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FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
Compounders show off technology, new materials at Fakuma
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Asahi Kasei Corp. photo
Mocom photo
Compounders are offering a range of new materials that will allow
customers to boost their sustainability goals through the use
of bio-based or recycled feedstock while also cutting weight or
reducing the number of parts needed for a fi nal product.
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Benvic Group, Avient Corp.
and other compounders will
have new materials in the spotlight
at Fakuma 2023.
Offi cials with Benvic in Dijon,
France, said the fi rm is using the
show to illustrate how its polypropylene-based
compounding technology
can now work alongside
its expertise in PVC compounding
in bespoke formulations for customer
needs and applications.
Benvic's new PP compound is
being marketed under the DotCore
trade name. The material
was developed at Benvic's site
in Ferrara, Italy.
Benvic General Manager Luca
Battistoni said his fi rm " is an
ideal partner in creating new materials
for new applications. " He
added that PP's recyclability potential
" is enormous worldwide. "
Applications for DotCore include
appliances and automotive
in both soft and hard compound
formulations.
Offi cials added that Benvic's
recent acquisition and integration
of compounding technologies
from Celanese " means
that the company brings new
polyolefi n and elastomeric compounds
to the Fakuma marketplace
for the fi rst time. "
In addition to DotCore, Benvic
is focused on DotFlex-brand
thermoplastic elastomer compounds.
Offi cials said the new
materials allow Benvic to provide
extra solutions for products
traditionally sourced from
PVC materials.
Benvic's Plantura-brand biobased
compounds are gaining
traction in technical markets and
substituting for many engineering
polymers, offi cials said. The materials
can help injection molders in
markets for reduced greenhouse
gas emission performance.
Benvic's PVC-based materials
have been rebranded under the
ProVinyl name. Materials here include
rigid, plasticized and recycled
grades, with custom-made
formulations for sustainable use.
" Both recycling and biosourcing
are solutions that allow engineers
to design products with
much reduced environmental
impact, " Benvic Marketing Manager
Eric Grange said. " These
are new sciences - often without
absolute solutions - and
tackling multiple levels of materials
technology, such as resins,
additives, fi llers and recyclate. "
At Fakuma, Mocom GmbH &
Co. KG is presenting along with
injection molding machine manufacturer
Boy to make bit holders
with overmolded handles from
Mocom's Altech PA6 Eco compound,
which is based on nylon 6.
The new material is an impact-modifi
ed and heat-aging
stabilized
nylon
compound,
made largely from post-industrial
waste. Offi cials with Mocom
in Hamburg said Altech PA6 Eco
saves about 85 percent of greenhouse
gas potential compared
with virgin material.
" We are demonstrating that
mechanically recycled polymers
can be used in robust parts,
making the concept of a circular
economy a tangible reality, "
Mocom Technical Service Center
Director Stefan Zepnik said.
" This approach enables us to
realize CO2 savings and make a
signifi cant contribution to environmental
protection and resource
conservation. "
Asahi Kasei Corp.'s focus at
Fakuma is on material solutions
for EV batteries, improved connectivity
and lightweighting, as
well as the circular economy. Offi
cials said the Tokyo-based fi rm
is developing a new continuous
glass-fi ber-reinforced thermoplastic
under the Lencen trade
name, which they are introducing
at Fakuma.
Lencen is a composite material
formed by stacking layers of
continuous glass fi ber textiles
with nylon 6/6 fi lms. Offi cials
said that because of the material's
tensile strength, high heat
resistance and metal-like impact
properties, it improves collision
safety and weight reduction of
EV batteries.
Also at the show, Asahi Kasei
is showing a bio-based and biodegradable
cellulose nanofi ber
(CNF). This material is made
from cotton linter and features
high heat resistance and network-forming
ability.
Offi cials said CNF-reinforced
nylon is highly suitable for 3D
printing applications in terms
of easy printing, dimensional accuracy,
smooth appearance and
BENVIC GROUP
Hall B5,
Booth 5220
AVIENT CORP.
Hall B5,
Booth 5316
MOCOM GMBH & CO. KG
Hall B4,
Booth 4206
ASAHI KASEI CORP.
Hall B5,
Booth 5319
mechanical
performance.
The
material also has superior material
recyclability compared with
glass fi bers, they added.
Avient Corp. at Fakuma is exhibiting
sustainable and specialized
material solutions. The Avon
Lake, Ohio-based fi rm will have
several new product launches,
including
statically
dissipative
and electrically conductive TPEs
and additives designed to enhance
polyolefi n recycling.
Avient also will debut engineered
materials and performance
additives that can help
customers conform to proposals
from the European Chemicals
Agency and U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to restrict the
use of polyfl uoroalkyl substances.
New and recent Avient product
launches highlighted at Fakuma
include:
* Stat-Tech static dissipative
and electrically conductive TPEs,
which can be used in applications
for critical electrical components
to help prevent electromagnetic
and radio frequency interference
(EMI/RFI) and the buildup of static
electricity.
* Cesa Flame Retardant Additives
for polycarbonate featuring
new additives that are
formulated without PTFE and
include recycled grades.
* Colorant Chromatics High-Temperature
materials see Avient and
BASF collaborating to offer colored
grades of Ultrason high-performance
polymers to the global
market. The colored grades feature
BASF's Ultrason polyarylethersulfones
as a base polymer combined
with Avient's Colorant Chromatics
high-temperature
color
formulation
expertise for color concentrates
and pre-colored solutions.
* The Avient Sustainable Solutions
Portfolio has a range of
products including recycled and
bio-based polymers and colorants
for recycled materials. The
portfolio also includes a color
prediction service that helps increase
the use of recycled content
and additives that can help
enhance recycling.

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