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BPF warns of damaging materials price hikes
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The British Plastics Federation has warned that the major increases in plastics raw material prices experienced by processors will lead inevitably to further increases in the price of plastics products. It pointed out that raw material purchases can represent as much as 60 percent of the selling price of plastics products. More


Thermal stresses and birefringence in quenched cylinders
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Thermal stresses and birefringence in polymeric materials are caused by the combined effects of nonequilibrium density changes and visco-elastic polymer behavior during cooling. They play an important role in determining the final product properties. Increasing demand for polymeric products for special applications, such as for optical and medical devices (where low levels of birefringence and residual stresses are desirable), has triggered significant interest in residual birefringence and stresses. More

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More cities take aim at plastic bags
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The move to outlaw plastic shopping bags is spreading from San Francisco to other Bay Area communities, but the latest measures are rankling some shopkeepers and plastic manufacturers who say the bans go too far. More

EU to ban toxic chemicals in household plastics
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The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the EU Commission said recently. Among the compounds are three plastic softening phthalates, a musk fragrance, a flame retardant and a hardener for epoxy resin, the Commission said. More

Award-winning inventor makes fuel from plastic bags
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What most of us see as the ubiquitous blight of modern convenience consumerism, i.e., littered plastic shopping bags, Japanese inventor Akinori Ito sees as the "fuel of the future." Like most sensible inventions, Ito's began with the simple realization that plastic bags are made from oil. Thus, it should be possible, he theorized, to revert these same items back to their original form. More
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Bayer to produce plastics from waste CO2 from the energy sector
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Bayer is taking a new direction in the production of high-quality plastics with the help of carbon dioxide from the energy sector. A pilot plant has come on stream at Chempark Leverkusen to trial the new process on a technical scale. The plant produces a chemical precursor into which CO2 is incorporated and then processed into polyurethanes that are used in many everyday items. More

Bioplastics reduce petroleum, plastic prices
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VideoBrief Researchers at Battelle have developed a patent pending process to mix soybean meal with plastic resins, which could reduce petroleum-based resin 10 to 40 percent by using agricultural by-products from Ohio farms. Biobent Polymers in Marysville, Ohio, a new division of global plastics under Univenture, is testing the performance of bioplastics, which could potentially reduce the cost of plastic materials, inventors say, by up to 25 percent. More

Laser welding in the right light
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Laser welding is on the advance, but it also has its limits. For example, it had been impossible to fuse two transparent plastic components together – up until now. Researchers have now succeeded in circumventing this hurdle – by choosing the right wavelength. The new welding process is revolutionizing bioanalytics. More

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ACC reports jump in recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics
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The American Chemistry Council has released a report highlighting the sharp increase in the collection and recycling of post-consumer non-bottle rigid plastics in the United States. The report, prepared by Moore Recycling Associates Inc., found that in 2009, nearly 480 million pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were collected for recycling nationwide, an increase of nearly 33 percent from 2008 and a 47 percent increase since 2007. More

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New facility for advanced medical materials development opens
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After more than 20 years of developing and producing custom polymer compounds for biomedical applications, Foster Corporation in Putnam, Conn., has intensified its efforts, opening its Medical Plastics Innovation Center to offer comprehensive development service of polymer formulations and compounds for leading edge medical devices. More

Asia plastic bag converters drop output on weak demand, high PE costs
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Asian plastic bag converters have cut production rates on the back of weak seasonal demand and high polyethylene resin costs, market sources said. "It doesn't make sense to buy more resins now," said a plastic bag producer, who has lowered operating rates to 60 percent of capacity. "We cannot pass on the cost to our customers." More

DuPont helps Nike tee off golf ball
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DuPont Co. and Nike Inc. are joining forces to make golfers' dreams come true — with a golf ball that goes farther and straighter, thanks to a core made from a DuPont plastic material. Wilmington-based DuPont and Nike — the sports giant based in Beaverton, Ore. — unveiled the Nike 20XI golf ball on Feb. 15. More

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