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Plastics
Plastribution launches Granic calcium carbonate filled compounds
Engineering Plastics : 15 March, 2011
With effect from the start of 2011, Plastribution is the sole distributor in the United Kingdom of the Granic range of highly calcium carbonate filled polymers produced by Gestora Catalana de Residuo of Spain.
 
LED lighting with stylish, white heat sinks using LNP thermally conductive Konduit compound
Engineering Plastics : 11 March, 2011
Leedarson Lighting
 
Huntsman Materials Used for Urban Electric Car
Additives & Chemicals : 08 March, 2011
The French-designed U-Box aims to demonstrate a concept electric car built using sustainable materials. It uses materials from ithe Hunstman Araldite range.
 
Two PP random copolymer grades launched by SABIC at Pharmapack 2011 developed specifically for healthcare applications
Engineering Plastics : 06 March, 2011
SABIC is extending its polymer portfolio for healthcare applications with the launch of two high-purity polypropylene (PP) random copolymers.
 
Healthcare trends for medical device manufacturers in relevant to safety, home care and regulation
Engineering Plastics : 06 March, 2011
Increasing regulation, stronger emphasis on patient/provider safety and the shift to cost-effective alternative care delivery are among the top healthcare priorities.
 
Lightweigh​t and corrosion resistant Victrex PEEK pipe featured in wood drying applicatio​n
Additives & Chemicals : 02 March, 2011
 
Foster Builds Medical Plastics Innovation Centre
High-Performance Polymers : 09 February, 2011
Foster Corporation, a PolyMedex Discovery Group company, announces the opening of its Medical Plastics Innovation Center. The center provides comprehensive development services of advanced polymer formulations used in leading edge medical devices. It offers polymer compounding, molding and extrusion process evaluation, and material property testing.
 
Victrex Aptiv film selected for high performance laser marked pressure-sensitive label substrates
Plastic Films : 09 February, 2011
Victrex Polymer Solutions and Kuramoto Sangyo Company, a pressure sensitive sheet manufacturer, have developed a high quality, high resolution laser marking pressure sensitive label using Victrex Aptiv film.
 
Advanced stereolithography resin approaches true thermoplastic performance
Rapid Prototyping : 02 November, 2010
Somos NeXt produces parts that demonstrate a combination of stiffness and toughness typical of thermoplastics, yet with all of the high feature detail, dimensional accuracy and aesthetics offered by stereolithography.
 
Milliken Chemical executive speaks at thermoforming conference
Additives & Chemicals : 25 October, 2010
Adam Watson, global product line manager at Milliken Chemical, was a featured speaker at the 19th annual Thermoforming Conference, in Milwaukee on 19 September 2010, discussing the environmental and cost concerns that have made polypropylene the material of choice for packaging and houseware applications.
 
Polypropylene clarifying agent gains first success in extrusion-blow moulding
Additives & Chemicals : 05 September, 2010
Milliken
 
Milliken Chemical
Additives & Chemicals : 05 September, 2010
Milliken Chemical
 
Collaboration agreement on sustainable construction signed by Bayer MaterialScience AG and Masdar City (Abu Dhabi)
Engineering Plastics : 05 February, 2010
Bayer MaterialScience AG is to implement an EcoCommercial building program in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, designed to highlight energy-efficient and economic construction in subtropical climates.
 
Consumer adhesive
Silicone Elastomers : 24 September, 2009
Sugru is a new concept in consumer adhesives. It has a range of properties that combine to make it ideal for repairing and adapting existing products.
 
PEEK replaces metal poppets to improve valve performance and compressor efficiency
Engineering Plastics : 16 January, 2009
PEEK manufacturer Victrex has assisted high performance injection moulding specialist Performance Plastics (PPL) to improve the performance of poppet valves, deployed in hydraulic and pneumatic compressors, by substituting the metal originals.
 
Insights into polymer film instability could aid creation of stable crystalline films for electronics applications
Plastic Films : 16 January, 2009
Crystallisation or dewetting? While exploring the properties of polymer formation, a team of scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has made a fundamental discovery about these materials that could improve methods of creating the stable crystalline films that are widely used in electronics applications - and also offer insight into a range of other phenomena.
 
Tennis racquets to use fluroropolymer grommets
Fluorocarbons : 14 January, 2009
Tennis players will be able to gain extra power and longer string life thanks to the use of DuPont Teflon friction-reducing polymer.
 
Model-predictive control technology (APC) added to polyethylene lines to drive process output and quality
Polymer Processing : 07 January, 2009
Pavilion
 
First polymer oil pan module adopted for serial-production cars uses nylon resin
Engineering Plastics : 23 October, 2008
For the first time in automotive history, an oil pan module made from a thermoplastic polymer is now used for serial-production cars.
 
European sales and marketing structure adjusted to reflect global polymer market
Engineering Plastics : 31 August, 2008
As part of the business' overall business strategy, DuPont Engineering Polymers (EP) has realigned its European organizational and geographical structure to reflect the global nature of its business.
 
More efficient coating of plastics, Good adhesion even to difficult surfaces
Engineering Plastics : 03 September, 2007
The Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants Business Unit of Bayer MaterialScience AG has extended its range of solvent-free products with the addition of two Bayhydrol polyurethane dispersions specially developed for the coating of plastics. The new additions are Bayhydrol XP 2606 and the more flexible variant Bayhydrol XP 2648.
 
Materials from Bayer MaterialScience used in self-luminous vehicle license plates Beaming from within
Engineering Plastics : 02 September, 2007
A special transparent polycarbonate film from the Makrofol/Bayfol product range supports the reflective film from 3M, which distributes the light evenly over the surface of the license plate.
 
All the new production installations are state-of-the-art facilities, at Bayer
Engineering Plastics : 01 September, 2007
MaterialScience
 
Providing solutions for China
Engineering Plastics : 31 August, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience
 
Bayer MaterialScience raises prices for Apec , Makrolon, Bayblend and Makroblend polycarbonates
Engineering Plastics : 30 August, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience AG is increasing sales prices for its Apec, Makrolon, Bayblend, and Makroblend brands of polycarbonates by EUR 0.20 per kilogram. This applies to all deliveries in the EMEA / LA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa / Latin America). The decision by the Polycarbonates Business Unit to raise prices is largely motivated by continued increases in energy costs for manufacturing polycarbonate products. Added to this is high expenditure for logistics and transportation.
 
Bayer MaterialScience
Engineering Plastics : 29 August, 2007
The dynamic development of the manufacturing, automotive and construction industries in China has created strong market demand for polymers products. Shanghai and the Yangtze Delta region are large potential markets with rich resources, a sound infrastructure and a well-trained labor force. The area is also centrally located at the heart of Asia-Pacific. This competitive edge undoubtedly makes Shanghai one of the most attractive places for investment for Bayer and its MaterialScience subgroup.
 
Bayer CEO Wenning at the inauguration of new production facilities in Shanghai
Engineering Plastics : 28 August, 2007
Total capital expenditures of US$ 1.8 billion at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park through 2009 / Significant capacity expansions for polycarbonates, polyurethanes and coating raw materials / Bayer
 
Bayer MaterialScience steps up customer focus
Engineering Plastics : 27 August, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience AG today celebrated the inauguration of its newly expanded Polymer Research & Development Center facility in Shanghai, China, in the presence of high-ranking representatives of the City of Shanghai, many customers and the Boards of Management of Bayer AG and its subgroup Bayer MaterialScience.
 
Plastics in the medical technology sector: Polycarbonate adsorber housings
Engineering Plastics : 26 August, 2007
The housing of the DALI adsorber system is made from the fracture-resistant polycarbonate Makrolon 2458. This withstands pressurized hot-steam sterilization, where temperatures reach at least 121
 
Bayer MaterialScience establishes polyurethane systems with Pearl Insulation Materials Industries
Engineering Plastics : 25 August, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience AG and Pearl Insulation Materials Industries LLC based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are establishing a polyurethane systems house joint venture in Dubai. Both companies believe this step will enable them to play a significant role in the future growth in the Middle East.
 
Bayer MaterialScience generates technologies of the future for the automotive industry
Engineering Plastics : 24 August, 2007
The world's carmakers produce around 60 million new vehicles every year, that's about 1.9 new cars a second. Because the annual fuel consumption of all these vehicles is increasing accordingly, there is an ever-growing demand for lightweight components made of high-performance plastics produced by companies like Bayer MaterialScience, who are world leaders on the polymers market.
 
Bayer MaterialScience and Lyttron conquer new markets
Engineering Plastics : 23 August, 2007
For a world-leading material developer and raw-material supplier like Bayer MaterialScience, knowledge about human sensory perception is vital. It provides a basis for adapting innovative polymers so that they meet consumer needs for
 
New impetus for entertainment electronics thanks to innovative polymers for LCD
Engineering Plastics : 22 August, 2007
Plastics used to have a bad image as cheap, inferior materials, but innovative polymers are changing all that today with their increased efficiency and functionality. What's more, they are breathing new life into ordinary products thanks to remarkable visual properties. As a leader in polyurethane and polycarbonate technology, Bayer MaterialScience was among the first to identify consumer demand for more aesthetic design. In keeping with its VisionWorks concept, the company is pursuing innovative solutions for its customers in the entertainment field.
 
Bayer MaterialScience paves the way for future success
Engineering Plastics : 21 August, 2007
Over the next three years, Bayer MaterialScience AG will be investing over EUR 1 billion in research and development, including customer-related development projects.
 
World
Engineering Plastics : 20 August, 2007
As demand for Makrolon continues to rise, Bayer MaterialScience AG is steadily increasing polycarbonate production around the world. The company will be producing 1,200,000 tons of Makrolon a year. Additional international spending of around EUR 80 million is to be invested to build up a network in Asia in the next few years, allowing the company to offer excellent technical service locally and supply customers quickly and flexibly.
 
Improved customer service for Fantasia
Engineering Plastics : 20 August, 2007
The sample case contains a special type of three-dimensional samples, which enables customers to imagine much more realistically the effect of colors and surface effects on a molded part.
 
All the fun of the fair without the bruises
Engineering Plastics : 20 August, 2007
Anyone who has ever ridden in a bumper car will recall encounters with the hard seats and even harder steering wheels that these vehicles have. To ensure visits to the fair are as painless as possible in this respect, the Italian company Bertazzon 3B srl, Sernaglia della Battaglia, supplies its bumper cars with steering wheels whose metal interior is sheathed in the soft and elastic polyurethane integral skin foam Bayflex. The seats and cushioning inside these vehicles are also made of this material.
 
Micro forceps and scissors for ophthalmic surgery
Engineering Plastics : 19 August, 2007
In total, eight of the single-use operating instrument
 
Expansion of the Color Competence Center in Filago
Engineering Plastics : 19 August, 2007
Following large-scale expansion, the Color Competence Center of Bayer MaterialScience AG in Filago, Italy, has significantly extended its range of services for pigmenting thermoplastics. Pigmented granule samples and color matching samples can now also be produced in small quantities for customers.
 
All-in-one compressor hood: Design freedom on a big scale
Engineering Plastics : 19 August, 2007
The new screw-type compressors from CompAir Drucklufttechnik GmbH with integrated dryer were designed for customers requiring a compact, compressed air center that takes up only limited space and is delivered ready for use. The access cover made of the polyurethane integral skin foam Baydur 60 from Bayer MaterialScience offers a high level of mechanical robustness combined with light weight and excellent sound insulation.
 
Bodywork parts with Class A surfaces using film ;INSERT molding
Engineering Plastics : 18 August, 2007
One method of producing plastic bodywork parts that enable color matching to neighboring metal parts is through back-injecting pre-formed films with thermoplastics, also known as film ;INSERT molding. The film is responsible for the surface quality of the component (Class A) and the back-injection material is responsible for its mechanical and thermal properties in particular, such as stiffness and thermal expansion.
 
Much more flexibility to supply customers around the world
Engineering Plastics : 18 August, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience will acquire Taiwan
 
New TPU grades optimized for laser marking
Engineering Plastics : 18 August, 2007
The new Desmopan grades enable faster, higher-definition, higher-contrast laser marking with more subtle grayscale levels. They will initially be used for animal identification tags.
 
Bayer MaterialScience starts new communications campaign
Engineering Plastics : 17 August, 2007
The evolution from a raw materials supplier to a project and development partner has long been an integral part of Bayer MaterialScience AG and is reflected not least in the recently opened TechniKomm. The new facilities provide a bright and friendly environment where design plans can be discussed with customers and where creative product ideas can be conceived.
 
Growing safety awareness and new standards: Fire safety for television sets
Engineering Plastics : 17 August, 2007
Ambilight is an innovative lighting concept built into the rear of this TV from Philips, which illuminates the immediate surroundings of the flat TV. Thereby Philips uses both Bayblend FR and Makrolon from Bayer MaterialScience.
 
Material values from high-speed tensile tests for crash simulation
Engineering Plastics : 17 August, 2007
Crash tests are complex and costly. Developers in the car industry therefore try to keep the numbers of such tests to a minimum and instead are making increasing use of simulations. This also applies to plastic components such as front ends, bumpers, and fenders. Finite element method simulations are used to analyze the crash behavior of these components at typical speeds. The material values required can be derived from high-speed tensile tests.
 
New fire-retardant, UV-protective product grades from Makrolon
Engineering Plastics : 16 August, 2007
Potential applications of the new UV-stabilized and fire-retardant grades of Makrolon include electrical plugs, edge connectors, electrical distributors and fuse boxes.
 
Bayer MaterialScience establishes center in United Arab Emirates Enhanced in Middle East
Engineering Plastics : 16 August, 2007
Bayer MaterialScience AG is responding to the rapidly growing importance of markets in the Middle East by establishing a new innovation center in Dubai. This facility is the first development center for high-quality polymer materials in the region to have access to a wide range of options for technical service, the development of new applications, and training for customers and employees.
 
New application for Makrolon : Diffuser sheets for LCD screens
Engineering Plastics : 16 August, 2007
The tailor-made variant of Makrolon has better optical properties than PMMA. The diffuser sheets made from it therefore produce a much brighter light, which benefits image quality.
 
New flame-retardant polycarbonate/ABS blend developed
Engineering Plastics : 15 August, 2007
The yield stress (ISO 527-1 and -2) of Bayblend DP 3008 HR is virtually unaffected by being positioned over a water bath at a temperature of 80
 
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