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BASF expands production capacity for antioxidant in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy

16-Jan-2020

BASF plans to increase the production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox® 1520L by 20% at the site in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Irganox® 1520L is a key product in BASF’s antioxidant portfolio. With this expansion, BASF responds to an increasing market demand and aims to better serve its global ...

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An 18-carat gold nugget made of plastic

14-Jan-2020

ETH researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-​carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements. Lovers of gold watches and heavy jewellery will be thrilled. The objects of their desire may someday become much lighter, but without losing any of their glitter. ...

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Scientists convert plastics into useful chemicals using sunlight

16-Dec-2019

Chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight. In lab experiments, the research team mixed plastics with their catalyst in a solvent, which allows the solution to harness ...

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Stora Enso invests in pilot plant for bio-based plastic packaging material

12-Dec-2019

Stora Enso is investing EUR 9 million to build a pilot facility for enabling the production of bio-based plastics as barrier in transparent packaging. The pilot plant will convert plant-based sugars into the renewable building block required to make PEF, a bio-based plastic, mainly targeting the ...

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Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

06-Dec-2019

A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents. Hokkaido University researchers have developed a hydrogel that does the opposite of what polymer-based materials, like plastic bottles, normally do: their material ...

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Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

06-Dec-2019

Researchers in Finland are "training" pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed, published December 4 in the journal Matter, is the first time a synthetic actuator "learns" to do new "tricks" based on its past experiences, without computer programming. These ...

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BASF commences its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang

Milestone for BASF’s US$10 billion investment project in China

26-Nov-2019

BASF officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company’s US$10 billion investment project announced in July 2018. The first plants will produce engineering plastics and thermoplastic ...

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New route to PHAs: naturally degradable bioplastics

Chemical catalysis for an existing class of biomaterials

25-Nov-2019

A tide of public momentum is swelling against the crisis of petroleum-based plastics, which are sitting in our landfills, floating in our oceans, and showing up in our air and even our food. Meanwhile, in a Colorado State University chemistry laboratory, polymer scientists are toiling toward what ...

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Covestro generates strong volume growth in a continuing challenging environment

New circular economy program launched

29-Oct-2019

In the third quarter of 2019 Covestro was able to achieve core volume growth of 5.3% over the prior-year period in a continuing challenging economic environment. At the same time, Group sales declined as expected by 14.6% to EUR 3.2 billion due to continued lower selling prices. At EUR 425 ...

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Remondis and Neste into partnership to develop chemical recycling of plastic waste

25-Oct-2019

Neste and REMONDIS have signed an agreement to collaborate in the development of chemical recycling of plastic waste. The companies will focus on developing and accelerating chemical recycling with a target to reach an annual capacity to process over 200 kilotons of waste plastic. Mechanical ...

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