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Dow Chemical bets big on natural gas
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"Just one word...plastics." Sound career advice when the movie "The Graduate" was released in 1967, it wasn't over the past decade of chemical-industry layoffs. Still, if Benjamin Braddock were graduating today, he just may consider it. Dow Chemical has just announced an expansion of its U.S. capacity to produce ethylene, a bulk chemical used to make plastics and other items. It follows similar plans from Westlake Chemical and Taiwan's Formosa Plastics in recent weeks. More


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Dr. Musa R. Kamal, Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Montreal; Dr. Rajendra K. Krishnaswamy, Senior Scientist in the product development group at Metabolix, Inc.,/Telles, Inc.; and Dr. Walter L. Bradley, Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Baylor University in Houston all received SPE's prestigious lifetime achievement awards at ANTEC® 2011.

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The radical-scavenging effect of silver ions in high-impact polystyrene synthesis
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Nanoparticle addition to a polymer matrix leads to a marked improvement in the physical and/or mechanical properties of the new nanocomposite relative to the original pure polymer. These properties are a consequence of the small size and large specific surface area of the NPs, and they fundamentally depend on the distribution of the NPs within the polymer matrix. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in particular have the potential to be valuable in applications such as catalysis, electronics, health and photonics where they have already been demonstrated. More

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Coca-Cola not ready to drop bisphenol A in can linings
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Facing pressure from a growing number of shareholders, Coca-Cola's top executive said it would be premature to stop using bisphenol A in its can linings. One in four shareholders — or 26 percent — voted for a resolution during the company's annual meeting in Atlanta to pressure the iconic company to drop BPA, considered a toxic chemical by the Canadian government and already banned in baby bottles in Canada. More

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Plastics industry adjusting to challenges in the medical devices market
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Health care is getting miniaturized, highly personalized and is full of uncertainty over who will pay for its ever-increasing costs, experts said at the Plastics in Medical Devices 2011 conference. The event, held April 11-13 in Ohio, brought together more than 200 plastics raw materials suppliers, machinery vendors, molders, toolmakers and others involved in the exploding global medical-device manufacturing industry. More

Packaging market reconfigures after decade of consolidation
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More than half of the top 50 packaging companies have been eliminated or changed ownership over the past decade. What does that mean to the plastics industry segment? As the consolidation of the packaging industry increases, the industry has witnessed a rise in mergers and acquisitions activity. Tom Blaige, chairman and CEO of Blaige & Company, looked at the top 50 packaging firms from 2001 to today, then looked to see if they were still operating, or still in existence. More

Mexico eyes shale gas boost for petrochemical sector
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Mexico is considering ramping up shale gas production to support its petrochemicals sector which has traditionally used feedstocks based on crude oil, the country's energy minister said on recently. Although the prolific shales of Texas are believed to extend across the border into northern Mexico, little has been done to develop the deposits due to the state-controlled industry's focus on producing crude oil. More

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Active packaging plus layer multiplier equals film with immeasurable performance
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Active packaging and microlayer extrusion come together in the new "active microlayer" film technology where layer multiplication is applied not only to the barrier polymer but also to active components such as oxygen absorbers or desiccants. Flat-die manufacturer Extrusion Dies Industries LLC says the patent-pending technique adds a new dimension of oxygen and moisture control to food packaging, with the company feeling that it will extend barrier properties beyond the limits of standard test procedures. More

PET outlook in packaging bright despite price hikes
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Polyethylene terephthalate will continue growing in the food and packaging industry, market researchers Pira International said recently, despite recent price hikes. "Plastic bottles are the strongest performers in the larger packaging sector... PET is the most widely used and fastest-growing polymer for the manufacture of plastic bottles and jars," Pira said in a statement. More

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Dow Chemical profit easily beats expectations
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Dow Chemical Co's quarterly profit easily beat Wall Street's expectations, helped by surging sales of plastics, pesticides and electronic parts. The largest U.S. chemical maker said volume at only two of its business units has hit pre-recession levels, hinting that it has room to grow. More

Sailing across the ocean on a ship made of plastic bottles
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In 2010, jack-of-all-trades environmentalist David de Rothschild sailed from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia — on a boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles and cashew-nut glue. A modern-day spin on Thor Heyerdahl's famous Kon-Tiki exploration, this voyage had a dual purpose. First, de Rothschild wanted to demonstrate how everyday consumer plastics, with a little imagination, can be reused to accomplish spectacular feats of engineering. More

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Bayer reports 8.4 percent profit rise in first quarter
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Chemical giant Bayer says overall net profit grew 8.4 percent to €684 million during the first quarter, with sales of plastics and polyurethanes on the up. In the Bayer MaterialScience group, sales climbed 21.2 percent to €2.7 billion, despite ongoing problems due to the global economic crisis. Volumes rose in all product groups and regions, with strongest growth in the construction and automotive sectors. More

US economic growth slows to 1.8 percent in first months of 2011
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Economic growth slowed at the start of the year, weighed down by higher oil prices and lower government spending, according to new data that lays bare the challenging climb the United States faces in trying to emerge from its long period of weakness. More

Santa Clara, Calif., approves plastic bag ban
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The Santa Clara County, Calif., Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that bans plastic bags and most single-use paper bags in the county's unincorporated areas. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of banning carryout bags distributed by businesses, with Supervisor Mike Wasserman as the sole dissenter. More

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