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Zur Zeit führen wir keine deutschsprachigen Nachrichten für den Themenbereich TPE. Die nachfolgenden Nachrichten sind deshalb nur in englischer Sprache verfügbar. 

Chemical Recycling Europe and Polymer Comply Europe (PCE) have decided to postpone their 2nd European Chemical Recycling Conference scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 September 2020 to spring 2021.

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Lubrizol has further expanded its 3D printing design, prototyping, printing and post-processing capabilities by acquiring Avid Product Development, LLC. The company offers a unique blend of 3D printing capabilities, including design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), prototyping and production using powder bed fusion (MJF, SLS), fused filament fabrication (FFF) and stereolithography (SLA), with expertise in various post-processing technologies. Avid is headquartered in Loveland, CO, USA, and serves customers in the footwear, consumer goods, industrial and medical markets.

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The polystyrene producers AmSty, Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to jointly explore recycling options for polystyrene. According to the three partners, the companies are committed to a circular economy for polystyrene.

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Adidas is collaborating with Carbon, one of the world’s leading digital manufacturing platforms, to supply 3D printed face shields to healthcare workers. Adidas said that initially they collaborated with Carbon to produce high-performance footwear using 3D printed technology. Now the company is using the same TPU material co-created for its 4D midsoles, to produce 3D printed face shields to support healthcare organizations, first responders and underserved communities in the USA that have the greatest need and don’t have access to adequate supplies. The shields can be sanitized and reused.

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Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with First Quality Chemicals, a speciality chemicals distributor in Mexico, for the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) markets.

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The Plastics Industry Association, producers of NPE: The Plastics Show, announced the opening of attendee registration for the industry’s largest trade show in the Americas.

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In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlighted the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets made use of a biased interpretation of the report to draw a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics.

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OECD countries have agreed to update rules on the export of hazardous plastic waste for recycling in line with international changes so that advance consent from destination countries will be required ahead of shipping. However, they did not reach consensus on updated arrangements for the export of non-hazardous plastic waste. OECD countries have agreed to review the situation for non-hazardous plastic waste in 2024.

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PolyOne Corporation has completed its purchase of the colour masterbatch businesses of Clariant and Clariant Chemicals India Ltd. PolyOne also announced that it has changed its name and will now be called Avient. This was announced by the company on 1 July 2020.

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Melanie Kostka has been awarded the Reifenhäuser Sponsorship Award on the occasion of IKV’s 30. International Colloquium Plastics Technology. With the Sponsorship Award, the Reifenhäuser company honoured the outstanding research work done by Melanie Kostka, who is employed as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University.

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