LANXESS polyamide 6 for gasoline engine tanks

(LANXESS) -- Substantial amounts of hydrocarbons leak through the walls of plastic fuel tanks in gasoline engines to the outside and pollute the atmosphere - a phenomenon known as permeation. Lanxess is therefore working on special blow-moldable grades of polyamide 6 that act as an extremely effective barrier against gasoline fuels. One example of such a material is Durethan TP 142-011. ⌠The polyamide 6 is so effective in suppressing fuel permeation that test results are well below the upper limit for motorcycle tanks, which was recently tightened considerably by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is also impact-resistant, a quality it lends to the blow-molded tanks it is used to make, said Maik Schulte, a development engineer at LANXESS. The material is an especially good alternative to high-density polyethylene, which has been used to make many plastic tanks for gasoline engines until now. It also has considerable advantages over other tank materials, such as aluminum, sheet steel and multi-layer plastic composites.


New areas of application for Lanxess polyamide and PBT

(LANXESS) -- The megatrend towards electric and hybrid vehicles is opening up varied and promising areas of application for Durethan polyamides and Pocan polybutylene terephthalates (PBT) from Lanxess. ⌠We anticipate that the potential for lightweight designs offered by our high-tech plastics will be harnessed even more effectively in the future to significantly cut the weight of vehicles. We also expect numerous new applications to be opened up for batteries and electrical and electronic components, some with completely new requirements in terms of the materials used, said Ralf Zimnol, head of Application Development in the Semi-Crystalline Products business unit. Lanxess is already working closely with system suppliers and automakers to develop innovative yet cost-effective technical solutions in response to the megatrend of electromobility.

Lanxess high-tech plastics are perfect for the production of battery trays, for example. These structural parts bear the weight of the battery and attach it to the bodywork. They need to be lightweight while also exhibiting a high absorption capacity for crash energy. Lanxess' plastic-metal composite technology based on polyamide 6 and sheet steel or aluminum is perfect for meeting these requirements. Also known as hybrid technology, these lightweight plastic designs usually weigh between 20 and 30 percent less than similar sheet steel solutions.


SIBUR acquired a 26.3% stake in Cherepovets Azot

(SIBUR) -- SIBUR has reached an agreement for the acquisition of a 26.3% stake in the company Cherepovets "Azot" from a group of investors. The acquisition is aimed at improving the current capitalization of SIBUR business with respect to the production of mineral fertilizers. The company's strategy to phase out the non-core lines of the business through their sale or merger with other producers of nitrogen fertilizer has not been changed. The deal is expected to be concluded following the approval from the appropriate regulatory authorities.


SABIC Innovative Plastics announced its collaboration with IAV GmbH

(SABIC) -- At the VDI conference SABIC Innovative Plastics announced its collaboration with IAV GmbH, a world leader in advanced vehicle and powertrain systems, to develop advanced thermoplastic solutions that can replace metal in electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid powertrain components. Specifically, the two companies are targeting new ways to optimize vehicle performance and efficiency, including lightweighting to offset heavy battery packs and shielding in areas of high voltage.

IAV has been developing innovative concepts and technologies for future vehicle generations for 27 years. In the area of e-mobility, the company develops powertrains, control units, on board systems, high voltage battery systems and other systems and components for battery and hybrid electric vehicles.


Starlim North America acquired fellow rubber injection molder Poly-Nova Technologies

(Plastics Today) -- Starlim North America Corp. (London, ON) has acquired fellow rubber injection molder Poly-Nova Technologies Inc. (Guelph, ON), building the Austrian company's North American presence. Starlim North America, which is a subsidiary of Austria's starlim//sterner (Marchtrenk), has steadily expanded its Canadian operations since its inception in 2004 with five injection molding machines. Starlim North America currently runs 45 injection molding machines.

Under the deal, Poly-Nova Technologies Inc., will be renamed Poly-Nova Technologies Limited
Partnership. The company employs approximately 100 and serves the customers in the automotive, appliance, and electrical markets. Poly-Nova has been in business for 15 years, operating from a 3000m2 facility. Starlim will retain Poly-Nova's existing management.