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Researchers sub feathers for petroleum in plastic
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Researchers have developed ways to substitute chicken feathers for petroleum in some plastic products, and at least two companies are working to bring items ranging from biodegradable flower pots to office furniture to market. The substitution would allow the U.S. to cut back on its oil use, however slightly, and give poultry producers another market for the more than 3 billion pounds of chicken feathers they have leftover each year. More


Macroscopic evaluation of nanofiller dispersion
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In nanocomposite technology, the attainable increment of properties mainly depends on the dispersion of the nanofiller in the polymer matrix. These properties are dependent on physical and chemical interactions between the phases. Accordingly, it is important to thoroughly investigate the small-scale attributes of nanocomposites, such as efficiency of mixing. Evaluation of the degree of dispersion of nanofiller is usually done by microscopic (transmission electron microscopy, TEM) or analytical (x-ray diffraction) techniques, which, however, do not provide exhaustive characterization of morphology and structure. More

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A cyanate ester resin modified with hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene
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Cyanate esters, developed in the early 1970s, are an increasingly important class of matrix resins. They have attracted widespread attention for their high performance in aerospace applications. Their advantages include excellent heat resistance, good mechanical properties, and very low moisture absorption. These attractive features render CEs suitable for use in higher-performance composites such as printed circuit boards, structural composites, and radomes. More

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Spiders create plastics with biotech silk
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The potential for producing biopolymer plastics from silk woven by spiders for their webs was presented in a paper by Prof. Thomas Scheibel from the faculty of applied sciences at Bayreuth university at the VDI plastics in automotive engineering conference in Mannheim, Germany in April. The scientific basis behind the development lies in the proteins which give the webs and fibers their unique stability and stretching ability. More

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Statistics show improved outlook
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The 2011 outlook for injection molders is brighter, according to an analysis by Plante & Moran PLLC. But in the relative new normal of manufacturing, it all depends. It depends on where your shop is strategically placed, whether by geographic location or markets. It depends on what resins you’re using. It depends on what you have learned from the last three years, and whether you’ve taken this time to strengthen your business. More

The Hedging Corner: Plastics and oil, inextricably linked
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The transparency and, therefore, fairness of resins prices in physical (i.e. cash) markets is a top concern among processors. Most other commodity markets are far more transparent than resins. Finding current prices for energy, metals, grains, etc. is primarily a matter of checking the futures markets in those commodities. More

EU unveils plans to pay fishermen to catch plastic
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Fishermen will be paid to catch plastic, rather than fish, under bold new plans from the EU's fisheries chief, aimed at providing fleets with an alternative source of income to reduce pressure on dwindling fish stocks. A trial project will be unveiled in the Mediterranean this month, which will see fishermen equipped with nets to round up the plastic detritus that is threatening marine life, and send it for recycling. More

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New plastic under development for B&C industry
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Plastics and chemicals supplier Total Petrochemicals is working on a new type of expandable polystyrene that it will offer to the building and construction industry. The new material should be ready for commercial sales in 2013. Total Petrochemicals' research team has developed the new plastic's formulation and production technology, and says the material will offer technical and insulating properties significantly better than those of conventional white EPS. More

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Shampoo will use plastic bottles made from sugar cane
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Plastic or...a different plastic? Procter & Gamble said recently that it has started producing some of its shampoo bottles from a plastic made from sugar cane because it's a renewable resource. Customers won't notice a difference, the company said, but the environment will: Most traditional plastics are petroleum-based. More

Scientists turn plants in 'super plastics'
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It's best known as the plant from which tequila is made, but agave and other fibrous plants like pineapple and the skins of bananas, are now being made into plastic. Led by Dr. Alcides Leao, scientists at Sao Paolo's State University have developed what they call "super plastic" from the cellulose contained within the plants. Using a device similar to a pressure cooker, they’ve been able to turn the cellulose into nano-fibers, which after further processing, can be meshed to create an eco-friendly material that's lighter and stronger than conventional petroleum-based plastic. More

Automakers are putting their cars on a diet
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Given American car drivers' tastes, some experts suggest that the challenge for automakers today isn't to come up with a subcompact car that does 50 mile to the gallon. Instead, the challenge is to build a midsize model that can deliver 40 mpg. Until recently, achieving that goal seemed like a fantasy, at least without using a costly hybrid drivetrain. But carmakers have come to discover a variety of other tools in their toolbox that can improve mileage substantially without downsizing. At Ford, for example, they're putting vehicles on a diet. More

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Husky to be sold to Berkshire Partners, OMERS
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In a $2.1 billion deal, private equity firm Berkshire Partners LLC and OMERS Private Equity Inc. have signed a definitive agreement to jointly acquire Husky International Ltd. and its subsidiaries - including machinery maker Husky Injection Molding Systems - from Onex Corporation. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2011. More

Iowa chemist designs new polymer structures for 'plastic electronics'
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Iowa State University's Malika Jeffries-EL says she's studying doing structure-property studies so she can teach old polymers new tricks. Those tricks improve the properties of certain organic polymers that mimic the properties of traditional inorganic semiconductors and could make the polymers very useful in organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes and thin-film transistors. More

Environmental lobby urges EU limits on chemicals
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Environmental lobby ChemSec last week highlighted 22 hormone-disrupting chemicals routinely found in plastics, packaging and cosmetics that it wants regulated by the European Union. ChemSec has accused the EU of delaying action on such "endocrine-disrupting" chemicals such as phthalates. More

Arlington Buys Used Plastics Machinery

Even in today’s economy, one dealer, Arlington Plastics Machinery, is continuing to buy all types of used equipment –Extruders, Injection Molders, Recycling Equipment.

Texas agency investing in plastics recycler
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Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that the state is investing $550,000 through its Texas Enterprise Fund in Coll Materials Exchange, Zanesville, Ohio, for the company's expansion into Waco, Texas. Contingent upon the completion of a local incentive agreement, the investment is expected to result in the creation of 111 jobs and generate an estimated $5.9 million in capital investment. More

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