Huntsman acquires PU specialist Tecnoelastomeri
Texas-headquartered Huntsman Corporation has completed the acquisition of Tecnoelastomeri, a manufacturer and marketer of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) based hot-cast elastomer systems and processing machines, based in Modena, Italy. 2014 sales revenue for Tecnoelastomeri was approximately US$12 million. The purchase price was...
BASF commissions pilot plant for PU-aerogel insulating panels
Having first announced its Slentite insulating panels breakthrough at the K2013 show,http://www.plasticsandrubberasia.com/sept2013/leadfeature6.html, this April, German chemicals firm BASF commissioned the pilot plant for the manufacturing of Slentite panels that will initially serve the optimisation of the performance profile and will subsequently be supplied to selected cooperation...
GN Thermoforming enters form/cut/stack market
Canadian machine maker GN Thermoforming Equipment, Chester, Nova Scotia, has announced the introduction of the GN800, a high-speed form/cut/stack thermoformer which is the first GN model that offers movable top and bottom platens. The launch marks GN's entrance into the form/cut/stack market and expands the company's plug-assist machine offering...
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Worldwide automotive growth slows down
Over the next five years the global automotive industry faces a reduced market growth, down from an annual 3.1% (between 2007 and 2014) to an annual 2.6% (between 2015 and 2021). At the same time the industry must invest tens of billions of Euros in C.A.S.E. capabilities, which stands for (C) car connectivity, (A) autonomous or assisted driving, new mobility or car (S) sharing, and (E) electrified powertrains and components. But the industry’s...
Engel partners with Liquidmetal; alternative to metal moulding
Liquidmetal stands for a class of material with completely new characteristics. The zirconium alloys feature an amorphous, i.e. non-crystalline, structure, which is why they are referred to as metallic glasses. Components made from these materials are extremely hard, but at the same time very elastic, which leads to very good recovery behaviour. For example, the elasticity of steel is 0.2% and for...