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Cheap plastic could be used to detect nukes
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Detection of nuclear material just got a little easier. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has announced a new material for sniffing out nuclear bombs, and it amounts to a cheap piece of plastic. It could be the future of nuclear detectors. It can tell the difference between neutron radiation and gamma radiation. That's important to people in charge of protecting ports of entry and borders. Neutrons indicate plutonium or uranium, material that can be used to make a bomb. More


Improved polypropylene/clay nanocomposites
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Polypropylene/montmorillonite nanocomposites are popular with researchers and industry due to their high aspect ratio and nanoscale filler distribution, which improves the composite properties at low content compared to conventional microfillers (<5wt percent="" rather="" than="">30wt percent). However, to disperse well, the naturally hydrophilic MMT has to be organically modified with quaternary alkyl ammonium ions (such as an octadecylamine group). More

Kenaf-fiber-reinforced copolyester biocomposites
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Biodegradable polyesters are one family of polymers that have been considered as replacements for conventional plastic resins. Aliphatic polyesters, such as the naturally occurring polyhydroxyalkanoate family of materials and the synthetic polycaprolactone, have been investigated as possible alternatives to traditional plastics. However, their material properties seriously affect the versatility of these materials. More

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EU Voluntary Agreement on energy in sight for Europe's plastics processors
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Rapid progress is being registered in developing a voluntary agreement on energy efficiency between the Brussels-based European Plastics Convertors Association and Europe's leading national plastics processing organizations. This is the fruit of EuPlastVoltage – a European Commission funded project with the aim of developing a long-term drive to reduce energy consumption in one of Europe's most significant industries with a combined turnover of some 300 billion Euros. More

Report: Global bioplastics market to hit new heights by 2018
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Led by growing demand in Asia-Pacific and South America, the worldwide bioplastics market will reach revenues of more than $2.8 billion in 2018, with annual growth rates of 17.8 percent, according to a new report from market research firm Ceresana Research. More

China toy factories face troubles
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Hong Kong's plastic toy factories face tough conditions, squeezed between weak markets overseas and rapidly rising wages and costs in their mainland China factories. In interviews at the recent Hong Kong Toy Fair, the world's second-largest toy exhibition after the Nuremburg International Toy Fair in Germany, local plastics executives and industry leaders struck tones somewhere between caution and pessimism. More

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Axion: Plastics recycling will be key 2012 focus
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With U.K. plastic bottle recycling rates nudging 50 percent for drink and dairy bottles, Freegard predicts that further investment in technology and equipment to extract a wider range of materials from mixed plastic collections offers major potential for improvement. The Manchester-based resource recovery firm builds and designs process plants for companies in the recycling sector. More

Borealis promotes clarified PP as a replacement for PC
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Borealis has launched a more transparent extrusion blowmolding grade of polypropylene (PP) specifically designed for cosmetics and baby bottles, with an eye on capturing market share forsaken by polycarbonate (PC), which continues to deal with concerns around bisphenol A (BPA). The company said its Borclear RC737MO offers a "leap forward" in aesthetics by influencing the gloss, haze and clarity of bottles. More

How plastic trees could help pull carbon dioxide out of the air
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A cheap plastic that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere? "Yes," says a team of chemists at the University of Southern California's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, led by Nobel Prize winner George Olah. Science Now reports on their work with an inexpensive polymer called polyethylenimine or PEI. More

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Perspectives on plastics in solar cells
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Plastic materials are being evaluated by several leading research institutions for broadened commercial solar cell applications due to their advantages of significant cost-savings and flexibility. Concentrated photovoltaic solar cells use materials such as glass and plastic to concentrate solar radiation onto small, high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. More

New 'smart' polymer opens door for medical use of low-power near-infrared light
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Researchers at the University of California-San Diego have conducted initial testing of a new "smart" plastic material which may bring about new uses in medicine for near-infrared light. According to early experiments, the plastic material will break down into non-toxic particles in response to lower-power NIR light. This may lead to improved treatment of, for example, tumors, or improvements in the release of tracing compounds and imaging agents for improved medical diagnostics applications. More

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Plastics firm leader pushes through crises
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How many pause to ponder the seals in their fridge or appreciate the craftmanship of their garden hose? If plastic extrusion is not a glamorous industry, then Tom Thomson is happy for it to stay that way. Thomson is the managing director of New Zealand's Elastomer Products, the biggest plastic and rubber extrusion company in Australasia, which exports to manufacturers in Australia, southeast Asia and the United States. More

Archer Daniels ends joint venture with Metabolix
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Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it is ending a biodegradable plastics joint venture with Metabolix Inc. because of the venture's cost, and uncertainty about its returns. The companies said the joint venture, which is called Telles, will be dissolved on Feb. 8. Telles makes plastics from corn sugar that biodegrade in natural soil and water and in home or industrial composting systems. More

Diversified plastics sold to employees
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James Dow, founder, president and CEO of Diversified Plastics, Inc., has announced the sale of his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The employees took ownership on Nov. 1, but Dow will remain as president. "The changeover has been smooth," said Annette Lund, vice president. More

European polyethylene prices advance amid feedstock push
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European polyethylene contract and spot prices advanced this week, supported by bullish ethylene. Ethylene spot price have surged this week following historic low cracker margins touched last week. Ethylene spot prices crossed the $1,276/mt FD NWE mark this week, for the first time since mid-September. More


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Pipe firms suspected of price fixing in Hungary
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Three plastic pipe system manufacturers, two of them leading European players, are suspected of being part of a price fixing cartel operating in Hungary. The activities of Pipelife Hungaria and Wavin Hungary, along with those of the national pipe fittings producer BTH Fitting, recently acquired by Belgium's Tessenderlo group, are being investigated by Hungary's Competition Authority GVH. More

Westlake offers to purchase Georgia Gulf for $1.03 billion
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Westlake Chemical Corp., the U.S. plastics maker controlled by the Chao family, made a $1.03 billion unsolicited offer for Georgia Gulf Corp. to expand into vinyl construction products such as siding and window frames. The $30-a-share bid isn't subject to any financing condition, Houston-based Westlake said in a statement. More

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Oil prices rise as market tracks Nigeria, Iran
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Oil prices rose this week as the market reacted to potential supply disruptions in Nigeria and Iran, while keeping a watch over fresh eurozone strains after last week's ratings downgrades, analysts said. New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in February, gained 65 cents to $99.35 a barrel. More

Chemical engineers boost petrochemical output from biomass by 40 percent
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Chemical engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, using a catalytic fast pyrolysis process that transforms renewable non-food biomass into petrochemicals, have developed a new catalyst that boosts the yield for five key "building blocks of the chemical industry" by 40 percent compared to previous methods. More

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