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Green building applications: The road ahead
By Don Rosato
Growth in green-building material demand will outpace the growth of building construction expenditures as green materials continue to account for an increasing share of building materials used. In the U.S., demand for green-building materials is projected to expand 13 percent annually through 2015, generating sales of more than $70 billion. Government codes/incentives will continue to emerge to support building efficiency programs. Legislation will progressively shift from energy neutral to energy-positive building requirements.
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Breathable polyethylene/sepiolite nanocomposite films
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Polyethylene films are very widely used—for example, to make bags and other types of packaging—and improving their mechanical and permeability properties would further promote and enhance their utility, as well as enable more advanced applications. One way to improve the properties of PE is by combining it with a nanoscale filler to obtain a nanocomposite.
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    Study: Degradable plastics hit recyclate quality
    Plastics News
    Small quantities of degradable plastic films as low as 2 percent can cause "significant, detrimental impacts" to the quality of plastics recyclates, according to a new peer-reviewed industry study. The findings of the study, commissioned by European Plastics Converters, the Brussels-based trade body, are likely to reignite the debate surrounding the presence of bio-degradable plastics in the recycling stream.
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    Tight tolerance is critical for top quality and superior performance
    Manufacturing.net
    Customers count on their injection molders for expert advice. "Tight tolerance" is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.
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    Green building applications: The road ahead
    By Don Rosato
    Growth in green-building material demand will outpace the growth of building construction expenditures as green materials continue to account for an increasing share of building materials used.

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    Controlling diameter of fibers for antibacterial dressings
    SPE Plastics Research Online
    Recently, great progress has been made not only in the preparation and characterization of nanomaterials, but also in their applications as functional materials. Among nanomaterials, nanofibers have a large surface to volume ratio and are of particular interest.

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    Growth slows sharply for China's plastics processors
    Plastics News
    Rising costs and economic challenges caused China's plastics processing industry to see its growth slow to about 5 percent in the first nine months of the year, prompting the head of the country's largest plastics association to make a forceful call for companies to innovate and adopt new technology.

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    European market growth forecast for 2014
    European Plastics News
    Polymer demand growth in Europe for 2013 is expected to be static compared with 2012, according to Applied Market Information, which has just published its 2013 European Plastics Industry Report. AMI calculates that the market for thermoplastics in Europe is currently 36.5 million tons, a volume that is still nearly 4 million tons less than the peak it hit in 2007.
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    Plastics contribute to design flexibility on Moto G smart phone
    Plastics News
    Motorola Mobility is not making its newest smart phone, the Moto G, in the United States, but it is keeping some of the plastics design flexibility it introduced with the Texas-made Moto X earlier this year.
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    Ford, Coke join to work on plastics from plants
    USA Today
    Two famous American corporate names are collaborating on a venture to use less oil, save the planet and garner some favorable publicity all at the same time. Coca-Cola and Ford Motor are working together on making car seat fabric out a special plastic that the soft drink giant has developed. The plastic not only includes recycled materials, but 30 percent of it is made from plants.
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    Chinese manufacturing; betting its future on robots
    Plastics Today
    Stephen Moore writes: "While on a recent trip to China, I read in the local China Daily that Zhejiang Province, a manufacturing hub that neighbors the commercial capital of Shanghai, would invest a staggering $82 billion over the next five years to encourage manufacturers to adopt more robots; this in order to overcome the short supply and high cost of labor that currently prevails in the coastal areas of China."
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  • Compostable geometric pavilion is made out of bioplastics
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    Though we've seen bioplastics in consumer products and packaging, a new pavilion designed and built by German students and professors from Stuttgart University's Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design demonstrates the structural possibilities of an innovative bioplastic created specifically for use in construction.
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    Dueling construction standards offer opportunities for plastics
    Plastics News
    It looks like plastics can still have a starring role in sustainable construction. The General Service Administration is giving federal agencies a choice of green building certification systems, and that's good news for plastics. GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini recently endorsed the Green Building Initiatives' Green Globes 2010 system, in addition to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 2009.
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    Work aims to end petroleum-based plastics
    Centre Daily Times
    The days of plastic derived from oil may be coming to an end, thanks to work by an international team including Penn State researchers. The team, which includes Melik Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, is investigating biological plastics, or elastomeric materials, that can be grown and have the same characteristics as conventional plastics.
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    Building 'Optimus Prime' with light-sensitive polymers
    WESA
    For well over a decade, scientists have known about a class of polymers that would react to and move toward light with no other power source. While certainly fascinating, the technology was limited in its application in the real world, because the movement was so slow.
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    8 hot device technologies that will shape medical plastics
    Plastics Today
    What will be the fastest growing medical device technologies in the next five or so years? The growth in U.S. gross domestic product is hovering between 2-3 percent, while the general consensus is that demand for medical plastics will grow at double or more that rate. Meanwhile, some medical device technologies — which use plastics in one way or another — could grow 10 percent or more a year.
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