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Rigid molding techniques advance high-barrier packaging
By Don Rosato
Previously, injection-molded plastic had not been able to match the barrier performance of more traditional alternatives, or that of thermoformed or film-based products. New in-mold labeling developments are now allowing the most demanding levels of barrier performance to be achieved. Key to delivering barrier in-mold labeling solutions has been the development of technologies to provide full wraparound of the label and complete/close overlap of the seams while using a modified label with barrier properties.
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Modified wood fiber enhances reinforced unsaturated polyester composites
SPE Plastics Research Online
In recent years, natural fibers as reinforcing materials for polymer composites have drawn an increasing amount of research interest. Generally speaking, natural fibers are attractive because of their specific properties, affordability, low toxicity and recyclability.
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    The smallest puzzle in the world
    Phys.Org
    Three pieces of less than 1 mm in size each may be put together to make what is probably the smallest puzzle in the world. For production, researchers used LIGA2.X, a new process to manufacture microstructured casting molds at KIT's ANKA synchrotron source. Inexpensive series production is combined with highest precision on the microscale to produce e.g. components in watches, engines or medical products. Now, large series of smallest parts can be injection-molded with highest accuracy.
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    Plastics industry strategizes against bag bans
    Waste & Recycling News
    The plastics industry is using a new weapon to counter plastic bag bans and bag taxes: collaboration. Because of the work of industry groups, no legislature has succeeded in passing a statewide bag ban, said Phil Rozenski, director of sustainability and marketing for Hilex Poly Co. LLC in Hartsville, S.C., and a member of the American Progressive Bag Alliance.
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    Workforce development challenges and solutions
    Plastics Today
    The challenges facing manufacturing are compounded by a lack of skilled workers. Even the return of many manufactured products from low-cost countries is being hampered by the unavailability of workers skilled in many of the trades required. Offshoring led many of these skilled workers to find other jobs in other types of work or accept early retirement offers by their employers.
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    Laser welding of white polymer components
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    Laser welding of polymers is now a well-established method for joining plastic parts. The process is a precise and contactless technology that releases no particles, such as ...

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    Rigid molding techniques advance high-barrier packaging
    By Don Rosato
    Previously, injection-molded plastic had not been able to match the barrier performance of more traditional alternatives, or that of thermoformed or film-based products.

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    Plastic can mirrors benefits of canned food packaging
    Food Production Daily
    RPC Containers Corby has launched a plastic container designed to offer benefits traditionally associated with can packaging.

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    Global automotive plastics revenue to grow by 13.4 percent from 2012-2018
    Plastemart
    The global automotive plastics revenue is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 13.4 percent from 2013 to 2018, per a report by MarketsandMarkets. Automotive plastics are used in the manufacture of various automotive components such as bumpers, seating, upholstery, instrument panel, internal and external trims.
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    NASA's 3-D printed rocket engine did not blow up
    Geek
    New technologies take a while to reach maturity. 3-D printing has only been of real interest for a few years now, but the rate of advancement is scary-fast. True, the printers you can buy today are mostly good for printing plastic desk flair, but the future of this technology is hot — about 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit "hot." NASA recently started experimenting with a type of 3-D printing to produce a rocket engine injector, and it has worked in an early test.
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    Dendrimers, dendrons and dendritic polymers
    Chemistry World
    Since the term was first coined in 1985 by Donald Tomalia, dendrimer research, a branch of polymer chemistry, has increased dramatically. Creating these polymers with well defined, highly branched architectures has inspired the synthetic talents of many groups, giving the range of dendrimer types known today.
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    Demand for plastic cups and lids to rise 5 percent annually
    Plastics News
    Global demand for plastic cups and lids will increase 5.9 percent per year through 2017, outstripping overall market growth of 5 percent, according to a new report.
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    Plastic, rubber combine in critical gear-shift component
    Plastics Today
    German automaker Volkswagen continues to consolidate its part suppliers and this is leading increasingly to development partnerships. Apparently, VW would like to adopt, together with its partners, high added-value solutions through a one-stop operation. Here, medium-sized companies which, as specialists, offer "very interesting technical solutions" are coming into play.
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  • Recycling, bioplastics projects featured on Material Insights
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    VideoBriefMBA Polymers Inc. plans to add U.S. recycling sites as soon as the firm can develop adequate sourcing, according to President Mike Biddle. The firm already operates a massive recycling plant in England and a smaller plant in China. MBA's R&D operations also are being moved from California to the English plant.
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    Standard thermoplastic prices show slight rise
    Plastics and Rubber Weekly
    While all classes of standard thermoplastics saw price increases exceed the rise in their cost base in June, lower than expected demand dampened the upward price trend.
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    Development of 1st bioplastic hydraulic caps
    Plasteurope.com
    Italian compounder API and hydraulics firm DLM have created the first fully biodegradable protective cap for quick connect couplings. The caps protect the delicate hydraulic connections in tractors and earthmoving machinery, but often fall off when in use. This prompted DLM to collaborate with API in developing a line of 100 percent biodegradable products that would be completely absorbed into the ground without harming the environment.
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    Berkeley to accept more plastic types for recycling
    The Daily Californian
    The Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization in charge of Berkeley's residential curbside recycling program, announced that it has been working with the city to accept more types of plastic for residential recycling.
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    3-D printing with graphene is coming
    Motherboard
    Even on their own, 3-D printing technology and the supermaterial graphene have the potential to bring about the next industrial revolution. So imagine if it were possible to 3-D print objects using graphene? It's pretty mind-boggling.
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    BASF launches antistatic additive for plastics industry
    Packinging Europe
    On the surface of a polymer, which is at first electrically neutral, charge may be generated by contact with another surface and subsequent rapid separation. Without suitable dissipation, this charge can neutralize in an uncontrolled and abrupt fashion. To address this problem, BASF has now, for the first time, developed an antistatic thermoplastic polyurethane granulate.
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    Beira Group to convert plastics waste into quality yarn
    Fibre 2 Fashion
    A plant at the Horana industrial estate south of Colombo Sri Lanka was built to produce high-quality yarn using plastic waste as raw material.
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