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SABIC ULTEM gives eyewear frames from Zhengda Optical a lightweight metal look for high comfort with style

SABIC ULTEM™ resin gives eyewear frames from Zhengda Optical a lightweight metal look for high comfort with style.A combination of excellent mechanical, thermal and chemical properties is proving a winning solution for ULTEM resin from SABIC in lightweight spectacle frames with novel decorative effects from Zhengda Optical. The Chinese company injection molds frames in ULTEM resin, a polyetherimide (PEI) resin that can be metallized to produce highly attractive designs.

Avery Dennison recognizes 2019 Suppliers of Distinction at Global Awards Ceremony

Avery Dennison recognizes 2019 Suppliers of Distinction at Global Awards Ceremony.
(Photo: Avery Dennison, PR416)Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials honored 18 pressure-sensitive industry suppliers during the company’s annual supplier recognition ceremony, held April 1 to 3 in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Beaulieu Fibres International UltraBond finalist for prestigious essenscia Innovation Award 2019

Karena Cancilleri, Vice President Engineered Products for Beaulieu International Group. 
(Photo: © Beaulieu International Group)Beaulieu Fibres International, Europe’s largest producer of polyolefin fibres, was nominated for the 2019 essenscia Innovation Award for its recently introduced UltraBond fibre.

Thermoplastic elastomers from Kraiburg TPE for automotive interior applications

Keeping emission and odor under control. 
(Image: © 2019 KRAIBURG TPE)Sensitivity to emissions in automotive interiors has been a topic since the early 1980s. This was in particular caused by the formation of undesired condensation on the inside of windshields of new vehicles. As a result, the focus was initially on achieving specific fogging values. The requirements for interior components have been extended and have become more sophisticated over the years. Various analytical test standards were gradually developed to ensure compliance with emission standards. Odor has become a more critical issue for both automotive manufacturers and consumers. The general opinion on regional differences relating to the issue of odor that has been expressed during conferences and meetings coincides with KRAIBURG TPE’s internal experiences: While odor, or rather the requirement to have no odor, has top priority in Asia, in Europe the focus is primarily on single substances and total emissions inside motor vehicles‘ cabins. In North America, the debate about odor and emission is led with lower dynamism.

SABIC thermoplastic materials at forefront of aircraft manufacturing

SABIC is featuring a thermoforming tool for an aircraft interior panel, printed on a Thermwood LSAM® machine using LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ AM EC004XXAR1 compound, a material based on ULTEM™ resin with 20 percent carbon fiber reinforcement.Airlines are seeking competitive advantages to be gained from the enhanced inflight experience - particularly in the form of increased cabin comfort - both in premium and economy classes. Additionally, airlines are looking to capitalize on product differentiation through strong branding and distinctive interior design. From an operational perspective, the ‘light weighting’ of aircraft components continues to be an important enabler in allowing airlines to minimize costs and reduce maintenance and refurbishment cycles, while maintaining the highest levels of safety excellence, design flexibility and improved passenger experience. Advanced thermoplastic composites are now an important solution for such applications.

Sustainability and performance benefits of Milliken’s Millad® NX 8000 clarifier accelerate building new U.S. plant

Increasing market demand for Millad® NX™ 8000 clarifier prompts Milliken to boost production capacity by 50 percent. 
(Photos © 2019 Milliken & Company, all rights reserved, MKPR198)In April, Milliken & Company will begin building the largest clarifier plant in its history in Blacksburg, South Carolina. The world-class plant is due to begin operations in 2020 and will boost capacity of Milliken’s Millad® NX 8000 clarifier by approximately 50 percent. The expansion is needed to meet fast-growing global demand for this polypropylene additive that is helping users to realize significant sustainability and performance advantages.

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