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Peering inside pharmaceutical packaging growth
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Demand for pharmaceutical packaging in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) is forecast to increase 5.3 percent annually to $18.5 billion in 2014. Driving this growth will be recently upgraded regulations and standards that address such issues as barrier protection, infection control, patient drug compliance, drug dispensing errors, and drug diversion and counterfeiting. These factors will boost demand for high value-added containers and accessories said the newest report from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. More


Advanced production control of thermoplastic vulcanizates
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Blending uncured ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber with polypropylene (PP) plastic produces thermoplastic polyolefin (commonly known as TPO), while blends of PP and dynamically vulcanized EPDM rubber are referred to as thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs). Dynamic vulcanization is a reaction that involves curing agents and a plastic/rubber mixture in which elastomer crosslinking proceeds simultaneously with blending of the thermoplastic component. In turn, this leads to changes in the morphological structure of PP/elastomer blends. More

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Is sugar the new plastic?
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Two years ago, cleaning products company Ecover commissioned a study which found that plastics sourced from fossil fuel have 75 percent more embedded carbon than 'renewable' plant-based ones. Because if you're looking for a low carbon alternative to petrol-based plastic, explains Ecover's Marketing Manager Tom Domen, then sugar cane could be your best option. More

Pakistan may deregulate oil product prices next week
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Pakistan may deregulate the pricing of petroleum products in the near future, allowing refiners to determine rates for the first time, a government minister said. "Earnings of almost all the refiners will improve," Syed Naveed Qamar, petroleum minister, said in an interview in Islamabad. The pricing of diesel will continue to be regulated. More

Degradable plastic industry: Positive trends expected to continue
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On the verge of commercial success for decades, demand growth in the degradable plastic industry was largely limited by high costs, lack of availability in large quantities and performance limitations outside of niche markets. However, the scenario has changed considerably since the early 2000s. Growth in demand for degradable plastics is improving due to increased interest in environmentally friendly products and boosted efforts from major users such as Wal-Mart. More

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Micromolding, where small is not only beautiful, but profitable, too
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Micro components are nothing new in the world of manufacturing, but have been around for more than 100 years—think small metal fabricated components used to make Swiss watches. Applications began expanding about two decades ago, again mostly in metal fabricated parts for electronics applications. The arrival and subsequent shrinking of computers, cell phones, and digital recording devices such as the iPod and the iPod Nano, which demand smaller and smaller plastic parts, have opened that world to injection molders and moldmakers. More
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Crude futures seen falling as pipeline repaired, supplies grow
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Crude oil may fall on speculation U.S. supplies will increase after Enbridge Energy Partners LP starts a pipeline, a Bloomberg News survey showed. Twenty-four of 46 analysts, or 52 percent, forecast crude oil will decline through Sept. 24. Seventeen respondents, or 37 percent, predicted little change, and five estimated prices will rise. Last week, 55 percent said crude would decrease. More

DEFRA decides against landfill bans on used plastics
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The U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has confirmed that it will not be introducing any landfill bans on items such as used plastics – a move welcomed by members of the British Plastics Federation (BPF). More

Grace to acquire Synthetech, Inc. for single-site catalyst production
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W. R. Grace & Co. and Synthetech, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Grace will purchase Synthetech, a manufacturer of fine chemicals specializing in organic synthesis, biocatalysis and chiral technologies. The acquisition will provide Grace with capacity for the manufacture of specialty single-site and polypropylene catalysts used to produce plastics. In addition, Synthetech's fine chemicals expertise in chiral and peptide intermediate synthesis will expand Grace's discovery sciences offerings to the pharmaceutical sector. More

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Research and Markets: India Petrochemicals Report Q4 2010
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The India Petrochemicals Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, petrochemical associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on India's petrochemicals industry. Strong growth in domestic petrochemicals demand in H110 is likely to abate, owing to a cooling in economic activity, but the Indian market is strong enough to justify the planned rapid increase in capacities, according to BMI's latest report. More

"Visions in Polymers" presentation taking shape    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The special presentation organised jointly by the plastics manufacturers' association PlasticsEurope Deutschland and Messe Düsseldorf is always a key attraction at the triennial "K", the world's leading exhibition for the plastics industry. The theme selected for "K 2010" is "Visions in Polymers", providing an insight into future applications of plastics. PlasticsEurope says the presentation will make extensive use of electronic media. Visitors to booth C 40 in Hall 6 will stand on a slowly rotating disk, which will transport them into the heart of the exhibit, a multimedia show spotlighting recent and upcoming developments in polymers and related applications. More

Singapore designers court business in China
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A group of Singapore designers arrived in China last week looking to distinguish themselves, not as individual design firms, but as a unified front. In a week-long show at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, a consortium of designers from the tiny country are hoping to attract Chinese companies both on the merit of their ideas and on their unique Singaporean identity. More

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