Nylacast Limited Receives British Engineering Excellence Award

Nylacast double shortlisted for Materials Application of the Year 2014Nylacast Limited is ecstatic to have been announced as a winner of the Materials Application of the Year category at the prestigious 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards, attended by some of the most successful British companies on the global circuit.

As a UK manufacturer, winning the esteemed award reinforces the commitment and passion Nylacast Limited have for their people and polymers. Headquartered in Leicester, UK for over four decades, with over 78 per cent of their business being exported worldwide, Nylacast Limited was the only company to have been shortlisted twice for the Materials Application of the Year category, which received hundreds of applications from engineering firms across the UK.

Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs which took place on Thursday, 9 October 2014 in Central London was presented by popular ‘Tomorrows World’ TV show presenter Maggie Philbin. The BEEAs aim to promote the quality of engineering design within the UK and celebrate the British companies that are competing on a global stage and holding their own. Receiving this award verifies Nylacast’s strong emphasis on product quality as a UK manufacturer, customer service and competitive capabilities which ensures the company is regarded as a world leader in this industry.

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Global PVC Compounding Technology

What’s new in PVC? The past year has seen multiple changes in the global PVC business with sales, mergers and acquisitions of many major vinyl players in Europe, a new PVC plant opening in Russia and new growth in the Americas and China. Brigitte Dero of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) will outline developments in Europe including the successes of the industry sustainability initiatives at AMI’s next international conference on PVC Formulation 2015, which takes place from 16-18 March 2015 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Africa is regarded as having massive potential for growth and trends in the South African PVC compounding industry will be outlined by Dr Claus Maurer of CBI Electric Aberdare ATC Telecom Cables.

From the resin producers, ShinEtsu has new speciality PVC grades for the European markets, which are tightly controlled – Ineos Chlorvinyls will outline the latest developments in the REACH regulations affecting the industry. CEFIC ECPI will talk about the safe and sustainable use of plasticisers and BASF will review the use of plasticisers in medical devices, as the healthcare industry continues to debate the use of PVC.

Flame retardancy is a primary property requirement for rigid construction applications such as pipes and profiles and the EUPC has a group working on this subject: Nabaltec and Deflamo are two key suppliers of fire retardants.

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Double Digit Growth Expected in Global Plastic Pipe Market

Four major factors will lead to double digit growth in the global demand for plastic pipe systems over the next ten years. Speaking at the recent Plastic Pipes XVII conference and exhibition in Chicago, Stephen Boros the chairman of the event’s organizing committee identified these developments that are changing the world outlook for his industry.

“The development of the shale oil and gas industry, regional market expansion, innovation and awareness in the field of Life Cycle Assessment are now favorably influencing the scale and scope of the industry’s future,” he stated.

Stephen Boros who is also VP Engineering for Pipelines Plastics, LLC explained that plastic pipe systems continue to gain market share through supplanting competing pipe materials such as copper, concrete and steel due to easy and low cost installation as well as long term performance. “In North America, these inherent advantages are now further supported by the development of the shale oil and gas industry. This development not only benefits the energy market but also represents a more secure long-term supply and cost advantage from a power costs to raw materials stand point. Technology transfer will undoubtedly propel the growth of demand for plastic pipe systems in other world markets.”

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Building Materials: Top Score for PVC Pipe Systems

PROF MICHIEL HAAS“For building purposes, those PVC pipe systems that are made with a component of recycled material are more likely to have the lowest environmental impact in terms of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).” This according to Professor Michiel Haas who is an expert on building materials and founder of NIBE, the Dutch technical institute for environmental impact of building materials.

Seven years ago, the NIBE launched its system that undertakes rigorous environmental (LCA) assessments of a wide variety of building materials used in the Netherlands. If the building material meets a challenging threshold in terms of 17 LCA criteria, it is awarded a quality label (DUBOkeur). Over 500 types of building products have already been assessed.

Category one for all PVC pipe systems

“When it comes to building materials and their sustainability, PVC pipe systems have a lot going for them,” explains Professor Haas. “So far, we have assessed rainwater downpipes, gutters and sewer pipes within the building environment. All PVC pipe systems within these applications have been rated category ‘one’ – out of a range of one to seven. Category seven would be absolutely unacceptable and include for example, ‘wild cut’ tropical woods.”

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Agricultural Films Helping to Feed the World

Ag film in Europe map 2014High performance plastic films play a key role in global food production

AMI, Bristol, 21st July 2014 – AMI Consulting, a division of Applied Market Information Ltd., has just published a new report on the Agricultural Film Market in Europe 2014 analysing the latest trends in the use of silage, mulch and greenhouse films, along with developments in technology, innovation, supply chain and post-use plastic waste management.

In order to feed a global population which is expected to top 9 billion people by 2050, food waste needs to be eliminated, distribution of food improved and food production increased. At the same time agriculture faces challenges due to changing economic and environmental trends including climate change, biofuel expansion, slowing agricultural yields, rising meat demand and ever increasing calorie intake from a growing global middle class. It is estimated that by 2050 about 70 per cent of the global population will be urban, compared to 50 per cent today.

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Plastic Pipes: Complete Database Now Online from Conference Website

The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has a new website that will provide technical and commercial information for the plastic pipe industry worldwide. As of today, the association has published an online database that contains all of its papers since the first 1970 conference in Southampton, UK.

Over one thousand papers are included in what represents a major resource for the world of plastic pipe technology. This collection of presentations covers a wide spectrum of subject matter that ranges from highly technical aspects to valuable insights into the business forces that continue to drive the industry forward. It includes landmark reference projects, novel applications, installation methods and design, environmental issues, technical standards and testing, new systems and prototyping, raw materials and additives, scientific advances, no-dig solutions, manufacturing expertise as well as industry and trade aspects.

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New Nanomaterials Promise a Sustainable Future for the Tyre Industry and the Transport Sector

Geneva, August 4, 2014 – According to a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the use of new nanomaterials in tyre production could help foster the sustainability of the tyre industry and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, if the potential environmental, health and safety risks of the technology are managed carefully.

WBCSD welcomes the OECD report entitled Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which highlights the potential of new nanomaterials whilst analysing the challenges for their safe and sustainable introduction in the tyre industry. The report was originally proposed to OECD and supported by the Business and Industry Advisor Committee to the OECD (BIAC) through the Tire Industry Project (TIP) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

New nanomaterials offer promising avenues for future innovation, which can contribute to the sustainability and resource efficiency of the tyre industry and of the transport sector. They have the potential to decrease tyre rolling resistance (improving fuel consumption and CO2 emissions) and lower wear resistance (increasing tyre lifetime) while maintaining wet grip and existing safety levels.

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Plaskolite, Inc. Strengthens Product Offerings Through Acquisition

Plaskolite, Inc., the largest U.S. manufacturer of continuously processed acrylic sheet products, announces the acquisition of the mirror sheet product line from SPECCHIDEA s.r.l. of Torino, Italy.

Through a series of strategic acquisitions and significant investments, Plaskolite, Inc. has grown to be the industry leader.

Acquiring SPECCHIDEA’s mirror sheet business further strengthens that position. “Our dedicated leadership team continuously searches for opportunities to further strengthen our position as an innovative leader in the industry,” said James R. Dunn, President of Plaskolite.


France is Roaring Back!

This is a first time in the French industry. During the week of Bastille Day, the GM Devellopement group, based in Saint Etienne and specialized in precise technologies and mechanics earned three official labels.

After getting the ISO9001 norm (different requirements confirming the management and quality of the realizations and processes) in 2013, both companies MECAMO and MECATEC meet the requirements of the norm EN9100 and EPV, or so called Entreprise du Patrimone Vivant (Company of the Living Patrimony). This alliance of distinctions is unique! This is first time in the world for a company to own these three labels, what is even more exceptional is that two companies from the same group meet these requirements.

MECAMO is a company specialized in the production of mechanical components. MECATEC is specialized in drilling and optronic assembly. These two little companies from the Rhône Alpes region offer their technologies and their know how to the most important decision-makers.

But what do mean these two labels?

The EN9100 norm is an intercontinental one, (Americas, Europe, Asia), insuring the quality for the aeronautics markets, weapons, and spatial. This accreditation is given by the French government. This milestone is delivered through the OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Information System), a new database of suppliers owned by the IAQG (International Aerospace Quality Group). The main goals of this agency are to ensure the processes, their improvement, risk analysis … in order to ever deliver more security and warranty to builders and users.

The EPV label is a sign of recognition from the French Government settled to distinguish companies displaying a strong know how and craftsmanship, applied as well to industrial sectors. This label is delivered by the French Minister of Economy Mr Arnaud Montebourg, and by Mrs Carole Delga as well, secretary of state responsible for business and craftsmanship. The workshops honored are wisely selected and pointed out for a strong management of precise and rare craftsmanship, based on traditional roots and limited to a dedicated territory.

A new page turns in the French Economy, a new dynamic is launched. This dynamic will surely success, marrying know how, technology and quality.

The GM DEVELOPPEMENT group and its branches MECAMO and MECATEC open the gates and build officially the bases of the French renewal.


Solar Markets Test Endurance of Polymer Materials

Photovoltaic panels have been used for decades in outer space powering remote satellites and are now reaching long service records on earth, which gives scientist the opportunity to see just how well the materials and modules have performed during their predicted lifespan. The rise of renewable energy is now unstoppable with around 28 per cent of Germany’s electricity supply in 2014 coming from green sources. AMI will be bringing together global experts on solar module polymer materials to discuss the optimal solutions for vital components such as encapsulants, backsheets, adhesives and sealants, at Polymers in Photovoltaics 2015. In terms of economics, the module manufacturing industry is wary of overcapacity in the markets and the situation will be reviewed by Stefan de Haan of IHS.

Potential induced degradation is one of the sources of concern in solar modules and Hanwha Q Cells has studied the occurrence and the influence of encapsulant materials. From India, Renewsys has looked at the cure of encapsulants, while in China Guangzhou Bothleader Electrical Materials has examined the effect of the crosslinking agent on the properties of the EVA encapsulant. There are new EVA encapsulants in production from Encapsulantes Valor Anadido of Spain. Researchers at Ofi, the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology have compared the performance of different encapsulants and the ISFH in Germany has evaluated encapsulation materials for module-level processing. Polyolefin encapsulants are being marketed as the next generation of materials and Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello has data on performance improvement of modules using polyolefins.

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