Demand from European converters fell back 7.2% from 2008 to 45 million tones in 2009. The market share of end use applications remained stable with packaging. The largest segment representing 40.1% of overall demand.
Rhodia is announcing the upcoming launch of polyamide (PA) powders for rapid prototyping and small series manufacturing by selective laser sintering (SLS). This is the first time that PA 6 powders are offered for direct part fabrication by SLS. The range will be extended to include PA 66 powders in the coming months.
Product line to include its new Pentacard kpduo core films. kp has transferred the technological advantages of its existing loyalty-grade card films to Pentacard kpduo films for double-sided printing of mono-card applications.
Researchers at I.B.M. and Stanford University said that they have discovered a new way to make plastics that can be continuously recycled or developed for novel uses in health care and microelectronics.