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Petroleum substitute reported
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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have found a commercially viable way to use renewable waste materials to take the place of petroleum in the production of plastic products, according an article in the latest edition of Science. More


Improving interfacial adhesion of composites with treated fibers
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Achieving good bonding between fibers and the polymer matrix is one of the major challenges in composite engineering. The mechanisms driving fiber/matrix interactions in natural-fiber-reinforced composites are rather different from those in their synthetic-fiber-reinforced counterparts. The high polar characteristics of natural fibers render them less compatible with weakly polar or nonpolar polymers. More

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Europe votes to ban chemical from baby bottles
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Europe is going BPA-free. The European Commission voted last week to ban the estrogen-like chemical BPA, or bisphenol A, from plastic baby bottles by the middle of next year. In spite of what it called some "uncertainty" in the science, the commission said in a statement that it was concerned about BPA, which helps make plastic hard and shatterproof, and its effects on children's development, the body's immune response and cancer risk. More

Fox Petroleum to become first Canadian carbon neutral recycling facility
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Fox Petroleum Inc. announced this week that its Canadian subsidiary Resources Polymers Inc. intends to become the first Canadian carbon neutral recycling facility and to list its carbon credits on the international market once finalized. More

Biggest plastic recycling facility to process half of UK's plastic bottles
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Europe's biggest plastic sorting and recycling facility, which has just opened in North Lincolnshire, U.K., aims to process half of the U.K.'s plastic bottles by the middle of next year and address the growing demand from industry for low carbon packaging. More

Cereplast forecasts first profit making resins for compostable plastics
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Cereplast Inc., the U.S. maker of resins for compostable plastic bags, said it will be profitable starting in the second half of 2011 as demand for plant-based products pushes output to capacity at its only factory. Sales will triple to more than $5 million in the current quarter from $1.51 million in the previous three months as new supply contracts boost output to 25 percent of capacity, CEO Frederic Scheer said recently. More

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Carclo profit up on growth in technical plastics
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British technical plastics firm Carclo Plc posted a 47 percent rise in first-half pretax profit, aided by strong growth in medical diagnostics and LED optical products, and raised its dividend by 7.7 percent. The company, whose technical plastics unit supplies fine tolerance, injection moulded plastic components to medical, optical and electronics products, said investment in new facilities would support further growth in these sectors. More

Vancouver bioplastics producer wins business award
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Vancouver-based bioplastic technologies developer Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has received an award for developing a natural bioplastic the company claims biodegrades within weeks of disposal. The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) has given Solegear the 2010 Best Green Business award. This is Solegear's fifth major award since August. More

Young wine keeps old look with new PET bottles
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A PET packaging supplier says it this year has been tasked to supply 45 percent more bottles for wine than in 2009, including a doubling of the order for PET bottles for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau vintage, underlying the increasing welcome PET is finding among wineries and their customers. More

Analysis: What consolidation means in PET resin market
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The much-discussed consolidation of the North American PET resin market became reality in a 19-day period that began in late October. The moves — which saw DAK Americas LLC and Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. make major acquisitions — will reduce the number of major PET makers in North America from five to three. Market consultant John Maddox said the consolidations "have to be a good thing" because of the poor shape the North American PET field has been in recently. More

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Dominican plastics exports jump 30 percent to $264 million, official says
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The exports of plastic articles jumped 30 percent in the 2007-2009 period, when sales climbed from $203 million in 2007 to $264 million in 2009, revealed Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD) director Eddy Martinez. More

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