SPE Industry Update
Aug. 25, 2010

US and Europe together hold more than 60 percent share in global renewable chemicals market
AZoM
Advances in biotechnology are making renewable polymers and bio-based chemicals to compete on par with petroleum-based polymers in terms of performance, cost and other additional benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Further drivers for renewable chemical market include the desire to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, through renewable sourcing, sustainability and decreasing landfill space. As stated by the new market research report on renewable chemicals, the United States and Europe together accounts for more than 60 percent of the global renewable chemicals market.More

New mobile application now available to Blackberry, Droid users
SPE
Blackberry and Droid users can now join iPhone and iPod Touch users in accessing the mobile version of the SPE MultiView News Brief direct from the MultiBriefs app. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs." Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users should visit the Apply App store to search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you can add the SPE feed from the "Specialized Trades and Industries" section.More

Improved car crash protection
SPE Plastics Research Online
Sandwich composites are used in a wide range of applications, from aircraft, ships, ballistic vests and helmets to racing and high-end sports cars, providing a range of functions, including structural stiffness, crash-energy management, and heat shielding. These structures, composed of a core of cellular material and outer composite skins, are lightweight and yet offer high resistive stiffness against traction, compressive, and bending loads. These properties are used to produce functional structures that must sustain high stresses under normal conditions. During severe impact loads, the sandwich composites must dissipate impact energy to protect either the rest of the structure or the vehicle's occupants.More

Vietnam's plastics industry can achieve $1 billion turnover this year
Bernama
The plastics industry is capable of achieving an export turnover of $1 billion this year, Vietnam News Agency reported the Vietnam Plastics Association as saying. "This goal is possible because in the first seven months of this year, the industry earned more than $550 million from exporting plastic products," said Huynh Thi My, head of the VPA's Administrative Affairs Division.More

Firms join forces on prosthetic fingers for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
Modern Plastics Worldwide
Prosthetic fingers, molded from rigid polyurethane and then overmolded with a TPU elastomer, are helping returning soldiers regain the use of digits lost in war. Leading the injection molding effort on the project is Vanguard Plastics. Matthew Mikosz, president of Partial Hand Solutions (Southington, Conn.), built the prototype for the 'M-Fingers' device with material development assistance from custom compounder RTP Company (Winona, Minn.).More

Provider of plastics technologies to open tech center in Michigan
IndustryWeek
FRIMO Inc., a provider of manufacturing systems for plastic components for the automotive and other industries, is opening a new tech center within its North American headquarters in Wixom, Mich. The tech center, which will become fully operational in September, "is a state-of-the-art customer support facility designed to meet the demands of the company's automotive interior customers and customers in other industries," according to the company, which is a division of the Germany-based FRIMO Group GmbH.More

Canada to designate BPA toxic by November
The Montreal Gazette
After a lengthy delay, the Canadian government said last week it is close to making good on its 2-year-old promise to designate bisphenol A as toxic under federal law. The Conservatives made a big splash in April 2008 when two senior cabinet ministers hosted a news conference to announce Canada would become the first country in the world to ban plastic baby bottles after concluding the estrogen-mimicking chemical was toxic. More

A systematic approach to selecting your next hot runner
Modern Plastics Worldwide
The K show approaches, fiscal years are closing, and budgets are being prepared; as a result of all of these—plus recovery from the recession—capital investment is on many minds. We have asked experts from some of the industry's leading suppliers to offer their tips on how processors should consider as they buy new or upgrade current equipment.More

Philadelphia expands its plastics recycling
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In the latest step to boost its recycling rate, Philadelphia this month quietly expanded curbside plastics pickup, joining a national trend in places such as Haverford Township; Atlantic County, N.J.; and Los Angeles. Instead of accepting only containers with the numerals 1 or 2 in the recycling logo on the bottom - mainly soda, milk, and detergent bottles - the city is taking numbers 3 through 7 as well.More

North Atlantic plastic waste goes missing
Plastics News
An expanse of the Atlantic ocean contains high concentrations of plastic debris comparable to those in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," researchers said in a recent issue of the journal Science. However, the researchers are puzzled because the concentrations haven't increased during a 22-year study, and the whereabouts of the "missing plastic" is unknown.More