BASF increases Neopor capacity globally


BASF SE said that it is increasing its global production capacity for Neopor (expandable polystyrene containing graphite) by a total of 40,000 metric tons per year. Adjustments in the plants at the two production sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Ulsan, Korea, will take place through the fourth quarter of 2018. At the Ulsan site in Korea, BASF will switch the plant’s entire 85,000 metric tons capacity from the classic white EPS (expandable polystyrene) Styropor to the improved insulation raw material Neopor (grey EPS) until end of 2018. This will allow the company to meet the growing demand for the grey material in the Asian market. Read more

 

Reliance Industries Ltd is investing in setting up India’s first carbon fibre manufacturing unit to cater to aerospace and defence needs, the company said in its annual report. The owner of world’s largest oil refining complex will also make low-cost and high-volume composite products like modular toilets, homes and composites for windmill blades and rotor blades. Without giving investment details, Reliance in its latest annual report said it has developed capabilities for 3D printing of wide-range of plastic and metals products. Reliance is developing new business verticals in the petrochemicals business to capture Rs 30,000 crore composites market. Read more

 

A sample of additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) material is tested at Arnold Air Force Base. The testing was conducted as part of a Cooperative Research and Development – Material Transfer Agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate and HRL Laboratories. The Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. Scientists with the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate recently entered into a Cooperative Research and Development – Material Transfer Agreement with HRL Laboratories to test additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials. Read more

 

The global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) market size was valued at $38.38 billion in 2015. Mandatory workplace safety regulations by various international organizations such as NIOSH, OSHA and NFPA have forced employers to maintain employee safety as one of their top priorities. Strict rules and guidelines regarding safety regulations & occupational health are anticipated to steer the PPE market over the next eight years. The safety equipment need to be manufactured precisely according to the regulations/safety standards to make it appropriate for use, storage, and maintenance for a longer period. Read more

 

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