September 2020 Vol. 2

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS: * Ampacet * Arkema * AVIENT * Borealis * Clariant * ExcelPlas * LyondellBasell * Mito * UV Testing

INDUSTRY NEWS

Chinese Masterbatch Producer Orders 28 Maag Pelletising Lines 
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/Vfa4GoAx0asg1tZ​

Polymer Additive Firm Mito Gets Seed Funding (Breaking News)
New additive is claimed to improve performance parameters like strength by as much as 135% and allow polymers to replace metal components.
https://cen.acs.org/materials/polymers/Polymer-additive-firm-Mito-seed/98/i34

NEW PRODUCTS

Borealis Introduce HE1355, the ADCA-free Compound for Telecommunication Cables  (Breaking News)
World’s first chemically-foamed, high-density polyethylene grade free of azodicarbonamide.
https://www.borealisgroup.com/news/he1355-the-adca-free-compound-for-telecommunication-cables

Borealis Plays Part in Cables for German Renewables
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/8DdfSUzuSMVz0B6​

New Oxygen Scavenging Masterbatch from Avient Extends the Shelf Life of PET Packaging
https://www.polymerupdate.com/news/press-release-details.aspx?id=18994

NEW ADDITIVES

Basalt Fibre-Reinforced HDPE Composite Development Using the Twin Screw Extrusion Process
The use of basalt fibres as reinforcement of high-density polyethylene increases the mechanical performance of up to 400%
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0142941819323797

Basalt Fibre-Reinforced HDPE Composite Development Using Twin Screw Extrusion 
https://www.x-mol.com/paper/1304864622384484352

Conductive Graphite and Carbon for Masterbatches
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/1GigSALrSlIXo3Q​

WEBINARS

Webinar on Migration Testing for Recycled Plastics (October 21, 2020)
https://www.foodpackagingforum.org/news/webinar-on-migration-testing-for-recycled-plastics

Video Webinar on PVDF for Wire and Cable Applications
https://www.extremematerials-arkema.com/en/media/webinars/?wchannelid=mc4u6jejqf

Video Webinar on Polymer processing Aids (PPA) in Wire and Cable Processing
https://www.extremematerials-arkema.com/en/media/webinars/?wchannelid=mc4u6jejqf

NEW RESEARCH

Tensile Behaviour of HDPE Including the Effects of Processing Technique, Thickness, Temperature, and Strain Rate
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/1857/pdf

RECYCLING

LyondellBasell Successfully Starts Up New Pilot Molecular Recycling Facility
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-successfully-starts-up-new-pilot-molecular-recycling-facility/
https://www.packaging-gateway.com/news/lyondellbasell-moretec-facility-italy/

Study on the Influence of Recycled Material on the Tensile Strength of HDPE Products
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/916/1/012119/pdf

Nova and Merlin Plan PCR PE Compounds
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/a6HtV6yUOWuVaKV​

MOL and MERAXIS Plan to Make Recycled Polyolefin Compounds
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/bOUTd3cQ0Ii2YQb​

Handy Recycled Polymer Mixing Table
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/XVpO5RSVVXkws8P

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Upcoming Masterbatch Conference 10-12 May 2021
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/GBDWJOycN1nTbTY

Upcoming Conference on Polymers in Cable, February 2-3, 2021
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/ldgrCtdvIXbd9jh

POLYMER TESTING

Rapid and Accurate Determination of  Antioxidant and UV Stabilisers in Polymers (Full Additive Screen by ExcelPlas Labs)
https://www.excelplas.com/

Accelerated Weathering of Polymers and Determining The Resistance of Polymers to UV
https://www.uvtesting.com.au/

Polymer Testing Laboratory for All Your Plastic and Masterbatch Testing Needs
As a manufacturer or processor of plastic products you can only comply with high quality standards if you accurately know the material characteristics and material properties. EXCELPLAS gives you safety in the use of plastics.  The experienced materials experts in our laboratories examine your plastics specimens and samples using state-of-the-art testing technology and many years of expertise. Whether regarding solids, powder or liquids, we provide you with solid results quickly and reliably. You thus receive recognized proof of the desired material properties and chemical composition of your materials.
EXCELPLAS offers the following polymer testing services:
• Identification of plastics by FTIR
• Determination of the glass transition temperature by DSC
• Determination of the melting temperature by DSC
• Detection of solvents by GC-MS
• Identification of pigments and fillers by XRD
• Determination of type and level of stabilizers by LC-MS
• Testing the hardening properties of thermosets by DSC
• Determination of crystallinity by DSC
• Determination of antioxidant and stabiliser levels by OIT
• Examination of fracture surfaces using the scanning electron microscope (SEM)
• Tensile tests 
• Pressure tests 
• Bending tests
• Charpy impact strength and notched impact strength
• Shore A and shore D hardness testing
https://www.excelplas.com/

More Masterbatch News
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/


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MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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September 2020 Vol. 1

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS: * Ampacet * AVIENT * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Graphene * SABIC * Silvergate * TOSAF * UV Testing

INDUSTRY NEWS

AVIENT Rolls Out New Light-blocking Additive to Comply with EU Titanium Dioxide Restrictions
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/AVIENT_t245836/

Comprehensive Analysis of Polymer Additives by ExcelPlas Labs
ExcelPlas Labs has been providing expert polymer analysis services since 1990s. We have successfully quantitated and previously analyzed many of the commercially available polymer additives and fillers. Our extensive polymer additive library and established methodology allow us to easily recognize many current and former polymer additives. Quantitation down to the low parts per million for most additives is routine.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Capability-NTs.pdf

SABIC Introduces TruCircle™ Services for Sustainable Polymer Materials and the Circular Economy
https://www.sabic.com/en/sustainability/circular-economy/trucircle-portfolio-and-services

EuP’s Technical Experts Help You Choose Optimal Additive Masterbatches for Cost-effective Solutions (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9wyVhNPf5s

NEW PRODUCTS

Ampacet Introduces a Cluster of New Products to Boost the Recycling of Plastic Packaging
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7462584/

Israeli compounder Unveils New Metallic Colour Masterbatch
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/TOSAF_t245850/

Silvergate Adds Colour to 30% Recycled Content Masterbatch Range
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7462551/

New Metal Effect Masterbatches for Perfect Finishes
https://www.eppm.com/materials/new-metal-effect-masterbatches-for-perfect-finishes/

GRAPHENE MASTERBATCHES

Initial Results Confirm the Potential of Graphene as a High Performing Additive for HDPE
https://www.plasticstoday.com/compounding/oysters-beware-graphene-delivers-step-change-hdpe-performance

New Way to Check the Quality of Nanomaterials Like Graphene
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812144100.htm

Graphene Nanotube Masterbatches for Plastics are the Basis for Cars of the Future
https://www.plastech.biz/en/news/Graphene-nanotubes-in-plastics-are-the-basis-for-cars-of-the-15628
https://www.sustainableplastics.com/news/graphene-nanotubes-creating-light-conductive-plastics-cars-future

Graphene Masterbatch Boosts Properties of PP to Make Self Reinforced Polymer Composites (SRPC)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264127520306080

The Preparation and Application of Polymer/Graphene Nanocomposites
https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/jemmr.17.00031

NEW RESEARCH

Pigmentation and Degradative Activity of TiO2 on Polyethylene Films Using Masterbatches Fabricated Using Variable-Frequency Ultrasound-Assisted Melt-Extrusion
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/13/17/3855/pdf

Polymer Weathering: Accelerated Testing Confirms Prediction
https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/wpc-weathering-accelerated-testing-confirms-prediction

PET RECYCLING

How a Company is Turning PET into Durable Asphalt 
https://resource-recycling.com/plastics/2020/08/19/how-a-company-is-turning-pet-into-durable-asphalt/

How Recycled PET is Being Turned into a Nanomaterial for Supercapacitors
https://www.recyclingproductnews.com/article/34607/how-pet-plastic-is-being-turned-into-a-nanomaterial-for-supercapacitors

MICROPLASTICS & THE ENVIRONMENT

Synergistic Effect of Microplastic Fragments and Benzophenone UV Additives on Lethal and Sublethal Daphnia Toxicity
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0304389420318343

Micro- and Nanoplastics – Current State of Knowledge with the Focus on Oral Uptake and Toxicity
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/na/d0na00539h#!divAbstract

Conversion and Removal Strategies for Microplastics in Wastewater Treatment Plants and Landfills
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385894720328436

POLYMER TESTING

Rapid and Accurate Determination of  Antioxidant and UV Stabilisers in Polymers (Full Additive Screen by ExcelPlas Labs)
https://www.excelplas.com/

Accelerated Weathering of Polymers and Determining The Resistance of Polymers to UV
https://www.uvtesting.com.au/

Polymer Testing Laboratory for All Your Plastic and Masterbatch Testing Needs
As a manufacturer or processor of plastic products you can only comply with high quality standards if you accurately know the material characteristics and material properties. EXCELPLAS gives you safety in the use of plastics.  The experienced materials experts in our laboratories examine your plastics specimens and samples using state-of-the-art testing technology and many years of expertise. Whether regarding solids, powder or liquids, we provide you with solid results quickly and reliably. You thus receive recognized proof of the desired material properties and chemical composition of your materials.
EXCELPLAS offers the following polymer testing services:
• Identification of plastics by FTIR
• Determination of the glass transition temperature by DSC
• Determination of the melting temperature by DSC
• Detection of solvents by GC-MS
• Identification of pigments and fillers by XRD
• Determination of type and level of stabilizers by LC-MS
• Testing the hardening properties of thermosets by DSC
• Determination of crystallinity by DSC
• Determination of antioxidant and stabiliser levels by OIT
• Examination of fracture surfaces using the scanning electron microscope (SEM)
• Tensile tests 
• Pressure tests 
• Bending tests
• Charpy impact strength and notched impact strength
• Shore A and shore D hardness testing
https://www.excelplas.com/

More Masterbatch News
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
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Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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August 2020 Vol. 3

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS: * Ampacet * BASF * Borealis * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Irganox * Marlex * SABIC * US Army

BREAKING NEWS

BASF to Expand Production Capacity for Irganox 1010 Globally (Breaking News)
https://www.foodbusinessafrica.com/basf-to-expand-production-capacity-for-irganox-1010-globally/

U.S. Army Commits up to $11 Million for Polymer Research
https://www.miragenews.com/us-army-commits-up-to-11-million-for-polymer-research/

NEW ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidant Packaging Films Based on Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer (EVOH) and Caffeic Acid
https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/25/17/3953/pdf

SABIC Patent Use of New Antioxidant Cholestanyl Ferulate in HDPE Pipe
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20200002517.pdf

Marlex Bimodal Corrugated Pipe Resin has > 100 mins Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
https://www.cpchem.com/sites/default/files/2020-07/Marlex-20TRB-490-20Polyethylene.pdf

Active Biodegradable Packaging Films Modified with Grape Seeds Lignin
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2020/ra/d0ra04074f

Comprehensive Analysis of Polymer Additives by ExcelPlas Labs
ExcelPlas Labs has been providing expert polymer analysis services since 1990s. We have successfully quantitated and previously analyzed many of the commercially available polymer additives and fillers. Our extensive polymer additive library and established methodology allow us to easily recognize many current and former polymer additives. Quantitation down to the low parts per million for most additives is routine.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Capability-NTs.pdf

PLASTICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

Rapid Production of Micro- and Nanoplastics by Fragmentation of Expanded Polystyrene Exposed to Sunlight
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.0c02288

Major Companies and Retailers Join BASF’s reciChain™ pilot to Improve Circular Economy and Traceability of Recycled Plastics in Canada
https://www.basf.com/ca/en/media/News-Releases/2020/07/basf-responds-to-covid-19-with-additional-cleaning-and-disinfect1/-major-companies-and-retailers-join-basf-s-recichain-pilot-to-im.html

BASF’s reciChain™ Project Starting to Gain Traction in Canada
https://www.sustainableplastics.com/news/basfs-recichain-project-starting-gain-traction-canada

Review of Commercial Marine-Degradable Polymers for Flexible Packaging
https://www.cell.com/iscience/pdf/S2589-0042(20)30540-X.pdf

The Influence of the Accelerated Aging Conditions on the Properties of Polyolefin Geogrids Used for Landfill Slope Reinforcement
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/1874/pdf

MARKET PROFIT RESULTS

Borealis Reports 80% Profit Slide and Major Projects Suffer Delays
http://www.mrcplast.com/news-news_open-374672.html-MOSCOW-20(MRC)-20-2D-2D-20Borealis-20(,the-20COVID-2D19-20pandemic-2C-20reported

SABIC Reports 29% Profit Slump for 2020 Second-Quarter Sales Compared to 2019
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/saudi-chemical-maker-sabic-expects-recovery-following-loss-1.1476304-text-Sabic-20generated-20second-2Dquarter-20sales,billion-20riyals-20a-20year-20earlier

Sabic Q2 Revenue Drops 29% to $6.57bn
http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IND_371350.html

Exxon Reported $1 Billion Loss for Q2 2020
https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/petrochemicals/073120-exxonmobil-chemical-earnings-more-than-doubled-on-year-in-q2

LyondellBasell Reports Second Quarter 2020 Earnings
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-reports-second-quarter-2020-earnings/

BASF Profit Warning Ripples Through Economy
https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22027886/basf-profit-warning-ripples-through-economy

Segment Reporting – BASF Half-Year Financial Report 2020 
https://report.basf.com/2020/q2/en/notes/segment-reporting.html

NEW POLYMERS

The Effects of Rubber Nanoparticles with Different Polarities on Thermal Properties and Foaming Performance of Polypropylene Blends
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2020/ra/d0ra04486e

MORE POLYMER NEWS BY SEGMENT:

Latest News on Polymer Masterbatches
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Pipes
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Cables
https://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/

Latest News on Protective Coatings
https://www.coatingsnews.com/

Latest News on Geosynthetics
https://www.geosyntheticnews.com.au/

Latest News on Combustible Polymer Cladding
https://www.claddingtest.com/news/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
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Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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August 2020 Vol. 2

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * Avient * Biomaster * Clariant * COVID-19 * ExcelPlas * PolyOne  * UV Testing 

Avient (the New PolyOne): Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results (Breaking News)
PolyOne has rebranded to ‘Avient’ following the acquisition of the colour masterbatch businesses of Clariant 
https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/AVIENT-CORPORATION-14081/news/Avient-Announces-Second-Quarter-2020-Results-30968769/

Recovery Underway for Resin Distribution in 2020 (Breaking News)
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/XeX53RWaGcjPcED#pdfviewer

Clariant Makes Dark Colours NIR Detectable
https://plasticsinpackaging.com/online/clariant-makes-dark-colours-nir-detectable/

Polymer Company Avient Appoints New Chief Financial Officer (Breaking News)
https://www.bizjournals.com/cleveland/news/2020/08/24/polymer-company-avient-appoints-new-chief-financia.html

Development of Bamboo Charcoal Masterbatch for Polymer Composites
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pc.25776

Ampacet Extends Availability of GermsClean™ Antimicrobial Additive Masterbatch Due to COVID Demand (Breaking News)
https://www.ampacet.com/ampacet-extends-availability-of-germscleantm-antimicrobial-additive-for-effective-protection-of-plastic-products/

Silver-Based Antimicrobial Masterbatches for Polymers in High Demand with COVID (Breaking News)
http://www.biomasterusa.com/applications/plastics

Rapid and Accurate Determination of  Antioxidant and UV Stabilisers in Polymers (Full Additive Screen by ExcelPlas Labs)
https://www.excelplas.com/

Discrimination of Virgin and Recycled Polyethylene Based on Volatile Organic Compounds Using a Headspace GC-MS Coupled with Chemometrics Approach
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214289420305718

Occurrence, Toxicity and Risk Assessment of Plastic Additives in Besos River, Spain  (New Research)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0045653520322177

Transfer of Toxic Additives from Plastics to Sea Birds (New Research)
https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/marine-research/show-marine/Transfer-of-toxic-additives-from-plastic-to-fulmars.htm

Apply Risk Management Principles to Improve Extrusion Operations
https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/apply-risk-management-principles-improve-extrusion-operations

Accelerated Weathering of Polymers and Determining The Resistance of Polymers to UV
https://www.uvtesting.com.au/

More Masterbatch News
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/


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MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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August 2020 Vol. 1

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * BASF * Clariant * ExcelPlas * PACT * PolyOne  * Tosaf 

LyondellBasell Reports Second Quarter 2020 Earnings
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-reports-second-quarter-2020-earnings/

Pact Plugs into Plan for $30m Plastic Recycling Plant in Albury
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/pact-plugs-into-30m-plastic-recycling-plant-in-albury-20200219-p5429j.html

New $45 million Albury/Wodonga Recycling Plant to Build a Domestic Circular Economy and Boost Regional Jobs
https://www.cleanaway.com.au/sustainable-future/cleanaway-pact-asahi-announce-new-plant/

EU leaders Agree €0.80/kg Plastic Waste Levy
https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2125001-eu-leaders-agree-080kg-plastic-waste-levy

BASF Enhances R&D Capabilities with the Acquisition of Polyamide Business from Solvay
https://www.basf.com/au/en/media/news-releases/asia-pacific/2020/08/basf-enhances-rd-capabilities-with-the-acquisition-of-polyamide-business-from-solvay.html

Major Companies and Retailers Join BASF’s reciChain Pilot to Improve Circular Economy and Traceability of Recycled Plastics 
https://www.basf.com/ca/en/media/News-Releases/2020/07/basf-responds-to-covid-19-with-additional-cleaning-and-disinfect1/-major-companies-and-retailers-join-basf-s-recichain-pilot-to-im.html

BASF’s Canadian Plastics Waste Blockchain Project Gains Momentum
https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2020/08/05/10537931/basf-s-canadian-plastics-waste-blockchain-project-gains-momentum

Segment Reporting – BASF Half-Year Financial Report 2020 
https://report.basf.com/2020/q2/en/notes/segment-reporting.html

BASF Profit Warning Ripples Through Economy
https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22027886/basf-profit-warning-ripples-through-economy

Apply Risk Management Principles to Improve Extrusion Operations
https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/apply-risk-management-principles-improve-extrusion-operations

Ampacet Lauches Silo Bliss™ Materbatches
https://www.ampacet.com/ampacet-launches-silky-bliss-masterbatch-provides-recyclability-elegant-look-to-rigid-pet-rpet/

More Polymer News at These Following Web Portals:

Latest News on Polymer Masterbatches
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Pipes
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/

Latest News on Polymer Cables
https://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/

Latest News on Protective Coatings
https://www.coatingsnews.com/

Latest News on Geosynthetics
https://www.geosyntheticnews.com.au/

Latest News on Combustible Polymer Cladding
https://www.claddingtest.com/news/


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Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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July 2020 Vol. 2

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Avient * BASF * Dow * ExcelPlas * HanNanotech  * Sukano * TOTAL 

Avient Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/avient-announces-second-quarter-2020-results-301097849.html

Migration analysis, antioxidant, and mechanical characterization of polypropylene-based active food packaging films loaded with BHA, BHT, and TBHQ
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1750-3841.15337

New Application for trinamiX Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Solutions: Plastic Sorting Made Easy
https://www.basf.com/global/en/media/news-releases/2020/07/p-20-234.html

Total Patents Carbon Nanotubes Masterbatch
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200148840A1/en

Antimicrobial Benefits of Zinc Nanoparticle Masterbatches
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/5/1198

Dow Patents New Masterbastch Formulations for Use In Greenhouse Films with High Transparency
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200140665A1/en

HanNanotech Patents Processing Aid of a Non-fluorinated Melt-Processable Polymer
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200139605A1/en

The Effect of ZnO on the Failure of PET by Environmental Stress Cracking
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/13/12/2844/pdf

Release of Silver from Silver Doped PET Bottles
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214289420301034

Novachem Enters High-Density Biaxially Orientated Polyethylene Market
https://www.novachem.com/media-center/news-releases/nova-chemicals-enters-high-density-biaxially-oriented-polyethylene-market-to-expand-recyclable-packaging-options/

More Masterbatch News
http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/news/july-2020-vol-1/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
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MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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July 2020 Vol. 1

MNA – The Latest Updates, News and Alerts on Polymer Masterbatches and Polymer Additives
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * BASF * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Gabriel Chemie  * PolyOne  * Sukano * Tosaf 

PolyOne Now Called Avient Following Clariant Masterbatch Acquisition (Breaking News)
https://www.eppm.com/industry-news/polyone-now-called-avient-following-clariant-masterbatch-acq/

PolyOne Rebrands as Avient Following Acquisition of Clariant (Breaking News)
https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/News/polyone-rebrands-as-avient-following-clariant-masterbatch-ac/

European Investment Platform Invests $18.8m into UK-based Company that has Developed a Masterbatch Technology that it Claims Ensures True Biodegradation for Plastics
https://plasticsinpackaging.com/online/european-platform-invests-in-biotransformation-technology/

PolyOne Announces First Quarter 2020 Results 
https://www.polyone.com/investor-center/news/polyone-announces-first-quarter-2020-results

Sukano Expands rPET Portfolio With New Impact Modifier
https://www.sustainableplastics.com/news/sukano-expands-rpet-portfolio-new-impact-modifier

Tosaf’s New Masterbatch Delivers Matte Effect on Polyolefin Films Without Additional Converting Process
https://injectionmouldingworld.com/tosafs-new-mt7636pe-delivers-matte-effect-on-polyolefin-films-without-additional-converting-process/

Coronavirus and the Return of Plastic
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/jun/29/coronavirus-and-the-return-of-plastic-in-pictures

Tosaf buys Vision Color, Adding to its North American Assets 
https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/tosaf-buys-vision-color-adding-its-north-american-assets

Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Testing by ExcelPlas Labs
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/NliZYqfslt8Tt6j

Legacy Additives in a Circular Economy of Plastics: Current Dilemma, Policy Analysis, and Emerging Countermeasures
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092134492030121X

Determination of Antioxidant Irganox 1010 in Polypropylene by Infrared Spectrometry
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/514/5/052046/pdf

Ampacet Introduces Two New Masterbatches for Laser Marking
https://www.lasersystemseurope.com/news/ampacet-introduces-two-new-masterbatches-laser-marking

A Look at Clariant’s New Shelf life-Extending Masterbatch
https://packagingeurope.com/a-look-at-clariants-new-shelf-life-extending-masterbatch/

Security Matters and BASF to Develop Plastics Traceability Solutions
https://www.packaging-gateway.com/news/basf-security-matters-plastic/

BASF and Security Matters to Develop Recyclate Tracking
https://www.chemanager-online.com/en/news-opinions/headlines/basf-and-security-matters-develop-recyclate-tracking


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As a manufacturer or processor of plastic products you can only comply with high quality standards if you accurately know the material characteristics and material properties. EXCELPLAS gives you safety in the use of plastics.  The experienced materials experts in our laboratories examine your plastics specimens and samples using state-of-the-art testing technology and many years of expertise. Whether regarding solids, powder or liquids, we provide you with solid results quickly and reliably. You thus receive recognized proof of the desired material properties and chemical composition of your materials.
EXCELPLAS offers the following polymer testing services:
• Identification of plastics by FTIR
• Determination of the glass transition temperature by DSC
• Determination of the melting temperature by DSC
• Detection of antioxidants and stabilisers by GC-MS
• Detection of pigments and fillers by XRD
• Testing the effectiveness of stabilizers by LC-MS
• Testing the hardening properties of thermosets by DSC
• Determination of crystallinity by DSC
• Testing using the scanning electron microscope
• Tensile tests 
• Pressure tests 
• Bending tests
• Charpy impact strength and notched impact strength
• Shore A and shore D hardness testing
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April 2020 Vol. 1

MNA – All the latest news on Additives, Masterbatches and Concentrates for the Polymer Industry 
Stay in Touch with the Polymer Additives Industry While Social Distancing
 


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * BASF * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Exxon Mobil * Formosa Polymers * Gabriel Chemie  * PolyOne  * Schulman

Exxon Mobil Works to Fortify Supply Chain Despite Corona Virus
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/V7pLTGUo10z44vx#pdfviewer
COVID-19 Halts Canadian Polyethylene Plant Construction
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/HL7afFa3CsMfQMS#pdfviewer

European Spot Polyethylene Rigid Plastic Trade Hit by COVID-19 Lockdowns
https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/petrochemicals/040220-april-petrochemicals-prices-drop-as-covid-19-infection-rate-rises

Three COVID-19 Positive Workers at Texas Polyethylene Plant
https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/three-covid-19-cases-among-contract-workers-texas-formosa-plant

Clariant Said to Discuss $1.5 Billion Unit Sale With PolyOne
https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22028343/clariant-said-to-discuss-15-billion-unit-sale-with-polyone

GABRIEL-CHEMIE ITALY RESUMES PRODUCTION DESPITE COVID-19
https://www.gabriel-chemie.com/en/GC_Italy_Update

Gabriel-Chemie Expands the Online Portal Masterofbatch.com with a Search Tool for Additive Masterbatches
https://www.gabriel-chemie.com/en/news/find-the-right-additive-masterbatch-easily-online-now

Innovative Plastics Additives can be Used to Transform Regular Plastics into “Super Plastics”
https://bioplasticsnews.com/2020/03/30/symphony-environmental-super-plastics/

Polymer Testing Laboratory for All Your Plastic and Masterbatch Testing Needs
As a manufacturer or processor of plastic products you can only comply with high quality standards if you accurately know the material characteristics and material properties. EXCELPLAS gives you safety in the use of plastics.  The experienced materials experts in our laboratories examine your plastics specimens and samples using state-of-the-art testing technology and many years of expertise. Whether regarding solids, powder or liquids, we provide you with solid results quickly and reliably. You thus receive recognized proof of the desired material properties and chemical composition of your materials.
EXCELPLAS offers the following polymer testing services:

  • Identification of plastics by FTIR
  • Determination of the glass transition temperature by DSC
  • Determination of the melting temperature by DSC
  • Detection of solvents by GC-MS
  • Detection of pigments and fillers by XRD
  • Testing the effectiveness of stabilizers by LC-MS
  • Testing the hardening properties of thermosets by DSC
  • Determination of crystallinity by DSC
  • Testing using the scanning electron microscope
  • Tensile tests
  • Pressure tests
  • Bending tests
  • Charpy impact strength and notched impact strength
  • Shore A and shore D hardness testing
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March 2020 Vol. 3

MNA – All the latest news on Additives, Masterbatches and Concentrates for the Polymer Industry


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * BASF * Cabot * Clariant * ExcelPlas * PolyOne * Solvay  * Schulman 

BASF, Clariant Postpone Annual MeetingsDue to COVID-19
https://cen.acs.org/business/BASF-Clariant-postpone-annual-meetings/98/i11

ExcelPlas Coating Labs Move to Automated Testing and Robotic Autosampler During COVID-19
ExcelPlas continues to remain operational and accessible for masterbatch and polymer testing during this difficult period and has switched to more automated testing, 
Robotic autosampling equipment and remote-access video monitoring of DSC and FTIR to ensure continuity of work flow. 75% of staff are working from home checking and writing reports.
https://www.excelplas.com/ 

Graphite-Embedded Polyethylene Kills 99.99% of Bacteria on Contact
https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/graphite-embedded-plastic-kills-9999-bacteria-on-contact/164128815462704

Additives: Matte Masterbatches for High-Impact, Luxurious Finish PET Molded and Extruded Sheet Products
https://www.ptonline.com/products/additives-matte-masterbatches-for-high-impact-luxurious-finish-pet-molded-and-extruded-sheet-products

Processing Stabilizer for Repro and/or Recycled HDPE
https://www.ptonline.com/products/additives-processing-stabilizer-for-repro-andor-recycled-hdpe

Expanded Polyproplene Foam with Improved Surface Properties and Optimized Filling Behavior
https://www.ptonline.com/products/materials-epp-foam-with-improved-surface-properties-and-optimized-filling-behavior

Cabot Corporation Now Offers CABELEC® Conductive Concentrates 
https://www.cabotcorp.com/-/media/files/infosheets/masterbatches-and-conductive-compounds/infosheet-cabelec-conductive-concentrates.pdf?la=en&rev=69015985e6e945c295a6bc4837edbe91

Carbon-free Technology Ignites Black Plastics Recyclability Roadshow
https://www.packaginginsights.com/news/carbon-free-technology-repositions-black-plastics-on-the-recyclability-roadshow.html

Clariant Expands Polymer Compounds Portfolio
https://www.medicalplasticsnews.com/news/clariant-expands-polymer-compounds-portfolio/

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March 2020 Vol. 2

MNA – All the latest news on Additives, Masterbatches and Concentrates for the Polymer Industry


NEWSMAKERS:  * Ampacet * BASF * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Exxon Mobil * PolyOne * Sukano  * Schulman 

PolyOne/Clariant Masterbatch Deal in Doubt Amid Coronavirus Crisis
https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2020/03/20/10484941/polyone-clariant-masterbatch-deal-in-doubt-amid-coronavirus-crisis

Materials Firms Watch, Wait for Coronavirus Impact
https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/materials-firms-watch-wait-coronavirus-impact

Italy’s Polymer Supply Chain at Risk from Coronavirus Outbreak
https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/petrochemicals/031220-italys-polymer-supply-chain-at-risk-from-coronavirus-outbreak

Pandemic Shakes the Suddenly Atypical Plastics Sector
https://recyclinginternational.com/corona-virus/pandemic-shakes-the-suddenly-atypical-plastics-sector/29806/

Holcobatch™: The First Eco-friendly Masterbatch?
https://www.eppm.com/materials/holcobatch-the-first-eco-friendly-masterbatch/

Clariant Masterbatches Earn ‘OK’ Certification for Home and Industrial Composting
https://www.bioplasticsmagazine.com/en/news/meldungen/20200309Clariant-Masterbatches-earn-OK-certification-for-home-and-industrial-composting.php

Ampacet REVIVE™ 962 E offers a sustainable solution for multi-material polyolefin barrier packaging that enables use of reclaimed material in quality film
https://www.ampacet.com/ampacet-introduces-compatibilizer-masterbatch-revive-962-e-allows-recycling-of-multi-material-packaging/

ExcelPlas Labs Can Give Full Deformulation Analysis of Antioxidants and HALS Stabilizers in Polymers (Cost Effective & Rapid Turnaround)
http://www.excelplas.com/

Sukano’s NIR Detectable Black Masterbatch Makes it onto French Positive List
https://www.sustainableplastics.com/news/sukanos-nir-detectable-black-masterbatch-makes-it-french-positive-list

BPF Letter to Government In Response to Coronavirus
https://www.bpf.co.uk/article/bpf-supports-members-amid-covid-19-1601.aspx

First COMPEO Compounding System For Color Masterbatch
https://www.modernplasticsglobal.com/2020/03/02/first-compeo-compounding-system-for-color-masterbatch/

ExcelPlas Labs Offer Specific Filler Identification in Masterbatches by XRD
-distinguish between anatase and rutile titanium dioxide pigments
-identify specific type of clay or silica fillers
-identify specific mineral flame retardants such as ATH and MDH
-determine crystalline silica content of inorganic fillers for plastics
https://www.excelplas.com/


This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Polymer Testing Labs.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Masterbatch News Australia (MNA) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Plastics Additives, Polymer Compounding and Masterbatches;

MNA is now sent to over 3500 Plastics Industry Members every month.


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