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New colour masterbatch choices from Clariant
Saturday, 30 October 2010

With the addition of a new line of masterbatches that comply with standards governing compostability and ecotoxicity, producers of products and packaging made from biopolymers have a wider range of options in colour and performance-enhancing additives.
Renol-compostable colours and Cesa-compostable additive masterbatches incorporate conventional (non-natural) additives and pigments in a biopolymer carrier resin. Testing of the ingredients, completed in the independent laboratories of OWS in Belgium determined that the materials can comply with EN 13432:200 – the widely recognized standard for heavy-metal content and plant-toxicity.


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Vascular networks for self healing

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

article thumbnailA new self-healing system for composites has been developed by the Beckman Institute’s Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Internal damage...

Polyamide cores shed cost and weight

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

article thumbnailLanxess, headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, and EconCore, based in Leuven, Belgium, are joining forces to develop new thermoplastic sandwich materials for lightweight construction. The companies...


LEAP engine plant inauguration

Thursday, 03 April 2014

article thumbnailAlbany International and Safran have this week inaugurated their new plant in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA for the production of composites for aircraft engines. Located at a new complex, the plant...

€2.8 million Sigmatex investment

Wednesday, 02 April 2014

article thumbnailSigmatex is to invest €2.8 million in new equipment including a Liba multi-axial line with a dedicated Meyer powder coating range incorporating infrared heating and a belt press to enhance its...