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Divestiture of the Former DuPont European PVB Film Business


Kuraray Co., Ltd. reached an agreement to sell the European PVB film business formerly owned by European subsidiaries of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, including the production facility in Uentrop and the R&D center in Mechelen (the “Transaction”) for enterprise value of circa EUR 12 ...


LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA


Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric ...


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Container's material properties affect the viscosity of water at the nanoscale


Water pours into a cup at about the same rate regardless of whether the water bottle is made of glass or plastic. But at nanometer-size scales for water and potentially other fluids, whether the container is made of glass or plastic does make a significant difference. A new study shows that in ...


Materials: ‘Flat pack’ polymers that assemble themselves


Scientists in the United States have developed ‘flat pack’ polymer structures that can autonomously assemble into three-dimensional shapes on application of an electric current. Research published in Soft Matter describes the use of heat-triggered shape memory polymers to build 3D structures ...


A new addition to the Hall of Fame of science venues


A building that helped launch generations of scientists, including Nobel laureates, on their careers of discovery has joined the Hall of Fame of notable venues, being named a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society (ACS). That's the topic of an article in the current ...


PANalytical Inc. moves to larger office with demo facility in Houston, TX, USA


PANalytical Inc. has moved its Houston area office to a new and larger office at 4802 North Sam Houston Parkway West, Suite 100, in Houston, TX. Co-located with sister company Malvern Instruments’ Center of Excellence for separations products, the 22,000 sq. ft. multipurpose facility houses ...


Reichhold Announces Price Increase on Unsaturated Polyester Resins, Vinyl Ester Resins, Gelcoats and Bonding Pastes

For European Composites Industry


Reichhold announced a price increase effective for all orders shipped on or after October 1, 2012 in Europe of 100 EUR/MT on all unsaturated polyester resins, gelcoats, bonding pastes and vinyl ester resins.


Low Consumption, but High Growth Potential for Synthetic Latex Polymers in Eastern Europe


As the second largest consumer of synthetic latex polymers in the world after North America, the combined states of the EU-27 consumed nearly 2.5 million dry tonnes of synthetic latex polymers, valued at over EUR 6 billion, in 2011, according to Synthetic Latex Polymers Global Series: Europe ...


BASF: Thermoplastic polyurethanes research lab opens in the United States

Collaboration with American customers and universities to be stepped up


BASF has opened a new research lab for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Wyandotte, Michigan. A multidisciplinary team of product developers, chemists and material scientists will work to discover new products for the American automotive, construction, sports and leisure industries. “Closeness ...


A. Schulman Announces Acquisition of ECM Plastics, Inc.


A. Schulman, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ECM Plastics, Inc., a privately owned, leading plastics compounder located in Worcester, Massachusetts, for $36.5 million. ECM Plastics, Inc. generates approximately $40 million in annual sales. After expected ...


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