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/


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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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.
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.


Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/subscribe/