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Metal Replacement
Plastics have over-taken metals in many different industries with the superior quality and ease of processing. Metals are being replaced frequently for weight reduction and inducing desired properties.

Durable plastics consume less energy during the production process and are cost-effective as well as tunable. Automotive and aircraft industries are innovating with plastics to replace heavy metals.

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Nov 24, 2020 | Product News

BASF Introduces Modified PBT for Radar Sensor Applications in Vehicles

BASF launches Ultradur® RX, a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), specifically for radar sensor applications in vehicles. Thanks to its good resistance against media such as splash water...

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Nov 9, 2020 | Industry News

Breakthrough 3DP Technique to Develop Lightweight Thermoset Composites

Researcher from the University of Miami has invented a new 3D printing technique to create a lightweight, yet strong, composite for the aviation industry...

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Nov 9, 2020 | Industry News

Innovative Polymer-based Battery Current Collector with High Flame Retardancy

Scientists have engineered one of the heaviest battery components ­ sheets of copper or aluminum foil known as current collectors ­ so they weigh 80% less and immediately quench any fires that flare...

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Nov 2, 2020 | Industry News

New Fiber Plastic Composite-based Lightweight Battery Pack for EVs

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a lightweight battery pack that exclusively uses fiber-plastic composites. In this way, the weight has been reduced by 40 percent compared to...

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Oct 21, 2020 | Industry News

BASF’s Polyphthalamide Finds Use in Nuvera’s Lightweight Fuel Cell Engines

Nuvera Fuel Cells is using BASF’s polyphthalamide (PPA) Ultramid® Advanced N to manufacture several components in its latest generation of 45 kW fuel cell engines. The fuel cell engines will be...

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Oct 21, 2020 | Industry News

Evonik Sells Synoste’s Stake After Successful Collaboration on PEEK-based Implants

Evonik Venture Capital has sold its stake in Synoste Oy to Globus Medical. Evonik’s four-and-a-half-year partnership with the Finnish start-up was beneficial to both companies, supporting the...

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Oct 13, 2020 | Product News

MakerBot Launches New Nylon-based Carbon Fiber Composite for 3D Printing

MakerBot announces the expansion of its materials offering with Nylon 12 carbon fiber, adding another composite to the company’s growing materials portfolio...

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Sep 30, 2020 | Product News

Evonik Develops Osteoconductive PEEK Polymer for Improved Bone Fusion

Evonik has developed a new osteoconductive polyether ether ketone (PEEK), VESTAKEEP® iC4800, for the medical technology market that improves the fusion between the bone and the implant...

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Sep 17, 2020 | Industry News

Washington Penn Plastic’s Metal-replacing PP for HVAC Diffusers Gains Popularity

Washington Penn Plastic is witnessing a growing trend in the use of engineered polyolefins as a metal replacement option for HVAC diffusers in the commercial and residential construction market...

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Sep 7, 2020 | Industry News

SABIC’s PEI Powder Finds Use in Jiangsu Hansu’s UD Composites Tapes

Jiangsu Hansu introduces a new family of high-performance, unidirectional (UD) composite tapes — H-poly-Stallone-CF7000_PEI — made with continuous carbon fiber and SABIC’s ULTEM™ 1000F3SP powder at...

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