NPE 2018


7 - 11 May 2018
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, USA
www.npe.org/

SABIC launches at NPE 2018 new formable hard-coated LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC sheet for glazing applications to comply with updated ECE R43 safety regulation

SABIC’s new LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet, the latest addition to the company’s expanding automotive glazing portfolio can be used for moderately shaped glazing components for lower-production vehicles where injection molding is less cost-effective. Additionally, LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet is a highly versatile product that can be used for non-automotive glazing, such as machine guards, cabin glazing for heavy equipment and many other typically formed and post-coated applications today.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 17, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, introduced here today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet, the latest addition to the company’s expanding automotive glazing portfolio. This advanced new technology is engineered to comply with the stringent visibility, strength and abrasion resistance requirements of ECE R43 (Regulation No. 43 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations). It features a tough polycarbonate (PC) base with exceptional optical quality, combined with a unique, formable hard coating that is pre-cured sufficiently to allow processing like regular PC sheet. In addition to ECE R43 compliance, LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet can enable customers to avoid post-coating operations, and gives automotive OEMs and tiers a fresh new option for creating simple, curved glazing designs.

Clariant presents new additive solutions for North America at NPE 2018

Exolit® OP 1400 provides high thermal stability and outstanding flame retardancy to polyamide parts in electro-mobility and traditional vehicle applications including the charging infrastructure. 
(Photo: Clariant)Charlotte, May 14, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, introduced new additive solutions to North American manufacturers, to support greater innovation and sustainability in sectors such as automotive and packaging with their increasing interest in advanced plastics.

SABIC introduces new THERMOCOMP™ HMD-D series of high modulus ductile compounds to the Americas, Europe at NPE 2018

SABIC’s next-generation THERMOCOMP™ HMD-D compounds expand SABIC’s THERMOCOMP™ portfolio of specialty compounds with high-performance, glass-reinforced polycarbonate (PC) materials. The new series of six grades delivers a unique combination of high modulus and ductility to enable lighter, thinner and stronger parts that advance design innovation and ease of use. They are engineered for challenging structural components in the consumer electronics, healthcare and transportation sectors.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 11, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is introducing its next-generation THERMOCOMP™ HMD-D compounds to the Americas and Europe here at NPE 2018. Initially launched in Asia, these materials, on display at the company’s booth (S19001), expand SABIC’s THERMOCOMP™ portfolio of specialty compounds with high-performance, glass-reinforced polycarbonate (PC) materials. The new series of six grades delivers a unique combination of high modulus and ductility to enable lighter, thinner and stronger parts that advance design innovation and ease of use. They are engineered for challenging structural components in the consumer electronics, healthcare and transportation sectors.

SABIC unveils at NPE 2018 first successful micromolding of IR optical sensor lenses using high-performance EXTEM™ resin

Example of a proximity sensor with IR emitter lens and separate lens to project receiving signal to the sensor (both lenses in EXTEM™ resin)ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 11, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, unveiled today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, a major breakthrough in the production of infrared (IR) optical sensor lenses for proximity sensing and gesture recognition in smartphones and other electronics applications using its EXTEM™ thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resin. SOPROD SA, a Swiss molding company, selected the high-performance SABIC material, which features IR transparency, to mass-produce sensor lenses using micromolding with a multi-cavity tool. Efficient, high-volume molding of EXTEM™ resin can deliver multiple advantages over grinding and polishing of quartz glass and curing of epoxy resin. These benefits can include speed, consistently high quality and the avoidance of costly secondary operations. SOPROD’s achievement offers the electronics industry a new and highly efficient solution to meet accelerating demand for IR optical sensors.

SABIC again expands fast-growing additive manufacturing materials portfolio with launch of three new filaments at NPE 2018

SABIC has extensive experience in a range of healthcare market segments, including single-use devices, portable medical equipment and surgical instruments and trays. The company’s new ULTEM™ AMHU1010F and LEXAN™ AMHC620F filaments are potentially suitable for a wide variety of medical devices, from conceptual modeling to functional prototyping and end-use parts. Customized or personalized applications can include surgical instruments, single-use devices and casts/splints.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 8, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced here at NPE 2018, booth S19001, the third expansion of its additive manufacturing materials offering within 12 months. Specifically, SABIC is launching three new filaments for fused deposition modeling: ULTEM™ AM1010F filament for general high-temperature applications, including tooling; and ULTEM™ AMHU1010F and LEXAN™ AMHC620F filaments for healthcare applications. These advanced new materials, which can be used for end-use parts as well as prototypes, are key to SABIC’s strategy of extending the scope of additive manufacturing. The company is also applying its broad expertise in materials, processing and design optimization – as well as deep knowledge and experience in healthcare – to enhance additive manufacturing technologies.

Clariant showcases support for North America’s plastics industry growth 

Halogen-free Exolit® OP 1400 provides outstanding flame retardancy to polyamide parts, enhances safety with UL 94 V0 performance down to 0.4 mm and enables the molding of complex parts with no mold deposits and blooming. 
(Photo: Clariant)Charlotte, May 7, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, turns the spotlight on its increasing on-the-ground support and innovation focus for North America’s four key plastics application segments at NPE 2018 Booth S18155.

SABIC debuts at NPE 2018 new portfolio of PP compounds for soft feel in automotive interior components

India’s Tata Motors is the first automotive manufacturer to use one of the new SABIC® PP compound grades for improved haptics in a vehicle interior application. This leading Indian automaker used a new SABIC® PP grade in the steering column cover and speedometer cluster top for its 2017 Tiago hatchback.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 7, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, unveiled here today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, a new and growing portfolio of SABIC® polypropylene (PP) compounds that deliver a soft feel combined with excellent scratch performance in unpainted, low gloss automotive interior components. The new SABIC® PP compounds offer the luxurious haptics and finishes that today’s consumers demand – even in lower-priced vehicles. At the same time, these injection molding materials can help automotive OEMs and tiers reduce costs by as much as 50 percent by avoiding secondary operations such as applying soft paint, fabric, foam or other surface covering.

Ascend to showcase growing portfolio of PA66 applications at NPE2018

Ascend to showcase growing portfolio of PA66 in E&E applications at NPE2018.
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR019)HOUSTON – May 07, 2018 – Ascend Performance Materials, the world’s largest fully integrated producer of nylon 6,6 resin, will showcase its growing range of Vydyne® PA66 solutions for automotive, electrical and electronics, industrial and consumer applications at NPE2018 in Orlando, FL, from May 7 to 11. The company will have numerous applications on display at its booth (S14001), where it will also conduct a number of presentations on the performance and value of nylon 6,6 to processors and specifiers.

Clariant’s cross-business growth strategy to make North America its second largest market by 2021

Deepak Parikh, Clariant’s Head of Region North America, presenting at “The World of Clariant Catalysts” in New York. (Photo: Clariant)Charlotte, April 5, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, expects its cross-business growth strategy for North America to advance regional sales of about $2 billion by 2021. This would make North America the company’s second largest global market and represent about 25% of its global chemical investment.

EconCore shines light on successes in continuous thermoplastic honeycomb core production technology at NPE2018 

Door insert based on natural fiber composite faced honeycomb sandwich panel. Over 50% weight saver compared to conventional solutions. 
(Photo: © 2018 EconCore, ECNPR007)Thermoplastic honeycomb core production technology provider EconCore will unveil its latest successes at NPE2018, running from May 7 to 11 in Orlando, FL. The Belgian company, which licenses its ThermHex technology around the world for production of polypropylene (PP) honeycombs and sandwich materials, will also provide information on an elaboration of its process capabilities that enables production of honeycombs in high performance thermoplastics. A further development enables the integrated production of what it terms organosandwich — honeycomb cores with continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic skins.

SABIC's Pre-NPE News

SABIC Body in White Reinforcement Components.ORLANDO, U.S.A., March 21, 2018 - Under the banner of “Chemistry that Matters™,” SABIC will exhibit at NPE 2018 (booth #S19001) with the theme: “What Matters to You?” – representing the company’s ongoing commitment to listen closely to its customers, share ideas and expertise, and work together to achieve new levels of performance. In the form of a question, the theme recognizes that ideas and innovative solutions take shape from a deep understanding of customers’ key needs and challenges.

Milliken to Launch at NPE 2018 New Technologies for Maximizing the Performance of PP Impact Copolymers for Injection Molding

Hyperform® Nucleating Agents and Milliken’s New Performance Modifier Offer PP and PE Applications a Unique Balance of Mechanical Properties and Enable a Higher Level of Productivity.
(Photo © 2018 Milliken & Company, all rights reserved, MKPR181)Ghent, Belgium – Milliken & Company will feature its extensive portfolio of additive technologies for improving the clarity, performance and processing of polyolefins at NPE 2018 in booth #S26023. The company will also launch two new products: a unique performance modifier for injection-molded polypropylene (PP) impact copolymers (ICPs), and the latest technology in its Hyperform® HPN family of nucleating agents, which is specifically designed to maximize stiffness in PP ICPs. Both of these novel technologies will significantly change the way PP ICPs perform, particularly regarding impact strength, stiffness and melt flow. Further, by improving the physical properties of post-consumer recycled resins, the new performance modifier allows converters to take greater advantage of their cost and sustainability benefits.