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Green building regulatory trends drive plastics use
By Don Rosato
The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. In the U.S., buildings account for 39 percent of total energy consumption and 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate. Constructing green buildings that consume resources more efficiently has become one of the primary goals in the industry. In turn, this will minimize pollution that can harm renewable natural resources that are crucial to a sustainable future.
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Modifying poly(ethylene terephthalate) for low-density foams
SPE Plastics Research Online
Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) foams, which show good mechanical properties and high temperature dimensional stability, are used in packaging, thermal insulating, and construction applications. However, commercial PET with a linear molecular chain usually has low molecular weight, melt elasticity, and melt strength. As a consequence of the low melt strength, it cannot resist intense deformation of cells during foaming: the cells collapse and coalesce, and the foam has either open cells or no cells.
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Resin distributors anticipate wave of new capacity will continue
Plastics News
North American resin distributors are having another good year in 2014 — and industry executives are confident they can keep that run going into 2015 as well. The distribution unit of Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne Corp. saw its sales grow 4 percent in the first nine months of 2014 to $852 million. A similar business at Fairlawn, Ohio-based A. Schulman Inc., saw its sales in the Americas grow more than 4 percent to more than $47 million in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31.
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5 manufacturing trends that will shape the market in 2015
IndustryWeek
As 2015 approaches, it's time to look ahead at emerging trends that will impact 21st century manufacturing around the globe. The entire supply chain ecosystem — encompassing manufacturers, distributors and retailers — is undergoing a business transformation. This is in response to changing dynamics involving shifting consumer expectations, time to market and intense global competition that is being dictated by the rising Internet and mobile economies.
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Perturbed polymers
Royal Society of Chemistry
When discussing intermolecular forces, polymers present a wide range of opportunities for demonstrations because of the sheer wealth of materials available. The use of some polymers relies on their sensitivity to particular solvents while others can be compromised unintentionally through exposure to the "wrong" solvent.
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For greener skyscrapers, basic building materials are being reinvented
NPR
In a head-spinning step, a handful of researchers from Cambridge, England, are experimenting with one of man's oldest building materials — the kind from trees — instead of steel as the primary structure for big buildings. And they're aiming really, really high. Professor Michael Ramage and his researchers are also working to strengthen existing plant materials by impregnating them with polymers. The team has already had enough success in modifying the structures of spruce and willow to net a five-year, $2.8 million grant to advance its research and attract commercial interest.
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It's a 'roller coaster ride,' but demand is still driving polymer industry forward
Food Processing & Packaging
The global polymer market is expected to grow to over 300 million tons by 2018, despite a "roller coaster ride" in recent years, according to AMI Consulting. Demand will increase 5 percent a year, with strong growth in Greater China and east Asia continuing to lead the industry. The last thirty years have seen a significant shift in the direction of the polymer industry.
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    PN survey shows optimism for blow molders in North America
    Plastics News
    Business conditions for North American blow molders improved substantially in the third quarter of 2014, and the prospects for the coming months appear bright. This is according to a survey of blow molders recently conducted by Plastics News Research. The survey is part of a new research initiative by PN that will capture and analyze activity in the major sectors of the plastics industry on a regular basis and then identify and report on the pertinent trends in this data.
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    Foldable MXene polymer nanocomposite material features high strength and conductivity
    AZoM
    Researchers have developed an advanced polymer nanomaterial that is electrically conductive, strong, and yet flexible enough to be folded easily. The material offers a new approach to improve aerospace components, flexible armor, water filtration, and electrical energy storage. The research was a joint effort of the Dalian University of Technology in China and the Drexel University.
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    Nanoimprint lithography for the fabrication of efficient low band gap polymer solar cells
    Nanowerk
    In recent years, polymer solar cells have drawn considerable research interest due to their attractive features including flexibility, semi-transparency, and manufacturability using cost-effective continuous printing processes. However, one challenge limiting their commercialization is the relatively low power conversion efficiency when compared to inorganic solar cells.
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    General Electric Co. is upping the role that additive manufacturing will play among its diverse businesses
    The Associated Press via ABC News
    U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks. Output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 percent in October, the Federal Reserve recently said. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and furniture. Factory output has risen 3.4 percent over the past 12 months.
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    GE building $32 million advanced manufacturing center near Pittsburgh
    Plastics News
    General Electric Co. is upping the role that additive manufacturing will play among its diverse businesses. The firm said Nov. 12 it will spend $32 million on a new advanced manufacturing center outside Pittsburgh, in suburban Findlay Township. The center will develop and help implement additive manufacturing across GE’s industrial businesses.
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    Dow Chemical to expand polyethylene and propylene production in Argentina
    Chemicals Technology
    Dow Chemical is planning to improve the equipment and technologies of its polyethylene and plastics production units in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, starting from 2015. The company plans to revamp its technology and expand production at its four PE production units, LDPE, Slurry, Gas Phase and Solution, at the Argentinean facility.
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    BMW M3 and M4 receive new M Performance parts
    World Car Fans
    BMW has presented additional M Performance parts and accessories for the M3, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible. The Bavarian brand has included add-on parts in carbon for the side sections of the front bumper, a front attachment made from polyurethane, a carbon rear diffuser and a carbon rear spoiler in the list of aerodynamic accessories.
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