing a line in the sand.” They include many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments, NGOs and academics. More than 15 financial institutions with in excess of $2.5 trillion in assets under management have also endorsed the global commitment and over $200 million has been pledged by five venture capital funds to create a circular economy for plastic.

Montréal becomes the epicenter of all things plastic, when Expoplast returns to the Palais des congrès on Nov. 14 and 15, 2018. Hundreds of exhibitors and dozens of informative panel discussions and presentations await. Go to the Expoplast website for more information and to register to attend.

As the demand for sustainable packaging solutions continues to grow, Loop Industries has developed what it describes as a transformational technology that allows no- and low-value plastics to be diverted, recovered and recycled endlessly into virgin-quality Loop PET plastic. This innovation allows plastic bottles and packaging of any color, transparency or condition; carpet, clothing and other polyester textiles that may contain colors, dyes or additives; and even ocean plastics that have been degraded by sun and salt to meet FDA requirements for use in food-grade packaging, explained Loop Industries.

Loop Industries’ technology decouples plastic from fossil fuels by depolymerizing waste polyester plastic into its base building blocks (monomers), which are then re-polymerized to create virgin-quality polyester plastics.

Now, it’s single-use paper cups taking the hits

Paper coffee cup

It was only a matter of time before environmental activists caught on that paper cups aren’t all that green. Now they’re calling for the elimination of paper cups because too many are ending up in landfills and in waterways. The problem is that paper cups designed to hold hot and cold drinks are lined with wax or polyethylene, which makes them non-recyclable.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 30 (“Paper Cups Become a Target in the Fight Against Plastic”) by Saabira Chaudhuri, it seems that paper cups, which have been championed as environmentally friendly compared with their plastic counterparts, are not all that. Gee! No kidding! How often have I written about this? Too many times to count.

Paper cups and other paperboard takeout containers must be coated so that they will not absorb food or fall apart when filled with coffee, tea or cold drinks. This coating, typically polyethylene, makes these cups non-recyclable in current paper recycling streams. A chart accompanying the WSJ article, provided by a UK paper mill, showed that recycling paper cups requires a “special cup recycling process” that begins with the coated paper cups being put into “special cup-recycling bins.”

While that may not sound like a big deal, it adds one more layer of complexity and an extra “footprint” to the number of bins currently placed in public places. (Five bins were placed around the conference center of the hotel where I attended the SPE Flexible Packaging Conference this week.) Obviously that means these bins must be emptied by a large truck that only picks up coated paper cups. That truck might have to drive many miles using fossil fuel to perform this task.

The cups are then “decontaminated,” which I believe means they must be cleaned of beverage residue, lipstick stains and germs. I am pretty sure that process involves hot water and some type of detergent or sanitizer, which requires the use of more resources, especially water.

Next, according to the lifecycle chart, the cups are transported (again, via truck powered by fossil fuel) to a specialist facility that separates the paper from the plastic coating through a delamination process using a “pulping process similar to the action of a washing machine.” I’m assuming the “washing machine” analogy means water is used in this process, as well: It takes a whole lot of water to make paper, so it goes to follow that water will be needed to separate the plastic coating from the paper.

Next, “ink and other small contaminants are removed” and the resulting paper pulp can then be made into cup holders, paper bags and so forth. The conference rooms at the hotel had paper cups set out for the coffee breaks, along with stacks of paperboard cup holders so people didn’t burn their hands trying to hold their hot drinks. That’s a lot of paper, which means lots of water to manufacture all these paper products, and more of that precious commodity to recycle them into more paper products.

Environmentally friendly? Really?

Corey Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, based in the Netherlands, commented in his report on the Extrusion Coating Market that the market is being “sustainability driven” through all stages of the supply chain. “There are opportunities for growth, especially in liquid packaging and flexible packaging,” Reardon told the audience. “Paper and paperboard products are seen as more environmentally friendly by consumers and more is being done in delaminating paper from the polymer coating.”

The WSJ article noted that the Goldman Sachs Group is “rolling out a ban on paper cups at its U.S. offices after previously scrapping such cups in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.” A memo to its staff told them to bring their own mugs from home, noted the article.

Starbucks, the poster child for ridding the world of plastic straws, plastic and paper drink cups, continues to struggle with how to look as green as its logo and its straws. The WSJ article noted that in 2008 the company said that by 2015 25% of its cups would be reusable; in 2011, with that goal unmet, Starbucks said that by 2015 5% of its drinks “would be served in cups brought in by consumers.”

Starbucks admitted that failure to meet its various goals was due to the company failing to understand “the impact the human behavior piece would have.” We’re back to the bottom line of this whole issue: Plastic waste in the environment is not a plastic problem . . . it’s a people problem!

Image courtesy anoushkatoronto/Adobe Stock.

Röchling Medical completes €7.2-million plant expansion

Rochling Medical

The Röchling Group’s medical division cut the ribbon on its €7.2-million ($8.1 million) plant expansion in Brensbach, Germany, on Oct. 26. Röchling Medical, which has been molding precision plastic parts for medical applications since 2008, nearly doubled its cleanroom space and upgraded certification to GMP Grade C, which sets a strict maximum particle count both at operation and at rest. The company also added a number of features to more closely align its systems with Industry 4.0 principles.

The new building is designed to enable injection molding and assembly systems to be fully integrated in the cleanroom, said Röchling in a press release. This configuration allows machinery to be repositioned or replaced quickly, a flexibility that is needed to fulfill shifting requirements in the pharmaceutical market, especially in the area of injection molding, according to Alexander Stauch, Managing Director.

Also part of the upgrade package, all of the logistics, production and mechanical systems in the Brensbach facility are now interconnected, and production, quality and energy-consumption data are captured in real time.

“By expanding and upgrading our facility in Brensbach, we are responding to the strong growth in our medical division,” said Prof. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, CEO of the Röchling Group and head of the medical division.

Röchling Medical produces a range of standard and custom plastic products for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, surgical and life science applications. The products are manufactured in Brensbach in ISO Class 7 and 8 cleanrooms.

This investment is but the latest in a spate of recent activity by the Röchling Group’s medical division. In April, the company officially opened a state-of-the-art production building in Neuhaus am Rennweg, Germany. In June, its U.S. subsidiary Röchling Medical Rochester acquired medical technology specialist Precision Medical Products Inc., based in Denver, PA. Finally, in July, Röchling acquired Frank plastic AG, a supplier of medical and industrial equipment based in Waldachtal, Germany.

PepsiCo discloses details of Black Panther 3D-printed mask project for cans

Black Panther 3D-printed all-black mask

After a visit to the NPE18 booth of Protolabs (Maple Plain, MN) regarding PepsiCo’s (Purchase, NY) promotional Black Panther 3D-printed mask on Brisk tea cans back in May, PlasticsToday report on that development (see NPE2018: The coolest thing we saw on day 2) proved as popular with readers as the movie was with fans. New details on the project, particularly from  PepsiCo's view, were released in a case study that appears here in edited form.

In order to make a splash in the crowded sea of social media, brand giants PepsiCo and Marvel Studios sought to explore new technologies and creative design to augment an online promotional campaign ahead of the Black Panther movie premier. The two companies partnered to develop a limited-edition kit featuring 3D printing from Protolabs (Maple Plain, MN). The kit contained five cans representing each of the movie’s main characters, a Samsung tablet, comic books, behind-the-scenes photos, a light up carton with HiLight smart LEDs, and a 3D-printed Black Panther mask that fit onto the corresponding can.

“Much of this kit was inspired by the costumes and characters from the movie,” said Andrew Phinney, a, R&D packaging engineer at PepsiCo. “This was an exciting opportunity for us to incorporate new technologies to develop unique textures, graphics, dimensional elements, and lighting to bring the kit to life.”

Phinney led the technical development of the 3D-printed mask, which was designed in-house by PepsiCo's Design and Innovation team. He works cross-functionally at PepsiCo’s Design and Innovation Center in Manhattan, NY, to scout and apply new technologies to packaging concepts.

Complex task led to 3D print solution

The primary challenge Phinney and his team faced while developing the replica Black Panther mask was determining how to best manufacture the part. The team of designers and engineers sought a manufacturing solution that could produce a highly complex geometry while being economical at low volumes, since they would only need to manufacture 250 parts in total. The combination of these two factors quickly led them to 3D printing.

“Given the detailed features on the mask and the relatively low volumes of parts, we knew early on that 3D printing was going to be the most suitable manufacturing process for this project,” Phinney explained. “The volumes were not high enough to justify investing in an injection molding tool and we liked the design freedom that 3D printing provides.”

Every detail was critical as they developed the elements included in the kit to look perfect when it was opened up. In-house fused deposition modeling (FDM) machines were used for early-stage prototypes to alter the original mask design so that it aligned with the artwork on the can and remained secure on the can during shipping. Once these small modifications were made, they began assessing various 3D printing technologies to be used for higher quality prototypes and eventually production.

Phinney noted that while researching suitable production-grade 3D printing processes, they considered five technologies in total, which included: selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), PolyJet, continuous liquid interface production (CLIP), and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF). Ultimately, he and his team decided to build parts with SLS, CLIP, and MJF to better understand each processes’ capabilities and determine what would be best for the project.

Adapting the design of the plastic test fixtures for insert molding required only minor tweaks, Murray said. He based the changes on feedback from Protolabs’ design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis and a conversation with a Protolabs engineer.

Multi Jet Fusion to the rescue

After evaluating the physical prototypes produced by three 3D printing technologies, the team chose to move forward with MJF due to its low cost, surface finish quality, and resolution, which precisely replicated the fine features in the mask design.

Multi Jet Fusion was chosen for the final part as it had the precision necessary to replicate the mask’s fine features and a deep black color that would last for several years.

“When we received the Multi Jet Fusion part it was clear that this technology was going to meet the cosmetic requirements we outlined at the beginning of the design process,” said Phinney. “Not only did the part look great, but it was also the most affordable process among the final three technologies we considered.”

He went on to explain that durability was another factor that led them to choose MJF. “Since the can was meant to be a collector’s item, we wanted a part that could last 10 to 20 years. While other processes like SLA and PolyJet have high resolution, there was no guarantee that they would hold the deep black color and be able to last for several years.”

With final parts in hand, the promotional kit was assembled and put through the company’s distribution testing to ensure it could withstand the rigors of shipping. After a series of vibration and compression tests as well as drops, they found the mask remained secured on the can and were assured the kit would arrive in its intended configuration.

Kit received super reaction on social media

As the “Black Panther” premiere drew near, PepsiCo put the finishing touches on the promotional kit and sent it out to hundreds of online influencers and others involved with the creation of the movie. The campaign resulted in numerous posts on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and received more than 10 million social media impressions.

Phinney said the full kit was conceptualized, engineered, and produced in less than six months to align with the movie release and holistic marketing campaign. Protolabs’ quick turnaround times enabled them to meet their ambitious deadlines.

“We needed a supplier that could meet our deadlines and Protolabs provided us with quality 3D-printed parts on time throughout the project,” said Phinney. “The success of the Black Panther mask not only demonstrates Protolabs’ capabilities, but the potential of 3D printing to advance packaging design.”

For more information, visit Protolabs.

Photos courtesy Protolabs and PepsiCo

Marvel and Black Panther are registered trade names of Marvel Characters, Inc.

Expoplast puts plastics front and center in Montréal


Expoplast is coming to Montréal, Quebec, on Nov. 14 and 15, 2018, and you might think the name says it all. The event is all about plastics—injection molding, extrusion, raw materials, integrated robotics and so forth—n’est-ce pas? Well, you’re half right. In fact, Expoplast is one part of a comprehensive advanced manufacturing trade show and conference that also brings together PACKEX, Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Design & Manufacturing and Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) under one umbrella.

Hundreds of suppliers will exhibit their latest and greatest technologies on the show floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Plastics processors, machine builders, mold and die makers, materials suppliers and 3D printing equipment and services providers will present their expertise within the Expoplast section of the show. Need some automation options to extract those parts from the mold? Then, head over to ATX. Similarly, if you’re in the market for innovative packaging that will put your plastic product in the best possible light, be sure to visit PACKEX. You get the idea.

An overarching theme of the event is smart manufacturing, aspects of which will be explored during panel discussions and presentations at Center Stage on the show floor.

The first panel will convene at 11 AM on Nov. 14 to discuss the evolution of collaborative robotics, including best practices in terms of worker interaction and safety. Peter Fitzgerald of Fanuc, Yarek Niedbala of Kuka Robotics and Marc Fallon of Advanced Motion will share their insights.

That session is followed at noon by a presentation on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the manufacturing space. Imed Othmani, PhD, of IBM Canada will explain how AI can reduce labor costs, shorten unexpected down time and increase productivity.

On the following day, Nov. 15, two panel discussions will debate trends in manufacturing and automation. At 1 PM, a panel of experts, including Ben Hope of Festo and Shalabh Bakshi of Siemens, will discuss the ramifications of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing today and tomorrow. That is followed at 3 PM with an overview of automation trends from Udayan Pandya of Siemens and Mikael Packalen from ABB.

All of the sessions will take place at Center Stage (booth 2517) and are free to event attendees.

But wait, there’s more! Center Stage will host several other presentations over the course of the two-day event. Topics include the following:

  • Reducing the environmental impact of single-serve coffee pods. Marie-Anne Champoux-Gulmond of Keurig Canada will explain how her company will transition to recyclable pods by the end of this year, two years ahead of schedule.
  • The advantages of adaptive gravimetric dosing control in plastics processing environments. Mat Najibnia, Vice President of Micro Interface Design, will present his company’s newest advances in remote monitoring and control of dosing operations and their integration with extrusion and injection molding machines.
  • Pascal Hubert of McGill University will explore the application of composites in commercial aviation.
  • The current and future impact of 3D printing will be debated by a panel composed of Vesna Cota of Tyco Electronics, Dara Shabnam of Star Rapid and Stephane Lobbe from Stratasys.

Expoplast, part of the Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo, comes to the Palais des congrès de Montréal on Nov. 14 and 15. Go to the event website for a complete conference schedule.

UK to tax packaging with less than 30% recycled material


Chancellor Philip Hammond said yesterday that the UK government would introduce a new tax penalizing plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic. He did not specify the amount of the tax nor a timetable of its implementation when he presented his budget in the House of Commons on Oct. 29.

In a response on behalf of the British Plastics Federation, Director General Philip Law stated that the plastics industry shares the government’s ambition of being a good steward of the environment for future generations, but getting that right needs to involves manufacturers, retailers, recyclers and the public at large, he stressed.

“The plastics industry wants to see more recycled content in its products and has already set out a vision to minimize plastic entering the sea and to ensure that no plastic packaging goes to landfill by 2030,” noted Law. He promised to “engage with the government constructively in the weeks and months ahead,” but urged caution in requiring a specific level of recycled content in packaging products, “as we must ensure the UK has the recycling infrastructure to meet demand.”

Environmental activists were unimpressed by Hammond’s proposed tax, arguing in essence that it was too little, too late. They were especially disappointed that he rejected the so-called latte levy, which would add 25 pence to the price of a coffee served in a single-use cup to encourage reusable alternatives.

“A tax on virgin plastic packaging would be a welcome step. But if we’re going to stem the huge tide of plastic waste pouring into UK waterways every year, far bolder action is needed,” Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Julian Kirby told the Independent newspaper.

Image courtesy Jakub Jirsak/Adobe Stock.

Automotive sector takes pole position in adoption of additive manufacturing

car emerging from tablet

The automotive industry is one of the biggest users of additive manufacturing (AM), aka 3D printing. The Wohlers Report 2018 estimates that the automotive sector accounts for up to 16% of the entire AM market. The technology is popular with automotive OEMs and their suppliers because it accelerates processes and enables breakthrough design innovations. Tooling is not needed, thus reducing lead times, and 3D printing allows the fabrication of parts that would be impossible or unfeasible using conventional techniques. This enables parts consolidation and optimization of weight-to strength ratios, advancing lightweighting goals.

Additive manufacturing is extensively used in design and development, as it allows designers and engineers to quickly manufacture high-quality parts and models to test and validate designs and reduce time to market. Models can be produced quickly and easily offering near instant access to testing and feedback.

Prototyping and preproduction is the biggest current user of 3D printing within the automotive industry. 3D printing of both plastics and metals is increasingly used to produce parts for prototype vehicles and test builds. The parts can be manufactured without expensive tooling, and the materials offer characteristics closely resembling production materials, making them a valid choice for test builds.

Additive manufacturing is also having a big impact on the supply chain. The automotive industry has always been at the cutting edge of supply-chain management, with just-in-time and other concepts being key to its competitiveness. 3D printing is the newest tool in that toolbox.

Automotive production volumes are traditionally too high for 3D printing to make sense. This could change as the technologies and materials develop and costs come down, but even today it is having an impact on manufacturing in the following areas:

  • Low-volume, complex parts, where weight-saving advantages or part consolidation can be leveraged. A famous example is Bugatti’s 3D-printed brake caliper.
  • Exhausts and emissions—complex bellows and ducts are often manufactured via 3D printing.
  • Fluid handling—3D printing enables complex shapes with internal channels without requiring traditional joints.
  • Conformal cooling channels for tooling—3D-printed inserts for injection mold tooling enable the manufacture of conformal cooling channels, which are near impossible using conventional techniques. These tools result in more-consistent parts and fewer defects.
  • Jigs and fixtures—many steps during the manufacture of an automobile require jigs and fixtures for assembly or verification, and many of them are being made via additive manufacturing.

Personalization is another area where 3D printing is having an impact on the automotive industry. To satisfy customer demand, many brands are offering special and exclusive vehicle series. The low volumes and high price points involved make 3D printing a great fit for many of the parts on these vehicles. Another recent example is BMW’s Mini Yours, which allows car buyers to personalize and print four different parts on their car.

Regulations in many countries require OEMs to keep spare parts available for a certain length of time. Volkswagen is already looking at implementing programs such as “reproduction on demand” and Daimler Trucks has created a digital warehouse for spare parts. The advantages of AM for reducing inventory, allowing localized production of spare parts and reducing costs throughout the automotive supply chain are very compelling.

Automotive has embraced innovation for decades, and the competitive nature of the industry makes new technologies and changing trends an essential part of its business. As OEMs increase their use of additive manufacturing, they will look to the supply chains to follow or even lead innovation in this area. Mass market industry users of 3D printing, such as the automotive sector, are essential to ensuring widespread adoption of the technology and in bringing down the price of machines and materials. They will also drive innovation from within and without. Additive manufacturing and automotive are already linked and will continue to grow together.

Image courtesy Vege/Adobe Stock.

About the author

James Murphy is the co-founder and Vice General Manager of HLH Prototypes Co. Ltd., one of China’s leading providers of rapid prototyping and low-volume injection molding services. Originally from the UK, Murphy has lived and worked in China for more than 12 years. He is passionate about hardware and enabling companies large and small to bring world-changing innovations to market faster.

Weekly resin report: Polypropylene contracts poised to decline sharply in November

Weekly resin report: Polypropylene contracts poised to decline sharply in November

The spot resin markets continued to transact at a rapid rate last week, pushing monthly volumes to a new high for the year, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. While done deals were again heavily weighted in favor of polyethylene (PE) over polypropylene (PP), the latter was much better represented than in the previous week.

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Spot PE prices were steady to a penny lower while PP lost a cent. PE contracts rolled flat in October, so processors have flocked to the spot market for relative deals, as plenty of material is available at well-discounted prices. Producers will try to prop up contracts again in November. PP contracts also were flat in October and are poised to decline sharply in November as feedstock costs tumble further. The PE export market remains strong, though not necessarily through traditional channels; still, near-record volumes of PE are finding homes offshore as producer-direct sales flourish.

The spot PE market transacted at an intense pace throughout October and this past week did not disappoint, writes the PlasticsExchange. Demand was strong for most major commodity grade resins, including low-density (LD) and linear-low-density (LLD) PE film and injection as well as high-density PE injection, which has become fairly scarce. While spot PE has been on a steady decline since March, down more than a dime on average depending on grade, the overall contract market, despite some fluctuations and confusion, has been relatively flat to down just $0.03/lb. When spot decreases and contracts hold, it is common for those buyers who have some flexibility to shift some of their purchases to spot where they can procure incremental pounds at lower levels, according to the PlasticsExchange.

This disconnect is part of the reason why the spot market has been so active these past months. Spot PE prices on the PlasticsExchange trading desk were steady to down another $0.005 to 0.01/lb this week and a few grades, such as LD film and LD and LLD injection, are at yearly lows while the others are hovering nearby. The market seemed to have been rebounding a bit mid-month, as low-end spot offers cleaned up. However, the market sputtered and the lack of momentum contributed to PE contracts rolling flat for October. The average $0.03/lb hike will be pushed to November, but the increase is likely to struggle until spot and contracts close much of their gap, which continues to widen.

Spot PP trading was much improved last week. Although supplies remain relatively tight, slightly softer spot prices helped transactions to complete. PP prices gave back a penny as PGP monomer trickled lower throughout the week and now points to a meaningful contract decrease come November. Good resin demand was observed from both resellers and processors, and interest centered around co-polymer PP, both high flow and no break. Homo-polymer PP demand was scattered, with just a handful of high flow deals recorded by the PlasticsExchange. Despite some weakness, PP supply is still spotty and not easily sourced at interesting prices. With PGP monomer costs coming off, perhaps availability will pick up a tad as suppliers seek to limit uncommitted inventories.

Read the full Market Update on the PlasticsExchange website.

Solvay to debut polyamides for personal protection, safety systems in vehicles

Solvay to debut polyamides for personal protection, safety systems in vehicles

Solvay Performance Polyamides plans to introduce a range of six Technyl and Technyl Star polyamide (PA) grades offering high degrees purity based on dedicated formulations and clean compounding. Two of these grades use bio-based, eco-friendly Technyl eXten technology for applications needing high temperature combined with glycol resistance. The range will be commercially available early 2019.

“Halogens and phosphorus contained in PA have been identified as major contributors to galvanic corrosion, a potential source of system failure and short-circuits which could lead to fire,” says Dr. James Mitchell, Automotive Market Director for Solvay’s Performance Polyamide global business unit. “Safety is not an option! We have developed a range of materials with high levels of purity to help automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers ensure the protection of systems from corrosion and ionic migration.” Automotive applications requiring these solutions include electrified cooling systems, sensors and connectors, as well as high-power EV chargers.For fuel cell stack components, Technyl One has emerged as a preferred material choice, offering more value to customers when compared to polyphthalamide (PPA) compounds in terms of both in-use performance and processability. This material combines a near-zero ion migration potential with outstanding heat resistance, dimensional stability against hydrogen leakage, electrical insulation, high surface aspect and weldability.

“This is the first PA 66-based offer on the market specifically designed for fuel cell technology. It serves critical safety applications such as hydrogen manifolds, heater plates, humidifiers and water traps,” added Mitchell.

In addition to these advanced material solutions, Solvay Performance Polyamides offers a complete array of technical services designed to speed the time to market of new applications. This offering includes predictive simulation with MMI Technyl Design, 3D printing of functional prototypes in Sinterline PA6 powders, as well as part testing at fully equipped APT Technyl Validation centers located in Lyon, France and Shanghai, China. MMI Technyl Design is an advanced service powered by Digimat from e-Xstream, an MSC Software Company.

Technyl offers OEMs a range of electro-friendly products to adapt purity needs to the diversity of application requirements. Graphic courtesy of Solvay Performance Polyamides.

Borealis acquires controlling stake in South Korean cable compounder

Borealis acquires controlling stake in South Korean cable compounder

Borealis has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in South Korean compounder DYM Solution Co. Ltd. The agreement and transaction are subject to all required regulatory approvals.

DYM Solution’s headquarters and smart factory in Cheonan, South Korea.

Based in Cheonan, South Korea, DYM Solution was founded in 1992 and is a provider of compound solutions for the global wire and cable industry. It specializes in semi-conductive, halogen-free flame retardant (HFFR), rubber and silane cured compounds.

With this investment, Borealis seeks to extend its global wire & cable asset footprint it has together with Abu Dhabi-based affiliate Borouge, thereby embodying the mission of Bringing Energy All Around. Borealis will be able to build upon its extensive and sophisticated portfolio, with complementary products and technologies for semi-conductive, flame retardant, rubber and silane cured compounds.

“Having access to an Asian manufacturing base would significantly expand our ability to foster continuing organic growth for Borealis and Borouge and enable us to meet the requirements of our wire and cable customers even better,” says Borealis Chief Executive Alfred Stern.