SPE Industry Update
Oct. 23, 2013

Emerging green building material technologies to watch
By Don Rosato
"Green building" is being transformed from a buzzword to a sophisticated approach using technology that redefines how we make and live in buildings that both reduce building energy consumption and provide for building energy production. This innovative technology helps to create a new market and value network, according to recent Plastics Institute of America market trend analysis. They "disrupt" an existing market by displacing earlier technology. This is particularly true in the evolution of green building material solutions.More

Cure kinetics of organoclay-unsaturated polyester resin nanocomposites
SPE Plastics Research Online
Unsaturated polyester resins are the most widely used resins in composite industries, and consequently improving their properties would be of great interest. Recently, researchers have studied how nanoparticles can improve properties such as flame retardancy or Young's modulus.More

Tough polyamide 6/core-shell blends by reactive extrusion
SPE Plastics Research Online
Polyamide 6 is an important thermoplastic with a wide range of engineering applications. Monomer casting via anionic polymerization and hydrolytic polymerization are the two main methods widely used to prepare PA6. However, they only allow PA6 to be prepared discontinuously (e.g., in a stirred tank in the case of hydrolytic polymerization, or inside a mold in the case of monomer casting). More

Resin producers create World Plastics Council
Plastics Today
At K 2013, executives from plastics resin producers launched the World Plastics Council, which is designed to serve as the voice of global plastics manufacturers and to facilitate a united approach to address global opportunities and issues facing the industry. More

Plastics production on the rise
Plastics News
World production of plastics rose nearly 3 percent in 2012, according to figures from PlasticsEurope, the Brussels-based trade association. Volumes rose from 280 million metric tons to 288 tonnes, said PlasticsEurope's executive director, Wilfried Haensel. More

3-D printing revolutionizes the hearing aid business
Additive manufacturing is, perhaps, the more accurate name for 3-D Printing. The idea behind additive manufacturing is to create products by building them up rather by cutting them away (like with lathes and other cutting tools).More

Eliminating separation during powder injection molding
SPE Plastics Research Online
Injection molding of highly filled (about 60vol. percent) polymer melts brings several quality and efficiency issues. One critical factor is powder and polymer separation during molding.More

Emerging green building material technologies to watch
By Don Rosato
"Green building" is being transformed from a buzzword to a sophisticated approach using technology that redefines how we make and live in buildings that both reduce building energy consumption and provide for building energy production.More

Critical unresolved issues affect global biodegradable polymer market
Although biodegradable polymers have been commercial for several decades, this niche market is beset with a variety of roadblocks led by high prices and lack of an industrial infrastructure along with varying standards in several global areas. More

US plastics industry outpaces other US manufacturing, enjoys trade surplus of $13.1 billion
Plastics Engineering
Despite a domestic political situation that has plastics leaders operating in an uncertain business climate, the U.S. plastics industry remains one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the United States and its trade surplus continues to grow, according to William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. More

P&G plunges into plastics with new-age material that could revolutionize its packaging
Ad Age
Procter & Gamble is plotting a revolution in packaged goods, but not with a new product. Rather, the Cincinnati-based marketer has developed a process to make new-age plastic that's thinner, cheaper and greener than the current industry standard. More

Researchers tap into 'organic' plastic's potential
Deutsche Welle
Just 1 percent of plastic is currently made of a substance other than oil. But, plastics produced from renewable sources are on the rise. Get ready for T-shirts reinforced with orange peels and crab shells. More

3-D printed tooling cuts cost by 97 percent
Plastics News via Plastics and Rubber Weekly
Germany's Robert Seuffer has built tools using 3-D printers from Stratasys at a fraction of the cost and time of a conventional steel tool. The tooling allows the company to give its customers sample parts that it can use in product development. More

New trends in plastics
Plastics and Rubber Weekly
Blurring the line between biology and synthetics, the current crop of young designers are no longer content to simply apply the typical palette of plastic to their designs, but have instead firmly grasped the role of material developer within their own hands in order to seek out new and unexplored territories for experimentation. More

Thermoplastics market projected to hit more than 410 tons by 2016
Research and Markets via GlobeNewswire
The thermoplastics market is expected to reach 410.3 million tons by 2016 primarily supported by the segments polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene and engineering thermoplastics with their end-users food & beverage packaging, building & construction, automotive, consumer products and etc. More

Researchers turn to sustainable product sourcing for green plastics
The Strategic Sourceror
Sustainable product sourcing results in innovations that lead to more efficient alternatives to common goods and materials. A grant by the Environmental Protection Agency is helping small-business manufacturing in development of a new kind of plastic that may reduce impact on the environment. More

DuPont revenue rises on demand for plastics, solar panel parts
U.S. chemical maker DuPont's third-quarter revenue rose 5 percent in part due to higher sales of solar panel parts and performance materials.More

A mark of trust for plastics recyclers
The EU project EUCERTPLAST — European certification of plastics recyclers — has developed a common certification scheme for post-consumer plastics recycling in Europe. Such a scheme helps recyclers and waste collectors, who would be able to guarantee that the plastic waste they collect is actually being recycled (rather than traded) and that this is done in a sustainable manner.More