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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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All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking

24-Oct-2019

A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality as the original. The new process could transform ...

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LANXESS planning AI-assisted formulation development for Urethane Systems

21-Oct-2019

LANXESS is broadening its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in product development. The specialty chemicals company has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers. The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for ...

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LyondellBasell Announces Construction of New Small-Scale Molecular Recycling Facility

17-Oct-2019

LyondellBasell announced that it is building a new small-scale pilot facility at its Ferrara, Italy site moving another step closer to converting post-consumer plastic waste into new plastics on a commercial scale. The company selected its Ferrara site for the pilot facility due to its long ...

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3D-printed optics for individualized mass production

16-Oct-2019

Individually manufactured and still suitable for mass production? Within the framework of the Fraunhofer "Go Beyond 4.0" project, this apparent contradiction is to be eliminated. In the field of illumination optics, the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Optics and ...

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Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected

14-Oct-2019

A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought. "Right now, policy makers ...

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Polyamides from terpenes

New biobased class of polyamides

11-Oct-2019

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed a sustainable alternative to petrochemically produced plastics using terpenes found in resin-rich wood. The natural substances are available from conifers such as pine, larch or spruce. In the production of ...

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