October 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 * Avient * BASF * Borealis * Brüggemann * DataLase * ExcelPlas * Formosa Plastics * Milliken * PureCycle * RPET * SABIC * Solvay * Tosaf

INDUSTRY NEWS

Avient Announces Tenth Consecutive Annual Increase in Quarterly Dividend
https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2020-10-14/avient-announces-tenth-consecutive-annual-increase-in-quarterly-dividend

Brüggemann: New Polymer Additives Production Plant Commissioned
https://www.gupta-verlag.com/news/industry/24592/brueggemann-new-polymer-additives-production-plant-commissioned

PureCycle Technologies Partners with Milliken to Accelerate Revolutionary Plastics Recycling
https://injectionmouldingworld.com/purecycle-technologies-partners-with-milliken-nestle-to-accelerate-revolutionary-plastics-recycling/

Formosa Plastics USA Ramps up HDPE Production: Sources
https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/petrochemicals/100220-formosa-plastics-usa-ramps-up-hdpe-production-sources

Borealis PEX-a Pipe Resin Achieves Highest Available Chlorine Resistance Rating
Borealis HE1878E-C2 for crosslinked pipes in plumbing applications has now achieved Class 5 listing corresponding to the highest chlorine resistance rating in accordance with ASTM F876.  Its state-of-the-art stabilisation package also opens it up for use in certain industrial applications.
https://www.borealisgroup.com/news/borealis-he1878e-c2

BASF Reports Huge Q3 Net Loss on Impairments / Margin Pressure Expected to Continue
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/BASF_t246176/

DataLase Launches Functional Masterbatch Additive for Plastics Integration
https://www.medicalplasticsnews.com/news/datalase-launches-functional-masterbatch-additive-for-plasti/

Start-up with Plastic Waste Recycling Solution Wins Top Prize
https://www.miragenews.com/start-up-with-plastic-waste-recycling-solution-wins-top-prize/

BOOKS & REPORTS

Book on Additives for Polyolefins (Free PDF Download for MNA Readers)
http://oil.vcdcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Additives-for-PolyolefinsGetting-the-Most-out-of-Polypropylene-Polyethylene-and-TPO-2015.pdf

MNA Offering Masterbatch and Additives Market Intelligence Reports Using Augmented Analytics (NEW)
Report rich with competitor and customer data on your specific products and/or services 💼
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LEGAL

Formosa Plastics Sues Chubb Insurance for Coverage of $50 Mill Water-pollution Settlement (Breaking News)
https://www.reuters.com/article/chubb-formosa-lawsuit-idUSL1N2H501W

Opponents of Formosa Plastics’ Plan to Build one of the World’s Largest Plastic Plants in Louisiana have Filed a Motion Seeking a Judgment
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/10/02/opponents-formosa-plastics-louisiana-plant-move-overturn-federal-approval

NEW PRODUCTS

HI Tech Group Invents Plant Based Virus Reducing Keep-U-Safe Plastic Masterbatch, Films, Coatings and Additives Which can Reduce >99% of viruses  Within 1 Minute
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/9fJa7XFZM3q7SE0#pdfviewer​

Ampacet Introduces PEARL 368, an Organic Cavitating Masterbatch for Premium White-Opaque BOPP Film
https://www.ampacet.com/ampacet-introduces-pearl-368-cavitating-masterbatch-for-premium-quality-white-opaque-bopp-film/

POLYMER STABILIZERS

Revealing Chinese Research Progress on Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers
https://longchangchemical.com/domestic-research-progress-of-light-stabilizers/

An Irgafos® 168 story: When the Ubiquity of an Additive Prevents Studying its Leaching from Plastics
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969720351809

Study on Extractables and Leachables from Pharmaceutical Products: Case Studies on Irgafos® 168, and Irganox® 1010
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0273230020302282

Improvement of Melt Stability and Degradation Efficiency of Poly (Lactic Acid) by using Phosphite
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/app.49951

ANTIMICROBIAL MASTERBATCHES

Masterbatch Additives to Fight COVID-19
https://plasticsinpackaging.com/close-contact/

IIT Delhi-incubated Startup Launches Antimicrobial Water Storage Containers ‘AqCure’
https://indiaeducationdiary.in/iit-delhi-incubated-startup-launches-antimicrobial-water-storage-containers-aqcure/

Nanosafe Solutions Launch Anti-fungal Water Storage Containers Using Nano-Copper Masterbatch
AqCure polymer masterbatch (polymers compounded with active nano-copper) granules based on different carrier polymers are also available, which can be used in polymer moulding and extrusion operations to make the final products antimicrobial. 
https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2020/oct/10/nanosafe-solutions-launch-anti-fungal-water-storage-container-2208380.html

JOBS

BASF Seeking Technical Sales Manager in Plastic Additives
https://basf.jobs/red_AP/job/Guangzhou-Manager%2CSales-510000/625198801/?feedId=111101

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Lifetime Prediction Methods for Degradable Polymeric Materials—A Short Review [PDF]
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/13/20/4507/pdf

Analysis and Fate of the Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer Tinuvin 622 in Polyester Powder Coatings using HPLC-TOF-MS
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142941820311314

Enhancing the Performance of Rubber with Nano ZnO as Activators
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.0c15114

Studies on Natural Rubber Nanocomposites by Incorporating Zinc Oxide Modified Graphene Oxide
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42464-020-00059-3

ENVIRONMETAL

Effect of Different Microplastics on Nematodes in the Soil Environment
https://www.x-mol.com/paper/1316558994473717760

Review on the Biological Degradation of Polymers in Various Environments
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/13/20/4586/pdf

RECYCLED PET

World’s First Carbon-Neutral rPET Resin Unveiled
https://www.plasticstoday.com/sustainability/worlds-first-carbon-neutral-rpet-resin-unveiled

Major Innovation Brings a New Level of Sustainability to PET Bottle Recycling
https://business-reporter.co.uk/2020/10/14/major-innovation-brings-a-new-level-of-sustainability-to-pet-bottle-recycling/

Krones Webinar “Sustainability Trend and rPET Implementation with Krones” (22 October, 2022)
https://thailand.ahk.de/en/members/member-news/news-details/krones-webinar-sustainability-trend-and-rpet-implementation-with-krones

Remarkable Role of Experimental Olefin-Maleic-Anhydride Copolymer Based Compatibilizing Additives in Blends of Waste PET Bottles and Polyamide
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12649-020-01253-5

3D PRINTING

Accurate and Rapid 3D printing of Microfluidic Devices using Wavelength Selection on a DLP Printer
A recently developed absorber with a spectrum extending well above 400 nm (Tinuvin CarboProtect®) was tested with channel sizes down to 400 μm
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/lc/d0lc00767f/unauth#!divAbstract

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.  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

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October 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 * Chemson * Chevron Phillips * ExcelPlas * Exxon Mobil * LyondellBasell * Polypacific * OCSiAl * RPET * SABIC * SASOL  * Solvay * Tosaf

INDUSTRY NEWS

Australian Masterbatch and Polymer Magnate Amasses Secret Half a Billion Dollar Art Collection (Breaking News)
Lindsey Hogg is owner of Mirlex Australia, Townsend Chemicals and 50% owner of PolyPacific
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/PrXcEyB5Uc0vYtd#pdfviewer​

Exxon Mobil Cuts 1600 Jobs Across Europe (Breaking News)
https://industryeurope.com/sectors/energy-utilities/exxonmobil-to-axe-1600-jobs-in-europe/

China Initiates Anti-Dumping Investigation Into US-made PVC – US, Taiwan, Japan Import Sources (Breaking News)
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/PVC_t246007/

US$ 500 Million Giant Merger in the Field of PVC Stabilizers: OYAK Merged Akdeniz Kimya and Chemson, and Became the Largest in the Industry
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/us-500-million-giant-merger-113200752.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/business/economy/500m-fund-merger-turns-turkish-austrian-firms-into-chemical-giant

Qenos Parent ChemChina labelled by the U.S. Defence Department as a “Communist Chinese Military Company” Selling Billions of Dollars in Bonds with the Help of Western Banks (Wall Street Journal)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-companies-in-pentagon-spotlight-hire-global-banks-to-sell-dollar-bonds-11600165226

Chevron Phillips Announces Success in Advanced Recycling Technology of Polyethylene (Breaking News)
https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2020/10/chevron-phillips-chemicals-new-success-in-advanced-recycling-technology

100% Recycled Content Polyethylene Resin Could Soon to be Reality
Upon certification, Chevron Phillips Chemical intends to market its new circular polyethylene range under the trade name Marlex® Anew™ Circular Polyethylene.
https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2020/10/chevron-phillips-chemicals-new-success-in-advanced-recycling-technology

LyondellBasell and Sasol form Integrated Polyethylene Joint Venture
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-and-sasol-form-integrated-polyethylene-joint-venture/

Carbon Black World 2020 Postponed Until 2021 Due to COVID-19 Concerns
https://www.carbonblackworld.com/carbon-black-world

OCSiAl Opens First Graphene Nanotube R&D Centre in Europe
Smarter Plastics of the future: OCSiAl opens its first graphene nanotube R&D center in Europe
https://ocsial.com/news/smarter-materials-and-cars-of-the-future-ocsial-opens-its-first-graphene-nanotube-r-and-d-center-in-europe/
http://www.jeccomposites.com/knowledge/international-composites-news/ocsial-opens-its-first-graphene-nanotube-rd-center-europe

Avient Showcases Connected Wire And Cable Compounds At Wire China 2020
https://www.avient.com/avient-showcases-connected-wire-and-cable-solutions-wire-china-2020

Contract for Polypropylene Gas-Phase Stirred Bed Reactor Technology Awarded
https://www.process-worldwide.com/contract-for-polypropylene-technology-awarded-gal-476313/

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NEW PRODUCTS

LIFOCOLOR™ Anti-scratch Additive Said to Eliminate White Scratches and Marks on PP Film
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/LIFOCOLOR_t245995/

OCSiAl to Commercialize up to 100 Tonnes of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes Annually in Europe
http://www.jeccomposites.com/knowledge/international-composites-news/ocsial-commercialize-100-tonnes-single-wall-carbon-nanotubes

Tosaf Formulates Antiviral and Antimicrobial Additive for Nonwoven Medical Protection Products
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7535537/

Masterbatch Specialist Acquires US Competitor Vision Colour
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/TOSAF_t245291/

ADDITIVES

BASF Plastic Additives Protect Scarce Water by Improving the Durability of Plastic Water Tanks
https://www.basf.com/au/en/media/blog/basf-plastic-additives-protect-scarce-water-in-drought-hit-regio.html

Novel Stabilizer Systems for Polyethylene Rotational Moulding Resins
https://www.adsalecprj.com/en/news_show-70093.html

Solvay & Tosaf: UV Light Stabilization for Stadium Seating to Avoid Failure
https://oglinks.news/solvay/pr/tosaf-uv-light-stabilization-for-stadium-seating

Identification of Additives in Polypropylene and Their Degradation under Solar Exposure Studied by Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acsomega.9b03058

Study on Migration of Two Triazine Type Ultraviolet Absorbents from Polypropylene Packaging Materials to Food Simulant
https://www.e3s-conferences.org/articles/e3sconf/abs/2020/05/e3sconf-iaecst2020-01024/e3sconf-iaecst2020-01024.html

Synthetic Phenolic Antioxidants: A Review of Environmental Occurrence, Fate, Human Exposure, and Toxicity
This paper reports on the identification of two previously unsuspected antioxidants, Irganox 1076 and Irganox 1135
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.0c05077

Toughening Mechanism of Long Chain Branched Polyamide 6 (Nylon 6)
The thermal stabilizer, Irganox 1010, was purchased from BASF and used as received to prevent thermal and oxidative degradation during PA6 processing
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264127520307085

RPET

Molar Mass Alteration During Post-Consumer PET Recycling Using Polycarbodiimide-Based Additive
Two different classes of antioxidants represented by (Irganox 1010® and Irganox B561®), a metal deactivator (Irganox MD1024®) and by anti-hydrolysis additive
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10924-020-01896-4

ENVIRONMENT

Chevron Phillips Marks ‘Huge Step’ in Plastic Recycling
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical-marks-huge-step-15631090.php

Evaluating Scenarios Toward Zero Plastic Pollution (Special Feature)
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/369/6510/1455.full.pdf

More Than 14m Tonnes of Plastic Believed to be at the Bottom of the Ocean
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/06/more-than-14m-tonnes-of-plastic-believed-to-be-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean

New Report Reveals a Planet Overwhelmed by a Tidal Wave of Plastic
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2020/10/03/new-report-reveals-a-planet-overwhelmed-by-tidal-wave-of-plastic/

Thermo-Mechanical Degradation of PP and LDPE Blends Exposed to Simulated Recycling
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141391020303190

Plastic Tea Capsules Feature Sabic’s Certified Circular Polypropylene (Trucircle™ PP)
https://www.chemicalprocessing.com/industrynews/2020/plastic-tea-capsules-feature-sabics-certified-circular-polypropylene/

Photo Aging and Fragmentation of PP Food Packaging Materials in Artificial Seawater
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004313542030991X

Plastic Packaging Goes Sustainable: An Analysis of Consumer Preferences for Plastic Water Bottles
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1462901120303300

3D PRINTING

BASF Develop Industrial-grade Polypropylene for 3D Printing
https://www.plantservices.com/industrynews/2020/hp-and-basf-develop-industrial-grade-polypropylene-for-additive-manufacturing/

Chemson Pacific Produces World’s First PVC Filament for 3D printers
https://prwire.com.au/pr/59792/chemson-pacific-produces-world-s-first-pvc-filament-for-3d-printers

NEW RESEARCH

Effects of Ethylene‐Octene Copolymer (POE) on the Brittle to Ductile Transition of HDPE/POE Blends
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/pen.25532

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October 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: * Americhem * Avient * AVIENT * Biomaster * Borealis  * ExcelPlas * LyondellBasell * Milliken * Nordmann * RPET   * SABIC  * SUEZ  * Sukano * Tosaf * UV Testing

INDUSTRY NEWS

REPORT – Phasing Out Plastics The Packaging Sector
https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/odi-et-cp-packaging-report-sep20-proof02_final2.pdf

Protesters Put Plastic Waste at the Doors of Producer SABIC in Run Up to World Clean Up Day
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/09/protesters-put-plastic-waste-at-the-doors-of-producer-sabic-in-run-up-to-world-clean-up-day/

Borealis Granted €250m to Develop Circular Economy Solutions for Plastics
https://www.energylivenews.com/2020/09/29/borealis-granted-e250m-to-develop-circular-economy-solutions-for-plastics/

SABIC Collaboration With Alliance To End Plastic Waste Outlined In 2020 Progress Report
https://www.sabic.com/en/news/24215-sabic-collaboration-with-alliance-to-end-plastic-waste-outlined-in-2020-progress-report

Axieo Website Redirection
Effective October 1, 2020 Axieo changed its name to DKSH Performance Materials. Please click on the button below to be redirected to the DKSH website.
https://www.dksh.com/au-en/home/performance-materials

Mechanical Recycling of Packaging Plastics: A Review
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/marc.202000415

NEW PRODUCTS & NEW RESEARCH

Nordmann Adds Antioxidants and UV Stabilizers to its Additives Portfolio
https://www.eppm.com/materials/nordmann-adds-to-its-additives-portfolio-to-include-antioxid/

Microbial Degradation of Plastics and Its Biotechnological Advancement
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-48973-1_1

Nordmann Extends its Additives Portfolio to include Antioxidants and UV Stabilizers
https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/materials/nordmann-extends-its-additives-portfolio-to-include-antioxid/

Synergistic Effects of Organoclay Cloisite 15A on Recycled PET
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2238785420317622

Evaluation of the Effect of Additives on Thermo-oxidative and Hydrolytic Stabilization of Recycled Post-Consumer PET using Design of Experiments
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142941819316010

Study on the Thermal Stability of Stabilized and Unstabilized LDPE Films
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00289-020-03363-5

Milliken joins Polypropylene Recycling Coalition to Enhance Circularity
https://www.packaging-gateway.com/news/miliken-pp-coalition-circularity/

Tosaf‘s New White Masterbatch Boosts Efficiency and Reduces Smoke and Odour in Extrusion Coating
https://packagingpla.net/tosafs-new-white-masterbatch-boosts-efficiency-and-reduces-smoke-and-odour-in-extrusion-coating/

Nano CaCO3 Incorporation with Polypropylene to Reduce Film Water Vapor Permeability for Packaging Application
http://docsdrive.com/pdfs/ansinet/ajsr/2020/275-283.pdf

GRAPHENE-POSS Polymer Additives Enable Lightweighting
https://www.chemengonline.com/graphene-poss-polymer-additives-enable-lightweighting/?printmode=1

Physiological and Metabolic Approach of Plastic Additives Effects: Immune Cells Responses
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S030438942032104X

Silver Antimicrobial Protection for Plastics
http://www.biomasterusa.com/applications/plastics

Toxins in Plastic Blamed for Health, Environment Hazards
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/9/30/toxins-in-plastics-blamed-for-health-environment-hazards

X-Ray Detectable Masterbatches for Plastics
https://www.scopic.com/x-ray-detectable-polymers/

First infinite Loop facility Producing 100% Recycled and Infinitely Recyclable Plastic in Europe
https://www.petnology.com/competence-online/news/loop-industries-and-suez-announce-strategic-partnership-to-build-first-infinite-loop-facility-producing-100-recycled-and-infinitely-recyclable-plastic-in-europe.html

LyondellBasell Sustainability Report sets Ambitious Plastic Waste Targets
https://www.petnology.com/competence-online/news/lyondellbasell-sustainability-report-sets-ambitious-plastic-waste-targets.html

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/

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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 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

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September 2020 Vol. 4

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: * Americhem * Avient * AVIENT * BASF * Borealis * Borouge * ExcelPlas * EXXON  * RPET   * SABIC  * Sukano * TOYO * UV Testing

INDUSTRY NEWS

Avient Bouncing Back from Financial Impact of Covid-19
https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/avient-bouncing-back-financial-impact-covid-19

Avient Stock Up After Hours On Strong 3Q Update
https://news.yahoo.com/avient-stock-3-hours-strong-092010277.html

Avient Provides Third Quarter 2020 Performance Update
https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/avient-provides-third-quarter-2020-performance-update-1029621169

Americhem Acquries Danish Compounds and Masterbatch Producer Controlled Polymers
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/AMERICHEM_t245896/

Borealis Producing Certified Renewable Polypropylene At Own Facilities In Belgium
https://modernplasticsweekly.com/borealis-producing-certified-renewable-polypropylene-at-own-facilities-in-belgium/

BASF Claims Recycling Breakthrough With Black Additive
https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/basf-sicopal-black-additive-sorting-recycling-friendly/

Toyo Develops NIR Sortable Black Masterbatch
https://www.labelsandlabeling.com/news/new-products/toyo-develops-nir-sortable-black-masterbatch

TOCHU, Borealis and Borouge Announce Collaboration to Enable Uptake of Renewable Polypropylene in the Japanese Market
https://www.borealisgroup.com/news/itochu-borealis-and-borouge-announce-collaboration-to-enable-uptake-of-renewable-polypropylene-in-the-japanese-market

SABIC-Exxon Joint Venture Hires Ahead of 2022 Start Up of $10 Billion Plant (Breaking News)
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/09/23/sabic-exxon-joint-venture-hires-ahead-of-startup.html

Incorporation of Recycled HDPE to Polyethylene Pipe Grade Resins to Increase Close-loop Recycling and Underpin the Circular Economy
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/LGnuKebOLrg052A#pdfviewer

NEW REPORT – Phasing out Plastics in the Construction Sector
https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/odi-et-cp-construction-report-sep20-proof04_final2.pdf

NEW PRODUCTS

Borealis Launches the Bornewables™ Portfolio of Circular, Premium Polyolefins
https://www.borealisgroup.com/news/borealis-launches-the-bornewables-portfolio-of-circular-premium-polyolefins

Borealis Launches New Lines with Recycled Resins in Packaging
https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/borealis-launches-new-lines-recycled-resins-packaging

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Webinar: RPET Bottle-to-Bottle, Tray-to-Tray – Closed Loop Recycling (29th October 2020)
Understanding of the current RPET market situation
https://packagingeurope.com/bottle-to-bottle-tray-to-tray-closed-loop/

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

NEW RESEARCH

Interactions Between Sorbitol‐type Nucleator and Additives for Polypropylene
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pen.25535

3D Printing of Carbon Black/Polypropylene Composites with Excellent Microwave Absorption Performance
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0266353820322697

Failure of Glass Fibre-Reinforced Polypropylene Metal Laminate Subjected to Close-Range Explosion
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/2139

Many Medical Device Recalls Stem from Predictable Material Issues
https://ewi.org/many-medical-device-recalls-stem-from-predictable-material-issues/

RECYCLING

California Mandates 50% Recycled Content (RPET) in New Bottles
https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2020/09/28/California-mandates-50-recycled-content-rPET-in-plastic-bottles

The Journey to 100% RPET Bottles in the UK
https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2020/09/24/The-journey-to-100-recycled-plastic-bottles-rPET-in-the-UK

Coca-Cola in Western Europe Transitions to 100% Recycled Plastic (rPET) Bottles in Two More Markets
https://ethicalmarketingnews.com/coca-cola-in-western-europe-transitions-to-100-recycled-plastic-rpet-bottles-in-two-more-markets

Towards Distributed Recycling with Additive Manufacturing of PET Flake Feedstocks
https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/13/19/4273/pdf

Closures Made from Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics
https://www.sustainableplastics.com/news/closures-made-post-consumer-recycled-resin-enhance-packaging-sustainability

BASF Claims Recycling Breakthrough With Black Additive
https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/basf-sicopal-black-additive-sorting-recycling-friendly/

ENVIRONMENT

Borealis Producing Certified Renewable Polypropylene At Own Facilities In Belgium
https://modernplasticsweekly.com/borealis-producing-certified-renewable-polypropylene-at-own-facilities-in-belgium/

Microplastics Accumulate to Thin Layers in the Stratified Baltic Sea
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749120363892

Mechanical Behaviour of a Green HDPE Composite from Biopolymers Reinforced with Sisal Fibres
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10924-020-01875-9

RUBBER ADDITIVES

First Graphene’s (ASX:FGR) PureGRAPH Significantly Improves Rubber Polymers
https://themarketherald.com.au/first-graphenes-asxfgr-puregraph-significantly-improves-rubber-polymers-2020-09-01/

Rubber Compounds Made of Reactivated EPDM for Fiber-Reinforced Elastomeric Isolators
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13726-020-00859-9

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/

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September 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: * Alphagary * Arkema * AVIENT * Baerlocher * Clariant * ExcelPlas * Sukano * TOYO * UV Testing

INDUSTRY NEWS

New Near-Infrared Sortable Black Masterbatch
https://www.recycling-magazine.com/2020/09/22/new-near-infrared-sortable-black-masterbatch/

Sukano Masterbatches Demonstrate Long-term Antiviral Effect
* Results showed that over 98 % of the Feline Coronavirus was eliminated within the first two hours
* Tested on both PET and PA applications in various end applications, including fabrics, injection molded parts and films extrusion
https://www.medicalplasticsnews.com/news/sukano-masterbatches-demonstrate-long-term-antiviral-effect/

Gabriel-Chemie Celebrates 70th Anniversary
https://plasticsinpackaging.com/online/gabriel-chemie-celebrates-70th-anniversary/

PLASTICS RECYCLING

Running PCR? Optimize Performance & Processability with Stabilizers
https://www.ptonline.com/blog/post/running-pcr-optimize-performance-processability-with-stabilizers

Choosing the Right PVC Stabiliser Supplier – Consistency is the Key
https://www.alphagary.com/blog/choosing-the-right-pvc-stabiliser-supplier-consistency-is-the-key/12284/

NEW RESEARCH

The Thermo-Oxidative Durability of Polyethylene Reinforced with Wood-based Fibres
Reinforcement with 20 % cellulose fibre having a 28 % lignin content together with 0.005 % Irganox 1010 antioxidant resulted in a remarkable improvement in the resistance against accelerated thermo-oxidation, compared to the pure polyethylene with added antioxidant. 
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141391020303049

Quantification and Elimination of Substituted Synthetic Phenolics and VOCs in the Wastewater Treatment Plant During the Production of Industrial Scale Polypropylene
 Irganox 1010, DTF, Cyanox 1790, Ethanox 330 and Irganox 1076 were identified.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0045653520322220

Abiotic and Biotic Degradations of a LDPE Blend in Soil of South Brazil Landfill
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13726-020-00866-w-text-Abstract-additives-20to-20accelerate-20its-20biodegradation.

Invertebrate Responses to Microplastic Ingestion: Reviewing the Role of the Antioxidant System
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969720320751

Laboratory Comparison of the Interactions Between Three Plastic Mulch Types and 38 Active Substances Found in Pesticides
https://peerj.com/articles/9876/

Biodegradation of the Plastics PLA and PET in Cultivated Soil with the Participation of Microorganisms and Plants
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0964830520310180 <https://www.x-mol.com/paper/1307737452189028352>

Evaluating Scenarios Toward Zero Plastic Pollution
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6510/1455?rss=1/share

UPCOMING WEBINARS

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

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
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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. 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.


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To subscribe, visit http://www.masterbatchnews.com.au/subscribe/

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/


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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/

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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;

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