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Electrically conductive plastics look promising for batteries, solar
Engineering.com
An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries, and ultrathin antistatic coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft. Researchers have established the solid-state electrical properties of one such polymer, called PTMA, which is about 10 times more electrically conductive than common semiconducting polymers.
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Upcycling leather waste
SPE Plastics Research Online
In recent years, global production of leather, used to manufacture clothes, shoes, bags, and wallets, has increased. However, tanneries generate solid waste, wastewater, and gases with adverse environmental impacts. Moreover, around 600,000 tons of leather waste (LW) contaminated with chromium III sulfate is produced annually worldwide from chemically treated leather.
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Massive recycling project targets plastics for reuse, energy
Plastics News
This is not the kind of project that comes along every month, or every year, or every 10 years, one economic development official said. But Portage, Indiana, has landed what developers are calling the largest plastic recycling facility in the world. Not in Indiana, or the United States, but the world.
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An attempt at spray-coated solar panels shows promise, but there's a catch
The Washington Post
Currently, the push to advance the technology toward achieving its vast potential is being carried out primarily on two fronts. Companies who back conventional silicon cell technology are mostly betting that efforts to boost efficiency can eventually offset the financially and energy intensive manufacturing process that, thus far, has hindered any opportunity for wider adoption among consumers. Meanwhile, modest, yet steady progress is also being made on polymer-based organic cells, which are cheaper to produce and more flexible, but are fragile and much less efficient.
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Housing market stirs PVC potential
Plastics News
North American PVC makers should continue to benefit from a stronger housing sector, while global polystyrene growth will improve somewhat in a still struggling market. Those were the expectations of market experts from the IHS consulting firm at the 2014 Global Plastics Summit, Oct. 1-2 in Chicago. The event was co-hosted by IHS and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
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Electrically conductive plastics look promising for batteries, solar
Engineering.com
An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries, and ultrathin antistatic coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft. Researchers have established the solid-state electrical properties of one such polymer.

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3-D printing and the future of additive manufacturing
By Alan Kelsky
In the United States, 3-D printing is ranked sixth among the top 10 fastest-growing industries in the United States. In fact, Goldman Sachs names 3-D technology as "disruptive" in a recent report on technology. The term "disruptive" is used in a benign manner to describe the technology as growing at a rate of 20 percent per year.

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Bioplastics trends and drivers for greener plastics
By Don Rosato
The bioplastics market has been growing roughly 20 percent per year with a mix of industry internal and external market drivers facilitating this growth. Global bioplastics production capacity is expected to see almost a fivefold increase from 2012 to 2016. For industry players, the advantages of bioplastics focus on advanced technical properties.

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ACC study shows plastics to oil could be a $9 billion industry
Recycling Today
Wide-scale deployment of emerging technology that converts used, nonrecycled plastics into oil could generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output and create upwards of 40,000 domestic jobs, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council, Washington. The report, "Economic Impact of Plastics-to-Oil Facilities in the U.S.," assessed the economic potential of a rapidly developing technology called pyrolysis — more commonly known as plastics-to-oil.
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German plastic packaging faces growing competition
European Plastics News
European trade association, the German IK Association of Plastic Packaging, has assessed the economic situation for the fourth quarter, stating that while only 4 percent of companies expected their turnovers to reduce for the first quarter of the year, 30 percent expect them to drop for the fourth quarter. The IK states that this is not only due to global economic development trends but also due to international competitive pressure.
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Recycling for PET packaging reaches 31 percent in 2013
Plastics Today
The recycling rate for PET packaging was 31.2 percent in 2013, which is up slightly from 2012's 30.8 percent, according to a report from The National Association for PET Container Resources and The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers. Communities in the U.S. collected more PET bottles than ever before in 2013, with a total of 1,798 million pounds. Total PET used in the production of U.S. bottles in 2013 was also higher at 5,764 million pounds, despite sales declines in some beverage market sectors.
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Plastic pipe sales to surpass 390 billion euros by 2024
European Plastics News
The plastic pipe industry will see double-digit growth over the next 10 years with global sales for manufacturers and the businesses supporting them estimated to reach $500 billion by 2024. Four major factors are contributing to the favorable outlook: Shale oil and gas developments, regional market expansion, innovation and increased awareness about the life-cycle assessment of plastic pipes.
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Reshoring trend seen in machine sales for KraussMaffei in US
Plastics News
So far, 2014 is going really well for machinery major KraussMaffei Group. "We're as busy as we've ever been in making machinery, primarily on the injection molding side," President Paul Caprio said Oct. 2 at the Global Plastics Summit in Chicago. The two-day event was hosted by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., and the IHS consulting firm.
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Report: Global aerospace plastics market to hit $6.5 billion by 2018
Canadian Plastics
The global aerospace plastics market was worth U.S. $6.2 billion in 2011 and is expected to blast off to $10.5 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research. Boosted by demand from plane manufacturers for ever-lighter materials, the volume of aerospace plastics consumption is expected to hit 87.8 kilo tons by 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 11.7 percent between 2012 and 2018.
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3-D printing goes solar
Phys.org
3-D printing guru Joshua Pearce, an associate professor at Michigan Technological University, researches both solar power and 3-D printing and combined his specialties to develop two solutions in the form of open-source solar-powered 3-D printers. One is designed for schools and businesses, the other for remote communities. The first features an array of solar photovoltaic panels and a stand-alone printer, which could be stationed in a sunny schoolyard and print anything from consumer toys to science lab equipment.
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Sabic: Compatible plastics to cut costs and up safety in single-use bioreactors
BioPharma-Reporter
Biomanufacturing costs and the risk of extractables and leachables can be reduced by developing more compatible plastics, Sabic told Biopharma-Reporter.com at CPhI in Paris. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia Sabic manufacturers industrial polymers for pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery devices (as well as chemicals and intermediates for a number of other industries), but the company is now using its plastics single-use systems in response to the shift from small to large molecule drugs.
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US Manufacturing: A baker's dozen facts
Industry Week
On behalf of Manufacturing Day 2014, here are 13 facts about the state of American Manufacturing (Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Small Business Administration, Brookings Institution, U.S. Department of Energy, The White House, Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute).
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Researchers discover that hairpins can make a polymer spaghetti fluid
Phys.org
Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF and the German Forschungzentrum Jülich have discovered why polymers in a solution become fluid if the solution is stirred. They discovered that the polymer structure changes from an entanglement of spaghetti into aligned layers of hairpin-shaped filaments that can slide past each other. The discovery can help to provide a better understanding of biological processes such as flows in the cells of embryos.
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