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US’ FRX products named major flame retardants by ECHA

3rd Feb 2023

FRX Innovations, a US-based leader in eco-friendly flame retardant solutions, has announced that its Nofia product line will benefit from the decision of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to name three common flame retardants as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). This designation brings stringent disclosure and notification requirements.

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US’ Lear named one of Fortune’s 2023 most admired companies

3rd Feb 2023

Lear has been named on Fortune magazine’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list for the seventh consecutive year. Lear was awarded the highest placement for any North America-based automotive supplier in the Motor Vehicles Parts Industry survey. Lear is an automotive technology leader in seating and e-systems, that enables superior in-vehicle...

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UK’s government retains measures on glass fibre imports from China

2nd Feb 2023

The UK government has decided to retain existing measures on imports of continuous glass fibre from China, as recommended by the TRA. This means the UK’s glass fibre industry, predominantly based in Wigan, will continue to be protected from injury caused by dumped and subsidised imports of glass fibre from China for five years, from January 31, 2021.

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Swiss firm Gurit posts 6.7% growth in net sales in FY22

2nd Feb 2023

Switzerland’s Gurit, a company that specialises in advanced composites, has posted preliminary and unaudited net sales of CHF 499.5 million, up 6.7 per cent YoY, for fiscal 2022. The company’s net sales of continued operations were CHF 488.6 million, which is an increase of 17 per cent at constant exchange rates or 11.6 per cent in reported CHF versus...

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Japan’s Toray develops recycled nylon 66 from silicon-coated airbags

2nd Feb 2023

Japan’s Toray has made recycled nylon 66 recovered from silicone-coated airbag fabric scrap cuttings. This material achieves the same flowability and mechanical properties as injection moulding grades from virgin nylon 66. Toray specialises in industrial products centred on technologies in organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and...

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Berry opens new manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India

1st Feb 2023

Berry, a leader in the design, development, and production of patient-centred healthcare solutions, will begin production at its new manufacturing facility and healthcare centre of excellence (CoE) in Bangalore, India as early as April 2023. The Greenfield expansion project will create local jobs and improve global access to health products.

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Switzerland’s Autoneum & Dieffenbacher unveil digitalisation platform

1st Feb 2023

Swiss company Autoneum operates five Dieffenbacher automotive component production lines at its Sevelen site. Together with Dieffenbacher, Autoneum has now extensively modernised one of the lines, a GMT/LFT-D line for glass-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics. One highlight of the project was the introduction of the new Evoris digitalisation platform.

Twistrons, made from spun carbon nanotubes (CNTs), convert mechanical movement into electricity. Pic: The University of Texas at Dallas
US students develop carbon nanotube yarn harvesting mechanical energy

1st Feb 2023

Researchers in the US have made novel carbon nanotube yarns that convert mechanical movement into electricity more effectively than other material-based energy harvesters. Improvements to the invented high-tech yarns were called ‘twistrons,’ which generate electricity when stretched or twisted. Their new version is constructed much like cotton yarns.

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Sweden’s Essity’s net sales grow 28.2% to SEK 156,173 mn in FY22

31st Jan 2023

Sweden-based global hygiene and health company Essity has reported 28.2 per cent year-on-year growth in net sales to SEK 156,173 million in fiscal 2022 (FY22). The company’s sales growth, including organic sales growth and acquisitions, amounted to 17.7 per cent. Adjusted EBITA amounted to SEK 13,058 million and the adjusted EBITA margin to 8.4 per...

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