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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

INNOVATION/ PLASTICS SPECIAL .....Innovation is still alive in plastics


Innovation is still alive in plastics

A.H. Tullo has covered this subject in a recent issue of Chem. & Eng. News (2018, 28 May, 21-23). A number of new technologies were on display at NPE2018 where there were impressive displays. BASF, with Lightning Technologies, have developed a shipping pallet that combines an engineered composite with a polyurea coating. It seems 2 billion pallets are in service in the US alone. These are light and durable and can be sanitized. Further they are equipped with radio-frequency identification tags
Natureworks is targeting polylactic acid in refrigerators which use about 500,000 tpa. This is in the direction of sustainable development and have better barrier properties.
Ascend Performance Polymers have come out with nylon 6,6 grades containing non-halogenated flame retardants as well as having high ignition temperature for electrical connectors which e.g. go in air conditioners.
Ascend Performance Polymers have come out with nylon 6,6 grades containing non-halogenated flame retardants as well as having high ignition temperature for electrical connectors which e.g. go in air conditioners.
Several new additives were on display, e.g. one which allows up to 30% PET, even recycled, into nylon while retaining 90-95% of nylon properties. Recycled PET is looking for new applications
Milliken has come out with additive which improves the value of recycled resin. A new nucleating agent has also been developed.
CHWKLY 12JUN18

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