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Composite industry eyes growth in Asia
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Asia Pacific currently accounts for approximately 30 percent of global composites demand but come 2015 it will be home to around half of global consumption. Indeed production looks set to more than double to ten million metric tons by 2015. This bullish forecast comes from Frédérique Mutel, president and CEO of JEC Composites, organizer of the eponymous trade show in France and Asia. Mutel was visiting Singapore as part of an Asian roadshow for the JEC Composites Show scheduled for October 12-14. More

SPE's first ASIATEC&trade call for papers
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SPE's inaugural ASIATEC Conference will take place in Tokyo, on February 15-17. SPE invites submissions of technical papers; the abstract deadline is October 1. More



Plastics to take greater market share from metals
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Wherever the most demanding technical requirements must be satisfied - in the automotive and machinery industries but also in the household appliance and leisure sectors - designers have often had to rely on metal in the past. But this is where plastics can provide the greatest benefits, since when it comes to mobility resources can be conserved and the environmental impact reduced. Moreover, when designing complex machinery, function integration and ease of processing count: these are the three primary benefits of plastic as a lightweight material. More

Plastic bags into power?
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Rather than languishing in landfills or littering roadsides, plastic bags could make their way into useful products like toner, lubricants, or rechargeable cell phone or laptop batteries, if new research becomes commercialized. Plastic recycling is limited by the fact that different types of plastic cannot be mixed. The quality of the resulting recycled plastic may also be poor. "That's why recycling is not very successful," said study author Vilas Pol of Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill. More



Dow CEO calls for a US advanced manufacturing plan
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The latest jobs data showed weak private-sector growth — only 41,000 in May, far below expectations and a plunge from March and April. Manufacturers added an encouraging 29,000 of those. But without a national strategy, many lost manufacturing jobs are gone for good. To rejuvenate the economic base, allow industry to compete successfully again and re-grow jobs, the U.S. should launch an "advanced manufacturing plan." More

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Do you have an idea for an e-Live Webinar for SPE's e-Learning Center? If you would like to present a webinar, please contact Elizabeth Reagan at ereagan@4spe.org or +1 203-253-1368. Visit www.4spe.org/elearning for more information.


BASF to outpace expected 5 percent annual growth in plastics market
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BASF SE, the world's biggest chemical company, said it plans to outpace the expected 5 percent annual growth in the global plastics market by boosting operations in Asia. BASF's plastics division will report higher sales and a "significant" improvement in earnings in 2010, board member Martin Brudermueller reiterated at a press conference in Frankenthal, Germany. Demand in Asia will grow at 6 percent a year through 2015, he said. More

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Executive Roundtable: What can be done about the looming skilled-labor shortage?
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One question we put to the Roundtable participants in light of the recession and halting job growth in the U.S., was "Do you see jobs coming back in the plastics industry?" Perhaps of more concern to all involved, such that the topic rose organically in both sessions, is the looming shortage of skilled labor in the U.S. manufacturing base, and what, if anything, can be done about it. Here’s the conversation. More

GCC plastics sector booms
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Lower gas prices, higher prices for plastics products compared to other petrochemicals and an increasing insistence by governments in the GCC to use their gas instead of flaring it is giving rise to a booming plastics industry in the region. The industry trend is being set by Borouge, which plans to produce 4.5 million tons of petrochemicals annually by the end of 2013 – all of which will be plastics. Even though just 20 percent of the GCC petrochemical produce is plastics products it accounts for 70 percent in terms of value. More

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Effect of fountain flows on injection-molding-induced morphology
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Polypropylene (PP) is a widely used plastic in the automotive industry that can be easily injection molded. The performance of molded products is affected by the processing-induced sandwich ('skin and core') structure. We have been studying the impact of morphology on the surface properties of injection-molded PP, because scratch resistance and paintability are essential requirements for automotive parts. Molten PP injected into a cold tool freezes immediately at the cavity wall. Consequently, crystal morphology forms under transient temperature and flow-rate conditions. Although full control of surface morphology is highly desired to improve the material's surface properties, the mechanism governing the injection-molded surface morphology is not completely understood. More



CEOs outline plan for regaining manufacturing edge
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The manufacturing competitiveness of the United States, Germany and Japan — the three manufacturing superpowers of the 20th century — are all expected to decline over the next five years. But those countries will still be a force to be reckoned with. More

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