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Plastics industries expanding in Syria
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Despite being relatively new in Syria, the widespread use of plastics industries products in local markets led to a rapid development in this industry during the past years, with plastic factories numbering in the hundreds, with investments valued at billions of Syrian pounds providing thousands of job opportunities. This industry, linked to the discovery of petrol in Syria and investing it locally, began with manufacturing some daily use items in simple factories. More

EUROTEC&trade Call for Papers
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The first-ever EUROTEC Conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on November 14-18, 2011; it will be co-located with the Equiplast show. The abstract deadline is December 15. More

ANTEC® 2010 From the Ground Up
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The scope of ANTEC® 2010—like the backgrounds of SPE's membership—encompassed plastics' wide-ranging uses and global importance. "Our members' work addresses important technical and social concerns, such as affordable clean energy, recyclability, climate change, human health, and the elimination of poverty," said SPE President Ken J. Braney at May's ANTEC in Orlando, Florida. More

Platts: Petrochemical prices drop to new 2010 low
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Prices in the $3 trillion global petrochemicals business declined for the third consecutive month in June, causing the Platts Global Petrochemical Index (PGPI), a basket of petrochemicals prices expressed in dollars per metric ton ($/mt), to drop to $1,051/mt on June 30, the lowest level of 2010. The Platts PGPI analysis report is published early each month by Platts, a leading global energy and metals information provider. More

All eyes on Asia as sustainability drives materials development
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The global demand center for all types of resin has indeed shifted to Asia. Meanwhile, energy efficiency, low carbon footprint, and the need for expanded performance envelopes are driving developments in resin technology. The global economic recovery has Asia to thank for much of its progress to date. China and India in particular continue to exhibit strong gains and consequently, plastics demand remains strong. And whether it's hybrid vehicles, LED lighting, or bio-derived polymers, a fair amount of the research and development work under way at resin suppliers nowadays is being driven by the need for enhanced energy and resource efficiency. More

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Removing heavy metals from water
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Industries such as (electro)plating, metal finishing, lead smelting, ceramic, and glass manufacturing, as well as storage batteries, can contaminate water with heavy metals such as lead, chromium, mercury, cadmium and copper. Polluted water can cause many health problems including dehydration, stomach ache, nausea, dizziness, damage to the nervous system, lung and eye irritation, skin rashes, vomiting, abdominal pain, lung insufficiency and liver damage. The problem of how to remove metal ions from polluted water has been studied widely, but thus far results are disappointing. More

GCC plastics summits highlights challenges
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The burgeoning plastics industry in the GCC region faces its own set of challenges, according to speakers and delegates at the first annual Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Plastics Summit. "Studies by the GPCA show that the image of plastics in the Gulf is much more favorable than in the West, so it is imperative that we act now to ensure that this remains the case before a nascent anti-plastics campaign in the region threatens prospects. The summit was just the first step," stated Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of GPCA. More

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Liquor in plastic bottles - The new consumer trend
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You wouldn't know it unless you looked closely, but between one-quarter and one-third of all liquor is now sold in plastic bottles in Canada. Go ahead, have a look around the store. You may have to actually touch the bottles to tell whether they're plastic or glass. At first glance, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) appears remarkably similar to glass. More

Are reusable bags dirty?
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It's a trend that's sweeping the nation: using reusable grocery bags instead of plastic ones. But researchers say while the move is environmentally friendly, it could make consumers sick if they're not aware of the risks of reusable bags. Two separate studies were done to test how sanitary reusable bags were. Researchers at the Canadian Plastics Industry Association tested 23 reusable bags. They found 64 percent of the used bags showed some level of bacteria and close to 30 percent had levels of bacteria higher than what's considered safe in drinking water. More

Speaker: Properly made molds provide payback to processors
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Richard Gane, project manager at Swiss firm Kebo AG, outlines the importance of finding the right molds and tooling for production of disposable medical devices in this clip from the recent Plastics in Medical Devices 2010 conference. More


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