Kronos expands territory with Palmer Holland


Kronos Worldwide has announced a new agreement to broaden the distribution of titanium dioxide pigments with Palmer Holland to include the West Coast. The states involved in this expansion include California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


This distribution expansion is an addition to our current territory of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, western New York and western Pennsylvania.

We are very excited to begin distributing another key line on the West Coast as we continue to grow with our principal partners.

TiO2 pigments are used in paints and coatings, plastics, paper, building materials, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, foods and many other commercial products.

 

About Kronos

The KRONOS group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of titanium dioxide. KRONOS has been operating as an international company for more than 90 years. The group owes its significant market position to the quality of its products, innovation, technical experience and reliable customer service around the world. The company's international representation is supported by an effective distribution system.  Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. When ground into a fine powder, it transforms into a pigment that provides maximum whiteness and opacity.

To learn more about Kronos Worldwide visit http://kronostio2.com.

Clariant's Licocene® Waxes Reach Final of German 2015 Innovation Prize

Muttenz, March 23, 2015 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is a finalist in the prestigious German business innovation award, "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2015", category Large Company. The achievement relates to Clariant's Licocene® polyolefin-based waxes, recognized for advancing sustainability in textiles, plastics and coatings manufacturing and improving the environmental profile of a wide range of applications.

Licocene waxes give manufacturers the possibility to use fewer ingredients, reduce manufacturing steps, and use less resource-intensive production processes. For example in textiles, close cooperation between Clariant and German coatings and laminate specialist LACOM GmbH, has succeeded in changing energy-intensive, water-based textile coating technology to a less energy-consuming process of hot melt coating using very low amounts of Licocene additives. There are also environmental benefits for final products, such as improving the recyclability of textiles, or reducing product weight.

Licocene's ability to support more sustainable processing is particularly valued in energy-intensive sectors, such as technical textiles for mattresses, furniture and carpets for automotive and aerospace interiors. They are also used in the manufacture of masterbatches and engineering plastics, as well as in industrial coatings, and in printing inks and adhesives for packaging applications.

The award jury of leading science and business representatives also acknowledged Licocene for promoting home-grown R&D and technical processing within Germany. The product's development involved collaboration between Clariant's researchers in Höchst and researchers at the University of Hamburg, leading to the piloting and building of a full-scale production unit in Germany. Clariant continues to work closely with its customers both inside and outside of Germany to use Licocene to bring sustainability advances to the market segments. As of 2016, the company will have achieved a 50% increase in its production capacity for Licocene to support the increasing interest in the product and its extensive application possibilities.

"This accolade for Clariant reinforces the increasing importance placed on sustainability within society today. With Licocene systems users can achieve significantly higher efficiency levels, supporting efforts to address current global challenges such as the efficient use of resources and energy," comments Oliver Kinkel, Head of Business Unit Additives, Clariant.

Clariant joins fellow finalists for the 2015 award ceremony and gala dinner on March 21, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main. This is the second occasion a Clariant development has been acclaimed by the organizers. The company's Exolit® halogen-free flame retardants were in the final of the "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2012/2013".

To view the original article, visit Clariant.com/News

Resin replaces steel in manhole covers

By Michael Lauzon
January 14, 2015

Thermosetting urethane acrylate resin takes the rigors of manhole and drain covers installed in roadways.

Scott Bader Co. Ltd.’s Crestapol resin is used in resin transfer molded covers made by Structural Science Composites Ltd. of Barrow in Furness, England. Such manhole and drain covers are lighter in weight than conventional steel and concrete covers, yet match the materials in load-bearing properties, according to Scott Bader.

Scott Bader, based in Wellingborough, England, says Crestapol is a low-viscosity material with a rapid, low-temperature cure that allows Structural Science to make the covers efficiently.

Structural Science’s covers in its Thrubeam lineup typically weigh a third to a quarter as much as steel or concrete covers — simplifying installation and maintenance — but they also provide long-term performance. Road safety standards specify that covers need to withstand loads of up to 22,000 pounds.


To view the original article, visit PlasticsNews.com.