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European plastics group denounces calls to restrict bisphenol A use
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A call by the German environment agency for industry and consumers to find bisphenol A (BPA) alternatives on safety fears is unjustified and should be ignored, said a European plastics body. The Polycarbonate/BPA Group of Plastics Europe has accused the Federal Environment Agency of Germany of misusing the precautionary principle as a basis for urging a cutback in the utilization of the chemical and causing unnecessary anxiety among industry players and the public alike. More



Abu Dhabi starts world's largest ethane cracker as Gulf expands
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Abu Dhabi Polymers Co., the state- controlled plastics maker known as Borouge, is starting a second petrochemicals complex in the United Arab Emirates as Persian Gulf oil exporters venture further into the industry. Borouge is ramping up operations at a 1.5 million metric ton-a-year ethane cracker, the world's largest, Chief Operating Officer Roy Vardheim said in Abu Dhabi today. The $5 billion project at Ruwais, on the coast northwest of the city, will boost Borouge's total capacity to about 2 million tons a year. More

Algae-based bioplastics a fast-growing market
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When "plastics" and "the sea" are used in the same sentence, it is often to highlight the problem of pollution. In fact, a boat made of plastic bottles - the Plastiki - is currently travelling across the sea to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where plastic waste is alleged to accumulate. But an increasing number of researchers are looking to get plastics from the sea - not by fishing out discarded bottles, but by using marine life forms as a raw material to make polymers. More



Last day Of GPCA Plastics Summit focused on sustainability and image of plastics
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Sustainability and the image of plastics topped the agenda on day two of the inaugural GPCA Plastics Summit, which attracted some 300 key decision makers, market players and stakeholders from 120 global and regional companies. "To address sustainability and to take it as an opportunity, the industry needs to take action," Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope told delegates at the day two keynote address. "In order to take action, we need information and we need to effectively communicate the benefits of plastics and their contribution to climate protection and energy efficiency," Haensel pointed out. More

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Ball Corp. announces plans to sell plastic packaging business to Amcor
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Ball Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its plastic packaging, Americas, business to Amcor Limited for approximately $280 million ($265 million cash at closing and $15 million of contingent consideration). The proceeds are subject to customary closing adjustments. Ball also announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase by the company of up to a total of 12 million shares of its common stock. This repurchase authorization replaces all previous authorizations. More

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Thermoformed, in-mold labeled and coming to the US
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Rigid plastics packaging processor Tech II will be the first in the U.S. - and only the second in the world - to use in-mold labeling in decoration of a commercial thermoformed part. According to the supplier of the automation system, Hekuma, the demand for this technology is set to escalate. In-mold labeling ensures a label will not slide, crimp or otherwise be damaged. Typically, a label is inserted into a mold or tool, and then heated or molten plastic is injected or otherwise introduced to the mold behind it; the plastic cools and a permanent bond is formed with the label. More

Vuvuzelas a gold mine for China plastics manufacturers
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The vuvuzelas providing the ear-splitting soundtrack for the World Cup in South Africa are proving a gold mine for manufacturers in China and a hit with buyers in the Asian nation. Sales of the braying plastic horns both in China and other parts of the world have soared, with manufacturers struggling to keep up with demand and supplies selling out on some Chinese websites. China's state-run Global Times said nearly 90 percent of South Africa's vuvuzelas — whose bee-swarm buzz at World Cup matches has triggered complaints from fans, players and broadcasters alike — are produced in China. More



Fabrication and application of polymer/noble-metal composite microspheres
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Noble-metal nanoparticles have been the subject of a considerable amount of study because of their unique behavior (which differs from that of single atoms and bulk materials) and their applicability in catalytic and many other fields. Immobilizing metallic nanoparticles on supports in order to form composites has proven to be a good way for catalysts to retain high recycling action. This method also offers convenient operation. Polymer microspheres containing functional carbonyl, hydroxyl and amino groups on their surfaces can be used to immobilize noble-metal nanoparticles. However, most approaches for fabrication of metal/polymer composite microspheres are restricted to preparation of the polymer microspheres with subsequent in situ reduction of metal-ion species. More

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