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US shutdown brings long-term concerns for oil and gas industry
By Lucy Wallwork
The oil and gas industry is one of the most heavily regulated fields in the U.S., and is becoming more so. The prospect of federal government agencies grinding to a halt surely means grave implications for an industry witnessing an unprecedented boom. Or does it? In fact, in the short term, it appears to have been more of a nuisance than a serious threat. But, in the long term, the prospect of further deadlocks could have a more pernicious impact.
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Graft polymers for separation of heavy metals
SPE Plastics Research Online
Zinc, copper, and cobalt are found in many industrial processes (such as nickel plating, electroplating, and engraving) and as a constituent of easily fusible alloys, soft solder, electrodes for vapor lamps, photoelectric cells, and nickel-cadmium storage batteries. However, they, and other heavy metal ions, are extremely toxic and harmful to plants and animals even at low concentrations. For instance, divalent zinc (Zn2+), copper (Cu2+), and cobalt (Co2+) ions can result in acute or chronic ailments, such as gastrointestinal, liver or kidney problems in humans.
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    SPE launches redesigned logo for young mindset
    Plastics News
    The Society of Plastics Engineers used the K Show to launch a new logo as part of an image overhaul of the Newtown, Conn.-based organization. Willem De Vos, SPE's chief executive, said the decision to rebrand the Society had its roots in wanting to increase its appeal among young people who might be considering a career in plastics, and to raise the profile of plastics' usage throughout the world.
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    PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS

    K 2103 exceeds high expectations
    Plastics Engineering
    The recent staging of K 2103, International Trade Fair – No. 1 for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide, in Düsseldorf, Germany, exceeded the high expectations of companies from this sector. The growth in this industry along with the confidence of the companies to be able to showcase pioneering product innovations for all sections of the value added chain raised justified hopes for a good trade fair and brisk post-show business — and K 2013 delivered! Exhibitors unanimously reported numerous concrete project enquiries, intense negotiations with trade visitors from throughout the world and a remarkable number of business deals, some of which were concluded spontaneously and several of them worth millions.
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    Plastics starting to stabilize
    Recycling Today
    During the Plastics Division presentation at the Bureau of International Recycling's Autumn Round Table Sessions, Plastics Committee Chairman Surendra Borad of Gemini Corp., based in Belgium, touched on three factors that he feels are driving the plastic market: Green Fence Operations in China, changes in the political minds of European countries from the environment to the economy, and the impact of the U.S. shale gas and oil on the plastics industry in general.
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    Researchers tap into 'organic' plastic's potential
    Deutsche Welle
    Just 1 percent of plastic is currently made of a substance other than oil. But, plastics produced from renewable sources are on the rise. Get ready for T-shirts reinforced with orange peels and crab shells.

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    3-D printed tooling cuts cost by 97 percent
    Plastics News via Plastics and Rubber Weekly
    Germany's Robert Seuffer has built tools using 3-D printers from Stratasys at a fraction of the cost and time of a conventional steel tool.

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    US shutdown brings long-term concerns for oil and gas industry
    By Lucy Wallwork
    The oil and gas industry is one of the most heavily regulated fields in the U.S., and is becoming more so.

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    Virtual molding trials possible with new simulation software
    Plastics Today
    The start-up production of new parts in injection molding is normally accompanied by extensive mold trials and iterations. Now, a Virtual Molding software package allows this to be accomplished in the digital realm, reportedly offering an economic and time-effective alternative to conduct virtual injection molding trials and part try-outs totally independent of machine time and operator availability.
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    SPE China Plastics Conference — Medical Devices & Packaging 2013
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    Automotive surveys show OEMs, suppliers still running strong — but for how long?
    Plastics Today
    Two automotive surveys were released in October, and both showed that OEMs and their suppliers (Tier 1 and Tier 2) continue to see strong sales. Projections for the future, while always subject to swift change, give both groups hope that 2014 will keep pace with 2013. Still, there is some hesitancy putting a damper on the hopefulness.
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    Designers: Plastics are better than metal
    European Plastics News
    Berlin is an appropriate venue for a lightweight vehicles conference, remarked Peter Fuß, senior advisory partner automotive for Ernst and Young. The conference chairman noted that Berlin’s Tegel Airport is named after Otto Lielenthal, the pioneer of that most lightweight of aircraft, the hang glider.
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    Japanese firm designs plastic fire extinguisher
    Plastics News
    A Japanese company at K 2013 has found a potentially red-hot new market for replacing metal with plastics — hand-held fire extinguishers. Blow molding equipment supplier Frontier Inc., displayed what is likely the world's first thermoplastic blow molded fire extinguisher.
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    3-D printing umbilical cord clamps in Haiti
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    At first glance, Haiti might seem an odd destination for a 3-D printer. Some of their first projects are simple medical devices, such as umbilical cord clamps, which they are currently prototyping (on their fourth iteration). These medical devices would be 3-D printed for direct use in local clinics with on-demand manufacturing. Hyper-local manufacturing will bypass inefficient and corrupt import systems that are currently the only option available.
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    'Mushroom plastics' initiative Ecovative wins 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge
    Archinect
    In the past few weeks, the Buckminster Fuller Institute has been introducing numerous finalist entries for the sixth annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, showcasing the finest examples of socially-responsible design. BFI announced the overall challenge winner: Ecovative, a Green Island, NY-based materials science company that has developed a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics based on living organisms, mushroom mycelia — a high-performing, environmentally responsible alternative to traditional plastic materials.
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    High-tech 3-D printers allow Rhode Island hobbyists to create special hand prosthetics overnight
    The Providence Journal
    A toymaker, an industrial designer, a software developer and others gathered with a single purpose — to create functional, plastic "hands" for children who have lost their hands in war-ravaged countries in East Africa.
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    University research toughens up plastic
    Minnesota Daily
    A high-pitched noise echoes through the hallway leading to a chemistry lab. Inside, a rapidly shaking machine disperses tiny pieces of metal into a clear liquid. Though imperceptible to the naked eye, the process is creating a plastic durable enough to surpass high-performance plastics currently available in industry.
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