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Hydrosize Carbon Michelman Composites

Hydrosize Carbon from Michelman Helps Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Improve Quality and Performance of Composites

Michelman’s new Hydrosize® Carbon fiber sizing solutions allow customers to leverage carbon fiber’s unique benefits and produce higher quality composite parts. Part of Michelman’s Hydrosize® brand family of water-based sizing solutions, Hydrosize® Carbon allows carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of their reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin.

This series of grades offers a wide variety of solutions depending on resin compatibility, fiber type, and desired composite performance.

Designed for polyamides, including high-temperature applications, the Hydrosize® Carbon 200 Series is APE, solvent, and VOC-free, and is perfect for fiber reinforced nylon composites where greater thermal stability is required. Coolant pumps are a typical automotive application. Other benefits of these small particle size dispersions include excellent film-forming properties and high strand integrity.

Formulated for polycarbonates (PC) and other PC blends such as PC-ABS, the Hydrosize® Carbon 300 Series produces good chemical resistance along with interfacial adhesion to polymer systems. Appropriate applications include laptop cases or other electronic components. Hydrosize Carbon Michelman Composites

The Hydrosize® Carbon 400 Series includes high-performance grades that can withstand the extreme processing temperatures that many high-temperature thermoplastics require. Appropriate materials include PEEK, PPS, PEI, and others used to produce various composite engine components. This series exhibits excellent thermal stability, mechanical properties, and low creep. It is especially suited for chopped carbon fiber applications.

Finally, the Hydrosize® Carbon 700 Series is formulated to improve the performance of carbon fiber reinforced vinyl ester composites and is perfect for under-the-hood applications. Its proprietary chemistry allows for increased adhesion between the carbon fiber and various vinyl ester compounds.

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Covestro Genomatica sustainable growth

Covestro and Genomatica launch partnership for sustainable growth

Covestro Genomatica sustainable growth

High-performance materials from plants

Plants as sustainable raw material: Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica have joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks. With their collaboration announced on Wednesday, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil. These are today still the most common carbon and raw material sources of the chemical and plastics industries. Using carbon from plants instead would help reduce CO2 emissions and close the carbon loop in another move towards a circular economy.

This long-term partnership involves teams from both companies working together to drive commercially-focused innovations. Genomatica will deploy its strengths in developing industrial-scale bioprocesses to produce widely-used chemicals. Covestro complements the collaboration with strong know-how in chemical process technology and application development. This initiative is another example of Covestro’s approach to drive innovation by sustainability.

Reducing dependence on fossil raw materials

“The market is showing increasing interest in products based on renewable raw materials,” said Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer of Covestro. “Being able to increasingly derive key materials from biomass is essential for making our industry less dependent on fossil raw materials and market fluctuations. With this, we are pursuing our vision of making the world a brighter place.”

Christophe Schilling, CEO of US-based Genomatica, added: “We look forward to supporting Covestro in its efforts and providing our expertise in harnessing the power of biotechnology to bring much-needed change to many segments of the chemical industry.”

About Genomatica

Genomatica is a widely-recognized leader in bioengineering and aims to lead a transition to more sustainable materials. It develops bio-based process technologies that enable a better way to produce widely-used chemicals, from alternative feedstocks, with better economics, sustainability and performance. Genomatica has earned widespread acclaim for its technology; has commercialized processes to make the chemical butanediol (for biodegradable plastics and apparel) and for butylene glycol (cosmetics and personal care); and is working on bio-nylon. Awards include the Kirkpatrick Award, for “the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized in the world” and the ICIS Innovation Award for its Brontide™ butylene glycol. To learn more, visit www.genomatica.com.

About Covestro

With sales of EUR 14.6 billion in 2018, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main sectors served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) as at the end of 2018. For more information please see www.covestro.com.

For more information

Genomatica: Cameron Crowe, genomatica@methodcommunications.com, +1.415.891.4913

Covestro: Stefan Paul Mechnig, stefanpaul.mechnig@covestro.com, +49.175.30.36352

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Polymers Petrochemicals Packaging Automotive 28-03-2019

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Tracking parts right back to the manufacturing data has taken another smart leap forward, with moulding machine specialist Sumitomo (SHI) Demag pioneering a fully automated In Mould Decorating (IMD) production cell.

Nigel Flowers, UK Managing Director, likens it to issuing each moulded component with its unique birth certificate, with all processing data held securely within the manufacturing executive system (MES).

Designed predominantly for automotive, medical device and aerospace manufacturing environments where quality control and traceability are critical, the advance is said to represent a change in how multiple components are individually issued with a unique identifier.

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Mitsubishi has reportedly developed graphene-based MWIR sensors with extraordinarily high sensitivity.

Thanks to an internal graphene FET gain, the responsivity is said to be 10 times higher than that of quantum-type IR sensors with no internal amplification.

Mitsubishi uses graphene FET and leverages its high electron mobility.

High-performance materials from plants

Plants as sustainable raw material: Materials manufacturer Covestro and biotechnology company Genomatica have joined forces to research and develop high-performance materials based on renewable feedstocks.

With their collaboration announced on Wednesday, both partners are aiming to reduce the use of fossil-based resources such as crude oil.

Wind turbine blades for recycling at GFS.Wind turbines generate clean and renewable power, but when their blades reach end-of-life, the options – burning or landfilling – aren’t so green.

The wind power industry pulls at the heartstrings of environmentalists, but if the blades go into landfills, “that doesn’t exactly paint a real nice PR picture for the whole industry,” said Karl Englund. “We don’t want to see that happen.”

Englund is chief technology officer for Global Fiberglass Solutions (GFS), a Bothell, Wash.-based company that is hoping to make some of its own green by recycling the blades into pellets and boards. The company has developed – and is scaling up – a plant in Sweetwater, Texas to recycle fiberglass from wind turbine blades and other sources.

This development was made by a chemist in RUDN University. The new method synthesizes ‘yolk-shell’ nanoparticles on the basis of titanium dioxide and graphene.

Since the new particles have complex structure, scientists could carry out a selective oxidation for the production of aldehyde for many hours without the formation of any byproducts.

Although photocatalytic reactions are more eco-friendly, they are not selective enough.

The aldehydes produced by the process will start to oxidize and numerous byproducts will be formed.

The research team of this study came up with a solution to this problem, which is to use nanocatalysts with an unusual structure.

The first half of Article 53(b) of the European Patent Convention (“EPC”) states that essentially biological processes (“EBPs”) for the production of plants or animals are an exception to patent protection.

This small provision (which implements Art 4 of the Biotechnology Directive) has been the surprising source of conflict between the EU Commission and the Enlarged Board of the EPO about whether the products of EBPs are themselves patentable, as explained below:

Essentially biological processes

A process is an EBP “if it consists entirely of natural phenomena such as crossing or selection” (Rule 26(5) EPC).

EBPs do not, therefore, include genetic manipulation or the production of transgenic animals through chromosomal incorporation.

As we prepare for long-distance space travel and life on Mars, biotechnology could be the only possible solution to make spaceships no longer dependent on Earth’s constant supply.

“As human beings, we need a constant supply of oxygen.

We need constant access to nutritious food, clean water, and a safe and clean waste disposal system,” said Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during a live stream from the International Space Station (ISS).

A wafer-thin layer of glass on the inside wall of the PET bottle combines product protection with the option of full bottle-to-bottle recycling.

The public demand for more sustainability is growing stronger. As a result, the industry is increasingly concentrating on the recyclability of PET bottles.

However, this type of packaging often contains composite materials which considerably hinder simple,pure-grade recycling.

KHS’ FreshSafe PET technology offers the beverage and food industries a unique alternative.

Specialty materials company Eastman is set to introduce three recyclability solutions for shrink film allowing brand owners to select a resin that works best for them without sacrificing sustainability goals.

The newest members of the Eastman Embrace family of resins includes two new resins that enhance the recyclability of shrink-labeled PET packaging.

Embrace family of resins will allow to create 360-degree graphics and better designs for unique and highly contoured packaging.

The new resins include Embrace Encore copolyester, Embrace Float copolyester and Sun Chemical SunLam de-seaming adhesive.

At the VDI Congress ‘Plastics in Automotive Engineering’ (PIAE) on 3-4 April 3rd and 4th in Mannheim, Germany, Covestro will focus on a new priority topic: the car interior, with the motto ‘Designing Today for the Passengers of Tomorrow’.

Covestro

Polycarbonate and its blends will play an important role in car interiors

Polycarbonate and its blends will play an important role in car interiors but will also be a key material for future mobility solutions in general; for example, in the exterior shell and in the powertrain.

ENGEL de Mexico opened a second location in Mexico in San Pedro near Monterrey.

“We are thus shortening the distance to our customers in the very important industrial region in the north of the country,” emphasised Peter Auinger, Managing Director of ENGEL in Mexico.

ENGEL de Mexico SA de CV is headquartered in Querétaro near Mexico City “This is precisely why we decided to establish a permanent ENGEL team in the north,” says  Auinger.

For Oerlikon Nonwoven, the IDEA, taking place in Miami Beach, FL, this week, kicked off with the signing of a contract. The customer, a renowned European meltblown specialist, invested in a two-beam, stand-alone meltblown system from the Neumünster-based plant manufacturer in order to meet its strongly increasing demand.

In the future, the system will be deployed to manufacture meltblown nonwovens for various application, especially from the filtration and wipes sector. The commercial production launch is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

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