Plastics News staff reporter Frank Esposito gathered the following items at Thermoplastic Concentrates 2005, held Feb. 9-11 in New Orleans.
Ciba sees potential in construction uses
At Ciba Specialty Chemicals, additives are moving into applications in sports arenas and fishing docks.
Technical service manager Peter Solera said that Arrowhead Pond, home of the Anaheim Ducks pro hockey team, is covered with a PVC roof that contains Ciba's ultraviolet-light stabilizers. Compounds using Ciba antistatic additives are being commercialized in polyethylene fishing docks, where producers are concerned about the potential of sparks hitting boating fuel.
Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Ciba also sees further potential in the construction market, Solera said, because of increasing flame-retardant and safety regulations.
Mayzo Corp. offering nucleated PP product
Mayzo Corp. is commercializing beta-nucleated polypropylene concentrates for film and containers.
The materials can make white or opaque microporous films without fillers and pigments, according to Philip Jacoby, technology vice president with the Norcross, Ga.-based firm.
PP concentrates made with Mayzo technology also can be added directly during extrusion or injection molding to beta nucleate a larger batch of resin.