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LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

18-08-2014

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

23-09-2013

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 ...

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Materials: ‘Flat pack’ polymers that assemble themselves

12-07-2013

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 ...

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A new addition to the Hall of Fame of science venues

31-05-2013

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 ...

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

25-09-2012

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 ...

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

For European Composites Industry

20-09-2012

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.

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

19-09-2012

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 ...

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BASF: Thermoplastic polyurethanes research lab opens in the United States

Collaboration with American customers and universities to be stepped up

11-09-2012

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 ...

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A. Schulman Announces Acquisition of ECM Plastics, Inc.

23-08-2012

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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ContiTech Builds Competence Center for Plastics in the USA

28-06-2012

ContiTech Fluid Technology is building a competence center for plastic lines in the USA. It is the second plastics competence center worldwide after the first in Waltershausen, Thuringia. The company is investing about $11 million (€8.8 million) there in the existing hose factory in Somersworth, ...

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