Borealis (Vienna) reports that it will build a dedicated automotive polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Taylorsville, NC, a decision that, the company said, demonstrates the continuing commitment of Borealis to the global automotive industry. Together with Borouge (Abu Dhabi), a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the company is
American Chemistry Council (Washington, DC) assesses the New Plastics Economy initiative and finds there’s an emphasis on recycling at the expense of packaging functionality and other aspects of sustainability. America’s plastics makers welcome efforts to promote innovation and advance the sustainability of plastics, such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent report, The New Plastics Economy—Catalysing
According to an editorial in the May 22 issue of IHS Automotive SupplierInsight , the future of the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) market looks promising, with opportunities in diverse applications such as body in white (BIW) chassis systems, powertrain systems, exteriors and interiors. Carbon fibers are organic materials that have been heat-treated at temperatures of 1,000° to 3,000°
The growing use of polymer composites has resulted in increasing demand for nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and nanocellulose, as companies seek alternatives to carbon fibre and petroleum-based packaging, as per Research and Markets. The need for continuous improvement in material performance is significant for engineering applications, with research focusing on new advanced materials
Chasing enhanced fuel economies, global automakers are increasingly turning to compact, turbocharged internal combustion engines that require the handling of hot compressed gas. Polyamide has been the material of choice in turbo charge air coolers for some time, and automakers are proposing increasingly stringent performance requirements in their quest for better engine performance and enhanced
Farrel Pomini held a grand opening and inauguration celebration for its new corporate headquarters in Ansonia, CT, on May 4 and 5, 2017. The two-day event featured a facility tour and demonstrations on May 4, followed by a continuous mixer user seminar on May 5. Over 65 customers and other guests attended the event, which
Bhyrav Mutnuri, an engineer at Bedford Reinforced Plastics Inc. (Bedford, PA), was recently named the recipient of the 2017 ASTM International James A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award. ASTM President Katharine Morgan will present Mutnuri with the award during the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo in September. The President’s Leadership Award recognizes individuals early in their
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany) exhibited packaging solutions at Interpack 2017, also in Düsseldorf, with a focus on products that help to reduce food waste. Mottainai is a Japanese term denoting regret for the waste of food, which became famous with Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Prize winner, Mr. Wangari Maathai, said Asahi Kasei’s information.