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/

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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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