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news Liquid innovation at iD Additives


iD Additives, a supplier of foaming agents, UV stabilisers, purging compounds and other products to the plastics industry based at LaGrange, Illinois, has opened a new division called iD LiquiD Systems. Based at Flint, Texas, the new unit will


focus on liquid colorants and additives. “Expanding into liquid colours made sense for our company at this time,” said Nick Sotos, President of iD Additives. “We see it as a real growth area.” The new company will distribute


products including Colour Foam, which combines liquid colorant and foaming


agent in a single product, plus related delivery systems such as metering pumps, mixers and pre-mixers, bucket tumblers and agitators, pump carts, tote delivery systems and injection nozzles. In addition, iD has launched iD High


Temperature Foam, a new foaming agent designed to work with high-temperature engineering resins in part-lightweighting applications, particularly for injection moulding. It features a very low (<2%) LDR and is non-hydroscopic, so no material drying is required. ❙ www.idadditives.com


PolyOne engineers Indian expansion


PolyOne is to add speciality engineered materials production to the existing colour and additive concentrates capabilities at its facility in Pune, India, which opened in 2014. Production


trials will begin this year and production is expected to start in January 2017. Key products to be made at Pune include PolyOne’s Bergamid high performance compounds, Bergadur


reinforced products, and Maxxam flame retardant formulations, all of which are currently imported to the country from Europe. According to Vikas Vij,


PolyOne Managing Director in India, future additions in terms of local production may include Therma-Tech thermally conductive formulations and LubriOne wear-resistant materials.


Pune is one of the two


major automotive hubs in India (the other is at Chennai) and this is a key target industry for PolyOne. ❙ www.polyone.com


KEP adds new POM homopolymer


Korea Engineering Plastics (KEP) has added Kepital H100, a new POM homopolymer, to its range of technical polymers. The company, which is a


major producer of POM copolymers, said that it believed there was a need for


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innovation in homopolymers, for which global capacity in general has not increased in some 20 years. Kepital H100 is a high


viscosity (MFR 2.2 g/10 minutes) unfilled grade manufactured using propri- etary KEP technology. Key


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next-generation attributes are said to include a wider processing window, enhanced thermal aging, improved friction and wear properties, and improved creep resistance. KEP claims that Kepital H100 is ideal for gears. ❙ www.kepital.com


Clariant takes on fakers


Clariant joined with security specialist SICPA to launch the Plastiward anti-coun- terfeiting technology at CPhI Worldwide in Spain in early October. Plastiward is described


as a “robust integrated protection for plastic pharmaceutical packaging or medical devices” and was devised to address growing demand for counterfeiting protection for plastic pharmaceutical packaging and devices for targeted delivery of treatments. According to Clariant,


Plastiward integrates exclusive, proprietary security features from SICPA into its masterbatch- es. Data gathered from instantaneous authentica- tion is read using a hand-held detector. www.clariant.com


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