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SPE's Thermoformer of the Year touts importance of education
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Roger Kipp, the 2010 Thermoformer of the Year, said education is the key to keeping U.S. manufacturing strong. "I'm convinced that education, and an alliance of manufacturing with education, is the true opportunity for growth and progress. I have a true passion for that alliance," Kipp said as he accepted the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division's award. Twelve of his family members attended Kipp's speech at a Sept. 19 dinner. More


Shedding light on the viscoelasticity of conductive polymer composites
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Conductive rubber is widely used in the field of pressure sensors. In the past, DC driving was used to obtain a resistive response to pressure, but the method has substantial disadvantages, such as time and temperature drift. We have found that these drawbacks can be eliminated or mitigated by AC driving. Because resistive viscoelasticity affects the repeatability, linearity, and hysteresis (i.e., plastic strain) of pressure sensors based on these kinds of composites, we would like to better understand the effects of AC driving. More

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Plastics manufacturers facing competitive challenges
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The Canadian plastics industry is facing significant challenges from lower cost countries, and the sector can become more competitive through increased research and development. "The industry has to keep moving up the value chain," says Mark Badger, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA). "We need to shift more production from commodity goods to higher-end products. That means investing in innovation and new technologies." More

Medical plastics industry set for expansion over the next decade
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The medical plastics industry is set to expand rapidly over the next decade taking up increasing proportions of GDP, as countries provide healthcare to an ageing population, access to medicine expands in developing regions and new technology is developed. Some of the issues in using polymers in medicine were debated at the latest AMI conference on Medical Grade Polymers, which took place Sept. 14-15, in Philadelphia. More

EU imposes new duties on Iran, Pakistan, UAE plastics
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The European Union imposed new duties on plastics from Iran, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, saying the three were illegally subsidising exports to Europe's growing soft-drinks market. The decision means Polyethylene terephthalate from Iran, Pakistan and the UAE — used for bottles and food packaging — will face EU import duties of 139.70 euros ($188.1), 44.02 euros and 42.34 euros per ton respectively until 2015. More

Roadmap to turn Malaysian plastics sector into world class player within next decade
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The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association has developed a technology roadmap to transform the plastics industry into a world class player within the next decade. Its president, Lim Kok Boon, said to achieve the vision, the MPMA members should focus on five core areas — advanced materials, new product development, advanced manufacturing technology, education and training; and sustainable development. More

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Plastics recycler fills a big void
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Some statistics can put you to sleep. Here's one that should wake you up: less than 25 percent of plastics packaging is recovered for recycling in Canada, compared with almost 60 percent being recovered for paper packaging. It's a number that Martin Vogt, the winner of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s 2010 Newcomer of the Year Award, is trying to improve. More

Fifth bioplastics conference to tackle present challenges, future opportunities
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Last year's event drew more almost 400 attendees and, with interesting the materials continuing to gather pace, don't be surprised if the 5th European Bioplastics Conference, scheduled for Dec. 1-2 in Düsseldorf, Germany, brings in a crowd as large or larger. As yet, say the organizers, more than 25 experts from all over the world have confirmed they will present at the event, while the adjacent exhibition also is filling its ranks. More

A. Schulman looks to take lead presence worldwide in engineered plastic resins
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As one leg of its corporate strategy, plastics compounder and distributor A. Schulman Inc. boldly is declaring that it wants to be the No. 1 niche player globally in engineered resins. Paul Boulier, the company's chief marketing officer, discussed the company's efforts in an interview at the Industrial Designers Society of America's annual conference in Portland. For starters, Mr. Boulier noted A. Schulman's desire to interact with the design community, as represented by its appearance at the conference, which he admitted the company only has attended "sporadically over the years." More

Chemical used in baby bottles 'safe in small amounts'
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European Food Safety Authority says there is no evidence to justify changing scientific advice on bisphenol A. Scientists advising European regulators have concluded that bisphenol A - a chemical widely used in baby bottles and food containers - is safe in small amounts. The European Food Safety Authority said that there was no evidence to justify changing scientific advice following a review by a advisory panel of 20 scientists. More

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Non-halogen flame retardant additive applies 'micro nano silicon' technology
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A new non-halogen phosphate flame retardant additive utilizes proprietary "micro nano silicon" to provide flame retardancy in plastics. American Nano Silicon Technologies Inc. (Nanchong, China) is building out a production line with ultimate output of approximately 30,000 tons/yr. The first production line, with 5000 tons of capacity, will begin construction in October, with full capacity reached by the summer of 2011. More

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