Driving the wide range of new developments in engineered plastics and additives are higher performance, safety, and sustainability. Makrolon AX (above) is a new injection-grade PC from Covestro for panoramic roofs, trim, and pillars. Covestro is developing a comprehensive range of filaments, powders, and liquid resins for all common 3D-printing methods. Huntsman’s abrasion-resistant TPUs are now finding use in heavy-duty construction equipment such as whacker plates, which flatten out road and pavement surfaces. Macrolex Gran colorants from Lanxess reportedly provide brilliant coloring of PS, ABS, PET, and PMMA. Milliken’s Millad NX8000 and Hyperform HPN nucleating agents have been proven to perform effectively in high-flow PP, and new applications continue to emerge. The K 2016 show will present quite a range of higher-performing engineered plastics, including nylons, PC, polyolefins, thermoplastic composites, and 3D-printing materials, as well as additives. Prominent applications include transportation, electrical/electronic, packaging, lighting, construction, and consumer goods. TOUGHER, LIGHTER ENGINEERING RESINS Specialty nylon compounds are dominant in this crop of new ma...