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Nouryon to acquire metal alkyls business from Sasol

06-Apr-2020

Nouryon has entered into an agreement to acquire the merchant triethyl aluminum (TEAL) business of Sasol, including its specialty fleet of returnable cylinders. TEAL is a metal alkyl essential in the production of high-volume plastics including polypropylene and polyethylene. The acquisition is ...

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Frederique van Baarle to head LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit

12-Mar-2020

Frederique van Baarle (48) will take over as head of the High Performance Materials business unit at specialty chemicals company LANXESS with effect from June 1, 2020. The business unit's portfolio mainly comprises high-performance plastics for the automotive and electronics industries. The Dutch ...

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New study about the global market for polyethylene-LLDPE

Flexible and robust

09-Mar-2020

Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) is one of the most widely used types of standard plastics. Other varieties of polyethylene, especially LDPE and HDPE, are sometimes easier to process; however, LLDPE is more flexible and has a higher resistance against tearing, shocks, and punctures. These ...

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Plastic from Wood

X-ray analysis points the way to lignin-based components made to measure

03-Mar-2020

The biopolymer lignin is a by-product of papermaking and a promising raw material for manufacturing sustainable plastic materials. However, the quality of this naturally occurring product is not as uniform as that of petroleum-based plastics. An X-ray analysis carried out at DESY reveals for the ...

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Covestro invests in start-ups

Five focus areas: Biotech, 3D printing, digitalization, circularity and new markets

02-Mar-2020

Covestro is a start-up investor: With its Covestro Venture Capital (COVeC) approach, the company seeks to combine the needs of start-ups in areas such as financing, expertise and network with its own strategic goals with the goal of ensuring long-term sustainable development. “We are committed to ...

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Persevering evergreen: Study about the global market for low-density polyethylene

26-Feb-2020

Polyethylene is one of the top-selling standard plastic, its consumption continues to increase despite all environmental discussions. It is classified into different grades according to its density and the branching of its polymer chains: LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE. This study constitutes Ceresana's ...

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Covestro achieves targets in continuing challenging market environment

21-Feb-2020

Covestro has achieved its targets in a challenging market environment in fiscal 2019. Core volumes increased by 2.0% compared to the previous year. Group sales fell by 15.1% to approximately EUR 12.4 billion as selling prices remained low due to increased competitive pressure in all segments. ...

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Further growth for bioplastics

06-Feb-2020

Polylactic acids, starch blends, cellulose, and other bioplastics achieve significantly higher growth rates than conventional standard plastics made of mineral oils or natural gases. „Bioplastics can be used in a growing number of application areas,“ explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of market research ...

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A real alternative to crude oil

The synthesis of bio-based high-performance polyamide from biogenic residues

29-Jan-2020

A research team from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Volker Sieber has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production – a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based ...

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Mixing the unmixable

Novel approach for efficiently fusing different polymers

24-Jan-2020

Cross-linked polymers are structures where large molecular chains are linked together, allowing exceptional mechanical properties and chemical resistance to the final product. However, their modification is not easy. Now, scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology develop a method that allows ...

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