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New survey reveals improvement in plastics industry employment market
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Plastics industry professionals report a gradually improving employment market, according to a Spring 2010 survey by the Society of Plastics Engineers and Gros Executive Recruiters. "The number of companies likely to add employees this year is 47.6 percent, compared to 18.3 percent in last year's survey," said Tobi Gebauer of SPE. "This is welcome news. It validates the positive signals we're seeing from other sources." Dennis Gros, president of Gros Executive Recruiters, characterizes the survey results as relief and reality: "Relief that we're finally on a rebound. Reality that there's no miraculous cure for high unemployment. Improvement will occur day by day." More



Plastics & Electronics: The New Flexibility
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Computers are everywhere: all around your home—in game consoles, televisions,DVD players, and appliances—and they've invaded the outside world as well. On every train or plane, in every coffee shop, you'll see someone working on a laptop; and of course, computers are also in phones, cars, MP3 players, and any other number of electrical gadgets we carry around. And this is just the beginning. In a few years, computers will also be on clothes, in bags, on walls, on almost every product that we buy, and even inside us, both disseminating and collecting information. This new generation of computers will be cheap, fairly simple, and, crucially, flexible and printable, and the vast majority will probably be made from electrically conducting polymers. More

Outlook 2010: Baby needs a new pair of shoes, and much more, too
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Plastics processors live in interesting times. Unstable prices for plastics, steel, energy, and other inputs; difficulty finding good employees; competition from every corner of the earth; attacks on plastics from NGOs and other groups, as well as from some legislative bodies: There are enough issues in play to keep a processor occupied 24/7. Then, of course, there was the recession that began in 2008 and took over most of 2009. Demand in many market segments simply disappeared overnight as if it had never been there. More



The unintended consequences of a plastic bag ban
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The Times' editorial board and others who support banning plastic bags are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Before the California Legislature makes any decision on this issue, let's carefully consider what the economic and scientific facts are. As the president of a plastic bag manufacturer in Los Angeles County, Peter Grande knows all about this issue. His company, Command Packaging, makes all sorts of plastic bags — reusable, recycled content and compostable. And they do it right there in the Los Angeles area. Simply put, the phrase "Ban the bag" is a sound bite, not a solution. It's a proposal that will make legislators feel good rather than do good. In fact, it will do much harm. More

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Saudi Arabia sees 21 percent rise in March non-oil exports
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Saudi Arabia, the Arab world's biggest economy, reported a 21 percent rise in non-oil exports in March as demand for petrochemicals and plastics gained momentum from global economic growth. Non-oil exports increased to 11.4 billion riyals ($3 billion) from 9.4 billion riyals in the year-earlier period, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing data from the Central Department of Statistics and Information. Saudi March imports advanced 1 percent to 29.9 billion riyals. More

Frbiz reports auto plastic has prosperous market future
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Frbiz.com, one of China's leading B2B search platforms, reports on China's auto plastic industry's prosperous market. Frbiz considers plastic a modern economic development, especially in automotive applications where it can be used to "reduce, reuse, recycle." An important material, the manufacture is a pollution-free, low-consumption, high efficiency process; most of the plastics can be recycled after use, which is a typical resource-saving and environmentally friendly. More

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Environment group sues FDA over BPA
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A leading environmental group filed a court challenge today to the Food and Drug Administration's handling of bisphenol A, aiming to force the agency to act on a 20-month-old request to bar the controversial chemical from food packaging. The lawsuit, filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, charges FDA with dragging its feet on bisphenol A, also known as BPA. More

Factors affecting injection molding of microribs
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Rapid development of new manufacturing technologies is driving a trend toward product miniaturization and multifunctionality, in particular microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In recent years, a considerable amount of research has focused on the numerical and experimental investigation of rheological (flow) properties and behavior, and other microscale-related phenomena in MEMS applications. More



Medical micromolding holds challenges, speaker says
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Micromolding offers some tough challenges for processors, according to John Clay, a research leader for medical devices at Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Institute. Molders are making parts as light as 0.3 milligrams and walls as thin as 0.0004 inches. More

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