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CPIA partners with key US plastics associations to form unified 'Alliance'
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In a move designed to bring a unified voice to North America's plastics manufacturing sector, three major plastics trade associations are formally partnering to represent the industry on the international stage. The new North American Plastics Alliance unites the Society of the Plastics Industry, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council in the hopes of better tackling what they call "key industry priorities." More


More cost-effective, superior biodegradable food packaging
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Biodegradable polymers such as poly(L-lactic acid) have received much attention due to their potential use, for example, in food packaging. However, PLA has low gas-barrier properties that limit its application in this area. By the same token, its oxygen transmission rate is comparable to that of polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene — just to name a few — which means that it might conceivably replace them. More

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Thin film nano-indentation: an elastic foundation model
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Soft matter materials and assemblies are ubiquitous in biology and very useful in many advanced materials.1The performance of many such systems — such as microphase-separated block copolymers, polymer brushes and ultrathin polymeric films—depends on the synergy of hierarchically-organized structures. An enhanced understanding of these materials can be acquired from their nanometer-scale mechanical properties. In particular, mechanical characterization of nanophases is important for these efforts. More

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BASF steps up R&D for sustainable electromobility products
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Batteries are the key technology for electromobility of the future. Over the next five years, BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will be investing a three-digit million euro sum in researching, developing and the production of battery materials. In parallel, the company is developing new structural plastic materials and plastic-based heat management solutions for electric vehicles. More

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PP half pipes and raffia make for world's lightest pallet
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Plastics have taken on wood in the pallet arena for many years now, with injection-molded and thermoformed variants perhaps most visible. Pallets incorporating expanded polystyrene have also made some inroads. Now it's the turn of an interesting combination of polypropylene raffia and formed sheet to take up the challenge. More

'Cling-film' method makes efficient polymer solar cells
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Scientists have recently shown that very simple and inexpensive manufacturing methods in which flexible layers of material are deposited over large areas like cling-film can be used to make efficient solar cell structures. The researchers showed that when complex mixtures of molecules in solution are spread onto a surface the different molecules separate to the top and bottom of the layer in a way that maximizes the efficiency of the resulting solar cell. More

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Animatronic head provides test-bed for smart materials
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Design engineers are exploring an innovative new application for smart materials as potential implants for stroke patients suffering facial paralysis. A team of product designers and engineers is exploring a raft of so-called "smart materials," including shape memory alloys, electroactive polymers and ionic polymer metal composites. More

Phillips beefs up global medical work with purchase of Europe's Medisize
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In one fell swoop, Phillips Plastics Corp. has entered the European medical plastics market, after buying Medisize Corp., which does clean room injection molding at factories in Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. All of Phillips Plastics' 14 existing plants are in Wisconsin. More

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South Korean PTA, PET exports to EU enjoy 25 percent tariff cut due to FTA
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South Korean purified terephthalic acid PET bottle chip exports to the European Union are enjoying a 25 percent cut in import tariffs which started July 1 as its free trade agreement with the continent takes effect. Previously, South Korean PTA and PET exports to the E.U. were subjected to a 6.5 percent customs duty. More

EU Standard for plastic litter published
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British Standards Institution has published the BS8472 for plastic litter - the first and only Standard in Europe for biodegradability of plastic litter in the environment. This comes as a major breakthrough for d2w oxo-biodegradable plastics in Europe and around the world. BS8472 is the result of more than five years work in the Committees of the BSI. More

Rhode Island, Virginia vie for Toray Plastics expansion
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Toray Plastics has an expansion plan that could mean a $200-million investment and up to 200 news jobs. Toray president and CEO Richard R. Schloesser says the new jobs will either stay in Rhode Island or go to Toray's other manufacturing plant in Front Royal, Va. More

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Firms benefit from global auto recovery
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BMW, French plastic supplier Plastic Omnium , the Polytec Group from Austria and Swedish retailer Bilia benefited most from the general recovery of the global auto market. For this success, the four companies were recognized at the Automotive News Europe Congress as leaders who have increased their shareholder value in the last 12- and 36-month periods. More

CMT Materials, Inc, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of syntactic foam plug assist materials, has developed a New Selector Guide filled with specifications, recommendations and tips to aid in the development of thermoforming plug assists. Visit for downloadable PDF formats or call 508-226-3901 for a print version. more

Uptake of bio-plastics hindered by lack of waste knowledge
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More accurate and regionally detailed forecasts are needed for plastic waste in terms of its management and environmental impact if greater use of bio-plastics is to be adopted, according to a new report. The fact-finding Science for Environment Policy study Plastic waste: redesign and biodegradability looked at the feasibility of plastics redesign and utilising biodegradable alternatives on a large scale level to help reduce the amount of waste, which was estimated globally to be 230 million tons in 2009. More


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