MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced Xydar MG-850 liquid crystal polymer (LCP), a new specially designed grade that meets the rigorous performance and processing demands of new high-speed USB 3.0 surface mount connectors, as per the company's press release.
This advanced new material delivers the high flow, flatness, and dimensional stability required for new 12-gigabyte connectors that target applications in desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets.
"The connector industry’s adoption of advanced fine-pitch technology has placed even more exacting demands on materials," said Glenn Cupta, global business development manager for electrical/electronics at Solvay Specialty Polymers. "Xydar MG-850 LCP offers manufacturers exceptional performance for these next-generation connectors, providing even tighter tolerances and lower warpage compared to our standard LCP material."
Xydar MG-850 LCP is a 50% glass/mineral reinforced polymer that fills thin walls over long flow lengths. The proprietary mineral and glass reinforcement package provides excellent warp resistance. It also exhibits a heat deflection temperature of 271 C and infrared reflow capability up to 260 C. The material’s low moisture absorption facilitates improved IR reflow performance, according to Cupta.
Solvay’s new injection moldable grade offers performance advantages over competitive low-warp LCPs, and doesn’t suffer from corrosion issues exhibited by other rival material technologies, such as halogen-free flame retardant polyphthalamide (PPA) resins. Xydar LCP is inherently flame retardant, transparent to microwave radiation and resistant to virtually all chemicals.
As MRC informed previously, in October 2014, Swiss Solvay, a privately owned multinational chemicals company, unveiled its breakthrough innovation for surface cleaning formulations. While Mirapol Surf S polymers are a well-established range of polymers for hydrophilization of surfaces such as ceramic, glass, stainless steel, Solvay launches a unique technology enabling formulators to deliver the key benefits consumers now expect for even modern plastic surfaces. With Mirapol Surf N, Solvay makes a step change in household cleaning making it effortless and longer-lasting.
Solvay S.A. is a Belgian chemical company founded in 1863, with its head office in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels, Belgium. The company has diversified into two major sectors of activity: chemicals and plastics. Solvay supplies over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds.
MOSCOW (MRC) -- After a prolonged closure, the Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) plant is in the process of re-starting operations with the trial run to begin in the near future, as per Plastemart.
"The captive power plant has been commissioned as a pre-start up activity. The main plant start-up should happen anytime now," a source in HPL told PTI, adding that stabilisation of the power plant would take some days, after which steps would be initiated for operating the mother plant, closed since July 2014.
Earlier, the West Bengal Government had provided Rs. 100 crore as margin money as demanded by the lenders, while the other promoter, TCG, was yet to furnish that amount. TCG has agreed to come up with the margin money, while the lenders have also committed funds for running the plant.
As MRC wrote before, in mid-July 2014, the manufacturing plant of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd was shut down after the naphtha cracker unit developed a technical snag. Earlier, the Haldia plant was running at 50% capacity for long due to working capital crunch.
Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd is a modern naphtha based petrochemical complex at Haldia, West Bengal, India. Haldia has played the role of a catalyst in emergence of more than 500 downstream processing industries in West Bengal with a capacity to process more than 3,50,000 TPA of polymers, among which are polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
To dat, there is no production of PET chips in Kazakhstan. Local bottlers and converters meet the needs of the Kazakh market by imported Chinese and Korean PET. China and Korea are the main PET chips suppliers.
At the same time, Chinese grades accounted for 59% of the total imports of material for the production of PET preforms in 2014, whereas Korean grades accounted for 41%. Last year's share of other countries-suppliers was low and was less than 1%.
The growth in consumption was achieved because of a surge in shipments in December, as the overall consumption of material in the market remained stable from January to November 2014 compared to the same period of 2013. December PET imports totalled 5,800 tonnes, up by almost 5 times than imports in November.
According to ICIS-MRC Price report, spot prices of Asian bottle grade PET fell again in the domestic Kazakh market last week. On the average, traders made discounts of Tenge 5,000-10,000/tonne to customers. The price range dropped to Tenge 240,000-260,000/tonne CPT Almaty, including VAT.