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India's plastics exports grow in H1 FY19 by 31.6% to USD 4.59bln

INDIA'S plastics exports posted a growth of 31.6 per cent at USD 4.59 billion during the period April - September 2018 (H12018-19) as against USD 3.48 billion in same period during H1 2017-18, registering a faster pace of growth than the overall merchandise export growth from India, as per the Plastics Export Promotion Council (Plexconcil). During H1 2018-19, India reported merchandise exports worth USD 164.04 billion, up 12.5 per cent from USD 145.75 billion in H1 2017-18. According to Plexconcil, plastics formed 2.80 per cent of India's overall merchandise exports in H12018-19.

The growth in India's plastics export has been primarily boosted by higher shipment of plastic raw materials, plastic sheet, film, plates, and packaging materials. During H1 2018-19, 23 out of the top 25 destination countries recorded year-on-year growth in plastics export from India. Exports to China, Vietnam and Mexico witnessed high growth rates ranging between 70-140 per cent during the H1 2018-19 period, association said in a statement here. "China, United States and United Arab Emirates continue to be top-3 destinations for India's plastics products.

These three countries accounted for 27.5 per cent of India's plastics product exports, by value, during H1 2018-19. And we added new destination countries for plastics export which includes French Guiana, Guam, Kiribati Republic, Lesotho, Marshall Island, Mayotte, Monaco, Nauru Republic and United States Virgin Islands," Plexconcil chairman Ravish B Kamath said.

"In the first half of 2018-19, the trend in plastic exports from India has been very positive with a strong year-on-year growth vis-a-vis 2017-18 with August 2018 topping USD 800 million and registering 38.1 per cent y-o-y growth. India's plastics exports in H1 2018-19 were boosted by higher exports, especially to North-East Asia, Africa, European Union, Asean, South Asia, and North America," Plexconcil executive director Sribash Dasmohapatra said.

“Having achieved a superior growth in H1 2018-19, we are confident of surpassing our export target of USD 10.6 billion in 2018-19 for products under the purview of our council. We laud the government's support and outreach initiative for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector that was unveiled recently. Since MSMEs form the backbone of our economy, the initiatives in the form of easier access to credit of upto Rs 1 crore within 59 minutes, and increase in interest rebate from 3 to 5 per cent for exporters, among others are steps in the right direction," Kamath said.

The country's plastics industry offers potential in terms of capacity, infrastructure and skilled manpower. India is currently ranked among the top five consumers of polymers in the world and has 30,000 plus plastic processing units employing over four million (40 lakh) people across the country, the release said.

Reliance Industries commits to invest Rs. 3,000-crore in Odisha

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD. (RIL) is investing an additional Rs. 3,000-crore in the next three years in its various businesses in Odisha with most of the investment aimed at creating a digital infrastructure in the state.

This was announced by Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, RIL, at the 'Make in Odisha – Conclave 2018' in the presence of a host of dignitaries including Odisha Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Japanese Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu and consul generals of several other countries, besides other leading business heads, and representatives from industry body FICCI.

The conclave – organised in Bhubaneswar during November 11 to 15 – is the flagship biennial business event of the Government of Odisha. The conclave showcased the policy & regulatory environment, investment opportunities across focus sectors and the manufacturing prowess of the State.

Mr. Ambani was the star speaker at the Business Leadership Summit organised just after plenary session of the conclave. He said he had a 'big reason' for focusing on the digital business. “The world is at the cusp of a digital revolution. Everything in the world is going digital – music, car, banks, education. Every aspect of life is going digital. Digital technologies will completely transform every sector of the economy and every aspect of life. This will be achieved by tools of connectivity and technologies,” Mr. Ambani said. The RIL group has so far invested Rs. 6,000-crore in Odisha.

Odisha has been fast emerging as a petrochemical hub in the country. Home to three major ports – Paradip, Dhamra and Gopalpur, the State has the potential to attract significant investments in the sector, especially in port-based manufacturing units. The Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) at Paradip is one of the four PCPIRs in the country and is the only greenfield PCPIR which has seen significant developments in recent times.

At the conclave, a two-hour session on 'Chemicals and Petrochemicals' provided a platform to discuss the opportunities for creating a conducive ecosystem for the creation of downstream value chain in petrochemicals and chemicals sector.

New chloro-toluene derivative facility at Jhagadia by KLJ Group

THE KLJ Group, a diversified industrial group that manufactures and markets a wide range of plasticizers, chloro paraffins and polymer compounds, is expanding its Indian manufacturing footprint by opening a new chloro-toluene derivatives plant in Jhagadia, Gujarat.

The new plant will have a capacity to produce nearly 35,000-tpa of high quality benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate and other derivatives by 2019, with additional room for future expansion. When completed, it will take the company's total chloro-toluene derivative capacity to 50,000-tpa.

The plant has been under construction since March 2018 and is expected to commence production by September 2019. The plant will be co-located with KLJ's existing chloro-toluene derivative plant, which has an existing capacity of 15,000-tpa. “Chloro-toluene derivatives have a strong growth potential and this investment reflects our commitment to serve our growing base of customers and shall enable us to offer the excellent customer service, innovative products, new technology and efficient manufacturing processes, that our customers expect,” the company said in a press release.

“The rapid construction of this new plant was made possible by KLJ's existing presence globally and it clearly show-cases our ability to leverage our assets across multiple platforms,” the release added. Headquartered at New Delhi, the KLJ Group has six manufacturing plants in India, Thailand and Qatar.

Covestro inaugurates 'Brighter World Lab' near Mumbai

COVESTRO, recently inaugurated the 'Brighter World Lab' in Airoli, near Mumbai as part of its continuing endeavour to ignite scientific interest in children. The lab is the first out of 20 planned to be opened across India. This is an addition to the success of 10 labs already opened in 2017.

With this initiative, Covestro (India) is keen on providing access to quality education and learning for students from the underprivileged section of the society. It will also cater to teachers who will be trained to teach science and mathematics in a more effective and interesting way with orientation programmes, Jugaad workshops (developing science models by using waste/low-cost material) and interactive maths sessions using Vedic and UCMAS methodology. This year Covestro is collaborating with Arch Foundation to set up the 20 labs.

“Science is the key in finding sustainable solutions in every industry for various economic and social challenges faced by the world. Hence, our aim is to ignite scientific interest in children so they can learn through discovery and connect scientific knowledge of textbook to their world. We at Covestro work towards developing modern age sustainable solutions and this initiative will not only help build careers of children but also help India to make its mark in research and innovation across the world,” commented Mr. Ajay Durrani, Managing Director, Covestro (India).

Ms. Sonkee Shah, CEO, Arch Development Foundation added, “Through this partnership we want to create a scientific revolution in India. Here we will be closely working with every child and mapping their individual progress. With Brighter World Lab, we wish to reach out to the whole nation and provide quality education to the children.”

The 'Brighter World Lab' will also provide students and teachers with a platform to exhibit and execute learning through customised modules such as such fairs, science quizzes, chemical and physics DIY activities, debate competitions etc. Covestro said it plans to work with various other stakeholders to sustain the project.

Reliance starts maintenance at Dahej PVC plant

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD. (RIL) has taken off-stream its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant for a maintenance turnaround. The company has commenced turnaround at the plant earlier this week. The plant is likely to remain under maintenance for about two weeks.

Located at Dahej in Gujarat, India, the plant has a production capacity of 315,000 mt/year.

Llast year, RIL undertook a three-week planned shutdown for maintenance at its PVC plant in Dahej. The plant was taken off-stream in mid-May 2017. Earlier, in the second half of April 2016, RIL shut down its PVC plant in Dahej owing to a shortage of water.

Reliance Industries is one of the world's largest producers of polymers. The company produces polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride and other petrochemical products.

Indian Peroxide to setup hydrogen peroxide plant in Gujarat

INDIAN PEROXIDE LTD. (IPL), one of India's major manufacturers and suppliers of specialty chemicals, has launched its new hydrogen peroxide (HP) plant complex in Gujarat. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility produces industrial grade, premium quality and environmental friendly hydrogen peroxide. With best-in-class production process, IPL offers hydrogen peroxide in 35%, 50% and 60% concentration.

Along with new plant complex, IPL plans to invest Rs. 750-crore in next 3-5 years, including capacity expansion for other chemical units, leveraging synergy with the new HP plant. Located in Dahej, the manufacturing facility with a capacity of 45,000-tpa of HP started its first commercial delivery on October 10, 2018. The chemical complex, spread across 150,000-sq.m., is one of the biggest HP manufacturing facilities in India. The production process is based on proprietary technology offered by EB Nuberg (Sweden).

The plant aims to serve increasing local demand primarily for premium quality and high concentration grades of HP used in applications within the paper & pulp, textile and wastewater treatment industries, among other applications. With a focus on environment, IPL uses a zero waste discharge process, with recycling of water and chemicals so as to leave no liquid wastes in the whole production process. The HP produced will be supplied in 35-kg and 50-kg carboys and tankers of 20-25 tonnes capacity.

The new plant will help India in saving significant part of its HP import bill. In 2017, India imported about 25% of its total HP consumption.

Faurecia and Hella enter into strategic partnership

Automotive supplier to partner on interior lighting solutions for the Cockpit of the Future

THE lighting and electronics specialist HELLA and Faurecia, one of the world's leading automotive technology companies, will cooperate in a strategic partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions.

Within this cooperation, both companies will jointly develop lighting with high-technology content in the domain of surface-lighting and dynamic-lighting for a more personalized cockpit environment. Faurecia contributes its expertise as a complete system integrator for vehicle interiors and HELLA supplies innovative products in the field of interior lighting.

Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia said that “In the rapidly changing automotive industry, we need to create value through innovations with rapid time to market. As a systems integrator in the vehicle interior, we have created partnerships to expand our technology expertise and become more agile. Our strategic collaboration with HELLA is the latest example of this approach. Alongside our partnerships with MAHLE and ZF, we are uniquely positioned to offer safe, connected and personalized user experiences which can be integrated into today's vehicles and will be critical for tomorrow's cars.”

“Trends such as autonomous driving and individualization will completely redefine vehicle interiors. We are therefore already working intensively on concepts for vehicle interior lighting that enable a variety of new functionalities and can be adapted to the different needs of passengers and driving situations. The collaboration with Faurecia will provide us with additional opportunities to drive the development of innovative interior lighting solutions in a comprehensive manner,” Rolf Breidenbach, CEO of HELLA At the Paris Motor Show held in October 2018, Faurecia and HELLA showcased a first demonstration of a unique ambient lighting experience for a more comfortable, dynamic and versatile environment integrated into a Cockpit of the future. On entering the vehicle, occupants were welcomed by personalized interior lighting on the instrument panel, door panels and seats. Faurecia and HELLA have also worked on the autonomous driving scenario to devise a series of dynamic lighting features to enhance driver information and safety.

Clariant and Neste join forces to develop sustainable industrial solutions

CLARIANT, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste, the world's leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions. By using Neste's renewable hydrocarbons in its product development, Clariant increases the number of products in its portfolio that are derived from renewable raw materials. As a result, sustainable solutions become more accessible to a variety of industries, including adhesives, plastics and coatings.

Christian Kohlpaintner, Member of Clariant's Executive Committee, comments: “Sustainability is one of Clariant's five strategic pillars. This new partnership with Neste is a significant milestone in providing a sustainable future for Clariant and its customers. It is an exemplary cooperation because it provides a competitive advantage for our customers while making a sustainable impact across the value chain.”

Clariant's Licocene performance polymers and waxes are already highly-valued by the adhesives, plastics and coatings industry for their ability to offer superior sustainability and performance in use. Through the partnership with Neste, Clariant can offer sustainable polyolefin solutions derived from renewable hydrocarbons.

Peter Vanacker, President & CEO, Neste, comments: “Combining Clariant's in-depth knowhow in the varying applications of adhesives, plastics and coatings, and Neste's extensive knowledge and experience in working with bio-based materials to produce a variety of drop-in renewable solutions, enables both companies to develop their sustainable material offering to provide maximum added value not only to sustainable brands in varying industries, but also to their customers.”

Gloria Glang, Vice President, Head of Global Advanced Surface Solutions Business, Clariant, continues: “For the society, our environment, and future generations, it is our responsibility to improve sustainability performance and reduce our carbon footprint and dependency on crude oil. As a result of Clariant's partnership with Neste, we can progress our goal to become a true sustainable solution provider in the additive market, offering our customers products and solutions that can make a positive contribution towards their targets and enhance end applications.”

The raw materials, C2/C3 monomers, are derived from Neste's renewable hydrocarbons produced from 100% renewable feedstock that originates from waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil, and renewable vegetable oils. These C2 and C3 monomers provide drop-in replacements for those currently used by Clariant to create advanced polyolefin solutions for a wide range of applications.

Borealis to acquire stake in South Korean DYM Solutions

AUSTRIAN petrochemicals firm, Borealis, has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in South Korean compounder, DYM Solution Co. Ltd.

Based in Cheonan, South Korea, DYM Solution is a provider of compound solutions for the global wire and cable industry. It specialises in semi-conductive, halogen-free flame retardant (HFFR), rubber and silane cured compounds.

With this investment, Borealis seeks to extend the global wire & cable asset footprint it has together with Borouge. “Having access to an Asian manufacturing base would significantly expand our ability to foster continuing organic growth for Borealis and Borouge and enable us to meet the requirements of our wire and cable customers even better,” remarked Borealis' CEO, Mr. Alfred Stern.

LANXESS increases prices for engineering plastics

SPECIALTY chemicals company LANXESS is raising its prices due to the increasing raw material costs with immediate effect for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate – PBT, blends). For polyamide 6.6 compounds, the adjustment will be EUR 0.60 per kilogram and will affect Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The increase for PBT compounds per kilogram amounts to l EUR 0.20 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, l USD 0.15 in the region Asia Pacific, l USD 0.15 in North America and Canada. For specific grades of both brands the increase may be higher.

LANXESS is launching a new polyamide product range Durethan Performance for periodically stressed components

PARTICULARLY in the case of plastic parts under car hoods, the requirements for long-term resistance to cyclic mechanical loads, also known as fatigue strength, are increasing. Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is therefore building a new polyamide 6 product range called Durethan Performance. The different grades are several times more resistant to fatigue under pulsating loads than standard products with the same glass fiber content. The first products in the product range are the thermally stabilized Durethan BKV30PH2.0, BKV35PH2.0, and BKV40PH2.0 compounds with glass fiber contents of 30, 35, and 40 percent, as well as the impact resistant modified Durethan BKV130P compound, which is reinforced with 30 percent glass fiber. The “P” in the product name refers to “Performance”.

Focus on engine compartment applications, light-weight structures, and power tools

“With these new products, we are targeting applications in automobiles, such as air-intake systems and oil-filter modules or parking brakes. There is also great application potential for housing and structural components of power tools, such as drilling or grinding machines. And with regard to the furniture industry, for example, parts of furniture locking systems could be manufactured from the impact-resistant modified product type,” explains Dr. Thomas Linder, an expert in materials development of Durethan at LANXESS. In addition to the dynamic behavior, the static mechanical profile of the new construction materials has also been improved. For example, they offer more tensile strength at higher temperatures than standard products with the same glass fiber content. “Its mechanical properties makes the polyamide 6 based Durethan Performance in many cases an alternative material for polyamide 66 compounds, which have become much more expensive in recent years. This substitution can often be carried out without increasing the glass fiber content, so that no higher material density and thus a higher component weight need to be accepted,” explains Linder.

Extensive Wöhler experiments

LANXESS has investigated the dynamic behavior of the new compounds on a demonstrator resembling lightweight structural components. This so-called HiAnt element is an injection-molded U-shaped profile that is reinforced on the inside with crosswise ribs. Among other tests, three-point-bending fatigue Wöhler experiments were carried out with this practically oriented test specimen. Linder: “In these tests, for example, Durethan BKV30PH2.0 showed a service life around three times longer than a standard polyamide 6 material with 30 percent glass fiber reinforcement at a bending load of 2.75 kilonewtons.”

Tailor-made for highly stressed structural components

LANXESS plans to further expand the Durethan Performance product family. For example, two compounds with 50 and 60 percent glass fiber reinforcement are about to be launched on the market. “With their high strength and rigidity, these materials are particularly suitable for dynamically loaded structural components – for example, in lightweight automotive construction for carriers of electrical and electronic modules,” explains Linder.

HiAnt – support along the entire component development process

LANXESS supports customers in the development of cyclically highly stressed components from the concept phase through component and tool design to the start of production. These services are bundled under the name HiAnt. For example, numerous component tests are offered. “In addition to our servo-hydraulic tensile testing machines for the determination of Wöhler curves we have at our disposal a shaker testing facility, which is primarily designed for testing vibrations for vehicle applications, and covers all common vibration and shock tests,” says Linder. LANXESS also carries out pressure threshold tests on components from the vehicle cooling circuit and pressure change and backfire tests on intake modules, for example.

Chemists develop a new method for the synthesis of polymer nanoparticles of a given size

A chemist from RUDN created the technology for the synthesis of polymer nanospheres for use in the production of electrochemical devices. The method does not require any surfactants and produces nanoparticles of a predetermined size. The results of the study were published in Polymer Chemistry.

Nanoparticles used for industrial applications should be the same in shape and size, regardless of the material they are made of. That is a difficult challenge to achieve both in the laboratory and for industrial production. In some cases, nanoparticles with even a few tens of nanometers difference in size do not perform the required functions. RUDN University's Rafael Luke, together with colleagues from China and Pakistan, proposed a simplified method for creating polymer nanospheres of controlled size.

The new technology is based on the sol-gel process of polymer synthesis. Scientists mix a series of monomers and start hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions. These processes lead to the formation of a sol—a solution of the tiny particles, including nanosized particles of a solid substance or gas bubbles. Upon further processing, the sol either concentrates to the state of a homogeneous gel or exudes the individual nanoparticles (for example, by centrifugation). In order to make the resulting particles homogeneous, it is necessary to apply surfactants to the sol or to use a matrix.

The researchers obtained nanoparticles by synthesizing polybenzoxazine compounds, a group of polymers that can be produced from various monomers under fairly mild conditions. Unlike most of the previous researchers the chemists at RUDN managed to synthesize polybenzoxazine in the form of nanoparticles without using any matrices or surfactants. Chemists have found specific concentrations of the monomers (phloroglucin, para-phenylenediamine, and formaldehyde) dissolved in water and ethanol which, in combination with mild (up to 75 ° C) heating, led to the formation of nanospheres of uniform size. The authors suggest that the effect is achieved due to the use of para-phenylenediamine. It participates in the reaction and acts as a catalyst. Researchers and manufacturers can set the desired size of nanoparticles by varying the concentration of the initial monomers and the ratio in water and ethanol solutions. That is an additional advantage of the new method. In the experiment, section researchers managed to product nanospheres with a diameter of 105, 157 and 186 nm.

Nanoparticles of this type can be used in electrochemistry. Researchers at RUDN carbonized the polymeric nanospheres in a nitrogen atmosphere at 800 ° C and obtained carbon nanospheres containing nitrogen, which retained the same size and shape. These nanoparticles were used to create electrodes. Carbon nanospheres demonstrated high electrical capacity. In the future, they can be used to create supercapacitors and chemical current sources.

"The traditional approach to the synthesis of such polymers requires the use of surfactants or matrices. They directly control the size of the particles and build the structure of the material," explains Rafael Luka, director of the Molecular Design and Synthesis of Innovative Compounds for Medicine. "Our approach allows you to stop using them. We have already tested one of the possible applications of the obtained nanoparticles. Carbon nanospheres containing nitrogen without additional activation were used as a supercapacitor and demonstrated the potential to be used in the field of energy conversion and storage.”

Plastic Pipes in Infrastructure 2019

Plastic pipes in infrastructure is organised by the leading plastics consultancy organisation AMI. The seventh edition will see global industry experts come together in Dusseldorf on 9-10 April 2019 for this event.

The conference once again provides a unique networking opportunity and high-level forum for the latest developments and issues in the ever-evolving plastic pipes industry. Featuring a diverse programme of presentations by industry leaders, the focus for Plastic Pipes in Infrastructure 2019 is on new plastic pipe applications, material advances, and developments in production technology, and updates to certification and standards. This event is relevant to those operating in the global pipes industry: from material suppliers to pipe lay construction engineers.

Addressing pipeline ageing and integrity challenges to increase performance

Suez Groupe opens the conference with a crucial subject covering the effects of ageing on the integrity of plastic pipes. Polymer Competence Center Leoben follow up with a presentation on lifetime prediction of polyethylene electrofusion couplings. Amiblu Technology AS then conclude the first session by presenting the case for 150 years lifetime of GRP pipes.

Innovation in material, process and applications

KIWA Technology state the requirements for PE100 with raised crack resistance (PE100RC). This is followed by WAVIN GmbH who share information about the advancements in relining technologies. Crosslink Finland OY then talk about the novel developments in Pex-A and Pex-B pipe manufacturing processes. SABIC then share a very interesting and practical presentation on how to respond to environmental changes through water management. McElroy follow up next with some case studies on latest technologies for fusion welding. Conextru GmBH talk about new applications and performances of pipes with die set rotation leads. Polymer Competence Center Leoben then deliver a presentation on models to assess the effect of chlorine dioxide on the lifetime of polyethylene pipe grades. Hennecke GmbH follow up next with benefits of pipeline insulation by spraying PU. The session is wrapped up by Miki Burmil Consulting talking about plastic manholes to improve infrastructure systems.

Testing, certification and standardisation

Delegates gain comprehensive insights into testing, certification and standardisation. SKZ-TESTING GmbH talk about energy and time saving method for qualifying PE Pipe grades for long-term applications at 40°C. The session is continued on the second day of the Conference with an opening presentation on the influence of 'onset' temperature by DSC on U-PVC pipes pressure tests result by CEIS. NSF International then share their expertise on how standardisation for plastic products protects public health and safety. Trelleborg Pipe Seals follow up next with a presentation on the evolution of elastomeric joints in plastic pipeline systems and the use of long term stress relaxation testing to predict service life.

Developments in pipe systems for enhancing durability

Lyondellbasell open the session by discussing ways to advance the PP-RCT performance in water pressure pipes. DOW Europe Gmbh follow up next with a presentation on how raised temperature resistance polyethylene (PE-RT) demonstrates reliable performance in hot & cold applications. Conference Sponsor BAUSANO S.p.A then share their views on C-PVC processing. The session is completed by Althesys talking about PVC pipes competitiveness: a total cost of ownership approach.

Improving quality control and assurance

Conference Sponsor Sikora share their expertise on keeping an eye on diameter, ovality, wall thickness and eccentricity for quality control during the extrusion of pipes. And finally, Impact Solutions deliver some very useful information on quality control and assurance measures in water and gas plastic pipelines to reduce drastic failures upon commissioning.

In addition to the packed two-day programme of expert presentations this event provides a highly effective platform to meet with likeminded professionals from leading companies and organisations at all levels of the supply chain.

For more information please get in touch with Sophie Harrison, Conference Organiser (, +44 (0) 117 314 8111).

Celanese and International Paper collaborate with Ford to win Environmental Award

THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS (SPE) in Automotive has recognized a joint development in sustainable thermoplastics by Celanese Corporation and International Paper with the Environmental Award for Sustainable Materials in Automotive for an application in the Ford Motor Company's 2018 Lincoln Continental luxury sedan. The award was given at the 2018 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala to honor the best companies in automotive plastics.

The industry-first application of composites combining cellulose fiber from trees with long-glass fiber in a polypropylene matrix resulted in significant cost savings achieved by reducing weight up to 25 percent per part. Implementing this solution achieved cycle time reductions of approximately 20-40 percent and significant energy savings resulting in an estimated 14 million kilograms of carbon dioxide reductions. Accounting for the largest single automotive part to date injected molded with sustainable plant-based composite materials, the center console carrier in the 2018 Lincoln Continental demonstrates that this natural and thermoplastic fiber blend can meet dimensional stability and component performance requirements while using existing tooling.

“This innovative solution from International Paper and Celanese will enable automakers to significantly reduce emissions through improvements in material production and light-weighting,” said Verghese Thomas, Celanese's Chief Technology & Innovation Officer. “We're excited to continue collaborating with Ford to meet their sustainability goals.” “International Paper creates innovative, sustainable and recyclable products that help our customers achieve their objectives,” said Russell Anawalt, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Global Cellulose Fibers. “We are thrilled that the collaboration with Ford and Celanese has enabled Ford to make lighter-weight parts using International Paper's THRIVE composite to meet all of their specifications and requirements while receiving additional environmental benefits that are cost effective for both the molder and Ford.” Representatives of Celanese, International Paper, Ford and Summit Polymers (the Tier 1 supplier and toolmaker) accepted the award at the 2018 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, Michigan on November 7. Celanese also contributed to projects earning finalist recognitions in the Body Exterior and Body Interior categories.

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