Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Roquette Launches Sorbitol-based Clarifier DISORBENE® 3 for Polymer Industry

Roquette has a wide experience in producing sorbitol-based clarifiers using an efficient and environmentally sustainable production process. By offering DISORBENE® 3, Roquette opens a new reputable source for bis-DMBS, a state-of-the-art clarifier developed and sold by Millikenunder the registered trade name Millad® 3988, and provides additional capacity for this widely used clarifier to meet the growing needs of the polymer industry.
"Roquette has proven to be a very good partner to the polymer industry for the first and second generation sorbitol-based clarifiers in the past" points out Industry expert Dr. Felix Meyer, "and DISORBENE® 3 has the same quality standards and the advantageous granulometry of the Industry reference".
"Polypropylene producers in Europe are welcoming Roquette decision to re-enter the clarifier business as they were depending on one non-European supplier in the past" commented Mr. Thierry Laurent, head of Roquette Plant-based solutions department. "Roquette has recently created a new unit "Performance Plastics" to strengthen its link to the polymer industry".
Next to DISORBENE®, Roquette is offering the following plant-based solutions for the polymer industry:
  • GAIALENE® — plant-based resins
  • POLYSORB® (isosorbide)
  • Reverdia Biosuccinium
  • POLYSORB® ID — phthalate-free plasticizer.

Source: Roquette

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ticona at SAMPE: Highlighted Thermoplastic Solutions for Continuous-fiber Composites

Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, showcased its thermoplastics for composites at SAMPE 2013 [May 7 to 9], at the Long Beach Convention Center in California.
The Ticona exhibit highlighted thermoplastic solutions for continuous-fiber composites used in light and tough components that can reduce weight, drive down costs and perform in extreme environments.
The Ticona team also discussed the advantages of its thermoplastics and composites product line that includes:

– Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) delivers proven production performance in critical aerospace structures, including the JEC 2013 Innovation Award-winning lightweight horizontal tailplane on the AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter.
  • Superior FST (flame, smoke, toxicity) performance — exceeds aircraft interior requirements
  • High-temperature performance to 240 degrees Celsius (as demonstrated under-the-hood)
  • Superior dimensional stability (low shrink, CTE and creep)
  • Broad chemical resistance to fuels, oils, solvents, fluids, strong acids, bases (pH 2-12), even at elevated temperatures
  • Substantial cost savings vs. other high-temperature polymers
– Celstran® continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics (CFR-TP) for unidirectional tapes, rods and profiles.
  • Low weight with high stiffness and toughness
  • Excellent impregnation technology
  • High-performance dimensional, mechanical and thermal properties
  • Superior chemical and corrosion resistance
  • Wide range of resins, fibers and additives

Source: Celanese and Ticona

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Arkema launches the Rilsan T, a new range of biosourced polyamides

Rilsan T represents an alternative to other long chain polyamides.

Arkema offers expertise spanning over 60 years in the chemistry of castor oil, the raw material for its Rilsan polyamide 11. This position was bolstered in 2012 by the acquisition of Chinese companies Casda, the world leader in sebacic acid derived from castor oil, and Hipro Polymers, which produces polyamides also from castor oil (Hiprolon PA6.10, PA6.12, PA10.10, PA10.12), as well as the recent purchase of a stake in Ihsedu Agrochem, a subsidiary of Jayant Agro in India which specializes in the production of castor oil. Building on its unique integration and an already unsurpassed offering in high performance polyamides, Arkema has now enhanced its product range with Rilsan PA.10.10 T processed from castor oil.

Arkema’s PA10.10 is ranked between PA6.10, PA6.12 on the one hand, and PA10.12, PA12, PA11 on the other, all of which are already part of Arkema’s product range. Over and above the well-known properties of long chain polyamides (chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, mechanical properties), Rilsan T affords an excellent degree of rigidity (in particular when reinforced with glassfiber), thermal stability, permeability to petrol and gas, and processability, while consisting of up to 100% renewable carbon.

Rilsan T also benefits from what sets Arkema’s polyamides apart in terms of technical possibilities (e.g. exclusive multilayer solutions for transport markets) and services (it qualifies for the exclusive RcycleTM offer of service which covers the collection, sorting and recycling of waste, and the development of a range of recycled polymers).

The various PA10.10 grades already available cover most applications in the field of transport (monolayer or multilayer brake lines for trucks and fuel lines for cars), industrial pipes, cables, and injection molded parts for sports or electronics applications.