November 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  * Baerlocher * Borealis * Cabot * ExcelPlas * Lehmann & Voss Co. * Milliken * Mobil Exxon * Polyvel * RPET * Sukano * TOSAF


Avient Opens High-Tech Polymer Recycling Institute in Italy to Advance Circular Economy Goals

Milliken Performance Modifier Additives Make Standard Polypropylene Resins Perform Like Premium Grades

BOREALIS Patents Polymer Composition and Cable with Advantageous Electrical Properties

Lehmann & Voss Co. Starts New Business Line in Plastic Additives
New business line Plastic Additives with focus on additives and fillers for compounding and masterbatch industry
We are strengthening our position with the implementation of a new business line within our international organization. Since June 1st 2020 the new business team Plastic Additives is putting a focus on additives and fillers for the compounding and masterbatch industry. The product portfolio will include in-house manufactured materials as well as a set of well selected products from our distribution partners.


New Masterbatches Demonstrate Long-Term Antiviral Effect

New UV Additive Masterbatch for PET Fibres

Inorganic Fluorescent Marker Materials for Identification of Post-consumer Plastic Packaging

Cabot Launches New PLASBLAK® XP6801D Black Masterbatch Formulation for Styrenics

Polyvel’s Additive Masterbatches to Improve the Hand Feel Polypropylene Nonwovens

Cabot Launches Elastomer Solution Masterbatch

Baerlocher Strengthens Plastic Recycling Foothold with New Additives

Avient Launches Artisan High-Gloss, Pre-coloured Thermoplastics for Paint Replacement

Tosaf Optimises Carrier Material for Low-emission POM Masterbatches

Turning Liquids Into Solids for the Plastics Industry
The ACCUREL® XP range as a carrier technology offers solutions for liquid additives, which are otherwise difficult to handle.

Mobil Exxon Patents Solid Resin Plasticizers for Thermoplastic Vulcanizates

Reducing Weight for Interior Plastics the Sustainable Way
A prototype for the interior door trim of the Nissan Qashqai uses the 49% recycled plastic content polypropylene material Hycolene, made by Luxus, saving 10 to 12% of weight-per-part compared to the existing compound used in the production of the Qashqai.

New Fire-Retardant Additive Formulated for Thermoplastics


Hindered Phenolic Antioxidants as Heat-Oxygen Stabilizers for HDPE

Enhancing the High Voltage XLPE Cable Insulation Characteristics Using Functionalized TiO2 Nanoparticles


Free eBook on ‘Additives for Polyolefins’ (PDF Download for MNA Readers)

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


ExcelPlas is an Independent Polymer & Additives Testing Lab that Provides Highly-customized Analytical Solutions to its Clients
The lab provides chemical analysis, physical tests, and research and development assistance, among other services.
“We have a large client base in the geosynthetic, pressure pipes, plastics and rubber, transportation, and consumer products industries,”  “The types of projects we work on can be categorized as failure analysis, material characterization, quality control, and competitor product analysis.


Rapid and Accurate Determination of  Antioxidant and UV Stabilisers in Polymers (Full Plastics Additive Screen by ExcelPlas Labs)

Accelerated Weathering of Polymers and Determining The Resistance of Polymers to UV

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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