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A way to recycle every bit of plastic
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After the holiday gift-giving binge, there tends to be a big pile, a sad pile of plastic packaging, wrapping, containers and unnecessary parts that are too iffy for the recycling bin. Now engineers in the United Kingdom have new tech that can even turn the toughest plastic blends into reusable materials. More



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Effects of pressure and gases on viscosity of molten plastics
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Gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen are currently of interest as possible replacements for hydrocarbons as plasticizers and blowing agents for plastics processing. Evaluating their potential requires knowing how pressure and gases affect viscosity. Also important is the diffusion rate of gas into molten resin. In the laboratory, the effect of pressure on the melt viscosity is most often determined with a capillary rheometer. More


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PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS


Italy bans plastic shopping bags starting Jan. 1
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Italy, one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, is banning them starting Jan. 1, with retailers warning of chaos and many stores braced for the switch. Italian critics say polyethylene bags use too much oil to produce, take too long to break down, clog drains and easily spread to become eye sores and environmental hazards. More

Gulf region production of polyethylene and polypropylene resins will rise to 31 million tons by 2015
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The UAE and the Gulf region are set to become one of the world's largest sources of petrochemicals and plastics products as the oil-producing countries invest heavily in downstream petrochemicals. According to latest statistics, the polyethylene production capacities in the GCC will increase from 10.7 million tons in 2009 to 21.5 million tons by the year 2015. More

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Expert says public needs information on plastics sustainability
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Much of the focus in plastics packaging — and rightly so — has been on shrinking the weight and size of the package, and lowering a package's total environmental footprint. But changing the consumer's perception that plastics are bad may be the one of the largest challenges companies face in their sustainability journey. More



Plastic additives: Flame retardant demand is—you guessed it—on fire
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Consumer product safety remains a high profile subject at manufacturers of electrical goods and other products, with the result a spotlight shining on the flame retardants in the plastics used in these products. As more of the world's population climbs into the middle class, with extra cash for consumption, demand around the world for E/E items will climb — and with it the demand for flame retardant plastics. More

Reliability By Design

The Tosoh Bioscience EcoSEC GPC System is a reliable, highly reproducible GPC system due to temperature controlled pumps and a dual flow RI cell. MORE


Plastics firm to host largest solar plant in Rhode Island
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Plastics manufacturer Toray Plastics has announced plans to install a 446-kilowatt solar field to provide renewable energy at its campus in Rhode Island. The company is investing $2 million in the facility at its North Kingstown site, which looks set to be among the largest solar power systems in the Ocean State. More

Rising demand should push up crude oil prices in 2011
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Commodities in general have rewarded investors with huge, in some cases, historic, returns in 2010, primarily in anticipation of an ever-strengthening global economic recovery and low interest rates in the U.S. However, one of the premier commodities, crude oil, has lagged, trading range-bound with great volatility, unable to crack the $90 per barrel level (for most of the year). More

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Plastic homes
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Combining large enterprise experience with small start-up ingenuity is helping Innovative Composites International Inc. (ICI) position itself as a housing provider for Haiti after an earthquake last January left as many as one million Haitians without homes. The Toronto-based company, made up of former executives from companies such as Magna International Inc. and Chrysler Group LLC, is hoping to popularize the concept of a plastic house. More


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