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Jeff Kolstad joins Avantium as Chief Scientist to accelerate bioplastics development


Avantium announced that Dr. Jeffrey J. Kolstad has joined Avantium as Chief Scientist. Jeff Kolstad will strengthen Avantium’s team in developing a next generation of bioplastics on the basis of its YXY technology. Previously Chief Scientist at NatureWorks (formerly Cargill-Dow) he was one of the ...


LANXESS to increase prices for its Baypren (CR) products


The Technical Rubber Products (TRP) business unit of LANXESS announces a price increase for its Baypren branded Chloroprene business – depending on region – for up to 200 Euro/mt (or US$ 300/mt).Subject to the terms of any applicable contracts and regulations, price increases to take effect as of ...


INEOS STYRENICS announced polystyrene price increase


INEOS STYRENICS announced that prices for Polystyrene products in Europe will increase by +€120 Euro per ton effective August 1st, 2011 due to rising feedstock costs.


Bilcare Solutions announces price increase


Bilcare Solutions, the Films business of the Bilcare Research Group, announces a price increase of at least 5% for the third quarter of 2011. “Within the past months the prices for raw materials and additives, but also the manufacturing costs have risen steadily. As this trend will continue, ...


BASF to build world-scale production site for customer specific antioxidant blends

New plant will be operational end of 2012


BASF will significantly expand its presence in the Middle East region by building a state-of-the-art plant for customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in Bahrain. CSBs are key additives for the production of polymers for the plastics industry, especially for the Middle East ...


Global Polyester Market to Reach Nearly 40 Million Tons

China is the largest producer of polyester


The global polyester market is expected to achieve levels of 39.3 million tons by 2015, according to a new report available on Growth in the use of polyester in Asian countries, particularly in China is predicted to drive market expansion. Asia-Pacific represents the ...


Borealis appoints John Webster as Director of the Business Unit Melamine


Borealis announced the appointment of John Webster as Director of the Business Unit Melamine as of July 1, 2011. John Webster will take over this new responsibility in addition to his position as Director for the Borealis Phenol business. He succeeds Rainer Höfling, who was appointed Vice ...


Röchling Group Expanding Worldwide

Fifth Plant in China and Seventh Plant in the USA


The Röchling Group got off to an outstanding start in 2011. It increased sales in the first quarter by 22.8% to a total of EUR 293.9 million (previous year: EUR 239.4 million). The sustained good outlook for the future was driven by 22.2% growth in incoming orders to EUR 313.8 million (EUR 256.7 ...


Bilcare Solutions starts up PET-extruder at the site in Staufen


Bilcare Solutions announced an extension to their product selection: The company expands its existing product portfolio of the Specialty Films Solutions Business with thestart up of a PET-extruder for manufacturing PETG-films at the site in Staufen, Germany. "The capacity extension enables us ...


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Thermal Properties of Polymer Materials at a Glance


In the manufacturing and processing of thermoplastics, elastomers, rubbers and thermosetting materials, knowledge of their thermal properties is very important. Various thermal analysis methods are employed by manufacturers, processors and users in areas such as materials development, incoming ...


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