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Röchling launches PLA-based compounds for automotive


German automotive supplier Röchling has launched a family of PLA-based bioplastics that it intends to offer as an alternative to PP, ABS, PA6, PET, PBT and PC for automotive parts. Three standard grades of the BioBoom compounds are currently available, each of which contains a minimum of 90% sugar cane/beet- based renewable materials and can be further customised to specific applica- tions. The company said they are suitable for interior, engine compart- ment, and underbody applications.


Rowa sets sights on pure black


Germany’s Rowa Master- batch has added a “high- purity” Rowalid PA-B044A RHC Black to its range of PA-based nigrosine masterbatches for the automotive industry. RHC stands for ‘reduced halogen content’, which is said to achieve a reduction in electrocorrosion and reduced interaction with other formulation compo- nents — the company claims some improvement in mechanical properties after thermal ageing. According to Rowa, because the new grade prevents corrosion of metals such as copper, it may also find application in E&E applications, including heat exchangers, connector housings and terminal blocks. � www.rowa-group.com


8 Above: Benivc has acquired Italian medical component maker Luc & Bel Benvic buys into medical


PVC compounder Benvic has acquired a majority stake in Italy-based injection moulder Luc & Bel. It is Benvic’s seventh European acquisition, including four in Italy, since it was acquired by Investindustrial in 2018. Luc & Bel makes complex medical components and assemblies under Class 8


cleanroom conditions. It is based near Modena, where Benvic last year acquired Modenplast, which is active in the same sector through compounding of medical PVC formulations and extrusion of tubes and hoses. “PVC plays a fundamental role in all parts of this sector


and we expect to further develop Benvic’s medical division, starting with Italy,” said CEO Luc Mertens. Luc & Bel founder and


CEO Luca Ferrari will remain at the helm of the company and will retain a minority stake. � www.luc-bel.com � www.benvic.com


Lactips to open new French plant


Lactips, a specialist in production of soluble plastics, has announced plans to build a new facility at Saint-Paul-en-Jarez in France. The intention is to produce 3,000 tonnes/ yr of material on the 12,000m2


site, with a COMPOUNDING WORLD | November 2020


longer-term target of 10,000 tonnes/year. The project includes a 2,500 m2 building and 1,000 m2


administrative and


sales building with a laboratory. � www.lactips.com


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“We want to support our customers in the development of environmentally friendly vehicles and thus help shape the transformation of the industry towards a sustainable one,” said Prof Dr Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of Röchling Automotive. ‘We have set ourselves the goal of becoming the leading supplier of bioplastics and recycling materials in the automotive industry by 2035 at the latest,” he said. Roechling has not disclosed the


specific composition of the BioBoom materials beyond its use of PLA as the main polymer component in combina- tion with fillers such as talc and glass and natural fibre reinforcements. The company was granted a


European patent in 2014, together with compounder Softer (acquired by Celanese in 2016), covering formula- tions based on PLA and aromatic copolyesters that claimed high impact, scratch and UV resistance and HDT values of more than 140°C. � www.roechling.com


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