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Gneuss enabling the use of Microfibrillated Cellulose in polymer melts for thermoplastics

By Andrea Kossmann, Guest blogger 11. September 2019

The pursue for a more efficient and increasingly EHS improved way of incorporating microfibrillated cellulose into polymers for polymer melts (thermoplastics) has been going on for years. Thermoplastics are an important source for many final products and applications. By introducing microfibrillated cellulose into polymers by the means of liquid suspension, Gneuss have been able to avoid the agglomeration of powder form similar particles, as well as improve the EHS profile of such a process.

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Temaer: Other use areas for MFC

The Future is Sooner Than You Think – it’s a Dynamic World out there

By Andrew Wright 20. August 2019

Long-standing policies towards research and development no longer support manufacturers’ success, as mergers and globalization continue, due to:

  1. Demands for bigger profits from investors who are distant from the business reality
  2. Bigger investment in innovation needed to give future success
  3. Shortening timescales as globalization introduces pressures from BRIC economies

How is this affecting the innovation options for businesses? How can you make sure that you are ready to grasp opportunities that only lay within completely new development?

In this article I look at examples of innovation driven by urgent need to compete rather than long-term thinking, and how this affects innovation paths. In addition, I offer some take-aways on how to do innovation even better next time.

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Temaer: Innovation & sustainability

Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose & Polyurea: anti-settling & anti-sedimentation because of yield stress

By Mats Hjørnevik 23. July 2019

Modified polyurea and Exilva microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) can both be used as rheology modifier in a variety of industries to prevent sedimentation and settling. In this article, I review the ability of the materials to give a yield stress in a waterbased system and, because of that, provide anti-settling & anti-sedimentation behavior. Tune-in on a comparison between these two rheology additives.

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Temaer: Coatings, adhesives/sealants, anti-settling, anti-sedimentation

Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose & Clay Platelets: anti-settling & anti-sedimentation because of yield stress

By Mats Hjørnevik 9. July 2019

Clay (including montmorillonite and bentonite) additives and Exilva microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) have a lot in common since they both can be used as rheology modifier in different industries. However, there are also clear differences. In this article, I will review the ability of the materials to provide yield stress and subsequent anti-settling & anti-sedimentation benefits. Tune-in on a comparison between two of the most potent anti-settling & anti-sedimentation additives available.

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Temaer: Cellulose Fibrils, Coatings, adhesives/sealants, anti-settling, anti-sedimentation

Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose vs. Fumed silica: anti-settling benefits from effective yield stress

By Mats Hjørnevik 11. June 2019

Exilva microfibrillated cellulose and fumed silica are both used for controlling the rheology of liquid systems, such as anti-settling and anti-sedimentation. But when we are comparing the two technologies, we also see differences. In this article, we will show you how the microfibrillated cellulose and fumed silica builds yield stress, and how they consequently can give good anti-settling and anti-sedimentation benefits.

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Temaer: Stability, Coatings, adhesives/sealants, anti-settling, anti-sedimentation

How to use Cellulose fibrils with foam forming surfactants

By Rebecca Blell 29. May 2019

Surfactants are present in most consumer products. The most familiar examples are shampoos, hand wash products and cleaning products in general. Switching to sulfate free surfactants improves the environmental profile, but can be a challenge. Let me show you a way to this.

I will demonstrate that one can use cellulose fibrils to thicken and stabilize formulations with foam forming surfactants. The most important point to remember when preparing such formulations is to avoid foam formation during the incorporation step of surfactants with the cellulose fibrils.

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Temaer: Surfactants, compatibility, Home Care & Personal Care

Topic Tuesday: Heat of hydration – avoid cracks in concrete curing

By Mats Hjørnevik 8. May 2019

What is heat of hydration, and how does it affect the settling and curing phase of the concrete? Learn more about different types of concrete cracking, why they occur - and preventative measures and repair methods for fixing it in this Topic Tuesday. Hint: there are bio-based alternatives available!

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Temaer: concrete, settlings, Topic Tuesday, anti-cracking, Construction, Other use areas for MFC

Topic Tuesday: Next generation gypsum boards

By Mats Hjørnevik 16. April 2019

Gypsum boards (plasterboard/drywall) are a very commonly used product in the construction industry. Currently, the production of the boards is a labor-intensive, CO2 producing and energy consuming process with the need for many synthesized additives to retain the flow, strength and setting profiles. What if you could change that?

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Temaer: Construction, Other use areas for MFC

Sedimentation Stability: The Importance of Yield Stress and Storage Modulus

By Jochum Beetsma 11. April 2019

Sedimentation of solid particles in liquid materials, like paints and inks, is caused by gravitational force pulling particles of high density down. In the worst case, sedimentation can result in settling, the formation of a hard layer of solid material on the bottom of the can. How to avoid this?

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Temaer: Stability, Dispersion, Coatings, adhesives/sealants

Innovation and Business Performance: Choose the right approach

By Andrew Wright 26. March 2019

The investment in change needed for high business performance in five years will compromise business performance in the short- to medium-term. The trade-off facing the Executive of any organisation is between investment in strategic goals and delivering acceptable (‘survival’) performance in the meantime. Here are 4 high-level approaches you should consider – and a hot tip from our side.

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Temaer: innovation