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October 5th, 2011   Edition 175  
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Today's Focus
Opinion Space: What are your experiences in using polymer process aids (PPA) to get higher quality products at lower costs?
Click n Vote: Electrical Conductive Additives: Which is the additive family where novel products are needed the most?
Community Insight: Biodegradable Characteristic of Polylactic Acid Makes it a Favorite among Polymer Community
TechCenter: Compounding Benefits with Wollastonite
Technology in Focus: Safe and Sustainable PVC Products with Castor Oil-based Plasticizer
Article: What's the Latest in Bioplastics Material Technology Solutions!
News: 3B Offers SE4535 Single-end Roving for Long Fiber Thermoplastic Polyamide Composites
News: Roquette Offers Biobased Gaialène® for Packaging Solutions
R&D Highlights: Novel Perspectives in Plastic Biodegradation
e-Training: FR Systems Selection for E&E Applications
Learning On Demand: The Business Case for Life Cycle Assessment
Upcoming Event: SPE EUROTEC™ 2011
Raphael MestanzaRaphael Mestanza, Vice-President Polymer Technology, Chief Technical and Innovation Advisor
Community Pulse
Opinion Space

Oct 2011:  What are your experiences in using polymer process aids (PPA) to get higher quality products at lower costs?

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Click'n'Vote

Electrical Conductive Additives: Which is the additive family where novel products are needed the most?

  • Conductive powders
  • Conductive fibers
  • Intrinsic conductive polymers
  • Nanofillers
  • Carbon nanotubes & nanofibres
  • Close to 25 votes submitted! Add yours too and see the results

    Community Insight

    Biodegradable Characteristic of Polylactic Acid Makes it a Favorite among Polymer Community

    Without any doubt, when looking at the August 2011 Click 'N Vote results 'What is your perception on polylactic acid (PLA)?' it clearly appears a high number of respondents (191) expressing a clear answer: first of all, PLA must be used for its bio-content and its biodegradability. More than 43% of voters point out a unique biodegradable resin adding bio-content into blends. Polylactides and polylactic acid (PLA) plastics are the second most used family of bioplastics, resembling conventional clear polystyrene with a good aesthetics (gloss and clarity), but stiff and brittle, which needs their formulation and plasticization for most practical applications...

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    Materials & Solutions
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    Compounding Benefits with Wollastonite

    Are you facing pressure to minimize costs and enhance performance when compounding reinforced materials?
    With its unique reinforcing characteristics, Wollastonite brings to the compounder an excellent combination of properties such as:
    • Low CLTE (no gap)
    • Enhanced heat distortion temperature
    • Partial replacement for chopped glass
    • Excellent paintability (on-line, in-line and off-line)
    • And more...

    Get additional technical data and case studies here!

    Technology in Focus

    Safe and Sustainable PVC Products with Castor Oil-based Plasticizer

    The use of PVC containing phthalates in sensitive applications might result in adverse health effects!

    With increasing global concern over human exposure to these toxic chemicals, switch to GRINDSTED® SOFT-N-SAFE!

    This fully biodegradable plasticizer delivers an unrivalled safety profile with a lower migration rate in medical devices, toys, food contact materials, etc.

    Gain further knowledge from our castor oil based plasticizer center!

    Trends & Innovations
    Articles

    A Glance at the Plastics and Raw Materials Industry in India

    The Indian plastics market is comprised of around 25,000 companies and employs 3 million people. The domestic capacity for polymer production was 5.72m tones in 2009. The State of Gujarat in Western India is the leading plastics processing hub and...

    by Stephen Hunt

    What's the Latest in Bioplastics Material Technology Solutions!

    Major chemical companies are making significant investments in novel plants and technologies to produce plastics from annually renewable sources, not from petrochemicals. A page is being taken from the computer industry to spur innovation and drive...

    by Dr. Donald V. Rosato

    Factors for Effective Reinforcement in Polymer Composites

    Composite materials include some of the most advanced engineering materials today. The addition of high strength fibers to a polymer matrix can greatly enhance the mechanical properties, such as ultimate tensile strength, flexural modulus, and...

    by Mark T. DeMeuse

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    R&D Highlights

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    Materials & Solutions
    e-Training Courses

    FR Systems Selection for E&E Applications

    Date: November 8th, 2011 - Time: 10 a.m. EST
    Presenter: Dr. Sitaram Rampalli (SpecialChem Expert)

    Course objectives:

    Choose faster the best flame retardant system(s) for your E&E application (wire & cable, connectors, PCBs...) by understanding the technological gap in balancing performance with trends, environmental constraints...

    Reasons to attend this online course:

    - Optimize FR system's performance by reviewing the impact of technical & regulatory (RoHS, WEEE...) constraints on it.

    - Develop competitive materials faster by getting a comparative evaluation of FR (ATH/MDH, brominated...) based on expenditure, properties and ease of fabrication

    - Adapt quicker to 'safe recycling & disposal' demand by understanding the environmental impact of E-waste in general and role of flame retardant additives therein

    Book your seat now


    Learning On Demand

    The Business Case for Life Cycle Assessment

    Presenter: Rita Schenck

    Watch this video and get up-to-date on the basics of LCA, how it applies to the plastics industry and get some tips to use LCA for your environmental marketing.

    You will keep up on the recent developments in LCA application in the EU as well as market demands for life-cycle information.

    View this video


     
    Upcoming event

    SPE EUROTEC™ 2011
    14-15 November 2011 - Barcelona, Spain
    Co-located with Equiplast


    EUROTEC™ will be a broad-based, high-quality technical conference like SPE's renowned ANTEC© annual conference held in North America.

    Presentations will be conducted in parallel tracks over two days and will be 30 minutes long. The conference will be conducted in English.

    View event details & register

     
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