Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Asys Uses Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester to Make Transparent Stands of iPads

Eastman, a specialty chemical company, is announcing another new innovation using Eastman Tritan™ copolyester: the Anypad line of stands for iPads from the brand, which uses copolyester to make the transparent stands. With an innovative design, these stands make the iPad more functional and offer practicality to its users. There are four models with very specific features: AnyPad Office, AnyPad Hand, AnyPad Cook and AnyPad Wall.

The Office can be used to turn the tablet into an elegant desktop computer and provides spring-regulated articulation, height adjustment, and swivel and tilt adjustment, providing greater comfort and ergonomics. The Hand is recommended for those looking for added safety when holding the iPad to use it, in addition to offering an option for use as a tabletop stand in four different positions. The Cook, which can be hung on cabinets and shelves using the mount, is geared toward people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen and want to see their recipes and other content on the iPad. No holes need to be drilled into cabinets, and the doors can even remain closed. Finally, the Wall, which comes in two sizes, has a hinged arm that attaches to the wall. All of the stands are made of chromed steel and Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, and they fit all generations of iPads.

Jorge Curi, Commercial Manager at Asys, said that the use of the copolyester was essential for the products to have the quality and design they have achieved today. "We were looking for a clear, malleable material with good resistance Eastman Tritan™ met all of our requirements and enabled us to continue the project." he said.

Tritan™ is an Eastman brand of copolyester that is unique because of its clarity, toughness and heat and chemical-resistance as well as because it contains no bisphenol A. It can be used in many ways and is found in household goods, cosmetics, technical parts, medical devices and packaging, infant care products, personal care items, small appliances and other goods. "Tritan is a very versatile material and can be used in many products. It really meets the most varied demands that we receive from our customers," said Luis Pagan, Eastman's Commercial Director for Special Plastics in Latin America.

Asys has been performing studies for some time to launch the Anypad line, receiving its first patent in 2010. The result of this effort is an innovative product with a practical design. Today, the brand is working on launching a model that also fits the iPad mini. The AnyPad line is on sale now at major stores.

Source: Eastman Chemical Company

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Perstorp at K 2013: To Unveil Akestra™ Co-polyester, an Alternative to PC, PS and Glass

The Perstorp Group, among the world leaders in specialty chemicals, will be presenting the next generation of co-polyesters at K Fair 2013. This will include Akestra™, a high performance plastic with remarkable properties. Perstorp have formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. On a long term, this will result in both companies jointly establishing the most competitive production platform in Europe for the raw material used in these co-polyesters.
Perstorp puts its main development focus into delivering high performance, safe and sustainable chemistry. Akestra™ is the latest in a long line of innovative products that support Perstorp's development philosophy. Akestra™ is not only innovative, but represents an entirely new generation of plastics. Its unique properties make it an important alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene and glass.

Perstorp presents Akestra™ – a new plastic alternative
Perstorp presents Akestra™ – a new plastic alternative
Sparkling alternative to polycarbonate, polystyrene & glass
Akestra™ is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. It can be used as a polystyrene replacement for heat resistant thin wall containers, a poly-carbonate replacement for durable "dishwasher proof" transparent products and a glass replacement for hot-fill food containers. The high glass transition temperature, combined with its amorphous and high strength properties make it a superior alternative in food packaging, and a material that can be easily blended with other plastics to improve their properties too.
Clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength
Clarity, heat resistance & high melt strength are properties that open up a wide range of design opportunities particularly in packaging. The high melt strength of Akestra™ makes it particularly suitable for extrusion blow molding as well as extrusion foaming processes. In combination with PET, it creates a finer cell structure allowing further weight savings with superior mechanical properties in structural and packaging foam applications.
Akestra™ promotes sustainability too!
When used in co-extrusion sheets for thermoforming, Akestra™ bypasses polystyrene heat resistance for hot-fill applications and, by using recycled PET, it can contribute to a more sustainable packaging solution with a lower carbon footprint.
Visit at K Fair
Discover all the sparkling advantages of Akestra™ by visiting at stand B15, hall 07.2 at K Fair. Perstorp will also be showcasing new products for biodegradable plastics, non-phthalate plasticizers for sensitive applications and intumescent flame-retardants.

Source: Perstorp Group

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Airbus Military A400M successfully performs unpaved runway trials

Airbus Military has completed an important set of trials of the A400M new generation airlifter, demonstrating the aircraft’s excellent performance on gravel runways. In tests lasting more than a week at Ablitas in northern Spain, development aircraft MSN2 performed 25 landings during six flights on the same runway.

The trials confirmed that despite the harsh conditions, damage to the aircraft exterior from stones and dust was minimal and within expectations, and the runway remained usable after repeated operations.

Demonstrations included ground manoeuvring, rejected take-offs, and use of propeller reverse thrust at speeds as low as 70kt (130 km/h) – none of which caused engine or cockpit contamination.

Tests were successfully performed with and without the optional nosewheel deflector which can be fitted to protect the aircraft during such operations, underlying the A400M’s ability to operate to and from rough strips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action in addition to its strategic capability.

Head of A400M Flight Tests, Eric Isorce, said: “We are extremely pleased with the results of these tests which were very close to all predictions and confirm the A400M´s capability to operate successfully from gravel runways.”

Thursday, September 5, 2013

bio-on Develops 100% Biodegradable Bioplastic PHAs to Create Scaffolds to Regenerate Human Bones

The bioplastic PHAs developed by bio-on can be used to regenerate human tissue, notably to create support structures (scaffolds) for cultured bone cells; structures through which it is possible to regenerate a human bone. This is possible because this material, 100% biodegradable in water, is also extremely bio-compatible, as shown by a study by a team of Italian researchers. The first results of this study are being published in major international specialized scientific journals.

"It has been amply demonstrated in writings on the subject that polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are materials well suited to be used in tissue regeneration from cell cultures"
"It has been amply demonstrated in writings on the subject that polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are materials well suited to be used in tissue regeneration from cell cultures," explains Paola Fabbri, a researcher at the Enzo Ferrari Department of Engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. "In our laboratory, we've shown how this material, when properly combined with ceramic or vitreous osteoinductive particles in highly porous structures, is suitable for the construction of composite scaffolds devoid of cytotoxicity. Biological validation tests with cell proliferation assays have demonstrated that bone cells are able to adhere fully to these scaffolds, and to give rise to a supported process of tissue regeneration".

In the future, the properties of this material, especially its extreme bio-compatibility, will enable its use to be extended to the regeneration of other tissues, thanks to the design of bioresorbable scaffolds in vivo, i.e., which are absorbed by the human body and therefore do not need removal at the end of the tissue regeneration process.
"We're extremely pleased with these results,' says Marco Astorri, CEO and co-founder of bio-on "because the biomedical sector is one of the many in which our biopolymers can be used (obtained in this case from by-products from Co.Pro.B., the leading Italian manufacturer of sugar beet). We've already finalized a deal with Virdhi an innovative start-up that develops advanced materials for biomedical use, and in the months ahead we'll be doing the same with other similar initiatives in the world."

Source: bio-on

Monday, September 2, 2013

Arsenal Acquires IFC, a Supplier of Cellulose-based Insoluble Fiber Products from Swander Pace

Arsenal Capital Partners, among the leading New York-based private equity firms that invests in middle-market specialty industrial and healthcare companies, recently announced the acquisition of International Fiber Corporation ("IFC"), one of the leading suppliers of cellulose-based insoluble fiber products for food and industrial applications globally. Prior to close of this acquisition, IFC was a portfolio company of Swander Pace Capital.

Founded in 1917, and headquartered in North Tonawanda, NY, IFC is one of the industry leaders in insoluble fiber products, providing exceptional service and customized product solutions. IFC's fiber is used in food applications for a variety of functions including improving taste and texture, enhancing yield and processability, and numerous health benefits. In industrial applications, IFC's fiber is used to thicken paints, strengthen rubber used in industrial hoses and belts, for filtration as well as to control viscosity in thermoplastics. IFC's products include brands such as Solka-Floc, Alpha-Cel, KEYCEL, JustFiber, FloAm, Qual Flo, and NutraFiber. IFC has operating facilities in North Tonawanda, NY, Urbana and Oberlin, OH, Nitro, WV and Temse, Belgium.

"Arsenal is delighted to invest in a global company with long history of innovation providing great solutions and service to its diverse customers. IFC maintains a strong industry reputation by providing its customers with the highest level of performance and quality, and is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for fiber products both domestically and internationally," said John Televantos, a Partner who co-heads the Arsenal's Specialty Industrials practice.
"We look forward to partnering with IFC management, growing the business organically as well as building through strategic acquisitions to further expand its offerings," added Sal Gagliardo, an Operating Partner at Arsenal.

"Swander Pace is pleased with the growth and performance of IFC throughout the duration of our investment, which included the addition of a new production facility, expansion into several new product categories and a significant increase in production capabilities," said Swander Pace Managing Director Mo Stout. "It has been a very rewarding partnership on both sides, and our team will continue to look for opportunities to partner with innovative, industry-leading companies, such as IFC."
Arsenal Senior Advisor Ken Blackburn will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of IFC following successful executive roles with Arkema Corp., FMC Corp. and ITT Rayonier. "I'm excited to join a best-in-class team at IFC, and look forward to the growth IFC is well-positioned for in both the U.S. and international markets. As we further expand the business's product suite, we hope we can continue to improve the service and solutions we provide to our customers."
The acquisition of IFC is the eighth acquisition by Arsenal in 2013, and sixth by its Specialty Industrials Team following the acquisitions of TP Electrical, Fournier Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Arnco, Pathway Polymers and ADCO Global, Inc. IFC joins Arsenal's extensive portfolio of investments in the specialty industrials sector.
Arsenal's current investments in the specialty industrials sector include Dash Multi-Corp., among the leading manufacturers of formulated polyurethane, vinyl plastisol, specialty coatings as well as recycled rubber products; IGM Resins, one among leading providers of intermediates to the global ultraviolet ("UV") radiation cure coatings, inks and adhesives industry; Chromaflo Technologies, one of the largest independent global pigment dispersion providers to the architectural and industrial coatings and thermoset composites industries; Fluoro-Seal Holdings, among the leading providers of unique plastic barrier, adhesion and surface enhancement products and services as well as manufacturer of value-added materials; Royal Adhesives & Sealants, one of the largest global pure-play producers of proprietary, high-performance adhesives, sealants and coatings. Previous investments in the sector include Novolyte Technologies, Genovique Specialties, Velsicol Chemical, Sermatech International, and Vertellus Specialties.
Sagent Advisors acted as financial advisor and DLA Piper LLP acted as legal advisor to Arsenal. Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to Swander Pace.

Source: Arsenal Capital Partners