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Study: Bioplastics market to increase 5-fold by 2016
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The global bioplastics market will see a five-fold increase in production volumes by 2016, from 1.2 million tons to an anticipated 6 million tons. According to a new market forecast from the study from the University of Hannover, Germany, partially bio-based PET will continue to lead the field; it currently accounts for approximately 40 percent of the global bioplastics production capacity. More



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Residual stress effect on rapid crack propagation in polyethylene pipes
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Polyethylene has been used as a piping material since the mid-1950s, supplying various industries with a flexible, lightweight and tough product. Despite all the advantages of PE pipes over other pipe systems and their outstanding service record, field failures have been reported. Residual stress increases the stored strain energy prior to crack propagation in PE pipes, but tests suggest another effect related to crack shape must be at work. More

Super-tough polymer nanocomposite blends
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Polymer nanocomposites are of interest because incorporation of a nanonscale filler confers attractive engineering properties. Organically modified clays, or organoclays, by virtue of their lamellar structure, offer especially high performance benefits when they are properly dispersed. Current research on PNs has shifted from studying the best-performing organoclay for a given polymer to more complex systems that include a third component, often a second polymer. More

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Winter price freeze grips polymer markets
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Standard thermoplastic prices were more or less steady across the board in December, a development that surprised market participants. Instead of the usual price crash with producers offloading surplus stock during the final month of the year and buyers winding down for the festive season, supply seemed to be well under control and demand was not as bad as expected. More
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World glass packaging market to be overtaken by plastics
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The world's glass packaging market will attain a value of $36.8 billion this year, but its growth will cap over the next decade due to being out-competed by plastics. British research company Visiongain indicates that emerging economies will initially need more glass packaging for personal care products, health care and premium food and beverages. However, the analysis also suggests that as producers seek to cut production costs, they will be pressured to find alternative packaging materials. More



Plastic Logic proposes a futuristic kind of paper
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VideoBrief For all the guilt-tripping about dead trees, we still can't live without paper. But some day, we may be able to use flexible sheets of digital ink instead. At the Consumer Electronics Show, U.K.-based Plastic Logic demonstrated an E-Ink "tablet" dubbed the PaperTab, which was little more than a thick, floppy sheet of plastic, connected to a high-end Core processor from Intel. Each of these sheets can accept touch input, and can share data when in contact with one another. More


NEW SYNTACTIC FOAM MACHINING TOOLS
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Performance Fiber
Zeus performance fibers are commonly used in the aerospace, automotive, and textile industries. They can be used to create a braided sleeve or over-braid that is both expandable and flexible. The woven braiding can then be placed over existing wire assemblies to guard against chaffing and provide additional chemical wear resistance. The material is also used as a component in filters (semiconductor filters included) and conveyer belts. MORE


Desktop machine turns recyclable plastics into filament for 3-D printers
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Now that desktop 3-D printers are more affordable and compact, the world of DIY fabrication is quickly transforming the way we produce durable goods. Yet the filaments that 3-D printers use to assemble objects are expensive — MakerBot's ABS 1kg plastic filament will run you $50 a spool. Fortunately, Vermont Technical College student Tyler McNaney has invented the Filabot — a machine that allows anyone to make their own 3-D printing substrate from old recyclables sitting in the bin. More



Polymer grabs energy from water
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MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapor. The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down. Harnessing this continuous motion could drive robotic limbs or generate enough electricity to power micro- and nanoelectronic devices, such as environmental sensors. More



In the fight against plastics, mushrooms become an unlikely weapon
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In the dead of winter, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre want to talk about flip-flops. They're not planning a vacation, and this isn't just any old beachwear. They've designed their own beach sandals, with soles made entirely of mushroom fibers. They are 100 percent biodegradable. Petroleum-free and compostable. More


Engineered Thermoplastic Composites

Complēt® is a "complete" product portfolio of thermoplastic composite materials, where the customers' requirements define the pellet composition. For thermoplastic polymers and continuous reinforcing fibers, Complēt offers the total LFT portfolio.
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MECO® Seals, produce more profit.

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National Pipe plans $20 million expansion
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National Pipe & Plastics Inc. is embarking on a $20 million plan to move into a new home and expand its PVC and high density polyethylene pipe offerings with bigger diameters. "It's probably three times the manufacturing space and the building is longer for coextrusion purposes," President David Culbertson said in a Jan. 9 telephone interview. More



Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight
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Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. More


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Pillar Technologies leads the industry in new product development for the packaging, converting and plastic film-printing marketplace. As a division of ITW, our company has access to literally hundreds of products manufactured by over 600 business units within the family. MORE
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