Plastics and Polymers


The ignition for Clariant’s sustainability passion

Demand for Exolit OP flame retardants continues to grow as manufacturers recognize the value they bring to a circular economy for plastics. (Photo: Clariant)An unfailing belief in the need to develop environmentally friendly fire protection for plastics started life as a small idea among a selected group of people within the mighty Hoechst AG. “I’d landed my dream job and our team began asking very forward looking questions for the 1990s, investigating how to develop safer and more environmentally friendly ways to lessen the fire risk posed by electrical and electronic goods and protect their plastic parts from igniting. With experience in phosphorus chemistry we believed we had the experience and knowledge to push these boundaries,” says Martin Sicken, Head of Innovation Flame Retardants.

Clariant to build new high-tech production site for CATOFIN catalysts in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China

Clariant high-tech CATOFIN™ production site in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China. 
(Photo: Clariant)Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art catalyst production site in China. This project represents a significant investment which further strengthens Clariant’s position in China and enhances its ability to support its customers in the country’s thriving petrochemicals industry.

Clariant launches next generation phosphate ester for metal working formulations, based on renewable sources

Hostaphat 1738 will be manufactured at the Clariant Mount Holly, NC, USA site, pictured above. (Photo: Clariant)Clariant, one of the leading suppliers of sustainable ingredients and solutions for the Industrial Lubricants Segment has launched a new and innovative phosphate ester offering outstanding performance and superior sustainability in metal working fluid formulations.

Ascend completes purchase of Poliblend and Esseti Plast

Ascend completes purchase of Poliblend and Esseti Plast.
(Photo: Ascend Performance Materials, APMPR047)As part of its global growth strategy, Ascend Performance Materials has completed its acquisition of Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast. With this purchase, Ascend expands its portfolio into other engineered plastics, recycled resins and masterbatches.

THERMEC K: DOMO Chemicals launches PEEK solution to replace PAI

THERMEC™ K: DOMO Chemicals launches PEEK solution to replace PAI. 
(Photo: iStock)DOMO Chemicals has expanded its THERMEC range of enhanced polymers, with the introduction of a cost-efficient product based on polyether ether ketone (PEEK), blended with a solid polymeric lubricant. The new solution, which is now available in India, has been specially developed to replace polyamide-imides (PAI), without impacting performance.

Sustainable foams for the mobility of tomorrow

FoamPartner introduces new OBoNature™ foam technology based on sustainable raw materials for next-generation automotive interiors. 
(Photo: FoamPartner)Advanced foam solutions for headliners, interior trim and seating applications demonstrate the determination with which the company is implementing its sustainability strategy.

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