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News for May 2011


Victrex Polymer Solutions Establish Japan Technical Centre

31st May 2011 0 comments

As part of the company’s continual drive to provide better service to customers in Japan, Victrex Polymer Solutions are building a second technical centre in Asia. The new Japan Technical Centre (JTC) aims to provide a higher level of technical service with improved responsiveness for customers, as well as enabling the company to work alongside customers to develop new applications. The three Victrex technical centres in Japan, China and the UK will each have common characterisation, analysis and processing capabilities, complemented by specialist technical competencies and capabilities which reflect local customer and market needs. The technical centres are intended to work closely with customers to help develop and design unique, value-added solutions to their problems.

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Sabic’s Composite Materials Feature in New Automotive Applications

31st May 2011 0 comments

Use of Sabic Innovative Plastics’ composite materials has contributed to a weight reduction in both Land Rover and Chang’an new vehicles. Land Rover estimates that the new Range Rover Evoque is capable of a sub- 130g/km carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions level. The automaker applied a range of advanced lightweight materials to make the Evoque the lightest Range Rover ever at just under 1,600kg. Land Rover used Stamax long glass fibre polypropylene (LGFPP) from Innovative Plastics for the instrument panel and inner door modules, as well as several resins for various applications to support improved fuel consumption and lower emissions, such as Noryl GTX resin for the front fenders and Xenoy iQ resin for the pedestrian energy absorber. Sabic’s work with Land Rover and its suppliers demonstrates the benefits of using lightweight, high-performance thermoplastic materials to meet global regulatory requirements and consumer expectations for reduced environmental impact. The cross-coupe is described by Land Rover as a “step change in delivering reduced CO2 emissions.” “We are delighted to showcase the new Range Rover Evoque cross-coupe with our advanced lightweight materials at Chinaplas,” said V. Umamaheswaran (UV), Director of Automotive Products and Marketing, Innovative Plastics. “Our team at Innovative Plastics is proud to have played a part in providing Land Rover and its tier suppliers with lightweight and environmentally progressive plastic solutions that have helped to set new standards for fuel economy and CO2 emissions in the premium compact SUV segment.” Sabic has also been used in Chang’an Automobile’s CX30 vehicle which has a composite front-end module using Sabic Stamax long glass fibre polypropylene (LGFPP) resin, cutting part weight by up to 40 percent and total vehicle weight by about four kilograms. ”We take a great deal of pride in having worked closely with Chang’an to advance both the design and production of the new CX30,” said Lisa Tang, General Manager for China, Automotive, Sabic. “This project exemplifies the technical competency of our team in China and the ability to apply our expertise to help automotive OEMs innovate and take advantage of opportunities for reduction in both weight and cost by using our Stamax LGFPP resins.”

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Intertape Polymer Group Meet the US EPA Energy Star Challenge

31st May 2011 0 comments

Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) has been recognised for meeting the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Energy Star Challenge, a national initiative for Energy Star partners to improve energy efficiency at commercial and industrial facilities by 10 percent or more within five years. Approximately 240 companies enlisted in the EPA’s call-to-action. However, only the efforts of 34 facilities operated by 14 companies were publicly acknowledged for successfully reducing emissions at their manufacturing sites. IPG, which supplies tapes and films designed specifically for the marine and composites industries, was cited for energy efficiency improvements of 29.1% in Carbondale, Illinois, 23.4% in Richmond, Kentucky, and 18.3% in Menasha, Wisconsin. “IPG was able to achieve the Energy Star Challenge at its plants through the commitment and capability of our employees. We’re making energy efficiency part of our DNA,” stated Mike Jones, IPG’s Corporate Energy Team Leader. More specifically, various IPG plants implemented energy reduction initiatives by installing new insulation, variable frequency drives, energy efficient lighting, improved compressed air systems, and economizers on boilers. They also reinforced shut off/turn down procedures, reduced the cycling frequency of its boilers, and implemented dryer improvements. “This achievement illustrates IPG’s commitment to implement and continually improve sustainable business practices. Using energy more efficiently allows us to reduce our carbon footprint, which is fundamentally good for everyone,” said Rick Carnell, IPG’s Environmental Health & Safety Director.

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SP-High Modulus Price Increase

31st May 2011 0 comments

SP-High Modulus has increased the price of its products by between 5 and 14%. SP-High Modulus say that the cost of epoxy based products has increased due to effects to the supply of oil based products, and that supply restrictions and capacity limitations have led to significant impacts in the cost of carbon fibre. The price increase was applied on the 23rd May.

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