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Automotive lightweighting with alternative materials
By Don Rosato
Consumer preferences have limited the downsizing options available to automakers, and safety and performance standards have resulted in a very limited ability to reduce weight further with conventional materials. Every potential vehicle lightweighting component is under investigation. Material substitution replacing heavier iron and steel with weight-saving advanced composites and other plastics, aluminum, magnesium and advanced high-strength steel is essential for boosting vehicle fuel economy.
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Effect of a plasticizer on a solid polymer electrolyte
SPE Plastics Research Online
Polymer electrolytes have been the focus of much fundamental and applied research for many years. The discovery of ionic conduction in polyethylene oxide-alkali metal salt solutions opened the door to the use of polymer electrolytes in devices such as batteries and electrochromic windows. Since then, a significant amount of work on various such polymer electrolytes, e.g., polymer-in-salt and salt-in-polymer complexation systems, has been reported in the literature.
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March 19-21 Green Polymer Chemistry 2013 Information
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April 30 SPE AutoEPCON Information
May 13-15 Plastics in Medical Devices 2013 Register
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Nov. 6 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala Information


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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.

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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.

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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.

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January US manufacturing technology orders off 12.2 percent from January 2012
MoldMaking Technology
January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $370.62 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 26.5 percent from December and down 12.2 percent when compared with the total of $422.33 million reported for January 2012. With a year-to-date total of $370.62 million, 2013 is down 12.2 percent compared with 2012.
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Plastic-reliant world seeks recycling answers
Waste Management World
Plastics are everywhere. Whether used to store leftovers, keep hospital equipment sterile or insulate a home, plastics are unmatched for their adaptability, durability and low cost. Given their seemingly boundless benefits, it is unsurprising that plastics have replaced traditional materials in many sectors — for example, steel in cars, paper and glass in packaging and wood in furniture. As a result, annual plastics consumption worldwide has increased from five million tons in the 1950s to around 280 million tons today.
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The renaissance of bioplastics: A not-so-natural process
By Igor Catic
In 2011, the world production of bioplastics was less than 0.5 percent of total plastics production. But when you read news articles, you get a somewhat strange impression that the most important materials now and in the future are eco-friendly bioplastics. Bioplastics are not a new invention. The celluloid eco-baby doll is about 150 years old. In fact, the first bioplastic — based on casein — is more than 500 years old. What is the difference between synthetic plastics and bioplastics? Just the input into the process.
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  • World 1st: Daimler opts for plastic engine support; replaces aluminum
    Plastics Today
    Daimler is installing the world's first plastic engine support for the six-cylinder diesel engine used in the new GL Class. Compared to the previous aluminum support, the plastic part offers improved acoustical properties, better thermal insulating characteristics and a 30 percent weight advantage, while being able to withstand the same load.
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    BASF and top US universities partner for functional materials research
    Canadian Plastics
    Chemical manufacturer BASF SE is partnering with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to research new functional materials, through an initiative called the "North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials."
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    Performance Fiber


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    Top 5 industry resolutions
    Plastics News
    Laura Clauson writes: Plastic is the material of the future. Plastic, more than any other material, will be used to improve the lives of millions of people. Hence, my frustration with the "plastic is bad" brigade and the plastic industry's often knee-jerk response, confirming already vaguely held suspicions that the industry is full of harmful corporate raiders who don't care about our planet.
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    Polymer coating could be breakthrough in diagnostic technology
    Phys.Org
    When physics professor Randy Heflin brought his 18-month-old daughter to the pediatrician, he didn't know the visit would provide the motivation for a discovery that could herald a breakthrough in diagnostic technology. He just knew his daughter was ill — and that it would take three days to confirm what the doctor believed.
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    Report: Styrenic block copolymers market for medical applications
    AZoM
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Styrenic Block Copolymers Market For Medical Applications — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth And Forecast, 2012 - 2018" report to their offering. SBCs are high performance materials with superior physical and chemical properties which make them suitable for use in various end use industries including the medical industry. The growing trend of replacing PVC with environment-friendly compounds has resulted in a surge in SBC demand for medical and health care applications.
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    UK molder Invicta using post-consumer plastics
    Plastics News
    Injection molder Invicta Plastics Ltd. is making rigid, food-safe products from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, lids and milk cartons. The Leicester-based firm said the products were the fruit of four years of research and "millions of pounds" of investment.
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    Green future for Northern Ireland's plastics industry
    Plastics & Rubber Weekly
    Representatives from Northern Ireland's plastics and composites industry were welcomed to Stormont by the province's Private Secretary for Enterprise, Trade and Investment. DUP MLA Alastair Ross from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment told his audience that their input was needed to assist in shaping Northern Ireland's economic future, adding that help was also required in building a sustainable future by cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
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    Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics buys Applied Bioprocess Containers
    Plastics News
    Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has acquired Applied Bioprocess Containers, a Plymouth, Minn.-based supplier of medical single-use containers and fluid transfer systems, the companies announced March 7. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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    NASA protects Shuttle in plastic wrapper
    Plastics & Rubber Weekly
    NASA wrapped its Atlantis space shuttle in 16,000 square-feet of plastic for its arrival at the Kennedy Space Centre visitor complex. The decommissioned $100 million spacecraft will feature in a specially designed exhibition hall. The plastic covering will protect the shuttle while its display is completed.
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