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Breakthrough automotive exterior design features specialty PolyOne color and additive system

PolyOne auto exterior Innovative technologies from PolyOne Corporation have enabled Citroën to launch groundbreaking Airbump® exterior protective panels on the new C4 Cactus passenger car. Working closely with the Citroën design team, PolyOne developed a specialty OnColor™ Smartbatch™ color and additive system that allows the distinctive panels to meet stringent UV stability, appearance and durability requirements. Read More

Feel it in your sole – Dow launches next generation technology for footwear

Dow footwear Whether you’re pounding the pavement, fast-breaking down the court, or simply getting fit, high performance footwear is essential to maximize your workout – and Dow is ready to help you step up your game. Dow Elastomers is introducing its award-winning INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers (OBCs) for use in the athletic shoe midsole. INFUSE OBCs help improve rebound, compression set, comfort and dimensional stability while providing the most lightweight material option available – all essential factors in the performance, safety and comfort of a shoe. Read More

DuPont announces plans to increase packaging & industrial polymers capacity

DuPont production As a leading supplier of high-performance materials to the packaging, automotive, industrial and consumer industries, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers today announced its intent to increase production capacity of its ethylene copolymers assets at its Texas manufacturing facilities to meet growing market demand. Plans include a series of investments totaling more than $100 million to be completed over the next 3 to 4 years. Read More

Quadrant introduces new Nylatron 66 SA FR and first portfolio of DIN EN 45545-2 tested engineering plastics to meet railway industry requirements

Quadrant railway plastics Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (EPP) will be introducing its range of railway industry specific high performance plastics materials at InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin. With this launch, Quadrant offers the first and largest portfolio of EN 45545-2 tested plastics for the railway industry, suitable for exterior and interior applications of rolling stock. Thanks to its enhanced properties such as optimized gliding (self-lubrication), light weight or impact strength, the materials can not only be used for the improvement of rolling stock, but also in infrastructure applications such as rail tracks. Read More

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Thermoplastic car bodies are ready to roll

PE July Blog Two papers given at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC 2014 Conference April 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV, describe the development by Volkswagen AG of what is believed to be the first automated process to mass produce finished thermoplastic car body parts. The technology is also likely to be the first multi-process injection molding of a cosmetic exterior car part. It combines thermoplastic injection molding, physical foaming, and two-component PU injection molding in one complex tool. VW isn’t talking about small series production either. This is intended for "large scale production" of parts like hoods, spoilers, and mirror housings, possibly as early as next year. Read More

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Intematix and SABIC collaborate to deliver increased efficiency solutions for LED systems

Intematix lighting Intematix Corporation, a manufacturer of phosphor solutions for LED lighting, has collaborated with SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business to create the ChromaLit Linear - a state of the art LED offering developed for the lighting industry. By using Intematix’s remote phosphor technology and SABIC's LEXAN™ LUX resins, lighting customers can now achieve the energy efficiency and reliability benefits of LEDs, while also experiencing increased optical efficiency and better light uniformity—a critical factor for commercial environments. Read More

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