SPE Industry Update
Nov. 12, 2014

Winning the war against brain tumors with nanotechnology
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The Greeks used the Trojan horse to enter the city of Troy and win the war after a fruitless 10-year siege. For brain tumors, the war is ongoing. Brain tumors are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under age 20, the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-39, and the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females ages 20-39. But researchers may have finally found their secret weapon using nanotechnology.Leadership is a key ingredient in creating and sustaining a truly innovative company. At the helm of TenCate Protective Fabrics are executives Don Olsen, Daniel Hauert and John Shadinger who shares the company's mission, factors driving innovation and the protective fabrics market.More

Choice of extrusion screw for recycling glass-fiber-reinforced liquid crystal polymer
SPE Plastics Research Online
Liquid crystal polymer (LCP) is an exceptional engineering thermoplastic with high chemical and physical stability. Glass-fiber-reinforced LCP (GFLCP) could reduce both the cost and the mechanical anisotropy of LCPs. The material has excellent heat resistance and processability, which make it suitable for use in electrical components. Scraps of GFLPC from ‘runner and gate’ molding systems and defective products can be processed by micro-injection molding to generate more than 60% by weight recycled GFLPC (RGFLPC).More

Plastics industry lays out EU policy manifesto
European Plastics News
The European plastics industry has published a manifesto alerting Brussels to the many impediments it faces and which it hopes will influence EU policy. The wide ranging manifesto, written by leading trade bodies PlasticsEurope and EuPC, makes recommendations to policymakers, seeking their support for the industry’s competitiveness which is under threat from regulation, high energy costs and negative perceptions. Patrick Thomas, president of PlasticsEurope and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, said at a press conference in Brussels that the manifesto's issues are familiar: "What's new is that it's the entire plastics industry ... getting together and bringing our combined forces to bear on the new [European] Commission."More

Scientific molding slowly making progress in plastics processing
PlasticsToday's Clare Goldsberry sat down with John Beaumont, President of Beaumont Technologies Inc., recently to discuss why the industry has been so slow to adopt scientific principles when polymer developments and machine technologies have advanced so far over the past two decades. "To understand our industry — to understand where we are in our industry — we have to reflect on our history," said Beaumont.More

Pay gap large between small, big firms
Plastics News
People always talk about the huge gap between executive compensation and the pay of the average worker. But there's another disconnect that people hardly ever talk about — that is, the gap in compensation between executives at the large companies, as cited in the headline article of Plastics News' Sept. 8 edition ("Options drive executive pay"), and those who work for the smaller, private and closely held manufacturers.More

Future US manufacturing jobs will require more brain than brawn
The stamp "Made In The USA" means more than just those simple words. It's really a stamp of quality and ingenuity. But the face of manufacturing has changed. In the future, the pool of workers is expected to be smaller. And if workers want to succeed, they'll need continuous improvement with on-the-job education.More

Plastics manufacturers look to ethane processing plants for benefits
Plastics manufacturers are counting on ethane processing plants tied to natural gas from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale regions in the United States to lift the industry out of its slow-growth pattern. Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is considering a Beaver County site for construction of such a plant, and Braskem Inc. proposes one near Parkersburg, West Virginia. More

Inexpensive semiconducting polymers efficiently transport electrons
A team of researchers led by Professor Henning Sirringhaus at the University of Cambridge, have discovered a new class of semiconducting polymers that can efficiently transport electrons despite their disorganized internal structure. Semiconducting polymers are used in flexible LED displays, solar cells and in printed electronic circuits.More

Plastic composites — living up to the hype
Materials World Magazine
The plastic composites industry is at an important juncture. Can these materials muscle in and take pride of place in the structures of next-generation cars? Their qualities are ideal, but right now they are expensive, slow to produce and difficult to recycle.More

Clearing a path for electrons in polymers
R&D Magazine
A new class of low-cost polymer materials, which can carry electric charge with almost no losses despite their seemingly random structure, could lead to flexible electronics and displays which are faster and more efficient. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified a class of low-cost, easily-processed semiconducting polymers which, despite their seemingly disorganized internal structure, can transport electrons as efficiently as expensive crystalline inorganic semiconductors.More

Researchers develop biodegradable containers for oily food
Packaging Business Review
The Biomat group at the Polytechnic University School of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has developed renewable, biodegradable polymer container for both liquid and solid oily products. Developed from agro-industrial by-products, these containers claim to enhance the properties of materials and reduce costs.More

Blow molding demand for PP, HDPE should grow
Plastics News
U.S. blow molding demand for polypropylene and high density polyethylene should grow this year over the 2013 levels, Joel Morales, polyolefins director at IHS Chemical said at the SPE Blow Molding Conference. Morales said PP will grow 9.9 percent in 2014 for blow molding. HDPE will increase 3.2 percent.More

3-D printing could become a $13 billion industry
Business Insider
After three decades in relative obscurity, 3-D printing, which employs lasers to "print" objects from metals or plastics according to a digital design, has suddenly become one of the hottest areas of technology. Computer giant Hewlett-Packard is plunging into the business, recently announcing it would put its own ultra-fast 3-D printer on the market by 2016, "empowering people to create, interact and inspire like never before.”More

Ikea's quest to design the perfect all-purpose chair is made of polyurethane
Fast Company
There is an invisible line between the chair suitable for public seating and the one suitable for putting in your home. An aluminum folding chair might look perfectly fine at a business conference, but put it in your kitchen, and all of a sudden you look like the saddest bachelor who ever was. But Ikea's latest chair, the Janinge, tries to bridge both worlds. Designed for Ikea by Sweden's Form Us With Love studio, it's a polyurethane chair with a sleek, post-Eames aesthetic.More