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Global science: Climbing mount publishable
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Twenty years ago North America, Europe and Japan produced almost all of the world's science. However, all good things, though, come to an end, and the reign of these scientific aristos is starting to look shaky. In 1990 they carried out more than 95 percent of the world's research and development. By 2007 that figure was 76 percent. Such, at least, is the conclusion of the latest report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. More


Resin pressure inside composite laminates
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Processing of composites in the aviation industry is predominantly done using autoclaves, since these devices can provide the proper pressure, temperature, and vacuum conditions. Resin pressure is one of the most important parameters in manufacturing composites during autoclaving. It greatly influences resin-flow behavior and also significantly affects void formation and elimination. More

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US chemicals, plastics shed jobs as overall October employment improves
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The U.S. chemicals and plastics sectors shed jobs in October, the U.S. Labor Department said recently, even as total non-farm employment moved higher and unemployment held steady. Employment in chemical manufacturing dropped to a seasonally-adjusted 776,000 positions in October, down 0.3 percent from 778,000 in September. More

Sita to turn plastic into diesel to power vehicles
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Sita, the waste company owned by the £6bn French utility Suez Environment, will unveil plans to build up to 10 plants, creating 120 jobs and costing an estimated £50m. The first, likely to be located in the London area, will convert so-called "end of life" plastics back into oil-based fuel. This is the dregs of plastic waste contaminated by food stuffs, which ordinarily ends up at landfill because it cannot be recycled. More

SPE Auto Awards: 40 years of automotive innovation
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Through highs and lows, the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Innovation Awards have motored on, and on Nov. 9, the venerable event named its 40th class of honorees in Livonia, Mich. The evening's biggest winner, taking home the powertrain category and grand award prizes, was the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system from Ford Motor Co. for its 2011 model-year SuperDuty pickup truck. More

European plastics recyclers discuss plastics waste exports
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Representatives from the European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR) recently held a dinner meeting with members of the European Parliament to discuss and debate the issue of exporting scrap plastic. Bernard Merkx, EuPR president, presented the 10 action points that the group says should be taken up by the EU and national authorities in order to increase plastics mechanical recycling in the Europe. More

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Upcoming show could help processors find partners in Middle East
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Processors keen to learn more about one of the industry's fastest-growing regions do not have much time left to book their travel as ArabPlast, the Middle East's leading trade show for rubber, plastics and petrochemicals, will be running from Jan. 8-11, 2011, at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. More

Plastics to gain from consumer packaging's sustainability goals
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Major consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and retailers this year continue to pursue their sustainability objective of reducing packaging use and waste while increasing the use of more environmentally friendly packaging materials. More

CPIA leads plastics recycling mission to Germany
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The Canadian Plastics Industry Association used the recent K 2010 show Dusseldorf, Germany to expose Canadian participants to some of the leading post-use plastic recovery technologies in the world. The CPIA's three-day "Technology Transfer Mission" involved a tour of plastic recycling exhibitor booths at the show, followed by two days spent touring local municipal energy recovery facilities and recycling plants. More

Berry Plastics may sell debt as rates plummet
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Berry Plastics Corp, the container maker owned by Apollo Global Management LLC and Graham Partners Inc., is marketing debt as borrowing costs plunge. Berry Plastics may sell $800 million of 10-year notes and use proceeds to repay debt maturing in 2014, according to a person familiar with the offering. The debt may be sold this week, said the person, who declined to be identified because terms aren't set. More

Sarlink Joins the Teknor Apex Family

Sarlink is now a part of Teknor Apex. Our commitment to quality and service remains, and is now paired with an unrivaled TPE product line.

Experts say sustainability remains a dominant trend in packaging
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Partnerships between packaging manufacturers, consumer products manufacturers and retailers to advance their common sustainability goals are firmly established as part of the cost of doing business in today’s environment. Members of a panel at the Pack Expo trade show likened the continuing focus on eco-friendly packaging and cost-consciousness in manufacturing, supply and retail to a tsunami. More

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