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2012 plastics packaging predictions
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Bag bans, bottle backlash, wrap terms of public perception, 2011 was a year many players in the plastics packaging realm would rather forget. But as the new year begins the old year's battles are far from finished, with plastics fighting to hold on to packaging ground it long ago won from glass, aluminum and paper. More


Exploring a novel clay in ternary polymer blend nanocomposites
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Poly(L-lactic acid), or PLLA, is a transparent and crystalline polymer with a relatively high melting point but brittle properties. It is biodegradable, derived from renewable natural resources, and exhibits high mechanical performance comparable to those of some petroleum-based polymers. It is strong and has low elongation at break. However, it also has some disadvantages, principally its poor thermal stability, mechanical resistance, and limited gas barrier properties, which limit its use in industry. More

High-performance biobased polymer composites
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Businesses and governments are working to increase the use of renewable sources in plastics production to reduce our dependence on non-renewable petroleum-based materials. For instance, in the U.S., government-sponsored programs such as Energy Star, BioPreferred, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design promote the use of biobased materials. The U.S. market for bioplastics in the automotive, construction and packing industries is expected to reach $10 billion in sales by 2020 and account for 28 percent of the world market in 2025. More

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Plastic creates hopes of better roads
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Bumpy rides and potholes may soon be things of the past if the Chennai Corporation's new initiative to re-lay roads with plastics proves successful. The Indian civic body will commence re-laying of plastic roads on all bus routes and interior areas in the city, from January. More

Plastic industry set to grow rapidly in Gulf countries
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The Gulf states have what it takes to become a plastics production powerhouse on the back of their abundant hydrocarbon resources, and domestic demand growth driven by high per-capita income and population growth, according to a study. Rising demand from Asia and increasing European appetite for Middle Eastern products are also helping absorb the surge in production of plastics and petrochemicals by fast-expanding GCC manufacturers. More

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How Japan teaches the world to recycle plastic
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Japan is one of the most successful countries in the world for recycling plastics. In 2010, 77 percent of plastic waste was recycled, up from 73 percent in 2006 and 39 percent in 1996, according to the nation's Plastic Waste Management Institute. The country has passed several recycling laws to address the disposal and treatment of plastic waste since 1997, when businesses and consumers were obliged to separate plastic waste for the first time. More

California nonprofit hopes to make fuel from ocean-based plastic
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Plying through the infamous "Garbage Patch" in the North Pacific, a solar-powered catamaran gobbles up fishing nets, plastic bags and Styrofoam blocks and then shoves them into a high-temperature cooker to convert the litter to fuel. This fuel propels the boat farther to devour more plastic — until every large piece has been scooped up. More

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BASF invests in biomass option
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As a key supplier of raw materials for the nonwovens industry, among many others, BASF is investing $30 million in the U.S. technology firm Renmatix, as part of a new $50 million financing round. Renmatix has developed the patented Plantrose platform with which industrial sugar can be produced from lignocellulosic biomass (wood, cane trash or straw). More

Virginia adds plastics industry jobs through 2 expansions
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Virginia has added to the state's growing plastics industry in two separate announcements. On Nov. 22, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc. will invest $16.5 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Henry County, Va. CLC is a manufacturing company with a strong emphasis on solar-control window films and high-performance coatings, according to a press release from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. More

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Dow Chemical 'optimistic' on $2.5 billion claim against Kuwait
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Dow Chemical Co. is "optimistic" that an arbitration panel will rule favorably on its claim that Kuwait owes at least $2.5 billion for breaching a 2008 agreement to buy a stake in the company's plastics business. More

India lifts anti-dumping duty on import of Saudi polypropylene
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India has lifted an anti-dumping duty imposed on polypropylene imported from Saudi Arabian suppliers, including Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the world's biggest petrochemical maker. The change is effective from the day the notification is published in the Gazette of India, the official record of government rules, the Central Board of Excise and Customs said in a statement dated Dec. 30 on its website. More


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NWE styrene, polystyrene producers eye triple-digit rise in Jan CPs
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Northwest European styrene and polystyrene producers are targeting a triple-digit rise in the January contract price due to mounting cost pressures, according to several producers and market participants this week. "We believe that styrene monomer prices will increase significantly on the back of benzene," said a major styrene and PS producer. More

Exxon Mobil: $908 million awarded in Venezuela dispute
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An international arbitration body has awarded Exxon Mobil Corp. nearly $908 million in a dispute with Venezuela over compensation for the nationalization of its assets, the company said. Exxon Mobil sought arbitration after President Hugo Chavez's government nationalized an oil project in the country in 2007. More

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Sabic opens new pilot facility for high performance polymers
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Sabic Innovative Plastics is opening a new pilot facility that will allow more rapid chemistry and process development for its Ultem, Siltem and Extem high performance polymers product line. The new 3,000-square foot facility in Mt. Vernon, Ind. will begin operations in the first quarter of 2012. More

Welding plastic with light
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Thermoplastic plastics have been welded using laser penetration welding since the end of the 1990s, but the process is still considered extremely innovative. Generally, one of the two components for the wavelength used by the laser is transparent; the other absorbs the laser energy, for example, by mixing carbon black. More

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Gravimetric Blender Innovation at NPE
Process Control will be showcasing advancements in their line of gravimetric continuous and batch blenders during NPE in April [Booth #2051]. The showcase will include the redesigned Guardian® Series 2 line of batch blenders, a new brushless drive package for continuous, and color touchscreens which will be standard on all blenders.
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