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Performance plastic resins for electronics advancing broadly
By Don Rosato
In commercial electrical/electronic (E/E) applications, polymer development is pushing plastic resin properties in response to ongoing demand for smaller electronic devices in which high heat and high flow grades permit more intricate, miniaturized parts in electronic applications. Let's take a look at new resin developments in these E/E target property areas.
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Cellulose nanocrystals from garlic stalks as reinforcing filler for bioplastics
SPE Plastics Research Online
Reinforcement is a critical feature of polymer technology. A neat polymer matrix often cannot meet the mechanical properties desired for a specific application. Consequently, the use of reinforcing filler is integral to the design of new polymer-based materials. Common reinforcing fillers used in polymer processing include carbon black, glass fiber, clay, talc, silica and other metals.
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    Ideal nanocrystal produced from bulk plastics
    R&D Magazine
    Polyethylene is an inexpensive commodity plastic found in many household objects. Now, a consortium of researchers from Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin has successfully used this plastic to synthesize the ideal polymer nanocrystal. The prerequisite was a new type of catalyst produced by Constance University researchers as well as a combination of unique analytic tools like those found at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin.
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    Bayer MaterialScience develops an integrated cockpit concept based on polycarbonite
    Plastics Engineering
    When it comes to the interior of their automobiles, more and more people dream of a customized comfort zone. It should offer a level of comfort similar to that of their living room at home while including all the latest technology and a high degree of functionality. At the K 2013 plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, Bayer MaterialScience is presenting a complete material concept for the future design of automobile interiors that goes a long way toward fulfilling this customer dream.
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    US more competitive with China?
    Plastics Today
    Chinese export growth of manufacturers went from a "very high 19 percent in the first quarter of 2013" before "decelerating to 3 percent in the second...

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    UK manufacturer creates large thermoformed panel used as temporary road surface
    European Plastics News
    Big Bear Plastic Products, based in the U.K., has developed a thermoformed twin sheet panel use as a temporary road surface.

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    Performance plastic resins for electronics advancing broadly
    By Don Rosato
    In commercial electrical/electronic (E/E) applications, polymer development is pushing plastic resin properties in response to ongoing demand for smaller electronic devices ...

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    How sports teams divert waste using bioplastic
    Environmental Leader
    The Moda Center, home of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, achieved an 87 percent landfill waste diversion rate in 2013 to date and has saved more than $567,000 in costs associated with waste disposal since 2008. This is one example of how major league teams are using compostable food service items and new collection practices to divert organic waste from landfills, says NatureWorks, which makes Inego biplastic.
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    Bag ban: New York's future may not be in plastics
    CNBC
    First it was extra-large sodas. Now, plastic bags are on the endangered list in New York. Members of the City Council will introduce a plan to have retailers charge shoppers a dime for each plastic or paper bag they need at checkout. The aim is to encourage people to bring their own bags and reduce the number that New Yorkers use, now pegged at 5.2 billion a year.
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    Researchers turn cooking oil into plastic
    Plastics News
    Researchers have found a way to convert animal fats, such as lard, and vegetable oils, including waste oil, into olefins for use in the production of plastics. Maria Muro-Small and Douglas Neckers irradiated animal and vegetable fats with ultraviolet light.
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    Using carbon nanotubes in thermoplastics
    Reiforced Plastics
    The European Commission co-funded project TANOCOMP has developed an e-learning program focusing on the processing of carbon nanotubes.
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  • BPA: Is it a complex story? Oh, baby.
    Packaging World
    In July, FDA made final a new regulation prohibiting some uses of BPA, and for the second time, it did so not because BPA is unsafe, but because the use had been "abandoned." In fact, FDA continues to reassure consumers that current uses are safe.
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    Matrix Composites delivers wind tunnel turbine blade spacers to US Air Force
    Reinforced Plastics
    Matrix Composites Inc. has delivered its final low rate initial production composite wind tunnel blade spacer to the US Air Force's testing facility in Tennessee. The multimillion dollar contract was awarded in 2011 for an initial quantity of nine LRIPs to be followed by the manufacture of more than 200 production spacers. Full rate production efforts are expected to extend into 2015.
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    Design guidelines push recyclability
    Plastics News
    A trade group representing plastics recyclers is out with new information to help people understand recyclability design guidelines for packaging and containers. The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has published design guidelines for 14 years, but the group expects a new executive summary will help reach a broader audience.
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    Plastics recycler targets US blast furnace mart
    American Metal Market
    A New York state plastics recycling company is developing what it describes as the first plastics-based reducing agent for blast furnace use by integrated steel mills in the United States. Pound Ridge, N.Y.-based International Recycling Group LLC announced it had acquired global plastics recycler NURRC LLC's sole U.S. facility in Spartanburg, S.C., to convert "previously unmarketable plastic" into a low-cost reducing agent for blast furnaces, which typically use metallurgical coal as a reducing agent. The company plans to build what it calls the "world's largest plastic recycling facility" in the Midwest.
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    3-D printing is the new way of manufacturing
    The State
    Some people are calling it the Third Industrial Revolution. That may be hype, but it is going to be big; probably the biggest thing since the Internet, and nearly as revolutionary. It is additive manufacturing or three-dimensional printing, most commonly known as 3-D printing. It is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from digital designs.
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    Trends in biobased chemistry
    By Patrick B. Smith, Plastics Engineering
    The chemical industry has been based almost exclusively on fossil feedstocks for nearly a century, but biobased feedstocks are becoming economically competitive for certain materials and geographies. Fossil feedstocks are projected to continue to be abundant and relatively inexpensive for the foreseeable future in the USA. Therefore, the commercialization of biobased chemicals and materials will need to proceed with a strategic business discipline within this context.
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    K 2013: Decoration and functionality for 3-D geometries in single molding process
    Plastics Today
    Coating specialist Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG is presenting a process it has developed for decorating 3-D geometries under technically demanding conditions at this year's K. Hailed as a "new dimension in plastics decoration," live demonstrations at the booth will showcase the possibilities offered by the process, with as special highlight the combined application of Inmold Decoration and Inmold Labeling on the same injection molding machine. On the machine, a curved automotive center console panel will be produced. Incorporating decoration and functionality at the same time into a single injection molding operation serves both to save costs and increase production efficiency, while allowing the functionality to be directly integrated into the part.
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    Surging auto market spurs supply-chain worries
    Crain's Detroit Business
    The good news for the North American auto industry is that vehicle production is not only up, but the expectation is that production will continue to increase during the coming years. That's also the — well, if not bad news, then certainly concerning news.
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    Get creative with old plastic Coca-Cola bottles
    Plastic & Rubber Weekly
    Coca-Cola Enterprises has kicked off a six-week long sustainability initiative, "Don't Waste. Create," designed to boost the re-use and recycling of post-consumer plastic bottles containing its products. The online initiative will "encourage consumers to use their waste packaging at home in a fun and useful way, while also pledging to recycle," the soft drinks giant said.
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