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Plastics in construction: A vision of the future
By Adolfo Benedito
Plastics and their technology are youthful. We must remember the short history of plastic materials — which began in the late 19th century and grew throughout the 20th century — in relation to the wide experience of materials traditionally used in construction (metals, granite, ceramic and cellulosic). Initially, plastic materials were not considered as structural elements that were able to bear sustained loads. Undoubtedly, the characteristics of plastics were not the same as the ones of traditional cement or steel used for construction. But the evolution of plastics through 20th century has been dizzying and unstoppable. Plastics have even been used for windfall market niches, an aspect that was unthinkable a century ago.
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Natural oils improve interfacial adhesion between wood flour and matrix
SPE Plastics Research
Wood thermoplastic composites, which are particularly useful for construction, automotive, and furniture applications, have received considerable attention from many industries in recent years. Wood flour is an attractive reinforcement for thermoplastics due mainly to its low density and cost, and highly specific properties. In addition, plastic waste — of which a great amount is generated daily — represents a promising source of raw material for the development of inexpensive thermoplastic composites. However, drawbacks have so far limited the use of this fiber in composites, such as an incompatibility between wood fibers and polymer matrices.
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Breakthrough PET catalyst technology achieves major market success and industry recognition
Packaging Europe
The technology was developed by Catalytic Technologies Ltd., a company established in late 2010 on Teesside in the UK. In addition to eliminating antimony oxide, the new catalyst offers a range of other benefits. These include high polymer thermal stability, improved brightness and clarity owing to lower impurity content, a significant net reduction in the overall process energy required to produce plastic packaging and, most significantly, lighter bottles without compromising on bottle strength.
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Report: Biodegradable plastic packaging market worth $8,415.20 million and biodegradable paper packaging market worth $345,389.31 million by 2019
MarketWatch
According to the "Biodegradable Packaging Market by Packaging Type by Applications and by Geography - Global Trends & Forecast to 2019" report, Europe and North America dominated the global pharmaceutical packaging market accounting for more than 65 percent of the overall market in 2013. Within North America, the U.S. will remain the largest consumer of biodegradable packaging. Country wise, the U.S. is the top most consumer of biodegradable packaging product globally, and is also the largest market growing at a CAGR lower than the global average till 2019.
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Plastics in construction: A vision of the future
By Adolfo Benedito
Plastics and their technology are youthful. We must remember the short history of plastic materials — which began in the late 19th century and grew throughout the 20th century — in relation to the wide experience of materials traditionally used in construction (metals, granite, ceramic and cellulosic). Initially, plastic materials were not considered as structural elements that were able to bear sustained loads. Undoubtedly, the characteristics of plastics were not the same as the ones of traditional cement or steel used for construction.

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3-D printing and its impact on the medical implant industry
By Hannah Whiteoak
As 3-D printing develops, it is finding an ever-greater range of applications in a variety of fields. One area where 3-D printing could truly change lives is in the manufacturing of medical implants. From artificial bone and joint replacements to prosthetic body parts and life-saving pacemakers, medical implants restore quality of life to people who have been affected by injury or illness. Researchers all over the world are working on developing new implants that are produced using 3-D printing. This highly-flexible manufacturing technique could massively improve the range and quality of implants that are available.

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New applied automotive weight-saving process technologies
By Don Rosato
The average car contains 400 pounds of plastics or approximately 14 percent of its total weight, and these numbers are accelerating in car manufacturing. Weight-saving measures are expected to be applied to every model that launches over the coming years. Innovative materials combined with new process technology methods and reinforcing structures will play an important role in reducing vehicle weight. As the automotive industry gears up to meet new emissions regulations, lightweight plastics will play a critical role.

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Novel polymer droplet lens transform smart phones into high-resolution microscopes
AZoNano
Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas. The lens fabrication technique was invented by Dr. Steve Lee from The Australian National University Research School of Engineering, who collaborated with Dr. Tri Phan from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research to find ways to transform the lentil-sized lens into a medical imaging tool.
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Aerospace ducting system opts for advanced engineering plastic solutions
PlasticsToday
The use of engineering plastics in advanced applications in aerospace continues to grow. Technifab Inc., for example, recently developed a new high-performance polymeric foam ducting system that features structural components made of AvaSpire polyaryletherketone resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers. The new ducting system is a key element of a newly developed aerospace Environmental Control System for a major aircraft manufacturer.
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LASYS 2014: Laser plastic welding
Novus Light Technologies Today
Plastic welding, still in its early stages, will be presented at LASYS 2014, which takes place in June 24-26 in Stuttgart, Germany. Three exhibitors explain here which requirements must be met and what advantages laser technology offers when joining plastic components. "In general, the material combination must agree," states Michael Nagel, Technical Sales Engineer at Laserline. "This means the plastics must have an overlapping melting range, as otherwise simultaneous heating of both joining members is not possible."
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Bottle-brush polymer mimics natural joint lubricant
Chemical & Engineering News
When doctors implant artificial joints in patients, they usually have to replace the devices after 10 years because the lack of good lubrication causes the joints to wear out. To find a better water-based lubricant, researchers now have synthesized a polymer that mimics the structure and function of lubricin, a protein that occurs naturally in the fluid that cushions our joints.
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Bayer may sell plastics unit to focus on health
Fox Business
German drugmaker Bayer AG is exploring the sale of its $10 billion plastics unit to focus on growing its health business, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter. Polycarbonates, the type of transparent plastic that is Bayer's specialty, are in ample global supply after lower-cost rivals in the Middle East, mainly Sabic, built new sites.
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Charged and ready: Engineering resins for electric and hybrid vehicles
Canadian Plastics
Despite the fact that overall sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) in North America haven’t lived up to their expectations nor politicians’ proclamations so far — the U.S. federal government forecasts that only one percent of all new cars sold in 2014 will be of the plug-in electric variety, for example — the auto industry is betting the market will expand steadily as fuel prices remain high and consumers increasingly seek alternatives to internal combustion engines.
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Mexico's automotive industry growing at a fast pace
PlasticsToday
A recently released survey by the Entrada Group, a manufacturing services firm located in Zacatecas, Mexico, offering assistance to companies wanting to establish facilities in Mexico including shared shelter services, shows that Mexico is becoming increasingly desirable as a manufacturing location to serve the Americas region. And it's not just large manufacturers that are locating in Mexico. 69 percent of the respondents to the Entrada Group's survey are under 500 employees; 14 percent have 501 to 2000 employees; eight percent have 2000 to 5000 employees; and another eight percent have more than 5000 employees. 82 percent of the respondents are privately held companies, and 55 percent have two or more manufacturing locations.
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    Armed with a 3-D printer, high school kids design innovative ketchup closure
    Plastics News
    For all the pundits who say America's youth aren't learning skills they need to work in the booming manufacturing sector, meet Jonathan Thompson and Tyler Richards. They're two Missouri High School seniors who love ketchup. But, more importantly, they have some pretty advanced manufacturing-related skills, thanks to Project Lead The Way, a national project that's helping develop interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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    Work begins on pioneering plastics-to-fuel plant in southeast Akron, Ohio
    The Akron Beacon Journal
    Akron, Ohio city officials joined in a groundbreaking cermony — on Earth Day — for a pioneering Vadxx Energy plant that will turn waste plastic into energy. "Happy Earth Day," said James Garrett, CEO of startup Vadxx Energy LLC, to those gathered in a tent under overcast skies. He noted the plant in southeast Akron essentially will be a recycling facility for otherwise non-recyclable plastic.
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    Plastics industry 'on right track' to eliminate landfilling, EU says
    EurActiv
    The policy review includes a look at key targets in EU waste legislation, a "fitness check" of the directives dealing with waste streams, including sewage sludge and packaging, among others, and an assessment of how best to tackle plastic waste. The industry has undertaken a voluntary commitment to eliminate landfilling by 2020, as well as promote recycling and energy recovery, when recycling is not possible.
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    Free webinar explores 'Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion'
    PlasticsToday
    PlasticsToday will host a free one-hour webinar, "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion," on May 12. During the one-hour presentation, extrusion expert Allan Griff will explore topics such as: Why the material moves forward through the screw(s), where the heat to melt comes from, the need for speed reduction, and more. Industry newcomers and seasoned pros alike are certain to learn a few tips that can be put into practice immediately.
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