Additives for Polymers (v.2017, #2)

Producers of cast polyamides, polyamide compounds and rubbers are set to benefit from a series of new additives introduced by German speciality chemicals manufacturer BrüggemannChemical. According to the company, the new products are intended not only to extend the range of applications for these materials but also to contribute to greater cost efficiency during plastics conversion.

Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant has expanded its AddWorks® range with the introduction of a number of new additive solutions that support the evolving needs of major segments of the plastics industry, including the automotive, agricultural films and food packaging sectors. The new products were launched at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The latest offering from Dow Corning is a new, advanced silicone technology specifically designed to optimize the processability of highly mineral-filled polyethylene (PE) compounds for wire and cable applications. The company claims that Dow Corning MB25-502 Masterbatch is the first in the industry to combine ‘best-in-class’ processing with an affordable cost. By reducing screw torque, die build-up and die pressure, the new product can improve extrusion throughput by up to 110% compared to PE compounds without a processing additive, the Dow Chemical subsidiary reports.

At K 2016, Clariant highlighted a new move into the anti-counterfeiting sector in partnership with fellow Swiss firm Sicpa SA, a leading global provider of secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions and services. The company also announced a collaboration designed to improve the efficiency of colour matching for polyolefin products.

Munich-based chemical group Wacker has developed new thermoplastic silicone additives for the more-efficient manufacture of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) as well as a new line of Vinnex ® grades for bioplastics. The product families received their launch at K 2016, the 20th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber held in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company also used the show to unveil a fluorescent marking pigment paste for silicone rubber.

Danish company Palsgaard, which is best known as a manufacturer of emulsifiers and stabilizers for the global food industry, showcased a new range of functional polymer additives at K 2016. According to the company, its additives directly address some of the ‘most pressing concerns’ for today's polymer business, namely the manufacture of safe, efficient and sustainable products with zero concerns over food contact. Palsgaard also used the trade show to present the new Einar® identity and brand name for all its functional additives.

In South Korea, Solvay has launched the production of highly dispersible silica (HDS) at its new state-of-the-art plant in Gunsan to meet ‘strong and growing’ demand for energy-saving tyres in the region. Construction work on the 80 000 tonnes/year facility began in 2015 [ADPO, June 2015] and has been completed on schedule. Elsewhere, Solvay has sold its Neolor® inorganic colour pigments business to Chinese company Baotou Hongbo Te Technology (HBT).

Pennsylvania-based silanes and silicones specialist Gelest, Inc has introduced Sivate™ A200, an activated acrylate-functional silane for use as a coupling agent for light-cure acrylic nanocomposites, a primer for fibre optic cladding or an adhesion promoter for high-speed UV acrylated urethane cure systems.

UK-based Croda International has opened the Croda Pars office in Tehran, the business capital of Iran. The company believes there are many opportunities for growth in the country but says that accelerated growth in Iran can only come through implementing a focused strategy. Croda has also recently been awarded Gold Status by EcoVadis for the sustainability of its business practices.

German chemical and mineral specialities firm Lehmann & Voss has opened Lehvoss New Material (Kunshan), a speciality compounding and masterbatch factory in Kunshan, situated approximately 60 km west of Shanghai in China. The new 2500 m2 facility accommodates extrusion lines, a laboratory, a development department, an application technology centre and offices.

For the fourth quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, Cabot Corp posted net income attributable to the company of US$52 million, up from $40 million a year earlier. Net income for the full fiscal year ended 30 September 2016 was $149 million, overturning a loss of $334 million in fiscal 2015. The company's net sales fell in both reporting periods, from $671 million in 4Q fiscal 2015 to $619 million, and from $2.87 billion in fiscal 2015 to $2.41 billion in fiscal 2016.

Ineos Compounds has entered into a license agreement with Resysta International GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, Ineos will acquire the rights to the exclusive production and marketing of Active Resysta Filler (ARF) in Europe.

Dutch colorants producer Holland Colours has completed a €330 000, 12-month upgrade of the laboratory facilities at its headquarters in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. The company has also installed additional equipment at its labs in the UK and Hungary.

For the third quarter of 2016, Germany's Lanxess reported net income of €62 million, an increase of 51.2% from the figure of €41 million achieved a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter were €1.92 billion, down slightly from €1.95 billion in 3Q 2015 as lower selling prices resulting from reduced raw material prices offset higher sales volumes in all segments.

The global market for nucleating and clarifying agents is projected to reach US$4.45 billion by 2026, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% from 2016 to 2026, according to a new report from market research firm MarketsandMarkets (M&M). Nucleating and clarifying agents improve the efficiency of production, and the properties and aesthetics of finished articles made from polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).