LyondellBasell Invests in Circular Plastics Fund to Advance Circular Economy

LyondellBasell announces its investment in a Circular Plastics Fund led by global venture fund Infinity Recycling. This investment expands the company’s venture capital activities to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment and advance the circular economy. “By investing catalytic capital in funds such as Infinity Recycling’s venture fund, we promote the collaboration required to propel …

LANXESS’ Composites Make Electric Skateboards Ultra-thin and Lightweight

Electric components such as the battery and the motors that drive the wheels, need to be housed in very confined spaces to keep the board light, compact and easy for the rider to handle, LANXESS can help in that regard. One example is provided by the OKMOS SL-01 electric skateboards from EMI SAS, a family business based …

Arkema to Increase Global Manufacturing Capacity of Elastomers

25% Increase in Elastomer Production Arkema announces a 25% increase in its global Pebax® elastomer production capacity by investing in Serquigny in France. This investment will notably enable increased production of the bio-circular Pebax® Rnew® and traditional Pebax® ranges. This new capacity will produce a variety of highly specialized grades to meet growing demand in numerous demanding …

DuPont’s Polyimide Films Protect NASA’s JWST from Sun’s Heat and Light

DuPont has announced that its technology, in the form of ultra-thin Kapton® polyimide films, is the crucial material protecting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) from the light and the heat of the sun, enabling it to function properly in space. After 30 years in development, the NASA’s JWST was launched on December 25, 2021, …

KRAIBURG TPE Offers Custom-engineered TPEs for Durable Gym Equipment

Chemical Resistant VS/AD/HM Series KRAIBURG TPE’s VS/AD/HM series of compounds can be used in gym equipment applications. The compounds are known for their chemical resistance as well as resistance to abrasion and scratches, which makes the compounds ideal for gym equipment applications where the surface is in constant contact with human sweat and strenuous physical …

Trinseo Broadens Portfolio with Renewable Content-based Resins

Drop-in-Solution for Sustainability STYRON™ CO2RE™ BIO Polystyrene, MAGNUM™ CO2RE™ BIO ABS, and TYRIL™ CO2RE™ BIO SAN offer a drop-in solution to customers who seek to further their sustainability efforts. The materials are an equivalent replacement to their fossil-based counterparts and offer both identical performance properties and processability. The CO2RE™ designation indicates a measurable product carbon …

Medical Plastic Technologies Advancing Across a Broad Front!

The past year, dominated by COVID-19, has been exceptional for plastic molding and extrusion linked to diagnostic instruments and consumables. The global market for injection molded and extruded plastics for medical applications remains robust and continues to grow consistently at between 6-8%, with North America (NA) and Europe (EU) being the largest markets, but consumption in India …

Antioxidant Selection for Polyethylene (PE)

Polyethylenes are a known class of thermoplastic polymers having many members. They are prepared by homo-polymerizing ethylene or inter-polymerizing (e.g., copolymerizing) ethylene with one or more alpha-olefins having from 3 to about 18 carbon atoms by known polymerization reactions and conditions. The viscosity of polyethylenes which have pendant vinyl and/or vinylidene groups tends to change …

Contact Angle: Decisive Surface Data from a Single Test

Formulation Obtain decisive data without running expensive tests to assess surface roughness, uniformity of treatment, release agents residues, weak boundary layers, wettability, printability, over treatment… (Re)Discover the range of information that can be extracted from Contact Angle Measurements, a simple & far-too-often misused test.   Today, most people measure contact angle as if their surface were ideal …

Milliken Launches Viscosity Modifiers for Recycled PP

Milliken & Company has launched DeltaFlow™ viscosity modifiers specifically to help polypropylene (PP) recyclers. Recyclers can use DeltaFlow™, a solid concentrate, to increase the melt flow rate of recycled polypropylene (rPP) for the extrusion and injection molding processes. Milliken offers DeltaFlow™ in free-flowing pellets, which makes the product easy to feed, safe to handle and dust …