Covestro develops new super-plastic with positive eco-balance


Covestro AG and its partners have developed a high-performance thermoplastic (HPT) that could be used in many industries in the future. This would significantly increase the sustainability and performance of products in areas such as aviation, automotive and health. The challenge now is to enable the continuous production of the new plastic on a large scale. This is the goal of a research project coordinated by Covestro and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). HPT is a high-performance plastic that can be processed by injection moulding and uniquely combines numerous good properties. It is stable with high hardness and is also resistant to heat and many solvents. Test batches of the new material are already being produced. Read More

Invista plans to add 40,000 tons of nylon 6,6 polymer capacity at its current 150,000-ton polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). Construction is targeted for mid-2019 and production would begin in 2020. This project aligns with Invista’s other recent announcements regarding additional capacity in the nylon 6,6 value chain: 1. New adiponitrile (ADN) plant announced for China by 2023. 2. Additional ADN capacity resulting from retrofits of Invista’s latest ADN technology at Butachimie, Invista’s joint venture with Solvay in France in 2019; and at Invista’s Victoria, Texas, site, targeted for 2020 3. ADN production records at Invista’s Orange, Texas, site. Invista also has a 215,000-ton hexamethylenediamine (HMD) plant at SCIP. Read More

Oil prices rose more than 2 percent on Tuesday as US sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports and after US crude oil production in 2019 was forecast to grow at a slower rate than previously expected, prompting supply concerns. Since spring when the Trump Administration said it would impose sanctions on Iran, crude traders have priced in a risk premium reflecting the supply shortages that may occur when exports from the third-largest OPEC member are cut. As the Nov. 4 date for imposing sanctions draws nearer, the premium has increased. Brent crude futures rose $1.69, or 2.2 percent, to settle at $79.06 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled $1.71, or 2.5 percent, higher at $69.25 a barrel. Read More

RPM International Inc (RPM) said that it has acquired Nudura Corporation, the leading manufacturer and distributor of insulated concrete forms (ICF) in North America. Based in Ontario, Canada, Nudura has annual net sales in excess of $40 million. Nudura provides four series of ICF wall systems, consisting of foam boards made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) and integral hinged plastic webs that hold both sides of the boards together. Concrete is then poured into the form to make an insulated concrete wall system. Nudura also offers a range of complementary building envelope products. A niche and emerging product in the building materials industry, ICFs provide enhanced energy efficiency and superior insulation, as well as greater resistance to fire, hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding, compared to traditional construction methods. Read More

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