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PolyOne adds bio-based plasticizer


PolyOne launched its new reFlex 100 fast-acting bio-based plasticizer at NPE. Developed in conjunction with Archer Daniels Midland, the new additive is produced from oil seeds and has been given a 94% bio-based label under the USDA Bio- Preferred programme. With its fast-acting/high-


solvating performance, reFlex 100 can be used as an alternative to conventional plasticizers such as BBP, DBP and benzoates. PolyOne says that unlike other alternatives, reFlex 100 can be blended into both traditional phthalate and non-phthalate systems. In addition, it acts as a thermal stabilizer.


James Gray, PolyOne’s


marketing director for specialty coatings and resins, said that target applications include plastisols for flooring and coated fabric. He added that for flexible vinyl com- pounds, reFlex 100 would most likely be blended with other plasticizers. ❙ www.polyone.com


NPE makes a strong start in new Orlando location


The first NPE exhibition to be held in Orlando, Florida, attracted large numbers of exhibitors and visitors and was widely hailed as a success. While the final attendee numbers have not yet been announced, the mood among exhibitors was certainly much more positive than three years ago in Chicago. In the March edition of Compounding


World, we published a 16-page preview of the show. On these two pages we report from Orlando on announcements that were made at the event itself, and there will be more to follow in future editions. The next NPE will be back in Orlando on 22-26 March 2015. ❙ www.npe.org


Clay boost for EVOH


Nippon Gohsei of Japan and NanoBioMatters of Spain used NPE to discuss EVOH compounds incorporating clay additives. Late last year, Nippon


Gohsei signed an exclusive agreement to use Nano-


The 111 Navy Chair won the Best in Show award in the SPI’s International Plastics Design Competition at NPE 2012. Designed by Emeco, the chair is gas-assist injection moulded using recycled PET supplied by BASF. Based on a classic design originally produced in aluminium, the modern version of the chair is made using an average of 111 recycled PET bottles. ❙ www.plasticsdesign.org


BioMatters’ O2Block clay. Its first commercial grade, Soarnol NC70003, is based on 29 mol% ethylene content EVOH. It offers a notable improvement in barrier properties, espe- cially at high humidities. ❙ www.nanobiomatters.comwww.nichigo.co.jp


Kreyenborg unveils new screen-changer


Kreyenborg of Germany launched its new V-Type back-flush at NPE 2012. It is designed so that only one of the four screens is taken out of production during the back-flush or screen-change procedure to ensure higher constant melt


pressure. Additional benefits of the K-SWE-4K-75-V/


Kreyenborg has redesigned its V-Type screen-changer for greater efficiency


12 COMPOUNDING WORLD | April 2012


RS are its higher back-flush efficiency, longer screen life and its constant volume flow during back-flush. It also has optimised flow channels to reduce the melt residence time. l A month before NPE started, Kreyenborg issued a US lawsuit against PSI-Polymer Systems, the US screen-changer manufac- turer, claiming patent infringement. To see Kreyenborg’s full 25-page claim, go to http://bit.ly/screenchanger. ❙ www.kreyenborg.com


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