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California updates container law to encourage recycled content
Plastics News
After more than 18 years on the books, changes to California's rigid plastic packaging container regulations for 2013 mean the law will finally be able to do what it was meant to: increase the amount of post-consumer recycled material that goes into packaging sold on California stores' shelves. State regulators say the changes not only clarify the law and make it easier for product manufacturers to follow, they also open the door for easier communication and partnership between the state, the product manufacturers and the plastic packaging manufactures.
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Loosely-grafted and star-shaped polymethacrylates with epoxide groups
SPE Plastics Research Online
Reactive epoxide groups were incorporated into loosely-grafted or star-shaped copolymers synthesized from glycidyl methacrylate in atom transfer radical polymerization. The GMA copolymers can be matrices for chromophoric compounds or biologically active molecules, which can be attached directly during the ring-opening reaction.
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Understanding textile fractures
SPE Plastics Research Online
The ability of fabrics to withstand tears can be easily predicted and understood in terms of their yarn and thickness. We have proposed a new tearing criterion based on fracture mechanical theory. The criterion can be used to calculate the fracture energy — also known as the tearing energy or strain energy density — above which textiles will tear.
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New process transforms old milk jugs into everything from lab equipment to cellphone cases
Michigan Technological University via PhysOrg
Suppose you could replace "Made in China" with "Made in my garage." Suppose also that every time you polished off a jug of two percent, you would be stocking up on raw material to make anything from a cell phone case and golf tees to a toy castle and a garlic press. And, you could give yourself a gold medal for being a bona fide, recycling, polar-bear-saving rock star. Michigan Technological University's Joshua Pearce is working on it.

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Biodegradable plastic made from sugar
Polymer Solutions
What could be sweeter than a new food packaging plastic that is biodegradable, keeps food protected better, is stronger than other recyclable plastic — and is made from sugar? The new plastic, a monomer glycolic acid called PGA, is made from renewable cane sugar. Its production and use may signal a significant shift toward bio-based products and away from our dependence on plastics made from petroleum.

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Automotive lightweighting trend here to stay
MultiBriefs
According to the authoritative BCC report "Lightweight Materials in Transportation," the global market value for lightweight materials used in the transportation industry will reach nearly $153 billion in 2017, up from an estimated $106 billion in 2011, for a five-year compound annual growth rate of 7.5 percent. Transportation manufacturers and suppliers want to achieve vehicle lightweighting goals without loss of performance or aesthetics.

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Plastics CEO: Business owners should explore marketplace
Plastics Today
Thomas E. Blaige, chairman & CEO of Blaige & Co., said plastic business owners should start exploring options to help grow and become more successful in the competitive marketplace. "The playing field is changing," he said. "There could be more risks by doing nothing; they need to go beyond their comfort zone."
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UAE moves to ban non-biodegradable plastics
SyndiGate.info via Albawaba
The United Arab Emirates issued a decree banning the circulation and marketing of non-biodegradable plastic products by the beginning of 2013. The decision makes it obligatory for manufacturers and suppliers of plastics to register 15 non-biodegradable products, including newspaper and magazine wrap, bubble wrap and cushioning packaging, flower wrap, overwrap, stretch film, cling film, shrink film and plastic liner, as well as personal care products like gloves, seedling bags and polyethylene table sheets.
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  • 3-D printed car is as strong as steel, half the weight and nearing production
    Wired
    Picture an assembly line that isn't made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles. If Jim Kor's dream is realized, that's exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status quo.
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    Fiber laser welding will boost medical role of copolyesters
    Plastics Today
    Use of high-performance fiber lasers introduced at NPE 2012 may significantly advance use of a variety of clear plastics in medical applications, such as fluid bags now made from polyvinyl chloride. Eastman Chemical announced that the technology developed by IPG Photonics has significant potential for advancing its clear copolyester plastics.
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    New plastic electronics can greatly reduce food waste worldwide
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    Millions of tons of food are thrown away each year because the "best before" date has passed. But this date is always a cautious estimate, which means a lot of still-edible food is thrown away. Wouldn't it be handy if the packaging could test whether the contents are still safe to eat? Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, Universitá di Catania, CEA-Liten and STMicroelectronics have invented a circuit that makes this possible: a plastic analog–digital converter.
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    Despite industry objections, Portland expands plastic bag ban
    Sustainable Business Oregon
    The Portland, Ore., ban on plastic bags expanded to large retailers in defiance of strong objections from the plastics industry. The ban has applied to large grocers since 2011 and is expanding to include retailers and food providers larger than 10,000 square feet.
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    Asian, Malaysian markets to contribute substantially to plastic packaging, industrial product makers
    The Star Online
    Plastic packaging material and industrial product manufacturing companies SLP Resources, Unimech Group and Astino are expected to benefit from the relatively healthy status of the local economy. SLP managing director Kelvin Khaw said the domestic contribution would still remain at about 52 percent this year, although the plan was to reduce dependency on the Malaysian market by 2016. In Japan, Khaw said the group planned to increase its market share of plastic packaging materials for the food and beverage industries.
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    Polymer production line runs on DNA
    Chemistry World
    U.S. researchers have developed a purely chemical and enzyme-free system that can build synthetic polymers using DNA as a template. The work offers the opportunity to harness the power of natural selection by creating large libraries of synthetic polymers in a similar way that nature evolves biopolymers such as proteins.
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    Mercedes opts for bio-based polyamide for engine cover
    Plastics Today
    Mercedes-Benz has selected a high performance polyamide largely made from renewable resources for the engine beauty cover of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Around 70 percent of the raw materials used to make the polyamide 410 in DSM's EcoPaXX Q-HGM24 reinforced compound are derived from the castor plant.
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    Integrity adds multicomponent Engel for mold trials
    Plastics News
    Integrity Tool & Mold is boosting its capabilities with the addition of a four-component, 1,650-ton Engel duo injection molding machine. The investment will allow Integrity to do all mold trials, including the final commissioning of the firm's molds at its Ontario site. It will speed up delivery as the molds will not have to be shipped back and forth to customers during the trial period.
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    South Dakota film producer installs plastics recycling system
    Recycling Today
    The Engineered Films Division of Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, S.D., has installed a new reclaim production line designed to capture and recycle excess polymer material from its internal manufacturing processes. The reclaim line is capable of producing up to 15 million pounds of reprocessed resin pellets per year.
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    Engineering polymers fight infections in surgical clothing
    Plastics Today
    One weapon in the fight against infections in hospitals is increasing use of high-end engineering plastics in surgical gowns. One of the interesting exhibits at MD&M West held in Anaheim, Calif., was a life-sized anatomical human model wearing clothing made of fabrics supplied by SABIC's Innovative Plastics. SABIC supplies fibers made from Ultem and Siltem polyetherimide, Lexan polycarbonate and PC copolymers, Noryl polyphenylene oxide and Valox thermoplastic polyester.
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    US demand for custom compounded thermoplastics to reach 11.4 billion pounds in 2017
    Packaging Europe
    U.S. demand for custom compounded thermoplastics is forecast to rise 5 percent annually to 11.4 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $14.3 billion. Advances will be fueled by continuing efforts among custom compounders to develop new and innovative products that will broaden the range of applications for thermoplastics, making them more competitive with alternative materials.
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