• Arkema Kick-starts Production Facility for Methyl Acrylate at its Clear Lake Site in Texas (Jul 30, 2014)
    Arkema has announced the start-up of its new plant for the production of methyl acrylate, an acrylic acid derivative used in the manufacture of polymers for water treatment, elastomers and engineering polymers. This investment, on its Clear Lake site in Texas, represents the last phase of a $110 M investment plan intended to strengthen Arkema's rankings in the US acrylics market.
  • FLEXcon Unveils SHIMMERcal™ Mixed Disco Film to Enhance Glitter Appearance of Stckers, Decals & more (Jul 30, 2014)
    FLEXcon announced the expansion of its SHIMMERcal™ product line with the introduction of SHIMMERcal™ Mixed Disco, a glitter film. Ideal for sticker and decal, at-retail, point-of-purchase (P-O-P) displays, promotional, and event graphic applications, the new film adds to our broad range of brilliant color options available.
  • Gevo Succeeds in Co-production of Renewable Isobutanol & Ethanol at its Luverne Facility (Jul 30, 2014)
    Gevo, Inc. has reported an update on the progress of the implementation of the Side-by-Side operational mode of its plant in Luverne, MN. Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol, with one fermenter dedicated to isobutanol production and three fermenters dedicated to ethanol production. This follows the company's announcement in May that it had begun production of ethanol.
  • Araldite® Helps the Norma M20 FC Become a Driving Force (Jul 29, 2014)
    Showcasing the value that Araldite® structural adhesives offer to performance sports applications, the Norma M20 FC prototype sports car is building up an impressive record of podium successes in the 2014 V de V Proto Endurance Challenge Series.
  • Reschem to Distribute Novomer's Converge® PPC Polyols in Italy (Jul 29, 2014)
    Novomer Inc., a sustainable materials company pioneering a family of high-performance polymers and other chemicals from renewable feedstocks such as carbon dioxide (CO2), has appointed Reschem Italia S.p.A., a leading distributor of specialty chemicals, as its authorized distributor of Converge® polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols in Italy.
  • Shurtape® Unveils DP 401, a Clear Double-coated Polyester Film Tape for Lamination & more (Jul 29, 2014)
    Shurtape® has expanded its line of double-coated tapes with the introduction of DP 401, a clear, double-coated polyester film tape designed for polyethylene (PE) foam fabrication and lamination processes.
  • Araldite® Demonstrates the Advantages of Ductility on Composite Single Lap Joints (Jul 28, 2014)
    An Araldite® epoxy adhesive system from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used in an experiment conducted by a research group, under the direction of Dr Trevor Young of the Irish Centre for Composites Research at the University of Limerick, in which the bondline stress concentrations and the influence of adhesive ductility on composite single lap joints were investigated.
  • Freudenberg-NOK Offers PUR-based Sealing Solution to Address Challenges in Fluid Power Industry (Jul 28, 2014)
    An innovative materials combination consisting of two distinct polyurethanes provides Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies new HDR-2C rod seal with special extrusion stability at high pressures and great flexibility at temperatures down to -50 °C. This innovative materials combination is particularly well suited to address environmental challenges encountered in the fluid power industry.
  • UBC Researcher Invents Biosensor to Optimize Bio-refining Processes to Degrade Lignin (Jul 28, 2014)
    UBC researchers are looking to harness natural microbial processes to degrade lignin – the tough polymer in wood and plant biomass. A new biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer.
  • Franklin’s Water-Based PSA Earns Coveted BS 5609 Certification for Marine Use (Jul 25, 2014)
    Franklin Adhesives & Polymers’ Covinax 383-19, developed for use in extreme environmental conditions, shows how tough it is during underwater testing for Section 2 of the Standard BS 5609: 1986, “Printed Pressure-Sensitive, Adhesive Coated Labels for Marine Use.” The coveted certification means that label manufacturers and coaters now can use Covinax 383-19, on suitable face sheet, for labels intended for containers storing hazardous materials.
  • MACtac Receives BS 5609 Label Certifications for its Polyester Labelstock (Jul 25, 2014)
    MACtac Performance Adhesives Group expands British Standard (BS) 5609:1986 certifications for chemical container labeling. In partnership with DNP, MACtac has received BS 5609 Section 2 and Section 3 label certification for MACtac FCD6914 2-mil white PET when printed with DNP R300 Black Resin and DNP R510 Red Resin Ribbon.
  • HERMA Unveils 42Lpp, an Easy-peel, Plasticizer-free Adhesive for Films (Jul 24, 2014)
    HERMA is causing a minor sensation with its removable and entirely plasticizer-free adhesive 42Lpp after its endorsement for direct food contact by the German test institute ISEGA. Approval has been granted not only for dry and moist foodstuffs, but also for fatty foods. The 42Lpp adhesive can be peeled off many surfaces absolutely cleanly, without leaving either any residue or an outline. This property is retained even after prolonged exposure to light and heat.
  • Intrexon to Produce Farnesene from Methane Using its Bioconversion Tech. (Jul 24, 2014)
    Intrexon Corporation announced its Industrial Products Division has achieved the bioconversion of methane to farnesene in the lab with its proprietary platform. Farnesene is a key building block chemical for diesel fuel, and also for other lubricants and specialty products, including cosmetics, rubber, and plastics. This is the second product, following isobutanol, which Intrexon has upgraded from natural gas employing its unique cellular engineering capabilities.
  • Dymax's Adhesive Speeds Assembly Processes & Ensures Full Cures with New Encompass™ Tech. (Jul 23, 2014)
    Dymax adhesives formulated with new Encompass™ technology incorporate the company’s patented See-Cure color-change and Ultra-Red™ fluorescing technologies into one light-curable product. As a result, manufacturers gain efficiencies from rapid, on-demand curing with easy cure confirmation and post-cure bond-line inspection.
  • Global Emulsion Polymer Market to Reach USD 44.22 Billion by 2020: Grand View Research (Jul 23, 2014)
    The global emulsion polymer market is expected to reach USD 44.22 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Growth of major end use industries such as paints & coatings and adhesives coupled with regulatory support across various nation is expected to remain key driving factors for the market. Environmental benefits associated with the use of emulsion polymers have been significantly instrumental in enhancing market penetration.
  • Lux Research Expects First Lignin-based Product to be in Market by 2021 (Jul 23, 2014)
    Lignin has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research.
  • Elevance & Genting to Develop Renewable Chemicals for End-User Markets (Jul 22, 2014)
    Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. announced a new collaboration with Genting Plantations Berhad through Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd (GIB), to be located in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • Everkem Diversified Products Unveils TruSil 100 Silicone Sealant for Construction & more (Jul 22, 2014)
    Everkem Diversified Productss introduces TruSil 100 Silicone Sealant to its Seal Tite™ brand of sealants and adhesives. TruSil 100 meets ASTM-C920 performance criteria (+/- 25% joint movement), remains flexible at temperatures as low as -55°F (-48.3°C), and can withstand continuous exposure to temperatures up to 400°F (204.4°C), all while meeting low Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C.) requirements.
  • Quimidroga to Distribute Novomer’s Converge® PPC Polyols in Spain, Portugal and Turkey (Jul 21, 2014)
    Novomer Inc has named Barcelona-based Quimidroga s.a. as an authorized distributor of Converge® polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols in Spain, Portugal, and Turkey. Quimidroga will distribute commercial quantities of Novomer’s new 1000 and 2000 molecular weight Converge® PPC polyols for use in polyurethane formulations targeted at adhesive, coatings, sealants, elastomers, and rigid and flexible foams.
  • Scientists Uncover Mystery Behind the Super Sticking Strength of Barnacle Glue (Jul 21, 2014)
    It has been more than 150 years since the famed biologist Charles Darwin described the cement glands of barnacles and their adhesive properties. Since then, it has been a target to create a synthetic glue that is just as strong underwater and develop surfaces to which barnacles cannot stick, especially as they cause $7.5 billion a year in wasted fuel for the global shipping industry. But scientists had to understand how they do it first.

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