New plastic under development for B&C industry


Plastics and chemicals supplier Total Petrochemicals is working on a new type of expandable polystyrene that it will offer to the building and construction industry. The new material should be ready for commercial sales in 2013.

Total Petrochemicals' research team has developed the new plastic's formulation and production technology, and says the material will offer technical and insulating properties significantly better than those of conventional white EPS.
Following the August 2010 purchase of two polystyrene lines with a combined capacity of 160,000 tonnes per year for Total's production site at Feluy, Belgium, the supplier decided to modify one of the two lines so it would be suitable for manufacture of the new expandable polystyrene....
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