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Pioneer Founder D.B. Jiang

Date: April 26, 2020 | James Shen | Events, News | Comments Off on Pioneer Founder D.B. Jiang
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Our latest video tells the story of Pioneer’s Founder and Chairman D.B. Jiang.

D.B. Jiang grew up in poverty and managed to start one of china’s most trusted private chemical corporations. This is a brief story on his rise to success.

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ECS 2019

Date: March 8, 2019 | James Shen | News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ECS 2019
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Pioneer Chemicals will be participating once again in the annual European Coatings Show held in Nuremberg Germany March 19-21, 2019.
Our booth will be located at Hall 1 – Stand 1-346.

This year, our booth will present a special visual presentation of our acrylic applications with world renown street artist Teachr. True to his name, Teachr (Keith Biele) focuses on education and the most important resource we have – our children. Hailed one of Los Angeles’s Top Ten graffiti artists, Teachr doesn’t just spray paint, he takes over areas of public space to use as his platform to spread his message “Teach Peace.” A former studio artist with a BA, Teachr turned street artist to protest cuts in the education budget. His work has appeared on walls, billboards, traffic lights and even the Pentagon.

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Various Acrylic Resin Applications That May Surprise You

Date: January 17, 2019 | James Shen | News | Comments Off on Various Acrylic Resin Applications That May Surprise You

Acrylic resins may be defined as a whole group of inter-related thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic substances. These chemical products are basically derived from the same source material, which is methacrylic acid, acrylic acid or any other similar compounds. Polymethyl acrylate, for instance, is an acrylic resin that is widely used in a near completely emulsified form for a wide variety of uses such as textile finishes, lacquer, and powerful adhesive compounds. Furthermore, when these acrylic resins are mixed with soft or hard clay, they can be used to gloss paper as well.

Then there is another acrylic resin that is known as polymethyl methacrylate. This is primarily used to make different types of hard plastics that are able to transmit light. This is because it is as transparent as clear glass, which makes it ideal for creating a translucent effect.

Synthetic acrylic resin applications are quite widespread. They are also used to create human and animal teeth as well as denture base materials. This family of resins also includes glass ionomer cement, dental wax artificial teeth resin, zinc oxide eugenol cement, and many other equally useful materials.

History of acrylic resin

Acrylic resin in its raw form was first synthesized circa 1900 by a Dr. Otto Rohm. This is a truly unique mixture of plastic and other chemicals that offers long-term weatherability, optical clarity, stiffness, high density, and innate toughness.

In short, the invention of Acrylic resins has made it considerably easier for people working in the construction industry to effectively build various structures that would be able to endure really harsh weather conditions, regardless of the external environment. This invention managed to effectively transform and in fact revolutionize the entire construction sector just about all over the world. But this was only the beginning, and as people started understanding the importance of this amazing invention, it was not long until many people essentially realized that there was a lot more potential in this little chemical than most people had at first realized.

As a matter of fact, it was because of daring individuals that were willing to push the technological threshold, that acrylic resin was used in a medical application for the very first time. That being dental services. And to this very day, it is still widely used by dentists to create dentures and otherwise ease the discomfort and pain experienced by their patients.

As a matter of fact, even today, acrylic resin is widely considered to be a dentist’s best friend. This is primarily because of the large number of different ways that it can help them. Let us see how this resin can be used by dentists to heal people plagued by dental problems.

It makes an ideal cavity filling material

The advent of rapidly expanding cavities in a person’s mouth was a perennial problem that has plagued mankind since long. However, there was little a dentist could do about it. It was a frustrating experience for both the doctor as well as his patient since there was little that could be done to solve the problem at hand. And patients continued to writhe in pain as their cavities steadily grew worse. Using elements such as gold and silver did not always work, and the only viable option was to prescribe painkillers so that they could live relatively pain-free lives. However, painkillers were just the treatment of the symptoms, rather than the actual causes themselves. This meant that they were a coping mechanism at best, rather than a more permanent solution.

But that was before the introduction of acrylic resin in the field of dental treatment. Using them as a filler, basically gave dentists the much needed tools that they needed to help finally cure the overall cause of the misery as well as the pain that their patients had to endure, on a daily basis.

This was a twofold benefit for the patients who would opt for dental acrylic resin. Not only were they able to find the relief that they craved from their pain once and for all, but at the same time they finally had a permanent solution that actually worked for once. They did not have to be completely dependent on painkillers alone to provide them a modicum of relief that was temporary, at best. This is because painkillers dulled the pain receptors of the mind and so the patient did not even realize how much the disease had worsened. Reaching a point where it was too late to do anything about it.

Now, thanks to dental acrylic resin, patients have the undisputed comfort of knowing that their teeth will no longer suffer from the irreversible damage, the kind that might leave their teeth in absolutely terrible condition. Even if they did reach that point of decay, they could still request their dentist to try and use acrylic resin to help fix their teeth from deep within the inner portions that had always been very difficult to reach and subsequently treat.

As a matter of fact, many such dental acrylic resins and materials have been of such great quality that they are still being used as of today, and are still widely considered to be perhaps one of the single most effective means of dealing with any cavity related problems, as such.

Properties, types, and various other application of acrylic resins 

Apart from its medical use, one of the single biggest field of application for various types of acrylic resins that have been manufactured via the process of solution polymerization; has been solvent-borne paints.

However, several products that have been made by such solution polymerization also generally lend themselves to their own production of different waterborne but secondary powder coatings and acrylic dispersions.

Different types of acrylic resins applications that are utilized for solvent-borne coatings 

Many solvent-borne coatings are based on different types of acrylic resins that are almost always quite exclusively used in the kind of paints that generally form thin coatings and films, via the crosslinking process.

In fact, some of the most important crosslinking reactions that are used for industrial applications are those made of methylol acrylamides (that is self-crosslinking). Apart from that, another group consists of resins that are created as a reaction between hydroxyl groups and amino resins or for that matter, even polyisocyanates that generally contain free or even blocked isocyanate groups.

There are of course, other crosslinking reactions as well, that have also played an important, albeit minor role. As a matter of fact, when acrylic panels and resins were initially developed, the various resin solutions were widely used to make the kind of paints that generally dry physically (such as thermoplastic acrylic resins, TPAs).
Thermoplastic acrylic resin applications

From the 1920s onwards, many, if not most industrial coatings had been quite predominantly formulated with the help of a strong cellulose nitrate binder. This binder was typically combined with different plasticizers and later on as technology improved, with alkyd resins.

By and large, many such paints were easily distinguishable from their other non-acrylic counterparts by the near universal ease of application, as well as fast physical drying properties, especially at ambient (external environment) temperatures, coupled with some really great pigment loading properties (ranging from moderate to high brilliance).

Acrylic resin applications throughout the ages 

The 1930s was a landmark decade due to the fact that it saw the invention and subsequent launch of many different ‘stoving enamels,’ that were used for various automotive OEM paints as well. These enamels were been based on amino and alkyd resins. Which meant that they could also confer a higher degree of resistance to the environment.

The advent of the 1940s bought with it the necessities of total war, and this led to massive technological developments in all spheres of chemical sciences. It was in this momentous decade that thermoplastic acrylic resins were developed for many different coatings that basically acted to form thick and thin films, at ambient temperatures.

Such thermoplastic acrylic resins were mass produced by both suspension and solution polymerization. That is, the resins mainly contained methyl methacrylate, or for that matter, its many combinations with various other methacrylic esters. These were quite useful for adjusting to glass transition temperatures. As a matter of fact, many such paints might also contain different plasticizers since they are capable of drying via physical means only. Such paints are also quite notable for their fairly rapid drying at ambient temperatures in the initial stages as well as relatively good weatherability even in harsh external environments. In other words, such paints are not prone to yellowing easily. On account of such great properties, various types of thermoplastic acrylic resins have been widely used for different types of automotive repair finishes, specifically in the U.S where such acrylic resins are generally used for physically drying different types of clear coats.

Impregnation of mineral substrates

There is another vast field of applications for different thermoplastic acrylic resins. This is the impregnation of various mineral substrates. In this case, such resins serve as a sort of primer sealer for plastered and concrete masonry before the final application of the finishing paints on the walls.

In fact, such thermoplastic acrylic resins generally form the very basis for various strippable varnishes that in turn also provide temporary protection for a large number of metal surfaces.

In addition to the above, most such acrylic resins also have wide ranging applications in the heavy-duty coating of paper (such as overprint varnishes for instance), plastic parts and even treated leather. Moreover, many experts also recommend that different acrylic resins that contain methacrylic esters with long side-chains should also be added (in pre-determined quantities) to different alkyd paints in order to accelerate the initial drying speed of the paint.

Different acrylic resins with methylol acrylamides

The 1950s witnessed the advent of various newly developed coating resins that actually utilised this useful crosslinking mechanism. In the initial phase, many different copolymers were manufactured from acrylamide or methacrylamide (or their many different blends thereof), that were then subsequently methylated with formaldehyde.

Due to the fact that the resultant methylol ethers are quite unstable and therefore actively react with each other even at ambient temperatures, the whole process was modified (just like the amino resins) so that the methylol ethers would easily be etherified with different mono-alcohols. These base level alcohols were primarily butanols, which were already being used as a sort of process solvent/s.

In the 1950s many combination resins for amino resins played an important plasticizing role, and at the same time it was noticed that they could also easily react via crosslinking (that is co-crosslinking to be precise) with many free hydroxyl groups that are also present in the functional groups of the main family of amino resins. Furthermore, this decade also foresaw the invention of the industrial production of hydroxy-functional acrylic monomers by making either acrylic acid or methacrylic acid (or both) react with ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.

This was considered to be a groundbreaking development due to the fact that numerous copolymers were now being produced from such hydroxy-functional monomers as well as other acrylic or methacrylic esters, in collusion with many other comonomers, that were quite rapidly developed in the 1960s. Which then went on to evolve into one of the single most important class of resins, that is solution polymerization products, along with a myriad of different applications that such products have in today’s world.

Conclusion

In the light of the above, we can easily see that acrylic resin applications are not just widespread but are steadily increasing to this day. From construction to light transmission, from medical and dental applications to automotive paints, the world of acrylic resins has always been a significant factor in our technological development.

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What Are the Uses of Acrylic Resin?

Date: August 20, 2018 | James Shen | Events, News | Comments Off on What Are the Uses of Acrylic Resin?

“Necessity is the mother of all inventions” or so goes the famous saying. The purpose of that quote is to highlight the fact that whenever humanity’s necessity reaches a certain threshold, there will always be a need to have it fulfilled. It is this principle that has led to the invention of some of the most ingenious and miraculous devices and inventions are known to humanity today.

It was our need to have devices that could carry out our daily menial household and corporate functions for us that led to the invention of computers, the need to stay constantly connected is what laid the foundations for the internet, while our need to have this method of connection be portable is what led to smartphones. Our needs dictate what the next groundbreaking invention will be. The demand and supply equation fits here perfectly as an example of how we respond to our everyday needs.

These needs are not just limited to our technical needs. One of the reasons we feel relieved to be alive in this era instead of any other is because of access to medicals services that are far superior to those that I our ancestors ever did. One clear example of this is acrylic resin.

The next question at this point is probably expected i.e. what exactly is an acrylic resin? Well, acrylic resin is one of the most overlooked yet important inventions to have ever been designed. One of the reasons for that is its unique ability to be equally relevant to the medical and engineering fields. It is considered as nothing less than a miracle in terms of its dental implications.

So what’s the history of acrylic resin? How is it a dental miracle? What are its industrial applications?

The acrylic resin was first synthesized around the year 1900 AD. The mind behind the invention of something so vital was supposedly Dr Otto Rohm. The exact reasons for its importance are based around the fact that it is a unique mixture of plastic and cluster that offers optical clarity, weatherability, combination of stiffness, density and perhaps its most important ability, toughness.

In short, this is an element that makes it easier for constructors to build structures that can endure different and harsh weather conditions and managed to transform the construction industry all across the world. It wasn’t long until someone realized that there was a lot more potential in this little element than most people realized.

It was because of this belief that acrylic resin got its first medical application i.e. use in dental services. It is frequently used by dentists in order to ease the pain of their patients.

However, there has been a constant debate that acrylic resin applications had been in use long before Rohm came up with his inventions. There are reports that the earliest example of an acrylic resin-like substance was the early fabrication of the orthodontic appliances that were introduced by Charles Goodyear as far back as 1839.

It was because of this blueprint that it was then used by CA Hawley in a removable design. These designs made it possible for people to have these acrylic resins in their mouths long before Rohm’s invention.

One thing that almost everyone agrees on is Rohm’s contribution in introducing a cold-cured version of acrylic resin that is still in use today.

Today, it is perhaps a dentist’s best friend because of the number of ways it can help them. So what exactly are these uses and how do they mutually benefit the users of the acrylic resin as well as the dentists themselves?

Cavity Filling Materials

This was a problem that has long plagued the civilian population but was nothing less than a nuisance to the dentists themselves since they could not solve the problems of their patients who were suffering terribly by having their cavities decay. Up until then, dentists had no other option other than to simply prescribe their patients some painkillers to deal with the pain. This worked well at first, but there came a time when this was nothing more than a coping mechanism. People needed a permanent solution.

The introduction of acrylic resin in the market allowed the dentists to incorporate these compounds into their practices and use them on their patients. This proved to be great hit and gave dentists the opportunity to finally cure the cause of the pain as well as the misery of their patients.

It proved beneficial in two different ways for the customers. Not only were they finally relieved of their pain for good, but they had a permanent solution that actually worked. For too long had they been dependent on pain killers to provide them temporary relief. While there was some alleviation of pain, it almost always led to greater problems going forward.

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However, thanks to acrylic resin, they had the comfort of knowing that if their cavities suffered from the sort of damage that would leave their teeth in terrible condition, they could always ask their dentists to use acrylic resin and fix their teeth from the inside.

These materials and their quality was so good that they’re still used today and are considered as perhaps the most effective way to deal with cavity problems.

Equipment

This is another area where the dentists surely benefited from acrylic resin. The acrylic resin applications are not just restricted to the actual use of acrylic resin either. These can be used in a very effective and efficient way by the dentists to ensure that their equipment is equipped properly to deal with the quality standards as well as the health measures set by the different medical boards. The resin-based equipment is considered good for three reasons.

The first reason is that it eliminates any chance of the patients developing allergic reactions to any of the medical equipment used by the dentists. It has been observed in the past that due to the nature of the equipment used by the dentists, certain equipments may cause more harm than good for certain patients. However, acrylic resin eliminates that possibility completely as they’re a 100% safe for use with a guarantee of no allergic or foul reactions.

Secondly, the construction of the acrylic resin is supposed to be dentist friendly. These can be molded in order to fit the size and need of any medical equipment that a dentist wants to use. Its flexibility in usage makes it a must-have item for any dentist.

Thirdly, it provides an inexpensive alternative to some of the other equipment available. Acrylic resin is often used in mixing bowls because not only is it effective and reusable, but it also allows the dentist to adjust the bowl depending on how much work needs to be done on each patient’s teeth.

Crowns

This is another use where both the patient and the dentist are winners. There was a time when after doing the necessary cavity repair on teeth, there wasn’t much else that dentists could do. While this did solve some of the pain related problems that many patients complained of, there were certain things like the look of the teeth that did quite provide the kind of results they were looking for.

It was because of acrylic resin that dentists were able to come up with crowns as well as bridge facings that allowed the patients to be rid of the pain related to their teeth but also be free of any embarrassment related to missing teeth.

Another benefit of opting for this was that it eliminated the possibility of the teeth getting damaged again. If a patient just had a root canal, the bridge and the crown would ensure that that particular tooth would never be damaged again. This allowed the patients and the dentists to have a certain peace of mind.

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Temporary Crowns

While crows did solve a lot of problems that patients and dentists had. There were some instances when the bridges or the crowns didn’t need to be permanent. There are certain dental procedures where patient might only be required to have an acrylic resin based crown for a specific time period. In such cases, the patient could opt for a temporary crown.

One of the benefits of the acrylic resin crown is that these are not permanent. These can be applied whenever the patient requests and can be removed in a similar fashion as well. It also allows the dentists to use differing method of treatment without worrying about decaying the teeth. This allows them to test out different treatments while protecting the teeth and monitoring the results they provide.

Similarly, these acrylic resin based elements can be used for bridges as well. So even if you’ve gotten a permanent crown, you can opt for a temporary bridge in order to make sure that you never end up with a crown that is ill-fitted.

The flexibility to remove your crown or bridge if a patient doesn’t feel comfortable or satisfied with the result is what makes it so good.

Athletic Mouth Protectors

This is probably a use where the traditional benefits are not just limited to patients. The acrylic resin based elements have allowed sports manufacturers to come up with mouth protectors that allow sportsmen to protect their mouth.

The best example of this sports-use of acrylic resin is in boxing and other full-body contact sports. It allows them to not worry about any damage to their teeth. There was a time when incurring serious damage to one’s teeth was a serious worry that a lot of these sportsmen had.

And while the worry was very much legitimate there was no practical way to avoid these injuries and it was very much considered a vocational hazard. This was until sports came under the practical acrylic resin applications.

Dentists had been using these acrylic resins to protect the teeth of their patients during procedures for a very long time. It only made sense that if these elements could be used to protect the teeth of patient during extensive medical procedures then they could be used to protect the teeth of sportsmen as well.

Apart from boxing, these acrylic resin based compounds have been used by other sports such as American football and MMA. The results have been extremely positive and have now become an industrial standard.

This is just another example of how a great invention like the acrylic resin can be used in more ways than they were originally intended if creativity and innovation is applied to them.

Impression Trays

This is a use specifically for the dentists. The acrylic resin can be used to create real-life models of teeth and make it possible for patients to see what would the changes that their teeth will go through if they choose a certain dental procedure. These allow the patients to have a physical model of their own teeth and assess whether they want the kind of changes that the procedure would do.

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It can also help them understand some of their own dental problems better. Dentists use these impression trays all the time to tell their patients where their problem lies and how will they address that problem.

Sealants

This is another area where dentists are incredibly grateful for the invention of acrylic resin. These elements can be used to create sealants that can then be used to seal tooth heads that might be cracking or leaking. Cracks on top of teeth can cause severe pain as well as the chances of damage of the internal enamel of the teeth. Any damage to that internal structure of the teeth can be permanent, not to mention extremely painful.

Dentists can simply create an acrylic resin-based solution and seal off the top of the tooth that is developing this crack and then be free of this problem. For the patients, not only is this an much more inexpensive alternative to a root canal surgery, but it can often save them from making things worse through their eating habits.

 

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Pioneer’s New Acrylic E-Book

Date: June 18, 2018 | James Shen | Events, News, Portfolio | Comments Off on Pioneer’s New Acrylic E-Book
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You are reading the first issue of Pioneer’s newest online literature publication.

The Hidden Life of Acrylic Embedment

Our industry is most commonly associated with big business, pollution, and waste. It’s an undeniable fact. However, in this new marketing feature, we hope to bring a more tangible angle of the chemical industry. Few people make the connection that products from our industry give beauty and innovation to the world we live in. Without the support of our industry, smaller sectors of our business such as art supplies, cosmetic products, and even food would not exist. With that in mind, Pioneer hopes to bring to light more helpful positive applications that focus on aesthetics, creativity, and community philanthropy.
The first issue of this publication focuses on a unique artisticnike1 - Pioneer's New Acrylic E-Book application: Acrylic embedment and sculpture. Custom Acrylic Embedments are often associated with the awards industry. If you’ve received an award that looks like to the left, the resin used in that product is similar to the solid acrylic resin that we produce and distribute worldwide.

Aside from awards, artists have been giving this medium a go with new and innovative ways of producing unique pieces, like those of Damien Hirst, where theyseemingly captures a moment in time. Looking at them, you can’t help but wonder the whole backstory of the subject: where did it live, where was it going, how did it end up here.

We spoke with Darryl Marcovitch of Arcylic Concepts who is intimately familiar with the entire custom acrylic embedment process and has spent years perfecting his process. He describes his process of making a very difficult sculpture of Michael Jackson, “It’s made with a massive single pour casting using the highest grade of Lucite acrylic and measure about 27″ (68.6cm) high and weighs just under 50 pounds (27.7kg).” You be the judge, did he get the likeness?

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Acrylic was first developed in 1928 in several different laboratories by many chemists, such as William Chalmers, Otto Röhm, and Walter Bauer, and was first brought to market in 1933 by the Rohm and Haas Company under the trademark Plexiglas. It was crystal clear with a 93% transparency rate, resistant to water and UV rays, and was low density yet stronger than previous plastics. It quickly became the material of choice for WWII aircraft windows and bubble-tops because of its clarity, weight savings, and bullet resistance. Shortly after WWII other uses for Lucite were found such as embedments. It has remained one of the best kept manufacturing secrets, handed down through trusted associates.

Please view Issue #1 of our new E-book by CLICKING HERE.

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Monomer Pricing In China

Date: April 4, 2018 | James Shen | News | Comments Off on Monomer Pricing In China
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Recently, the domestic methyl methacrylate market price has reached a high level within ten years, and the overall supply level of the market has become more and more tense. The overall trading atmosphere of real single-listers has been on a high run, and the overall low-cost supply is difficult to find. The prices in the domestic mainstream market are maintained at around 25,000-26,000 yuan/ton, and the overall low-cost supply is difficult to find. Recently, at home and abroad, the methyl methacrylate production equipment has been frequently overhauled and stopped. In addition, the tight market price of cracked materials has been rising at a high level, and the market price of PMMA sheet metal has steadily increased. Therefore, it is expected that the domestic methyl methacrylate market price will continue to be high in the later period. Breaking through the highest price in history, the sharp rise is a foregone conclusion!

First of all, recent domestic and international methyl methacrylate plant shutdowns are focused on maintenance. Under the status of social inventory, the overall supply side continues to be tight, and the market price continues to rise sharply!

From April to May, domestic and overseas methyl methacrylate shutdown maintenance summary  
CountryCompany Name
USALuciteStarting in April starting for 60 days
GermanyEvonikStarting in April starting for 10 days
JapanMitsubishi ChemicalStarting in April starting for 90 days
ThailandMitsubishi LoctiteStarting in April starting for 45 days
KoreaLotte ChemicalStarting in April starting for 10 days
SingaporeLuciteStarting in April starting for 10 days
China山东宏旭

Starting in April starting for 55 days
China吉林石化Starting in April starting for 15 days
China惠菱化成

Starting in May starting for 20-45 days

Recently, the maintenance of methyl methacrylate units at home and abroad has become increasingly concentrated. In Europe, the UK’s Lucite has planned to stop for maintenance for sixty days starting in April, and Germany’s Evonik plans to stop and repair for ten days from April. In other parts of Asia, Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical planned to stop for maintenance for 90 days starting in April. South Korea’s Lotte Chemical planned to stop for maintenance for 10 days in April, and Singapore’s Lottery plans to stop for over 10 days starting in April. In China, Huiling Huacheng planned to stop for maintenance for over 55 days on April 10. Shandong Hongxu plans to stop and repair for 15 days in April. Jilin Petrochemical planned to stop and repair for 20 to 45 days in May. Since the domestic and overseas methyl methacrylate-related main production facilities are in the state of centralized shutdown maintenance between April and May, it is expected that the overall supply level of the methyl methacrylate market will become more tense between April and May and it will be difficult to obtain In the background, market prices may show a trend of soaring movements.

Secondly, raw materials for methyl methacrylate cracking materials are insufficient, supply is tight, market prices have soared, and the market demand for accelerated new methacrylic acid materials is becoming more urgent.

Since July 2017, China has banned the import of foreign waste. Since the supply of raw materials for methyl methacrylate cracking materials in China has been insufficient, the supply of goods in the market has been drastically reduced, and prices have shown an explosive rise. At present, the domestic market price of methyl methacrylate cracking material has climbed to over 22,000 yuan/ton, and the overall supply level is very scarce, and the price has steadily increased. Affected by this, more and more downstream terminal manufacturers have recently begun to increase the purchase of new materials for methyl methacrylate, exacerbating the increasingly tense atmosphere of the overall supply of methyl methacrylate new material market in the near future.

Third, the market price of methyl methacrylate downstream pouring slabs and MMA rose steadily and the high market price of methyl methacrylate was transmitted to the terminal industry.

With the recent domestic market prices of methyl methacrylate new materials and cracking materials, the domestic methyl methacrylate downstream pouring board manufacturers have raised their own factory prices. At present, the market price of domestic pure cast-in-place slabs has been actively rising, especially for sanitary panels used in the construction of sound-insulating walls in public works and bathroom and other downstream terminal applications. The market price has climbed to 30000-32,000 yuan/ton, and Sales are very hot.

The overall industry of downstream pouring slabs and the overall market of methyl methacrylate have risen steadily, and the high-end price has been steadily transmitted. The acceptance rate is high, and the shortage of raw materials for cracking materials has increased, and the price of raw materials for cracking materials has stopped at the same time. Therefore, it is expected that the market price of methyl methacrylate will continue to rise in the late period!

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A Note from Pioneer Solutions Europe, our European Branch

Date: August 16, 2017 | James Shen | News | Comments Off on A Note from Pioneer Solutions Europe, our European Branch
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PSE has recently been active to ensure Pioneer’s continued compliance with the European REACH regulation. REACH is the regulation of the European Union, which states that all chemicals which are imported into the EU must be registered at the ECHA (The European Chemicals Agency).

The REACH regulation explained

The REACH regulation is not applicable to polymers. Therefore, there is no need to register our polymer products. However, it is applicable to monomers which are the raw materials to our products.

The REACH regulation gives the opportunity for companies the carry out the registration in phases. The first phase is the pre-registration. The second phase is the final registration.

Pre-registrations
Pre-registrations under REACH are easy to carry out online on the ECHA website and do not cost anything. PSE has already carried out many pre-registrations on behalf of Pioneer. When a substance is pre-registered, then that means that substance can be imported into the EU freely until May 2018. Therefore, a pre-registration is only a temporary status (valid until May 2018), which makes it easy for companies to import those substances before they are fully registered without any other obligations.

Full registrations
The deadline for full registrations is May 2018. All substances which are not fully registered may not be imported into the EU after May 2018. Full registration is a time consuming and potentially expensive procedure. The cost of a full registration of one monomer can be between EUR 100.000 – EUR 200.000. In practice, Pioneer will not have to perform any full registration by itself. Each monomer only has to be registered once, and the monomers have already been fully registered by other companies.

So how does a full registration work for Pioneer? For each monomer that Pioneer wants to import to Europe, PSE must contact the company that carried out the original registration, and ask them to join their registration dossier. All the applicants that join the same dossier will share the cost. The cost will of course be much lower if there are 1000 applicants, than if there are only 10 applicants. Therefore, the most popular monomers will probably be the cheapest to register.

PSE activities

Until now PSE has pre-registered all the monomers which are used in Pioneer products. This means that Pioneer is free to import until May 2018. Next, PSE is working to ensure full compliance after May 2018 as well. For each monomer, a strategical decision must be made to either join the registration dossier or not. Each decision will of course depend on the cost and potential benefit. PSE is gathering all this information for each of our monomers and working towards May 2018, and will continue to make certain that Pioneer’s market presence in Europe will grow each year.

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Solve carbon black’s aggregation problem now!

Date: December 23, 2016 | James Shen | News | Comments Off on Solve carbon black’s aggregation problem now!
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Pioneer’s PChem MB-256 is a free radical polymerization made random copolymer of various methyl methacrylates and it is very compatible with a wide variety of other resins including acrylics, vinyl, epoxies, and polyesters. Because of its unique monomer composition and molecular weight, Pchem MB256 is soluble in a wide range of solvents. MB256 can be your universal carrier resin!

Key Notes:
– MB256 is the only drop in offset for Dow’s Paraloid DM55
– for red pigments ask about our MB-255
– see the flyer here

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Visit our booth at the European Coatings Show 2017 (ECS) in Nuremberg, Germany

Date: December 23, 2016 | James Shen | News | Comments Off on Visit our booth at the European Coatings Show 2017 (ECS) in Nuremberg, Germany
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The European Coatings Show (ECS) is Europe’s main event for the coating industry, held this year in Nuremberg from 4 of April to 6th of April. Please visit our booth number 1-346 in hall 1.

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Epoxy functional acrylic resin for powder coatings from Pioneer

Date: December 23, 2016 | James Shen | News | Comments Off on Epoxy functional acrylic resin for powder coatings from Pioneer
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PChem GA-003 is a general purpose grade of solid, epoxy functional acrylic (GMA Acrylic) resin for use in the thermosetting powder coatings that require a high performance of exterior weatherability, durability and abrasion resistance. Common application are wheel clears, automotive trum and other automotive surface applications.

Please see the flyer here

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