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Plastic banknotes make official debut in Canada
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To quote that little girl in Poltergeist: They're here. As of Nov. 13, Canadian banks began officially blending the first polymer $100 bills into circulation. Designed to replace paper, the new $100 bills cost 19 cents to manufacture - almost double from the 10-cent paper bills - but the Bank of Canada believes they will last longer than the existing ones; the new bills are made of thin layers of plastic that are nearly impossible to rip. More


Investigating fiber motion in a vortex spinning nozzle
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Vortex spinning has been accepted as one of the most promising technological innovations in yarn production. The process works by directly supplying a fiber strand to a drafting device, which is usually a four roller/apron system. After the fibers are drafted, they pass through an air-jet nozzle and hollow spindle to be made into yarn. The most remarkable advantage of vortex spinning is that it is capable of spinning pure cotton yarns with speeds around 20 times that of conventional methods. More

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The effect of surface roughness on moldability of thin-wall parts
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Thin-wall injection molding of thermoplastics is an important industrial process in the fabrication of a wide range of products, such as connectors, light-guide plates, TV frames, and case panels. The technology enables electrical components, in particular, to be mass produced affordably, and made light weight. Manufacturers can choose among a number of approaches to making thin-wall molded parts at low cost. One particular determining factor is the length of the molding time from filling of the melting resin to ejection. More

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UK plastics firm in major motoring breakthrough
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British plastics manufacturer Luxus has made a major breakthrough in reducing the carbon footprint of the European motor industry. The firm, based at the Fairfield Industrial Estate, has developed a new lightweight polypropylene compound which could save 520,000 tons of CO2 per year. The compound reduces the weight of the plastic components they produce for car interiors by 15 percent, meaning a typical saving of 25kg per typical family vehicle. More

Biodegradable plastics standard to bust landfill waste
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The Plastics Environmental Council is sponsoring research to produce the first standard specification for landfill biodegradation of petroleum- and natural gas-derived plastics treated with additives to speed up anaerobic biodegradation. Such a standard would be a huge help in coping with the estimated 29 million tons of post-consumer nonrecycled plastics that end up in landfills. More

China's new regulation shakes up plastic recycling industry
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Plastics scrap imports through China's Guangzhou customs fell by more than 80 percent in the past two months, as the local customs tighten the enforcement of a newly implemented regulation on solid waste import. The nation's plastics recycling industry are fearful of a radical shakeup, once the government decides to order all customs across the country to strictly comply with the new regulation. More

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Market fails to understand rPET challenges
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Misconceptions by brand owners and inadequate quality control by recyclers are hampering growth in European production of food-grade recycled PET, according to APPE. The company is a major blow moulder of PET bottles and containers and claims to be the largest food-grade PET recycler in Europe. APPE operates a dedicated recycling plant in Beaune, France, where it is investing €10m to increase food-grade rPET output by 40 percent from 25,000 to 35,000 tons. More

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New biosuccinic plants will help make PVC greener
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The argument that PVC is getting greener and belongs in health care applications is getting a boost from the rapid development of potential new bioplasticizers. In one of the biggest developments, BioAmber and Mitsubishi Chemicals are teaming up to build a world-scale biosuccinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario next year. In a form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Nov. 10, BioAmber estimates the addressable market for plasticizers made from biosuccinic acid at more than $1 billion. More

Pakistani plastic goods manufacturing sector posts mixed results
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Pakistan witnessed a positive growth in plastic material export, while imports showed a negative growth, Pakistan Plastic Manufacturers Association said last week. Plastic materials export was $34.68 million, showing 73.93 percent growth in September 2011 as against $19.94 million in the same period of last year. More

Plastic companies create new game to encourage recycling of plastic bottles
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Plastic companies under the American Chemistry Council have launched an initiative named Plastics Make It Possible where they have created a new game challenging people to recycle plastic bottles. The game, called "Bin It," allows users to throw plastic bottles into recycling bins in the form of animals or cameras. More

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Coca-Cola unveils recycling plans for Olympics
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Coca-Cola U.K. has announced a plan to collect and recycle all the PET plastic bottles disposed of during both the London 2012 Olympics and the Paralympic Games. To accomplish this, Coca-Cola is working with SITA UK, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games' recycling partner. Under the program, Coca-Cola UK and SITA UK will collect and recycle the PET plastic from Olympic Park, ultimately manufacturing around 80 million new Coke bottles that will be produced within six weeks of the closing ceremony. More

Study: Copper kills bacteria better than plastics
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Antimicrobial plastics are facing competition in hospital applications from an old competitor-copper. In research reported in part by the copper industry, researchers say that copper surfaces are an effective way to cut risk of infections in operating rooms and other medical environments because of their inherent antimicrobial activity. More

Prices fall for PET bottle resin
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Global markets for paraxylene feedstock have relaxed, sending average North American selling prices for PET bottle resin down 2 cents per pound since Oct. 1. The decrease comes only a month after higher paraxylene prices had sent regional PET prices up an average of 4 cents per pound. It's the third price drop to hit the market so far in 2011, countered by four price increases, as volatility continues. More

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A single polymer can be used to fabricate both thin-film transistors and solar cells
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Polymers are the material of choice for making thin-film transistors and solar cells. They are also potentially suitable for manufacture using economical, high-throughput techniques, such as roll-to-roll and inkjet printing processes. However, transistors and solar cells have traditionally used different kinds of polymers, and this can severely complicate the fabrication process. More

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