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


Avient Bouncing Back from Financial Impact of Covid-19

Avient Stock Up After Hours On Strong 3Q Update

Avient Provides Third Quarter 2020 Performance Update

Americhem Acquries Danish Compounds and Masterbatch Producer Controlled Polymers

Borealis Producing Certified Renewable Polypropylene At Own Facilities In Belgium

BASF Claims Recycling Breakthrough With Black Additive

Toyo Develops NIR Sortable Black Masterbatch

TOCHU, 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)

Incorporation of Recycled HDPE to Polyethylene Pipe Grade Resins to Increase Close-loop Recycling and Underpin the Circular Economy

NEW REPORT – Phasing out Plastics in the Construction Sector


Borealis Launches the Bornewables™ Portfolio of Circular, Premium Polyolefins

Borealis Launches New Lines with Recycled Resins in Packaging


Webinar: RPET Bottle-to-Bottle, Tray-to-Tray – Closed Loop Recycling (29th October 2020)
Understanding of the current RPET market situation

Webinar on Migration Testing for Recycled Plastics (October 21, 2020)


Interactions Between Sorbitol‐type Nucleator and Additives for Polypropylene

3D Printing of Carbon Black/Polypropylene Composites with Excellent Microwave Absorption Performance

Failure of Glass Fibre-Reinforced Polypropylene Metal Laminate Subjected to Close-Range Explosion

Many Medical Device Recalls Stem from Predictable Material Issues


California Mandates 50% Recycled Content (RPET) in New Bottles

The Journey to 100% RPET Bottles in the UK

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

Closures Made from Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics

BASF Claims Recycling Breakthrough With Black Additive


Borealis Producing Certified Renewable Polypropylene At Own Facilities In Belgium

Microplastics Accumulate to Thin Layers in the Stratified Baltic Sea

Mechanical Behaviour of a Green HDPE Composite from Biopolymers Reinforced with Sisal Fibres


First Graphene’s (ASX:FGR) PureGRAPH Significantly Improves Rubber Polymers

Rubber Compounds Made of Reactivated EPDM for Fiber-Reinforced Elastomeric Isolators


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

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

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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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