SPE Industry Update
Oct. 13, 2010

Innovation, collaboration and policy keys to US manufacturing success
Plastics Today
The American Mold Builders Association went to Washington, D.C., and members came away from their annual Fall Conference event hopeful that the input members of the Senate and House of Representatives received from the nearly 40 attendees will make a difference for manufacturing in the United States.More

Reactive compatibilization of polymer blends
SPE Plastics Research Online
Rheology is one of the most frequently used methods for characterizing the interfacial properties of polymers, and the rheological properties of immiscible polymer blends have been studied extensively. The rheological behavior of polymer melts plays an important role in their processing and morphological characteristics with reactive compatibilization having an extensive impact on rheological properties. Paliene's emulsion model provides the most effective rheological characterization in the linear visco-elastic range.More

Natural bioplastic material could make cars biodegradable
CNET Reviews
From alternative fuels to soy-foam seats, carmakers are chipping away at the carbon trail their vehicles leave behind. To make their cars even more green, soon they could incorporate car parts that are compostable. Solegear, a Canadian green chemistry start-up, has made the first 100-percent natural bioplastic that is derived from plants. Its completely biodegradable moldable Polysole product can be used to replace the hard plastic parts of a car's interior, such as knobs, steering wheels, and door panels.More

Plastics lids recognized by the Wall Street Journal, and soon bound for US, Europe
Modern Plastics Worldwide
On the heels of its recognition by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most innovative technologies for 2010, Australian packaging developer Smart Lid Systems has announced it will take its packaging to the U.S., first importing the thermoformed lids but eventually finding a domestic processor to take up the work.More

Kuwait Petroleum reaches price agreement with some contract naphtha buyers
Kuwait Petroleum Corp., the biggest Middle East exporter of oil products to Asia, reached a price agreement with some buyers for its one-year naphtha supply contract, two traders said. The state-owned company may sell its Full-Range naphtha at $12 a metric ton over Middle East quotes and the Light grade at a $13 premium, according to the bidders, who were involved in the negotiations that started this week in Singapore. Not all bidders for the December 2010 to November 2011 contract have agreed on prices, they said. More

Employers in US cut more jobs than forecast in September
The U.S. lost more jobs than forecast in September, reflecting a decline in government payrolls that shows the damage being done by rising budget deficits. Employers cut staffing by 95,000 workers after a revised 57,000 decrease in August, Labor Department figures in Washington showed. The median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a 5,000 drop. The unemployment rate unexpectedly held at 9.6 percent. More

Nano-composite plastic materials to be discussed at Innovation Forums
AZoM Nanotechnology
The Canadian plastics industry is facing significant challenges from lower cost countries, and the sector can become more competitive through increased research and development. "The industry has to keep moving up the value chain," says Mark Badger, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA). "We need to shift more production from commodity goods to higher-end products. That means investing in innovation and new technologies."More

Deal of the day: Thai plastic-maker shores up its acid supply
Financial Times
Vertical integration is a time-honored approach to cost savings, promising companies better prices from - and more control over - their suppliers. For Thailand's polymer king, Indorama Ventures, vertical integration has meant buying into a producer of the acid that it uses to make PET resin. Indorama is now paying $96 million to increase its stake in the company, TPT, as it hopes to capitalize on the growing demand for plastic from Asia's drinks industry.More

Research and Markets: 'Unlaminated Plastics Profile Shape Manufacturing Industry in the US and its International Trade'
Business Wire
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Supplier Relations US, LLC's new report "Unlaminated Plastics Profile Shape Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade" to their offering. The "Unlaminated Plastics Profile Shape Manufacturing Industry" report contains the most recent data and analysis on the industry's key financial data, cost and pricing, competitive landscape, industry structure. More

Strong support for GW Plastics' upcoming listing
Borneo Post
One of the largest manufacturers of flexible plastic packaging in Malaysia, GW Plastics Holdings Bhd (GW Plastics) saw positive response for its upcoming listing on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd, with its public tranche oversubscribed by 3.7 times. GW Plastics received a total of 3,050 applications for 55.6 million shares with a total value of RM42.3 million, for the public tranche of 11.8 million shares under the group’s initial public offering (IPO).More

New innovative powder coating could save millions of dollars
Plastics News
An Australian scientist has discovered a way to make powder coatings stick to new-generation plastics and composites being used in the automotive, plastics and furniture industries, potentially saving manufacturers millions of dollars. Voytek Gutowski has just been awarded the 2010 Victoria Prize and $47,200 for his work.More