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ISM survey forecasts economic growth to continue in 2011
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Expectations among the nation's purchasing and supply management executives who responded to the ISM's semiannual economic survey are for the recovery to continue through 2011. The manufacturing sector continues to "outpace the non-manufacturing sector and has greater expectations for growth in terms of revenue," said this group. "The overall forecast projects optimism about the U.S. economy for 2011," said the report on the survey. More


What to know when purchasing an extrusion screw
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The extrusion screw is the heart of any extruder, and it amounts to much more than just an auger. The screw melts or softens plastic by converting drive power to viscous dissipation, thereby adding heat to the polymer. It also conveys, mixes, and pressurizes the polymer to provide the necessary melt quality for the product to be properly shaped by the die. More

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San Jose, Calif., bans plastic bags
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San Jose, Calif., became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags with an ordinance that supporters said was the most far-reaching in the country aimed at encouraging shoppers to bring reusable totes. The ordinance, approved on a 10-1 vote after two years of study, wouldn't become effective until Jan. 1, 2012, to allow for more public outreach. More

Cereplast to launch nationwide competition for new bioplastics symbol
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Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, compostable and sustainable plastics, announced today that it will launch a nationwide design competition for a symbol that represents "bioplastics" on Jan. 3, 2011. The symbol will indicate that a product is made from "green," bio-based material, not petroleum-based material. More

Plastics packaging continues to cut into paper
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In selected packaging markets where paper and plastic compete, plastic will increase its overall volume share as it makes further inroads into paper applications, said The Freedonia Group's latest study, "Paper versus Plastic in Packaging." While plastic's share will expand more slowly than in the 2004-2009 period due to the maturity of a number of applications in terms of share controlled by plastics, the benefits and advantages of plastics can't be overlooked. More

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Researchers at the Universities of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia have discovered that the ability of a plastic to conduct electricity can be tuned by exposure to an ion beam. Usually plastics conduct electricity so poorly that they are used as the insulation around electrical cables. More

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The sweetness of biodegradable plastics
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A Tel Aviv University researcher is developing new laboratory methods using corn starch and sugar to help sustainable plastics — those that biodegrade and are even tougher than those made from petrochemicals — compete in the industry. More

Saudi Aramco wants 5-fold rise in gulf petrochemical sales by 2020
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Gulf petrochemicals producers should seek to raise their sales by as much as five-fold to $200 billion a year by 2020, Saudi Aramco's chief executive officer said recently. Petrochemicals makers in Gulf Cooperation Council countries will produce $40 billion in goods this year, exporting most of them. More

Researchers build self-healing plastic
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U.S. scientists have developed a self-healing material that uses a fiber optic "nervous system" to detect and address cracks. The material was expected to be used in large-scale composite structures for which human intervention would be difficult - for example, wind turbines, satellites, aircraft and the Mars Rover. More

Rexam considers sale of closures unit
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According to several sources, Rexam plc is considering selling its closures business, including assets the company acquired in its 2007 buyout of Owens-Illinois Inc. A source in the closures unit of the London-based company, who spoke to Plastics News on condition of anonymity, said Dec. 13 that employees recently were informed that an internal audit recently identified that business as ripe for divestiture. More

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