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Honest. Real. Authentic. Milliken’s ‘ColorDirection 2019’ foresees key trends in palette preferences

Reactint® polymeric colorants were invented by Milliken and specifically designed for coloring polyurethane and other thermoset resins.
(Photos © 2018 Milliken & Company, all rights reserved, MKPR182)Ghent, Belgium – Color can excite. Color can calm. Color can reassure. Color can provide identity. Color is a force to be reckoned with.

SABIC launches at NPE 2018 new formable hard-coated LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC sheet for glazing applications to comply with updated ECE R43 safety regulation

SABIC’s new LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet, the latest addition to the company’s expanding automotive glazing portfolio can be used for moderately shaped glazing components for lower-production vehicles where injection molding is less cost-effective. Additionally, LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet is a highly versatile product that can be used for non-automotive glazing, such as machine guards, cabin glazing for heavy equipment and many other typically formed and post-coated applications today.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 17, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, introduced here today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet, the latest addition to the company’s expanding automotive glazing portfolio. This advanced new technology is engineered to comply with the stringent visibility, strength and abrasion resistance requirements of ECE R43 (Regulation No. 43 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations). It features a tough polycarbonate (PC) base with exceptional optical quality, combined with a unique, formable hard coating that is pre-cured sufficiently to allow processing like regular PC sheet. In addition to ECE R43 compliance, LEXAN™ MARGARD™ FHC10 sheet can enable customers to avoid post-coating operations, and gives automotive OEMs and tiers a fresh new option for creating simple, curved glazing designs.

SABIC introduces new THERMOCOMP™ HMD-D series of high modulus ductile compounds to the Americas, Europe at NPE 2018

SABIC’s next-generation THERMOCOMP™ HMD-D compounds expand SABIC’s THERMOCOMP™ portfolio of specialty compounds with high-performance, glass-reinforced polycarbonate (PC) materials. The new series of six grades delivers a unique combination of high modulus and ductility to enable lighter, thinner and stronger parts that advance design innovation and ease of use. They are engineered for challenging structural components in the consumer electronics, healthcare and transportation sectors.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 11, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is introducing its next-generation THERMOCOMP™ HMD-D compounds to the Americas and Europe here at NPE 2018. Initially launched in Asia, these materials, on display at the company’s booth (S19001), expand SABIC’s THERMOCOMP™ portfolio of specialty compounds with high-performance, glass-reinforced polycarbonate (PC) materials. The new series of six grades delivers a unique combination of high modulus and ductility to enable lighter, thinner and stronger parts that advance design innovation and ease of use. They are engineered for challenging structural components in the consumer electronics, healthcare and transportation sectors.

SABIC unveils at NPE 2018 first successful micromolding of IR optical sensor lenses using high-performance EXTEM™ resin

Example of a proximity sensor with IR emitter lens and separate lens to project receiving signal to the sensor (both lenses in EXTEM™ resin)ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 11, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, unveiled today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, a major breakthrough in the production of infrared (IR) optical sensor lenses for proximity sensing and gesture recognition in smartphones and other electronics applications using its EXTEM™ thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resin. SOPROD SA, a Swiss molding company, selected the high-performance SABIC material, which features IR transparency, to mass-produce sensor lenses using micromolding with a multi-cavity tool. Efficient, high-volume molding of EXTEM™ resin can deliver multiple advantages over grinding and polishing of quartz glass and curing of epoxy resin. These benefits can include speed, consistently high quality and the avoidance of costly secondary operations. SOPROD’s achievement offers the electronics industry a new and highly efficient solution to meet accelerating demand for IR optical sensors.

SABIC again expands fast-growing additive manufacturing materials portfolio with launch of three new filaments at NPE 2018

SABIC has extensive experience in a range of healthcare market segments, including single-use devices, portable medical equipment and surgical instruments and trays. The company’s new ULTEM™ AMHU1010F and LEXAN™ AMHC620F filaments are potentially suitable for a wide variety of medical devices, from conceptual modeling to functional prototyping and end-use parts. Customized or personalized applications can include surgical instruments, single-use devices and casts/splints.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 8, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced here at NPE 2018, booth S19001, the third expansion of its additive manufacturing materials offering within 12 months. Specifically, SABIC is launching three new filaments for fused deposition modeling: ULTEM™ AM1010F filament for general high-temperature applications, including tooling; and ULTEM™ AMHU1010F and LEXAN™ AMHC620F filaments for healthcare applications. These advanced new materials, which can be used for end-use parts as well as prototypes, are key to SABIC’s strategy of extending the scope of additive manufacturing. The company is also applying its broad expertise in materials, processing and design optimization – as well as deep knowledge and experience in healthcare – to enhance additive manufacturing technologies.

SABIC debuts at NPE 2018 new portfolio of PP compounds for soft feel in automotive interior components

India’s Tata Motors is the first automotive manufacturer to use one of the new SABIC® PP compound grades for improved haptics in a vehicle interior application. This leading Indian automaker used a new SABIC® PP grade in the steering column cover and speedometer cluster top for its 2017 Tiago hatchback.ORLANDO, FLORIDA, May 7, 2018 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, unveiled here today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, a new and growing portfolio of SABIC® polypropylene (PP) compounds that deliver a soft feel combined with excellent scratch performance in unpainted, low gloss automotive interior components. The new SABIC® PP compounds offer the luxurious haptics and finishes that today’s consumers demand – even in lower-priced vehicles. At the same time, these injection molding materials can help automotive OEMs and tiers reduce costs by as much as 50 percent by avoiding secondary operations such as applying soft paint, fabric, foam or other surface covering.

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