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Plastic instead of concrete: Ceresana examines the European market for plastic pipes

09-Mar-2011

Pipes should last a long time, avoid that waste water or chemicals seep away, but at the same time be easy to handle. This is why plastic – instead of metal or concrete – is increasingly used in piping systems. “The price of raw materials, like steel or copper, does also play a crucial role,” ...

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Defective plastics repair themselves

09-Mar-2011

Indestructible things are a figment of the imagination of advertising. Even plastic components that have to stand up to major mechanical loads can break. The reason for this are microcracks that may be found in any component part. Researchers have now come up with elastic polymers that heal ...

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Evonik to expand its PEEK polymer capacity

24-Feb-2011

Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries is significantly expanding its polyether ether ketone (PEEK) capacity in response to growing global demand. Along with a number of optimization measures, the company is modernizing an existing plant. The project at the Changchun site in China is scheduled ...

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Using carbon dioxide as a new raw material: Bayer starts pilot plant for plastic manufacturing with CO2

21-Feb-2011

Bayer is taking a new direction in the production of high-quality plastics with the help of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the energy sector. A pilot plant has come on stream at Chempark Leverkusen to trial the new process on a technical scale. The plant produces a chemical precursor into which CO2 ...

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Zeon increases prices on ACM

15-Feb-2011

Zeon Europe GmbH has announced a general price increase in Europe on all HyTemp® and Nipol AR® (ACM) polymers of 1.250€ per metric tonne that was effective Jan. 1, 2011 due to drastic increases in raw material costs. The Jan. 1, 2011 price increase is in addition to the 500€ per metric tonne ...

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LANXESS: Price adjustment for engineering plastics

09-Feb-2011

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS AG is to increase its prices for Durethan Compounds (Polyamide Compounds, PA) and Pocan Compounds (Polybutylenterephthalate Compounds, PBT) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by at least EUR 0.30 per kilogram effective February 14, 2011.

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Bayer MaterialScience inaugurates Color Competence and Design Center in India

03-Feb-2011

Bayer MaterialScience has now inaugurated its Color Competence and Design Center in Greater Noida, near New Delhi. This new center provides products and solutions for polycarbonate compounds, ranging from color matching and small-scale production, to the broad range of technical services to ...

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BASF starts operations at expanded Ecoflex plant

BASF expects significant market growth for biodegradable plastics through 2020

03-Feb-2011

BASF has started operations at its expanded plant for the production of the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex®. Expansion of the existing plant in Ludwigshafen ...

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LANXESS produces five millionth metric ton of caprolactam

03-Feb-2011

With the beginning of February 2011, the specialty chemicals group LANXESS has produced the five millionth metric ton of its plastics precursor caprolactam at its facility in Antwerp, Belgium. The world-scale facility in the port of Antwerp commenced production in 1967. An investment project ...

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Bayer MaterialScience stepping up activities in Russia in cooperation with ALBIS

27-Jan-2011

Bayer MaterialScience is stepping up its activities in Russia by expanding its cooperation with the ALBIS Group, Hamburg. In the Russian Federation the Leverkusen-based company has now added the international distributor ALBIS to its existing partners for the distribution of the ...

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