This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.

  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit |  SPE Plastics Industry Resource :     

Home   Membership   Technical Resources   Events   Technical Groups   Online Store Dec. 7, 2011

Plasma Treating Webinar

Learn how atmospheric plasma can improve adhesion for printing, coating, decorating and bonding without chemicals or liquid primers.

CMAI Plastics Conference - Register Now!

CMAI Plastics Conference – Register Now!

September 19-21
Chicago, IL

Register online at:


Dow partners with Saudi Aramco to form new petrochemical supplier
Canadian Plastics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Dow Chemical Company has entered into a joint venture with Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil and petrochemicals giant Saudi Arabian Oil Company - or Saudi Aramco - to create a new global petrochemical supplier called the Sadara Chemical Company. More


New dual-functional liquid crystalline photocrosslinkable polymers
SPE Plastics Research Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dual-functional polymers, such as liquid crystalline photocrosslinkable polymers (LC-PCPs), have found wide use in photolithography, optical data storage, information display, anisotropic networks, and liquid crystalline elastomers and thermosets. The photographic speed of the polymers increases with the increased order in the liquid crystalline polymers. More

Join SPE today and gain access to more than 600 technical papers and presentations covering all aspects of polymer science and plastics technology.

Recovering low-density cross-linked polymeric foams
SPE Plastics Research Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Polyolefin foams are widespread to such an extent that it is difficult to find a field where they do not have a significant application. They are used in packaging, toys, thermal insulation, buoyancy aids and cushions, in the sports and leisure, automotive, military and aircraft industries. Thermoplastic foams can be easily recycled; foam residues are ground and re-extruded, and pellets recovered in this way can be used to fabricate new products. More

Compuplast provides polymer processing simulation software and services.

We specialize in Extrusion, Injection Molding, Thermoforming, Blow Molding and educational seminars on polymer processing. Stop Guessing,..Start Simulating
Wittmann Drymax Material Dryers

Wittmann Battenfeld provides the right drying technology for your application, featuring solutions for beside the press or central systems.

Contact us at 860-496-9603, or at


Automotive designers delve farther into plastics' flexibility
Plastics News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Experts charged with lightweighting interior vehicle parts are rethinking what a car interior means and how parts can function in multiple ways to achieve aesthetic and operational goals. "Sustainable" and "conscious consumerism" no longer are trends or buzzwords. They have become part of the thread of culture, especially as governments issue higher standards for emission control and miles per gallon. More

Research: Yeast breaks down biodegradable plastic
International Business Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Across Tsukuba, 45 miles north of Tokyo, plastic "mulchfilms" spread across fields of hakusai cabbage and daikon radishes, keeping the vegetable crops weed-free and the drip-irrigated soil moist. Each year after harvest, farmers need to dispose thousands to millions of acres of the plastic, creating a huge amount of labor and environmental headaches. Biodegradable plastics could be useful, but the degradation process can be irregular because of the weather so farmers can't depend on the plastic being eaten away when the next crop season arises. More

Plastics, tungsten compound offers solution to lead bans in medical
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Government regulations on lead and other hazardous substances in various electronic and electrical equipment are forcing medical device OEMs and others to find suitable substitutes for parts that have been manufactured from lead and other restricted materials, with plastics coming to the rescue. More

Current Promotions  
Read why SIGMASOFT is different!

Pollution Control Burn-Off Ovens
Learn More

'Work together' for 100 percent recovery of packaging
European Plastics News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Continuing growth in the European recycling rate for plastics packaging could result in 100 percent diversion from landfill by 2020. This ambition was announced by pan-European trade body PlasticsEurope earlier this year and is given support by 2010 region-wide figures released by the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO). More

INCOE® Hot Runner Systems Since 1958
INCOE® hot runner systems offer increased productivity while maximizing molder up-time. Application specific designs include Direct-Flo™ GOLD for technical molding applications, and Quick-Flo™ for hi-cavitation molding of commodity resins. Both offer superior rheological control and unmatched balance with technical support in over 35 countries. That’s INCOE® performance…Right From The Start.
Fully integrated, dual hopper, compact and portable dryer designed for several molding applications.

• Increased productivity with zero downtime for material changes
• Lowest energy costs in the industry
• Ideal for 2-shot or 2 color molding
• Optional blending of color or regrind
• Payback in less than one year

Specialized polymer materials, services and solutions
What if you could rely on a single materials supplier to meet your global needs and help you grow, no matter where you are in the world? You can – when you work with PolyOne. Our solutions help to improve your profitability. For the biggest questions facing your business, visit

From coconut husks to car parts
Canadian Plastics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It might be the most novel use of a coconut since Gilligan and the Professor transformed one into a radio. In an effort to reduce the use of petroleum and make the parts lighter and more natural-looking, the Ford Motor Co. has teamed up with branded consumer product manufacturer Scotts Miracle-Gro Company to incorporate coconut fibers as a renewable feedstock in molded plastic parts for Ford's vehicles. More

Vietnamese exports of plastics up 35 percent on firming global demand
Bernama    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The export of plastic products is forecast to help the country gain an annual turnover of $1.35 billion, up 35 percent over last year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Exports will be directed at mainly the EU, Japanese, Chinese and other Asian markets. More

UK recycler to use PET flake sorting machines
Waste Management World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.K.-based Eco Plastics is to install five TITECH AutoSort Flake systems as part of a £15 million expansion at its Hemswell recycling facility in Lincolnshire. The expansion of the facility is planned to increase the amount of food grade recycled PET produced to 40,000 tons, almost 70 percent of the U.K. total, and supply high quality bottle grade recycled PET to the firm's recently announced joint venture with Coca-Cola. More

eFACTOR3: Innovative Recycling Solutions

Whatever you intend to recycle or turn into an alternative fuel, eFACTOR3 can provide a custom solution to meet your needs. Contact us today!
New Chemistry for a Mature Industry

Cray Valley Hydrocarbon Specialty Chemicals is a Global manufacturer of specialty low molecular weight functional additives based on a variety of unique chemistries.

Smart baggers optimize efficiency
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nypro Healthcare integrates bagging machines with forming machines to produce various plastic fitments for health care companies with minimum operator interaction. The Nypro Healthcare plant in Gurnee, Ill., has 28 injection molding machines that produce in excess of 2 billion parts a year. Thirteen of the machines are equipped with baggers. More

Mexico boosts estimate for plastics industry growth to 9 percent
Plastics News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mexico's plastics industry association has revised upward its 2011 growth estimate for the sector. In early October it was talking about a possible growth of 6 percent. Now it says 9 percent is likely, notwithstanding a deceleration in the national economy in recent months. More

Price Wise: Managing oil price risk in resin prices
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All resin prices contain crude oil price risk, but for propylene and derivatives, the extent of oil price risk (i.e. the price correlation) is more than90 percent, as you would expect if you looked at any upstream/downstream process chart with the monomers only a few refining steps removed from crude oil itself. More

Self-Lubricating Components
MBI's new line of self-lube components offers customers the latest technology in clean-room molding. The aluminum bronze material with graphite plugs gives a constant lubrication, eliminating maintenance, reducing contamination and reducing cost on machining mold bases since grease lines are no longer necessary. Our full line of products is available in special sizes to fit customers' needs, all with a same day shipping guarantee. more

Nanotube-polymer mixture prevents biofilms
Chemical & Engineering News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Carbon nanotubes can kill bacteria and prevent the formation of virulent and corrosive biofilms, probably by puncturing the microbes' cell walls. As a result, scientists think the nanomaterials could produce antimicrobial coatings for surgical equipment and industrial piping. More

World's First True Servo Controlled Ultrasonic Welding Systems
Dukane’s patented iQ Advanced Servo Welder is the next step in the evolution of ultrasonic welding technology. Combining the efficiency and reliability of a 100% digitally controlled Multi-Core iQ Series power supply with the precision of an advanced servo press, the Dukane Advanced iQ Servo Welder delivers unprecedented repeatability, accuracy and reliability to your ultrasonic bonding process.
CMT Materials, Inc. now offers a wide selection of competitively priced, solid carbide tools optimized for the machining of syntactic foam plug assist materials. Guidelines are provided for machining feeds and speeds to provide excellent results and often eliminate the need for any plug polishing. Call 508-226-3901 or visit
Seal Cut - High Quality and Versatility
The new high-speed Seal-Cut sealing system for plastic film offers an original, innovative solution for machine direction sealing. The Seal-Cut is capable of producing high quality, sealed edges in a wide variety of film applications. The stand-alone design allows it to be free standing or easily attached to winders, bag-making machines and rewinders. More info
SPE Industry Update
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Steven Brittain, Senior Content Editor, 469.420.2675   
Contribute news

This edition of the SPE Industry Update was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
Dec. 7, 2011
Dec. 7, 2011 (a)
Nov. 30, 2011
Nov. 23, 2011

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063