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Future-ready: Plastic that can be grown on trees
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Money sure doesn't grow on trees, but the day isn't far when gasoline, computers and tennis shoes might actually grow on trees, all thanks to new advances in biotechnology that could allow manufacturers to produce fuel, plastics and other chemicals from plants instead of petroleum. C&EN senior business editor Melody Voith says today's plant-based fuels and plastics involve growing crops and then using physical and chemical means to extract sugars that manufacturers transform into the desired product. More

ANTEC® 2010 Conference proceedings now available for purchase
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Did you miss ANTEC, SPE's annual technical conference, in Orlando last month? The conference proceedings are now available for purchase on CD-ROM or USB/flash drive.

Save the date for ANTEC® 2011!
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It's never too soon to mark ANTEC® 2011 on your calendar! Next year's conference will take place on May 1-5, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center and Marriott Boston Copley Center Hotel in Boston, Mass. We'll see you there! More

Top practical reasons why you should join SPE
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Reason #5: 24/7 access to all the technical information you want—right at your fingertips—with the SPE Online Technical Library and journals database. Find articles, conference papers and more in every key technical area. More

Plastics help mold low-carbon cars
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Global chemical companies seeking to capitalize on China's shift to a low-carbon growth strategy are focusing on technologies to make the thriving auto and construction industries greener. "In the following five to 10 years, China's chemical industry will keep rising by 9 percent to 10 percent annually," said Martin Kraemer, chief executive of Lanxess for China's mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, a division of German specialty chemicals company Lanxess AG. That growth, he said, will be driven by a booming auto market and increased urbanization, and energy efficiency is at the heart of development. More

Will the Middle East finally become a major plastics processing center, or is it just a pipe dream?
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China got the ball rolling, emerging in a matter of decades as the world's leading plastics manufacturing hub. And now another region aspires to emulate its example - the Middle East. For the major polymer producing countries in the Middle East, moving up the value chain is not a choice - it is part of the economic and social agenda pursued by their governments with unmitigated fervor to resolve the unemployment issue and revitalize the economy. More

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Cereplast introduces 11 grades of compostable bioresins
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California-based Cereplast, Inc. have created 11 new grades of their Cereplast Compostables® resins to meet the demand for alternatives to plastic processing techniques that match the integrity of traditional plastics. Cereplast is the leading manufacturer of bio-based, sustainable and biodegradable bioplastics that are alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. Their products are priced competitively with traditional plastics. More

BASF to sell hydrophilic melt additives business
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Last week, BASF said it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its hydrophilic melt additives business to Techmer PM, LLC, a manufacturer of colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries located in Clinton, Tenn. The hydrophilic melt additives are currently marketed under the brand name Irgasurf® HL. Both companies have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction. More

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Plastic industry becoming popular in Assam
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The rising demand for plastic products around the world is giving a boost to the plastic industry of Assam. To explore the possibilities of the plastic-based industries in Assam and other northeastern states, a four-day Northeast International Plasto Fair 2010 was organized at Maniram Dewan trade center recently. Initiated by PlastIndia Foundation and Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region, the objective of the event was to invite investment, and facilitate joint venture collaborations with local entrepreneurs. More

Major extrusion merger between Maag Pump Systems and Automatik Plastics Machinery
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Maag is a leading supplier of gear pumps, filtration systems and screen changers, while Automatik is the leader in pelletizing systems for producing plastic pellets. Both companies will maintain their existing brand names for the time being, and their private equity owners will each hold a 50 percent stake in the combined firms. More

Nanofillers improve the mechanical properties of recycled polypropylene
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Recycled resins have been used for many years, but without much concern for maintaining their mechanical properties. However, recent environmental, economic, and petroleum crises have induced the plastic industry to increasingly turn to reprocessed polymers as one way to improve sustainability. Recycled polypropylene (PP) is of great interest, particularly for the automotive industry. One problem with recycled resins is that tensile toughness and impact strength usually decrease during recycling and restoration requires additives. More


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