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Soft-Touch Packaging: An Innovative Answer
By Sharon Derbyshire
Consumers want cosmetic, personal care and household products that are convenient and easy to use. This has resulted in an increased demand for packaging where the applicator is included as part of the package and viewed as a key piece of the package design, rather than just an accessory. Performance is driving innovation, with a growing demand for applicators designed to control dispensing and complement the product's formulation.
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Altering the Mechanical Properties of Syntactic Foams
SPE Plastics Research Online
Syntactic foams are composite materials that are manufactured by filling a polymer matrix with hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) and suitable lightweight structural materials. These foams have various applications, e.g., for cores in sandwich structures, structural components in the aerospace industry, damping panels, and underwater buoyant structures. The volume fraction, wall thickness, and size of the hollow microspheres are known to affect the mechanical properties of syntactic foams.
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June 16-17 Plastics Design & Moulding 2015 Information
June 23-25 6th Annual National Hands-On Thermoforming Workshop Registration
June 29 - July 1 Application-Based Plastics Selection (How properties, performance, and cost determine the optimal plastic for any application) Registration
July 28-29 Novel Trends in Rheology VI Information
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 SPE Thermoforming Conference® 2015 Information
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Sept. 8-11 Foams 2015 and Tutorial Registration
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    World's 1st Digitally-Encoded Synthetic Polymers
    Phys.org
    Researchers have for the first time succeeded in recording a binary code on a synthetic polymer. Inspired by the capacity of DNA to retain an enormous amount of genetic information, a team from the Institut Charles Sadron de Strasbourg and the Institut de chimie radicalaire synthesized and read a multi-bit message on an artificial polymer.
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    EPA Gives Good News to the Gas Industry
    National Journal
    In a long-awaited and politically sensitive study, the Environmental Protection Agency has found that hydraulic fracturing has no major impact on drinking water, dealing a big win to the gas industry. Although the EPA found some instances in which the controversial extraction technique had an impact on drinking water, the practice has "not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources," the report found.
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    Passing the Skills Test
    Plastics Engineering
    Given that plastics are not covered in mainstream education, they’re a mystery to most people outside the plastics industry. So it’s not surprising when new workers come onto a company’s production floor knowing little or nothing about polymeric materials. Proper training then becomes the key to long-term success. But that’s easier said than done.
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    Plastics Industry Unite Behind Action to Address Litter
    Packaging Today
    Plastics 2020 have joined forces with Westminster City Council, Veolia, INCPEN and others, in support of a new campaign which aims to tackle the growing problem of litter on our streets. The 'Neat Streets' project, launched May 22, is an initiative brought to fruition by the charity, Hubbub. Launching in Westminster, a leading borough in the heart of London, there will be a series of interactive installations and exhibitions over the summer in Villiers Street that will trial new ways of encouraging people not to litter.
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    New Guide to Plastics Recyclers in Europe
    Packaging Europe
    The plastics recycling industry is an extremely diverse sector covering most plastic materials and numerous applications from the various processing industries. Those covered in AMI's Directory, Plastics Recyclers in Europe, include recyclers of packaging, building, agricultural, automotive, textiles, electrical WEEE and non-WEEE, along with a variety of other products. As recycling technologies develop, so too has the ability to recover more plastics, with closed loop recycling of post-consumer waste becoming ever more evident.
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    Polymer Plate Can Boost Lead-Acid Batteries
    Plastics News
    Integral Technologies Inc., claims it has developed a highly conductive polymer plate that can improve the performance of lead-acid batteries, the dominant electricity storage medium for vehicles and many other applications. Integral Technologies subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. has applied for a patent on its new bipolar plate which it says can cut battery weight and size in half. ElectrPlast says the plate makes a battery more efficient because it shortens the path between positive and negative terminals. The plate also resists rough handling and corrosion.
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    PET Recycling at Risk From Colorful Packaging, Warns Plastics Recyclers Europe
    Resource Efficient Business
    Plastics Recyclers Europe has said that companies switching from HDPE to PET for packaging are putting PET recycling at risk. In a statement, the organization said that it is increasingly seeing the markets for milk packaging, home and personal care switching from HDPE to PET for cost, marketing and sustainability reasons.
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    Coca-Cola Unveils 100 Percent Plant-Based PET Bottle
    Plastics News
    Coca-Cola Co. has unveiled the world’s first PET bottle made entirely from plant materials. PlantBottle uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET.
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    New Technique Precisely Controls Size and Shape of Polymeric Nanoparticles
    Nanowerk News
    Over the last twenty years, scientists have developed many techniques to synthesize polymeric nanoparticles for a wide range of applications including surface coating, sensor technology, catalysis, and nanomedicine.
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    How Shape-Memory Polymers May Advance Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases
    Plastics Today
    Flexible displays, electronics and even batteries are currently being tested and will be part of our daily lives in a matter of years. The technology also holds tremendous promise for medical research and could contribute to treatment of Alzheimer's disease and a host of other conditions, says Walter E. Voit, Ph.D., an assistant professor specialized in materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas.
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    3-D Printing May Save Money and the Environment by Creating Lighter Airplanes
    Science World Report
    In this latest study, the researchers used aircraft industry data to complete a case study of the life-cycle environmental effects of using 3-D printing for select metal aircraft parts, a technique that is already being adopted by the industry. 3-D printing the lighter and higher performance parts could significantly reduce both manufacturing waste and the weight of the airplane. This would save fuel and money and decrease carbon emissions.
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    Designer Carbon Could Give Batteries a Makeover
    Futurity
    A new carbon material significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. “We have developed a ‘designer carbon’ that is both versatile and controllable,” says Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University. “Our study shows that this material has exceptional energy-storage capacity, enabling unprecedented performance in lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors.”
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    Polypropylene's Global Demand Solid Amidst Shifting Industry Dynamics
    Plastics Engineering
    Polypropylene continues to exhibit strong global growth as the second-largest volume thermoplastic after polyethylene. IHS expects global polypropylene growth to continue to exceed GDP — driven by its enduring value in a wide range of durable and non-durable applications. However, as mid-year arrives, trending industry dynamics make planning a challenge for both producers and buyers.
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    The Possibilities of 3-D Printing: It's Only the Beginning
    R&D Magazine
    The future of 3-D printing is bright and full of exciting promise. But the most intriguing scenario for this technology isn’t in the manufacture of objects we see every day — that will only be a small niche in the 3-D-printing industry. Instead, 3-D printing will realize its full potential when it enables people to innovate and create all new objects and devices in a one-touch process.
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    Plastics Companies React to China's 'New Normal'
    Plastics News
    China in 2015 looks a lot different from what it was when the economic boom started in 1978. Some wouldn’t call it a completely capitalist economy — there are still plenty of state-owned enterprises, even in plastics. But China has enthusiastically embraced the free market, and Guangzhou, the host city for the 2015 Chinaplas, offers examples everywhere.
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