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Biodegradable packaging material 'perishes' within 6 months
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Israeli researchers are developing a biodegradable packaging material that automatically "perishes" within 180 days — providing a "green" solution for the food and drink industry. According to Israel-based developer TIPA, the material, which is a mix of biodegradable polymers, will degrade in compost within six months — leaving an organic residue. More


Dispersed nanoparticles give stronger plastics
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Polymer composites are used by just about every industry from aviation to electronics, medical devices and packaging. Tweaking the composition of these compounded polymer systems makes them adaptable to new applications. A new dry milling process creates nanoparticle-coated fillers that improve the strength and thermal stability of polypropylene composites. More

Polypyrrole/graphene oxide composites with improved conductivity and solubility
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The insolubility in common solvents and infusibility of conducting polymers, such as polypyrrol, generally make them poorly processable either via a solution technique or by melt-processing methods. Doping polypyrrole with graphene oxide during polymer synthesis improves the water solubility and electrical conductivity of the nanocomposite. More

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Ordered planar polymers created for the first time
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Scientists under the direction of ETH Zurich have created a minor sensation in synthetic chemistry. They succeeded for the first time in producing regularly ordered planar polymers that form a kind of "molecular carpet" on a nanometer scale. More

TPE resin pricing: Ethylene, polypropylene, propylene continue to rise
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Uncertain contract pricing led to choppy spot resin trading, in what The Plastics Exchange called a "very interesting week in the plastics markets" in which spot polyethylene was steady while spot polypropylene rose another $0.04 per pound. At the end of the month, several major PE producers pushed off the January $0.06 per pound price increase and will now look to implement it in February. More

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Animal-free plastics skyrocket for medical components
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Several resin producers now offer grades of plastics that are "animal free" in response to concerns about potential contamination from bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad-cow disease. Fears about the neurological disease peaked in the United Kingdom in 1993 at almost 1,000 new cases per week. Since then, the number of BSE cases has dropped sharply. More

Even in rough economy, innovation is key to thriving in packaging sector
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Innovation was the name of the game at the annual Packaging Conference. Packaging industry insiders and experts gathered to discuss issues and advancements in their field, ranging from the development of new oxygen scavengers to the creation of zero-landfill pouches. While trends and topics varied, most presenters agreed: it's time for brands and companies to start innovating or risk being left behind. More

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New method for controlled production of structured foams
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Packaging, insulation and impact protection are examples of commercial uses of polymer foams. Depending on the intended application, the properties required of these foams can differ greatly. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a team of German, Irish and French researchers led by Cosima Stubenrauch at the University of Stuttgart has now introduced a new method for the controlled production of structured foams. Their technique is based on the polymerization of foamed emulsions of oil in water. More

Mexichem agrees to buy Holland's Wavin for $704 million
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Mexichem, the Latin American chemical producer that has bought more than 15 companies since 2007, agreed to acquire Wavin for $704 million to expand its plastic pipes business in Europe. Mexichem intends to make a cash offer of 10.50 euros a share, the Tlalnepantla, Mexico-based company said in a statement. That's more than double Wavin's closing price on Nov. 21, the day before Mexichem announced an initial offer. More

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Research: New automotive plastic is strong as steel
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Japan's Toyoda Gosei Co. has developed a type of plastic for car hoods and fenders that it says are as strong as those produced from sheet steel but 40 percent lighter. The company has no intention of entering the auto body business. Rather, Toyota Motor Corp. plans to collect data on the material's performance characteristics in hopes of encouraging carmakers to adopt it when they begin shifting from sheet metal to plastics for mass-produced models. More

Tiny pump senses chemical changes and acts
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A team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University has developed a microscale pump that turns on in the presence of a particular chemical, with a flow rate that depends on that chemical's concentration. Because of its specificity for a specific analyte, the pump doubles as a chemical sensor — a useful combination for diagnostic devices. More

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Industry fury over unfair and unachievable UK plastic packaging recycling targets
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The leading United Kingdom plastics trade body has launched a withering attack on what it says are unrealistic and unfair government recycling targets for plastic packaging. The British Plastics Federation slammed government plans to almost double plastic packaging recycling targets over a five-year period, which will see them climb to 57 percent by 2017. More

Fine tolerance 3-D plastics printer for rapid prototyping
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A three-dimensional, multimaterial plastics and rubber printer, made by 3-D printing equipment company Objet, prints hard and soft materials that can be used to produce a functional prototype of a product. This enables engineers and designers to test concepts and designs, using hard plastics and soft rubbers in a single print, before deciding whether to produce finished products. More

Pulsed lasers make lightweight glasses out of polymers
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Microscopically, glasses are solids that look more like liquids — they lack a regular crystalline structure. The liquid character is no accident, since a typical glass is made by cooling a fluid rapidly. If done in the right way, this skips the usual crystallization that occurs at the freezing point of the material, leaving a disordered state. If we want to create a glass with specific properties, we need precise control over the fluid-to-glass transition, but that has proven very difficult to achieve in practice. More

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UK plans to scale up renewable polymers production
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A pioneering project to create a plastics polymer from renewable resources has unveiled plans to build what it claims is the United Kingdom's first bio-polymer demonstration facility. Technology and licensing company Plaxica is exploring how platform chemicals from renewable resources, such as sugarcane, cereals and cellulose can be used in energy-efficient processes to produce second generation high performance polylactic acid based materials. More

$5 billion petrochemical complex to be built in Qatar
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Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Petrochemical Co will build a $5 billion petrochemical complex in the Gulf Arab state, the companies said. The plant, which will include a steam cracker, will produce 1.4 million tons per annum of ethylene, 850,000 tons per annum of high-density polyethylene, 430,000 of linear low-density polyethylene, 760,000 tons per annum of polypropylene and 83,000 tons per annum of butadiene. More

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Recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics soars 72 percent in single year
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The American Chemistry Council has released a new report showing a significant increase in the collection and recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics in the United States. Prepared by Moore Recycling Associates Inc., the report found that, in 2010, nearly 820 million pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were collected for recycling nationwide, an increase of 72 percent from 2009 and 154 percent since 2007. More

IEA lowers forecast for global oil consumption
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The International Energy Agency shaved its forecast for global oil consumption, citing the slowdown in world economic growth. The IEA said it expects oil consumption in 2012 to rise a relatively meager 800,000 barrels a day, or 0.9 percent, according to its latest monthly market report. More

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