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High thermal stability and resistance to weathering

Bayer laptop Flame-retardant blends made from polycarbonate and ABS are fire-resistant and lightweight and can withstand high mechanical loads. Thanks to these properties they have become firmly established as construction materials for thin-walled components in the electrical and electronics industries. Used for housings, they ensure that laptops, for example, are light and robust, function reliably and maintain their appearance over time. Bayer MaterialScience has once again considerably expanded the application and performance potential of these blends with the new product generation Bayblend® FR4000. It is based on an innovative flame retardance package using environmentally friendly technology. Read More

B&R introduces automation technology that takes packaging machinery performance to a new level at PACK EXPO 2014

Automation Technology B&R Industrial Automation will exhibit its latest packaging technology at booth S-3179 at PACK EXPO International, November 2-5, 2014 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, where, along with the new co-located Pharma EXPO, over 50,000 packaging professionals will come together. With flexible I/O solutions, modern industrial multi-touch HMIs, modular drive systems and Panel PCs that implement the latest Intel® Atom technology, B&R innovations provide the performance, flexibility and interoperability necessary for advanced packaging machinery automation. Read More

SABIC features innovations to address trends of light-weighting, differentiating by design at Aircraft Interiors EXPO

SABIC ColorXPress As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and global support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes. At Aircraft Interiors Expo Seattle, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is showcasing a number of offerings that are helping aviation customers meet regulatory requirements and OEM standards, enhance safety and sustainability, and optimize the passenger experience. Read More

Norton | Saint-Gobain launches new Norton Rapid Prep RF Aluminum Oxide surface conditioning material for challenging applications.

Norton RF aluminum oxide Norton | Saint-Gobain, a leading manufacturer and supplier of performance-engineered abrasives, launched an expansion of its Norton Rapid Prep non-woven surface conditioning product line. This Norton Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a new RF (regular flex) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products which are ideal for extremely demanding belt and quick change disc applications. RF A/O is highly durable and flexible with extremely low stretch characteristics. In addition, RF incorporates the Norton | Saint-Gobain proprietary Clean Bond resin technology for a smear-free finish, eliminating rework process steps and improving productivity. Read More

PE Blog

Waiting for bio PBS

PE August Blog Whatever happened to bio-based poly(butylene succinate)? Bio PBS, based on two new bio monomers, was supposed to be fully commercial by now. PBS is a low molecular weight, biodegradable polyester, which decomposes completely into CO2 and water and is often compared to LDPE or PP. It’s already made commercially from 50/50 petro-based succinic acid and 1,4 butanediol, but the petro route is expensive, so growth is limited. Read More

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Product Focus

Lehvoss North America introduces high performance polyketone compounds

Lehvoss LUVOCOM Lehvoss North America announced the introduction of its LUVOCOM® 70 series of high performance compounds based on polyketone (PK). These compounds fill the gap between compounds based on technical polymers like PA6, PA66, and acetal and high performance polymers such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetherimide (PEI), and polyaryletherketone (PAEK). In having a combination of select features of these other polymers, the PK polymer offers an exceptional property profile with unique advantages for applications having multiple engineering requirements. Read More

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November/December 2014 Markets: Additives (colorants, fillers & fibers, plasticizers, stabilizers, flame retardants, compatibilizers, processing aids), thermoforming technology, composites (materials & fibers), and primary equipment & tooling for composites

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