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Despite decades of industrial experience and research in the field of flame retardants, most flame retardant additives are still either not sufficiently effective or are toxicologically questionable. For some years now, expandable graphite (a natural mineral-based material) has provided an effective and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional flame retardant additives and has already proved successful in a number of applications.

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In order to discover new applications for Desmopan and attract new customers, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) makes a point of seeking out collaborations with innovative family-run SMEs. One such example is the long-standing cooperation with Mecklenburgische Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH, or Mekuma for short.

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PolyOne/GLS announced a radio frequency welding breakthrough in conjunction with Genesis Plastics Welding, a contract manufacturer of RF welded products.

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Graco has developed a new flexible machine platform that can be used in many markets in an off-the-shelf, configurable format.

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Duramould ETM hand mixable systems have been introduced for the manufacture of form liners and stamping pads for pre-cast and decorative concrete forms.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set forth new regulations that mandate greenhouse gas reporting in the U.S. carbon black industry.

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BBG, Mindelheim, Germany, is a specialist manufacturer of moulds, machinery and parts for PU processing.

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Processors looking to lower the carbon footprint of their plastics found several intriguing new compounds made with sustainable/recycled fillers presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' latest GPEC technical conference in Orlando last March.

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The new C-DS Basic dispensing machine from Rampf has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the US market.

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Demand for large-format structural parts with glassfibre reinforcement is growing steadily, especially for commercial and agricultural vehicles. KraussMaffei has responded to this trend with further development of its LFI-PUR technology.

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