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Bioplastic applications rapidly developing across major markets
By Don Rosato
The bioplastics industry is experiencing a sense of arrival confirmed by a growing volume and variety of applications from disposable packaging to durable goods. Bioplastics are no longer viewed as a mere fad, a "green" public relations stunt or a feel-good ecoluxury. They are proving to be legitimate tools of the plastics industry. Let's take a look at bioplastics application development across some major plastic market segments.
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Controlled branching in propylene polymerization
SPE Plastics Research Online
Various processing properties — such as blow molding, thermoforming, and extrusion coating — can be enhanced by introducing controlled branching in polymers. The improved end-use properties include, for example, better glass transition compared with linear polymers of the same molecular weight (Mw). One of the striking facts about polypropylene (PP) is that it is the second-most commercially important synthetic polymer after polyethylene.
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Clean and cost-saving: New developments for meeting medical molding challenges
Plastics Engineering
Injection molders of plastic medical parts face the challenge of meeting high quality and cleanliness requirements, while keeping costs low and striving to advance sustainability initiatives. Part of the challenge is the volumes associated with many medical parts. Because many medical parts are disposed of after a single use, their annual volume requirements are usually quite high. This means large, high-cavitation molds with long life expectancy.
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Researcher uses microscaffolding injections to mend cartilage, prevent osteoarthritis
Nanowerk News
A UT Arlington bioengineering professor has received a $1.04 million grant from the U.S. Army that aims to regenerate cartilage tissue and reduce osteoarthritis using a patient's own stem cells, spurred through the injection of microscaffolding made of biodegradable polymers. Liping Tang, a bioengineering professor and interim chair of the bioengineering department, said the research is primarily focused on helping soldiers who are severely injured on the battlefield.
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Slowing the aging process in plastics
European Plastics News
Australian scientists have developed a new material that can strengthen porous plastics by slowing their aging process. Matthew Hill, from Australia's national science agency, Melbourne-based Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, told EPN's sister publication Plastics News the material, called a porous aromatic framework, acts like a shot of collagen, stalling the plastic from aging.
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Manufacturing spurs US growth as world markets cool: Economy
Bloomberg
Manufacturing advanced in October at a faster pace than projected, indicating persistent domestic demand is keeping order books full and allowing U.S. factories to withstand slower global markets. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index increased to 59 in October, matching August as the highest since March 2011, after 56.6 the prior month, the group's report recently showed.
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PP prices rise, solid PS, PET drop
Plastics News
North American polypropylene resin prices surged again in October, while regional prices for solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin continued their slides. PP prices increased by an average of 4 cents per pound, while solid PS prices declined by 2 cents per pound and prices for PET bottle resin took a 3-cent per-pound dip, according to buyers and market watchers contacted by Plastics News.
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  • SAB Miller promises 'next generation' PET beer bottles ... in around 5 years
    Beverage Technology & Markets
    SAB Miller says research to date on a new type of PET to keep bottled beer fresher for longer "looks promising," but the brewer says commercialization of the technology is still around five years away. The world's second-largest brewer – with 70,000+ staff globally and brands including Grolsch, Peroni, Miller Genuine Draft and Pilsner Urquell – partnered with Trinity College Dublin in September 2012 to pursue research.
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    Millennials can make your business better
    Plastics News
    The people at Plastics News talk a lot about the manufacturing skills gap at  — what businesses are doing, what's working and what's not. Everyone's trying to figure out how to find the type of talent they need, and how to attract and retain members of a generation that just doesn't seem interested. Over the past few weeks, one person talked with several of the millennial generation who are involved one way or another in the plastics industry.
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    MarkForged develops 3-D printer for carbon fiber
    Reinforced Plastics magazine
    The Mark One machine employs the patent pending Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF) process. Parts made with CFF contain continuous strands of fibres embedded in a thermoplastic matrix that hardens during printing. The patent pending towpreg developed by MarkForged allows the Mark One to produce parts up to 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than the traditional unreinforced commodity thermoplastics like ABS used by most 3-D printing systems.
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    ETPs: Weaker auto sales put brake on prices
    European Plastics News
    Engineering plastic prices stabilized during the third quarter as automotive demand cooled. There were small gains for ABS, polycarbonate and PMMA during the quarter; POM and PBT were stable while polyamide prices fell slightly. ABS prices moved in tandem with the feedstock cost mix during the third quarter in a well-balanced market. In July, ABS black/white grade prices increased by 30 euro/ton following a 82 euro/ton leap in the cost of styrene monomer (SM).
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    A biocompatible conducting polymer stimulates the changes needed for nerve regeneration
    Phys.org
    Promoting the guided regeneration of nerve cells could transform the treatment of a vast range of debilitating conditions, including brain injuries, nerve damage and degenerative neurological diseases. Electrically stimulating the outgrowth of 'neurites' — new projections from nerve cells — is a promising avenue of research, but it has been hampered by immune rejection and scar tissue insulating the electrodes from the targeted cells.
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    3-D printed drugs could revolutionize prescriptions
    The Telegraph
    It is the innovation that has is being used to create everything from a replacement pelvis to spare parts to digestible food for the elderly. Now the 3-D printer could be about to revolutionize the field of prescription medicines, by custom-making them for individual patients by delivering exactly the correct dose, to the nearest microgram.
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    Graphene boosts thermal conductivity of popular plastic
    Physics World
    A graphene coating has been used to boost thermal conductivity of the common plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by up to 600 times. This new result from an international team of physicists and engineers could substantially increase the use of PET and other plastics in technologies such as solid-state lighting and electronic chips, where the ability to conduct heat is essential.
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    NASA seeks 'ultra-lightweight' core materials for future space vehicles
    Reinforced Plastics Magazine
    NASA plans to increase the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites in launch vehicle and pressurized structure components. Many of these components are based on composite sandwich structures – consisting of two thin skins of CFRP, either side of a lightweight core – which are used extensively in the aerospace industry and other applications where it is important to reduce weight while maintaining structural strength.
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    Tapping into the potential of 3-D printing to reduce plastic waste
    The Guardian
    Design can positively influence global change if combined correctly with engineering scales and business metrics. Consider the plastic packaging you throw away in the bin. That plastic packaging somewhere else in the world is picked up from landfills by millions of people who live for about a dollar a day. Now imagine your household plastics could become any other plastic product you need, at the push of a button. How valuable is it to you then?
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