Chemical industry witnessing exceptional resurgence

Chemical industry witnessing exceptional resurgence

The 2008 economic crisis had dreadfully hit North America. However, the region, especially the US is currently on the way to recover, rapidly and cautiously. The $1 trillion chemicals market in North America was no exception to the economic downfall but is now witnessing impressive growth, as shale gas and speciality chemicals are predominantly attracting significant revenues to the chemicals market. The US currently represents more than 75 percent of the total North American chemical industry. Read More

Wacker opens new training centre for silicone applications

MUNICH, GERMANY/ TSUKUBA, JAPAN: Wacker Chemie AG has opened a new Wacker Academy training centre in Tsukuba, Japan. The centre mainly offers seminars on silicone products for the automotive, electronics, sealant and personal care sectors. At Tsukuba, Wacker manufactures silicone products through its joint venture, Wacker Asahikasei Silicone (AWS). It also operates a silicone-coatings competence centre there. With the addition of the Wacker Academy, the site now combines under one roof not only production. Read More

Weicon develops all-round adhesive for plastics

MUNSTER, GERMANY: Weicon GmbH & Co KG, a manufacturer of adhesives and sealants from Germany has developed a new adhesive that is especially suitable for bonding different types of plastic – Weicon Easy-Mix RK-7300. It is a fast curing, solvent free structure and construction adhesive based on methyl methacrylate (MMA). The adhesive has a high-strength and a high viscosity. It is impact resistant and withstands both static and dynamic loads. Special fillers (glass beads), which have been added to the product, ensure a consistent bonding line of approx. 0.25 millimetres. Read More

Clariant presents next generation stabiliser for automotive interiors

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant has introduced a new heat and light shield for automotive interiors- AddWorks ATR 146. This is now setting a new benchmark, aiming to create longer-lasting aesthetics and a healthier environment inside future vehicles due to reduced volatile organic compounds (VOC). Soon commercially available, AddWorks ATR 146 is a new low dosage, a sulfur-free stabiliser for filled polypropylene (TPO) compounds used in interior applications. It offers the automotive industry unmatched high performance. Read More