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TRENDS OCTOBER 2018 14 CompositesWorld Basalt Fiber Basalt Fiber Production is Here in the USA 704.967.8006 mafic.com Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) has trademarked its continuous fiber- reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite materials as Maezio. Made from carbon or glass fibers impregnated with polycarbonate (PC), thermo- plastic polyurethane (TPU) or other thermoplastic resins, Maezio products are made as unidirectional reinforced tapes and sheets at Covestro's production facility in Markt Bibart, Germany. Maezio products can reportedly be thermo- formed with existing thermoforming tools at high yield rates and low cycle times for millions of parts per year. Other production technologies such as hybrid injection molding (over- molding), automated UD tape laying and automated fiber placement (AFP) can be easily integrated. Covestro is offering a range of finishes for Maezio products, from colored and textured, to black and glossy, to matte, untouched unidirectional fiber. Covestro says the mate- rial is suitable for use in electronics, automotive, medical, sporting goods, athletic shoes, household appliances, furniture and luggage applications. Maezio products can be recycled at the end of their useful life. Covestro launches Maezio continuous fiber thermoplastics CARBON FIBER Source | Covestro Source | Covestro BIZ BRIEF LyondellBasell (Auburn Hills, MI, US) announced on Aug. 21 it has added A. Schulman Inc. (Fairlawn, OH, US), global supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and powders, to its portfolio of polymer solutions. The combined business will operate as a stand-alone Advanced Polymer Solutions busi- ness segment. In addition to LyondellBasell's existing polypropylene compounding (PPC) assets and the A. Schulman assets, the segment will include Catalloy thermoplastic resins (polymers that reportedly combine the advantages of polyolefins and elastomers to offer durable and flexible products for the automotive, packaging and construction industries) and polybutene-1 resins (plastics that offer a combination of temperature resistance and strength and are used in modern water pipes, construction materials and re-closeable packaging).

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