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Flexible displays bend what's possible for computers
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Flexible-display technology, the pliable plastic casings that many predict will be the next iteration of laptops and tablets, is morphing into all sorts of cool gadgets of the near future. In a few years, bendable displays will be everywhere, adorning coffee mugs, newspapers, car dashboards and sunroofs, white boards, backpacks, refrigerators — you name it. More


Brazil's plastics industry: Is now its time?
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Brazil, the largest country in South America, has moved up to the sixth-largest economy in the world, and Brazil's plastics industry — the third-largest industrial employment sector in 2011 — hopes to grow along with it. This economic growth in Brazil has been many years in the making. Recently, the government has made a concerted effort to bring its people out of poverty and into the middle class. This growing middle class has a direct impact on plastics consumption of all types. More


New biodegradable plastic bag is in the works
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An Arkansas-based startup is hoping to turn a technology that originated at the University of Minnesota into a widely accepted alternative to plastic bags. The bags, under development by cycleWood Solutions, would be made from a material called lignin, which cycleWood claims is biodegradable within 150 days. Lignin exists in all plant life and is a largely discarded waste product from the biofuels and papermaking industries. More

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Scientists hatch plan to recycle eggshells into plastic
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Scientists from the University of Leicester in England are experimenting with a process that extracts the proteins found in eggshells, called glycosaminoglycans, which are commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry to help people with cartilage and connective tissue problems. The aim of the current project is to adapt the proteins to create a starch-based plastic that could then "bulk up" existing plastics and be molded into anything from shop fitting to supermarket meal trays. More

Plastic electronics: A neat solution
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Initially discovered in the late 1970s, plastic electronics is an expanding technology that is bringing a myriad of products incorporating flexible and transparent electronic circuits in which the active materials are deposited as printable inks onto polymer-based substrates using various printing technologies. A breakthrough in the development of a new generation of plastic electronic circuits by researchers brings flexible and transparent intelligent materials — such as artificial skin and interactive playing cards — a step closer. More

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Virginia company using feathers to make biodegradable plastic products
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VideoBrief The United States produces a lot of chickens and that means a lot of leftover feathers — 3 billion pounds a year that had very little value, until now. In Mt. Crawford, Va., Eastern Bioplastics, a 10-person company, is using chicken feathers to reduce America's use of oil. How? They're using them to make plastic products. Currently, most of the plastic on the market is made from petroleum. More

High-heat nylon brings enhanced processability
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Invista, based in Wichita, Kan., introduced Torzen Marathon PA66 resin to the plastics market at NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla. The new engineering polymers resin grade responds to the market's demand for a resin with higher continuous use temperature resistance while allowing for enhanced processing for applications in the automotive and electrical and electronic segments. More

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Give graphene a squeeze to get electricity
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Graphene is a wonder material. It is 100 times better at conducting electricity than silicon. It is stronger than diamond. And, at just one-atom thick, it is so thin as to be essentially a two-dimensional material. Such promising physics have made graphene the most studied substance of the last decade. To the long list of exceptional physical properties of graphene, engineers have added yet another: piezoelectricity. Bend, squeeze or twist graphene, and it will produce an electric charge. More

Plastic bans, EPR laws not going away
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Bans on plastic bags and take-out polystyrene containers aren't going to easily go away and are only part of a larger effort to get rid of products seen as litter or marine debris, says Laurie Hansen, executive director of the Western Plastics Association. And next on the horizon, she says, are extended producer responsibility laws. "They are all happening because litter is happening and marine debris is happening," Hansen said. "Litter and marine debris is the hot-button issue on the West Coast. Paper and aluminum sink, but that's not what's targeted. It's what floats, and that's plastic." More

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Japanese company to roll out self-repair coating for touch screens
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Japanese thin-film maker Toray Advanced Film will begin to sell the Self-cure Coat Film, which can self-repair small scratches, in earnest. Thus far, the company has been supplying the film for a limited number of applications such as decorative films for notebook computers. But it established a volume production system for the film, planning to expand the use of the film to decorative films on the surfaces of mobile devices, films for the protection of the surfaces of touch panels, etc. More

SPE and PTI offer top training for plastics professionals
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A spring Society of Plastics Engineers FastTrack training program has been announced. The topics have been designed to enhance injection molding, extrusion molding, blow molding and thermoforming knowledge levels regardless of plastics industry tenure. Produced by industry thought-leader Plastic Technologies Inc., the program will be held May 7-10 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport. More

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Report: Global reinforced plastics market to reach 7.9 million tons by 2017
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The global market for reinforced plastics is forecast to reach 7.9 million tons by the year 2017, bolstered by renewed demand from major end-use sectors and robust demand from European and Asia Pacific markets. Further, rapidly evolving renewable energy markets such as wind energy are emerging as the most promising growth areas for reinforced plastics, according to a comprehensive global report by Global Industry Analysts. More


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Venture Plastics buys 3rd molding plant
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Custom injection molder Venture Plastics Inc. of Newton Falls, Ohio, has purchased a third molding facility, which is its second in Ohio. The Middlefield, Ohio, plant features the only combination of brush tufting and injection molding in North America, according to Bryon Osborne, Venture's vice president of sales and marketing. Brush tufting and injection molding are key to the floor care industry. More

Shining a light on fingerprint detection
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Scientists in China have discovered a method for visualizing latent fingerprints found at the scene of a crime, which they say is very simple, rapid, does not require professional forensic treatment and does not destroy the print. Researchers noticed that the conjugated compound tetraphenylethene adhered to the greasy ridges of fingerprints via a hydrophobic interaction. TPE is nonfluorescent in acetonitrile solution, but when light with a 365nm wavelength is shone onto the solution, the compound can lose the extra energy by rotating. More

Webinar: 'Pitch Your Science' — Develop a value proposition
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SPE and RAPRA are proud to co-sponsor the "Pitch Your Science" free webinar series. This series was developed as a resource for the RAPid Impact competition, but is open to all who wish to hone their entrepreneurial skills. More


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New LSR capabilities featured at NPE2012
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The rising importance of liquid silicone rubber molding in the American medical market was apparent in several exhibits and demonstrations at NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla. LSR provides improved clarity, heat and chemical resistance and better cost performance for high-precision parts compared to many other elastomers, including high-consistency silicone rubber. Many thermoplastic molders in the United States are adding LSR as medical device manufacturers seek contract manufacturers with broad capabilities. More

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Engel teams with French mold-maker to produce sealing caps in China
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Austria-based injection press-maker Engel has teamed up with French mold manufacturer Plastisud SA to offer turnkey solutions for the production of sealing caps for water and soft drink containers in China. Under the name Green Cap, the joint venture will supply presses in clamping forces from 200 tons to 420 tons, with 500-ton presses available as an option. Molds will come in 32 cavities and 96 cavities as standard. More

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