airpop – a new name for EPS

Expanded Polystyrene has had many names in Europe: Styropor, PSE, Piepschuim or Polyfoam – to name just a few. We have now put an end to this variety. EUMEPS Construction proudly introduces a common European name for EPS: airpop® engineered air.
Why give a new name to an internationally established material like EPS? Simply because the name airpop immediately brings to mind what the material is made of: air. A lot of air. 98 % air, to be precise. Just a tiny fraction is made of synthetic material, which expands to 50 times its own volume. airpop® easily provides sustainable and affordable construction and insulation by keeping material costs, weight, CO2 emissions and heating costs low.

The airpop®-campaign is a joint industry initiative of EUMEPS, of European airpop®-converters, of their respective National EPS Associations and of European EPS raw material producers. The creative concept was developed by the communication agency Ogilvy & Mather, Frankfurt / Germany.
airpop® represents an industry of approx. 600 mainly small and medium sized converters in Europe. They process about 1.300.000 tons of raw material into airpop® products. The main applications are building and construction as well as packaging parts.

imageThe airpop®-campaign is a joint industry initiative of EUMEPS, of European airpop®-converters, of their respective National EPS Associations and of European EPS raw material producers. The creative concept was developed by the communication agency Ogilvy & Mather, Frankfurt / Germany.
airpop® represents an industry of approx. 600 mainly small and medium sized converters in Europe. They process about 1.300.000 tons of raw material into airpop® products. The main applications are building and construction as well as packaging parts. For more information about airpop®, click the logo.


Polyurethane insolation inovations at UTECH Europe

Energy-saving thermal insulation to keep heat in buildings and maintain low temperatures in cold stores are among the many applications where polyurethanes play a vital role in construction and temperature control. The latest innovations in the formulation and manufacture of polyurethanes for increased thermal performance and enhanced fire retardance will be unveiled at the triennial UTECH Europe conference and exhibition, taking place at the MECC in Maastricht, The Netherlands from 14 to 16 April 2015.

Featuring over 90 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of 11 sessions, the UTECH Europe conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal unique insights into the global market. The afternoon of Day Two of the conference (15 April) features a session of 11 papers dedicated to innovations in the use and manufacture of polyurethanes in rigid foams with speakers from Dow Polyurethanes, DuPont, Bayer MaterialScience, Momentive, Air Products, ICL-IP, Foam Supplies Inc, BASF, Honeywell and Lambiotte.

Giuseppe Vairo, from Dow, will present an Overview on Latest Fire Reaction Technologies for Polyurethanes in Construction. Dow has developed in an innovative panel concept, providing produce Insulated Metal Panels (IMP) manufacturers with a step-change fire reaction performance that will allow a broader use of Polyurethane (PUR) and Polyisocyanurate (PIR) cored panels to the highest fire safety standards.

imageMarc Fricke, from BASF, will deliver a paper introducing the company’s SLENTITE – a new high performance insulation material for climate management applications. It is a novel type of organic aerogel based on polyurethane chemistry. Aerogels are highly porous materials consisting of up to 90% in their volume of air-filled pores. The exceptional insulation performance is made possible by optimized pore size in the nanometre range. The new material is said to offer a 25-50 per cent slimmer insulation compared to conventional products.

David Williams, Director of Technology at Honeywell will cover Energy and Environmental Benefits in the Cold Chain Sector Through the Adoption of High Performance LGWP Blowing Agent Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent. Solstice LBA is being adopted by residential and commercial appliance manufacturers worldwide, including Whirlpool, Haier and Midea, and spray foam and panel construction insulation companies like LaPolla, Kingspan, and SoflanWiz, to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with environmental and energy efficiency regulations.
The UTECH Exhibition

At the UTECH Europe exhibition, more than 190 companies will be showcasing their latest offerings for the polyurethanes industry. Dow Polyurethanes will feature a halogen-free flame retardant VORATHERMTM CN 100 Series PIR technology for construction insulated metal panels that enables B-s1,d0 Top Euroclass fire reaction performance. Its PASCALTM PRO technology will also be on show and delivers a breakthrough in energy efficiency and productivity for the professional cold chain industry and cold storage panel manufacture. It will also profile its VORAFORCETM systems for composites manufactured by pultrusion or filament winding and used in construction and infrastructure applications.
ICL-IP is introducing a new reactive all phosphorus technology that incorporates fire resistance into the polymer matrix of rigid polyurethane thermal insulation materials.
INVISTA will be showcasing innovations that include both TERATE® HT polyols — a family of robust, high-performing aromatic polyester polyols for use in rigid insulation foam.

For more informationon UTECH Europe or to register in advance for the free entry to the exhibition, click HERE.

Global PE demand to rise 3,7% p.a.

imageGlobal polyethylene demand is forecast to rise by approximately 3.7% per annum between 2013 and 2018, at a slightly higher level than its growth during the 2003 to 2013 period, says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData. The report Global Polyethylene Industry – Emerging Markets in Asia-Pacific to Drive Modest Growth states that this higher-than-historic increase will occur in the US and Europe, primarily in Russia. The US will witness a 2.4% growth rate per annum during the forecast period, in comparison to its 0.7% levels from 2003 to 2013. Meanwhile, demand in Europe, including Russia, will climb at 2.8% per year from 2013 to 2018, almost three times the level witnessed during the last decade.
GlobalData states that these demand rises in the US and Russia will be somewhat offset by a lower increase of 4.8% in Asia, compared to its 6% rate during 2003 and 2013. This will be due primarily to the region’s slower economic growth.  

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More PET capacity for Europe

During 2013, the PET demand in Europe exceded capacity by 350,000 tons. According to GSI – Global Service International, the situation would be reversed from 2015 with the startup of new production capacities: 640 000 t/y in Europe and 1.64 million t/y outside Europe. Europe will remain as the main importer of PET (550 000 t in 2013 and forecast of 750 000 t in 2014) and India will be the leading exporter to Europe.
The new capacities will increase the global overcapacity, currently estimated at 6 million tons, which means the PET industry will have to deal with lower prices and with a new wave of "consolidation" in the industry. If confirmed, the low prices trend, will  reduce the price gap between virgin PET and recycled PET (rPET) and BioPet will lose competitiveness.

New Book: Thermal Stability of Polymers

image[3]The book ‘Thermal Stability of Polymers’, from T.R. Crompton, recently publised by Smithers Rapra is now available.

In recent years numerous research papers have been published on the changes in chemical structure and in physical properties of polymers when they are exposed to heat over a range of temperatures. For example, these changes can occur at any time during the injection moulding of the plastic, in the subsequent processing and in its end-use application when exposed to elevated temperatures.
Thermal stability is a very important parameter which must be taken into account when selecting polymers whether for their use as constructional or engineering applications or in the packaging of food at high temperatures.
The mechanisms by which such changes occur are many and it is important to know what these are and to be able to measure the rate of change of polymer structure and its dependence on temperature and time. Development of an understanding of the mechanisms of thermal degradation will help the chemist to develop materials with better thermal stability. This is particularly important in newer developments in engineering and aerospace.
This book reviews in nine chapters the measurement of these properties in the main types of polymers in use today. Numerous techniques are discussed ranging from thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance based methods to pyrolytic techniques such as those based on pyrolysis, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.
The book is aimed at those engaged in the manufacture of polymers and the development of end-use applications. It is essential that students of polymer science should have a thorough understanding of polymer stability and an additional aim of the book is to help in the development of such an interest.

To read the table of contents, click HERE.
To read a sample chapter, click HERE.

GUZMAN GLOBAL expands to Italy


GUZMAN GLOBAL (Valencia, Spain) is expanding its distribution activities to Italy. After taking a share holding position in TECNO SRL (Padova, Italy), GUZMAN GLOBAL exhibits in PLAST     2012 (Milan, 8 to 12 May). GUZMAN GLOBAL holds the representation of SABIC IP (SABIC Innovative Plastics) for Spain, Portugal and Italy and has entrusted with the exclusive distribution of its products in the Italian market to TECNO. This Italian partnership complements the alliance, established ten years ago with the Portuguese company AUGUSTO GUIMARÃES & IRMÃO LDA..

GUZMAN GLOBAL is a global supplier of raw materials for the plastics industry, machines for plastics, building materials, minerals, rubber, chemicals, green coffee beans and nuts, among others. It currently employs 150 people imagewith a turnover in 2011 of 214 million € uros. SABIC Innovative Plastics is one of the leading global provider of engineering thermoplastics, with operations in over 35 countries and 9000 employees. The extensive product portfolio includes resins, thermoplastic coatings, specialty compounds, plates and films.

Polymers in Photovoltaic Manufacturing

The AMI Polymers in Photovoltaics conference will take place from 24-26 April 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Leading polymer industry experts alongside the solar industry will discuss the cost-effective solutions for components such as encapsulants for silicon, back sheets for protection, lightweight alternative materials to glass in front sheets, new substrates for silicon deposition, sealants and adhesives.

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