Plastics Technology

OCT 2018

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Taipei Plas Adds Shoemaking Technology to Plastics Show Covestro Launches Brand Name for Thermoplastic Composites Covestro (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) is introducing Maezio as the brand name for its continuous-fiber reinforced ther- moplastic composites (CFRTP). Covestro sees the "composite materials of the future" for automotive, electronics, consumer goods, and medical products being based on continuous carbon or glass fibers impregnated with PC, TPU or other thermoplastics. From these compo- nents, Covestro produces unidirectional reinforced tapes and sheets in Germany. Haier, the world's largest white- goods brand, has launched an air conditioner under its Casarte brand that utilizes Maezio for the main housing. In the world of footwear, the compos- ites have helped Chinese athletic-wear startup Bmai to develop even lighter and stronger marathon shoes. 844-646-0545 • covestro.com In August, for the first time, Taipei Plas, Taiwan's biennial plastics and rubber show, added a section covering shoe production—ShoeTech Taipei—which incorporated some plastics and rubber technologies while also bringing representation of another strong export market for the island nation. At the August show, James C.F. Huang, chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), thanked Chien-Jen Chen, Taiwan's v.p., for coming to the fair, noting that his presence and the attendance of other elected officials, including Jia-Chyuan Su, president of Taiwan's legislature, reflected support for the plastics and rubber industry from the country's government. At the show, Vice-President Chen reflected on the flexibility of the plastics industry in his opening ceremony remarks. "What our industry can do is to adjust in a very short time," Chen said, "and provide very competitive prices to compete internationally." Multiple speakers referred to government programs designed to support indus- try, including the "Five Plus Two" innovative industries plan, which targets seven industries for development, including intelligent machinery, Asia Silicon Valley, green energy, biomedicine, national defense/aerospace, new agriculture, and the circular economy. Alex Ko, chairman of the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) forecast growth of 10% for the plastics and rubber machinery industry in Taiwan in 2018, partially on the basis of those government programs. Taiwan's deputy minister of economic affairs, Wen-Sheng Tseng, noted that Taiwan's plastics machinery sector is among the top industries for the country because, in addition to robust government support, it benefits from a complete supply chain including key components, like servo motors. TAITRA said that in 2017, Taiwan's output value of plastics and rubber machinery was more than $1.4 billion. Of that, $1.1 billion was exported—a figure 12.8% higher than in 2016, positioning Taiwan as the world's sixth largest producer and exporter of plastics and rubber machinery. This year's Taipei Plas (the 16 th ) had 497 exhibitors plus 36 from ShoeTech. Over the five days of the show, TAITRA forecasted that it would draw more than 19,000 visitors. Among plastics and rubber trade shows in Asia, Taipei Plas trails only Chinaplas and Japan's IPF. Covestro Sells U.S. Sheet Business to Plaskolite Covestro (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) has sold its polycarbonate sheet business in Sheffield, Mass., to acrylic sheet manufacturer Plaskolite, Columbus, Ohio. Plaskolite will continue operations at the Sheffield facility. In 2012, prior to becoming Covestro, the former Bayer MaterialScience sold its Vivac PETG sheet business in NAFTA to Plaskolite. In addition to a broad range of acrylic, PS, and copolyester (Eastman's Tritan) sheets, Plaskolite now offers Makrolon PC sheet; Makrolon Multiwall ribbed structured profile sheet; Bayblend MTR opaque, flame-retardant PC-blend sheet; and Hygard laminates of multiple layers of PC or PC/acrylic sheets. 614-294-3281 • plaskolite Biobased PP and PE from Vegetable Oil A collaboration started in 2016 by Finland's Neste and the Netherlands' IKEA is soon to result in the first commercial PP and PE, based on 20% renewable content obtained from waste and residue cooking oil and other vegetable oils. Pilot production of these biobased plastics, based on Neste's 100% renewable hydrocarbons, is slated for startup before year's end. IKEA will use the renewable plastics in products such as plastic storage boxes. As capaci- ties improve, more products will follow. Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel from waste and residues, is looking into other renewable feedstocks for plastics, such as algae and biomass from forestry and agricul- ture. Neste US is in Houston (neste.us). 8 OCTOBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com T E C H N O L O G Y A N D I N D U S T R Y N E W S St ar t ing Up

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