ELIX Polymers joins the fight against COVID-19 with biocompatible ABS grades for medical devices

Medical masks.
(Photo courtesy of the Noumena company, PR058)Leading ABS producer ELIX Polymers is collaborating with a large group of companies within ClusterMAV, the Advanced Materials Cluster of Catalonia, Spain, in the fight against COVID-19. The partners are working in collaboration with the National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters (FENAEIC), which focuses on promoting collaboration between federations, clusters and their partners, within the European Cluster collaboration platform.

Milliken boosts plastic industry’s ability to supply materials for personal protective equipment

Milliken boosts plastic industry’s ability to supply materials for personal protective equipment.
(Photo © 2020 Milliken & Company, all rights reserved, MKPR226)Global materials science expert Milliken & Company is once again leveraging its unique capabilities to help produce needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The current shortage in plastic materials used for protective face shields is leading manufacturers to offer the readily available polypropylene plastic. The material, however, is naturally hazy, so plastic manufacturers are turning to Milliken and the company’s NX® UltraClear polypropylene concentrate to produce plastics with clarity levels suitable for healthcare industry face shields.

3D Printing Technology Helps Cincinnati Zoo’s Meerkats Mimic Wild Behaviors

Animals at Cincinnati Zoo engaging with the metal 3D printed cricket feeders.
(Photo: Cincinnati Zoo)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to 2,000 animals, including world-famous hippo Fiona, and is committed to providing each one with excellent care. Thanks to a novel partnership with GE Additive, known for pushing the boundaries of industrial 3D printing (often referred to additive manufacturing), some of the animals are getting meals from a fabricated feeder that encourages natural foraging behaviors.

New Clariant additive solutions will add more than just a finishing touch to North America’s industrial coatings

Boosting performance of industrial coatings while reducing environmental impact.
(Photo: Clariant)Clariant unveils solutions fit for elevating industrial coatings to the demanding performance and increasing sustainability requirements of North America’s diverse end-users – the automotive, transportation, building & construction, and consumer & household goods industries.

Perstorp enters fertilizer market with chloride-free potassium product

Perstorp enters fertilizer market with chloride-free potassium product. (Photo: Perstorp)Perstorp, a global leader in the specialty chemicals market, is entering the fertilizer market through the launch of Amicult K42. This chloride-free potassium source is shown to have a high solubility and absorption rate, without increasing salinity or clogging foliar and drip irrigation systems. Amicult K42 is now being launched in selected markets.

Clariant to increase mild surfactants capacity in Europe and USA

Clariant to increase mild surfactants capacity in USA and Europe, Tarragona site pictured above. 
(Photo: Clariant)Clariant is expanding production capacity for its isethionates derivatives - Hostapon SCI - mild surfactants to support the increasing shift by personal care formulators and brands towards using mild surfactants to differentiate applications. It also supports the growing consumer trend for hygiene products. The investment at facilities in Europe and the USA will bring additional capacity on stream during Q1 2021.

Mondi to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and one million surgical face masks a day with new production lines in Germany

Mondi to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and one million surgical face masks a day with new production lines in Germany. 
(Photo: Mondi, PR150)Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, is set to build new production lines in its plant in Gronau, Germany, to produce melt blown nonwoven fabric and surgical face masks. This is part of Mondi's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and respond to increased demand by health authorities, businesses and consumers for face masks.

SONGWON enters a new distribution agreement with Biesterfeld Spezialchemie

SONGWONSongwon Industrial Co., Ltd. announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Biesterfeld France. As from May 1, 2020, Biesterfeld France has been exclusively distributing the SONGWON polymer stabilizer range in France.

Clariant launches new Ecolabel Guidance Tool for Industrial Cleaning & Home Care customers 

Clariant launches new Ecolabel Guidance Tool for Industrial Cleaning & Home Care customers. 
(Photo: Clariant)Ecolabel clarity at your fingertips. Clariant offers the Industrial & Home Care segment fast and free online access to the ecolabel compatibility and sustainability features of its extensive formulation ingredients via its new Ecolabel Guidance Tool launched today.

Clariant’s CATOFIN catalysts selected by Advanced Petrochemical Company (APC) for another PDH plant in the Middle East

Clariant’s high-performance CATOFIN propane dehydrogenation catalysts. 
(Photo: Clariant)Clariant’s CATOFIN catalysts have been selected by Advanced Global Investment Co. (AGIC), a joint venture between Advanced Petrochemical Company (APC) and SK Group, to build a PDH facility in the Middle East. Clariant’s CATOFIN catalysts were selected due to the excellent performance and reliability of APC’s existing propylene plant in Saudi Arabia.

GA-ASI completes first test flight with metal 3D-printed part

Case Summary - Image Credit: GA-ASIGE Additive AddWorks has been supporting GA-ASI’s strategy for scaling metal additive technology across its portfolio of RPA platforms.

SONGWON enters two new distribution agreements with Bodo Möller Chemie

SONGWONSONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. announced today that it has signed two exclusive distribution agreements for the distribution of its comprehensive range of polymer stabilizers: Bodo Möller Chemie Benelux N.V. has been supplying customers in Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands since January 1, 2020, and Bodo Möller Chemie UK Ltd took on responsibility in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 1.

BetaVia Complete from Kemin receives a positive novel food opinion from EFSA

BetaVia™ Complete from Kemin receives a positive novel food opinion from EFSA. 
(Photo: Kemin Industries, PR001)Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services, has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has positively assessed the safety of BetaVia Complete as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283. This positive opinion will allow Kemin to be granted a five-year exclusivity on sales of BetaVia Complete in Europe.

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