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2016 preview | Materials

Right: Borealis will show its Queo plasto- mers, manu-

factured at its 120,000 tonne Geleen plant

points (55-75°C). Glass transisition temperature is -55°C. Densities are around 870, compared to 880 to 910 for the current polyolefin plastomer (POP) products. An 860 density product is currently under development. Borouge will focus on its offering for the packaging sector, headed up with its RG568MO high clarity random PP that it is targeting at the growing market for high clarity injection moulded packaging in east Asia. The company will also be showing its BorPure MB5568/9 multimodal HDPE for high output rate production of lightweight closures for the carbonated drinks sector – it claims a 20% weight saving to 1.8g - and its BorPure MB7851 grade for cost effective production of non-carbonated beverage closures. ❙

Clariant will announce a new move into the anti-coun- terfeiting sector at K2016. The company says it will reveal an exclusive technology partnership for plastics applications with a “well known player” in taggant technology. According to Jan Sültemeyer, Head of Global Innovation & Product Management Additive Master- batches in Clariant’s Masterbatch Business Unit, the new system is based on the use of inorganic taggants that are invisible under normal lighting conditions but provide a characteristic fluorescence when excited by specific laser light. This allows a unique marker system to be developed for a specific client or application. “We will not be selling this by the kilo but as a

system,” Sültemeyer says. “We have worked with other taggant suppliers before but took a kilo approach; this does not work. You have to have full control of master- batch security and also of the scrap. The brand owner needs support.”

In the pigments sector, the company will introduce

PV Fast Yellow H4G, an alternative to lead chromate products claimed to provide good opacity, light and weather resistance. The new organic pigment also

Right: Clariant will show flame retardants for electrical and electronic markets

offers three times the colour strength of lead chromate alternatives, which it says means system costs are broadly similar. It can be used with a wide range of polymers, including flexible and rigid PVC. Also new is PV Fast Pink E, which is based on renewable succinic acid and offers up to 38% renewable content. In the flame retardants sector, Clariant will highlight

its Exolit OP1400 grade, a new addition to the range targeted at PA compounds for production of injection moulded parts for the E&E market. It is said to offer good electrical properties while allowing high flow rates to be achieved in thin wall sections. It is also compatible with laser marking technologies. The company will also introduce Addworks LXR920, a non-halogenated flame retardant developed for use in thin gauge polyolefin roofing sheet. The company says the new amine-based product does not generate smoke or odour during processing. It also provides UV protection. ❙

Covestro will promote new concepts in the design of electric motor vehicles, developed in collaboration with design students and partners in the automotive industry. The ideas will be presented in the form of a contemporary electric car incorporating current trends in exterior design, including a seamless front end, innovative holographic lighting, polycarbonate wrap- around glazing and the use of sustainable coating and adhesive systems. Covestro says that automotive lighting is entering a

new dimension that will be defined by luminous surfaces with integrated headlamps and rear lights.

46 INJECTION WORLD | September 2016


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