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Polycarbonate sheets protect art installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Covestro 2016-069-2 An exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London showcases extraordinary feats of engineering that have had a lasting influence on the global community. The central element of the 200 square-meter Elytra Filament Pavilion in the John Madejski Garden is a delicate structure of carbon and glass fibers modeled on the forewing cases of flying beetles, called "elytra." Covestro supported this architectural installation by supplying the Makrolon UV solid sheets. Covering an area of over 500 square meters, the eight millimeter-thick, transparent sheets convey a sense of lightness without distracting the observer from the design of the individual elements. Read More

Novelty at the K: battenfeld-cincinnati presents new generation of high-performance extruder series

battenfeld-cincinnati at K At this year's plastics trade fair, battenfeld-cincinnati will be introducing a newly developed series of high-performance single screw extruders: the solEX NG (NG = Next Generation) series. Developed on the basis of the proven solEX series, this new generation features a completely new processing unit which offers a multitude of advantages, such as a lower melt temperature and energy costs reduced by up to 15%. Read More

Evonik to become a partner in HP Inc.’s Open Platform program for new 3D printing materials

Evonik and HP Evonik Industries is driving forward its commitment to the attractive 3D printing market: The specialty chemicals company will participate in HP Inc.'s Open Platform program and introduce new customized powder materials to the market for HP Multi Jet Fusion™ technology. As a result of active participation in HP's Open Materials program, Evonik expects to see further development in additive manufacturing technologies in the direction of large-scale production of components, such as those used in the automotive and aircraft industries. Therefore, the Group intends to launch special powder materials for this innovative 3D printing technology in HP's Open Platform program. Read More

Milliken highlights "Making Polypropylene Clearer, Better, Faster. Together" at K 2016

Milliken at K Milliken invites polypropylene (PP) producers, compounders and converters attending K 2016 to join with it to enable future innovation across the plastics industry by "Making polypropylene clearer, better, faster. Together". At their booth, Milliken will give center stage to the advantages of using its technology leading clarifiers and nucleators to improve PP, demonstrating the range of solutions available to suit specific individual or application requirements. Milliken's clarifiers and nucleators embrace the key sustainability and performance related challenges affecting today’s plastics processing industry. Read More

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Trolling for New Technology: ANTEC 2016

PE May Blog New technologies at ANTEC 2016, the Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference, held this year in Indianapolis, IN May 23-25, include an array of unusual functional structures created in plastics and composites by means as different as chicken feathers, plasma, and micro fibrillation. New machine processes include two new multi-screw extruders from Chinese technical universities and a new chaotic melt mastication process from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Read More


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