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Solar power enters the plastic age
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Cheaper and lighter compared to its more expensive, cumbersome silicon cousin, plastic photovoltaics could herald a revolution in the solar power market, according to a U.K. solar panel expert. "Plastics are much cheaper to process than silicon. In principle the devices we've been making might be very, very cheap and cover large areas," said David Lidzey from the U.K.'s University of Sheffield. More


Free-volume and mechanical properties of polymer composites
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The search for new, lightweight and low-cost structural materials that have nevertheless good mechanical properties is an active area of materials research. A promising option is the use of low-density waste-particulate materials, such as fly ash (FA) and cenosphere (CS), as reinforcing agents in a polymer matrix. More

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SPI issues call for presentations at the 'Business of Plastics Conference'
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Professionals with expertise in topics of timely interest to the plastics industry will have the opportunity to address audiences in the innovative "Business of Plastics Conference" during NPE2012, a world-scale exposition expected to attract 55,000 visitors, it was announced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. More

Government introducing labels for bio-based products
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With companies and retailers today using an endless number of ways to tout their products as bio-based, the new federal labeling and certification program is being welcomed by many in the industry as an approach that will bring clarity to consumers. More

Arizona man makes eco-friendly plastic bottles
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All Danny Clark wanted was to leave an eco-friendly footprint for his children. That and to ride the new wave of "green business" startups by coming up with a way to make money and help the environment at the same time. His idea was simple: If he could make plastic water bottles biodegradable, it would reduce the impact on landfills, curb roadside litter and reduce the amount of plastic garbage that eventually washes into the oceans. More
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Plastics packaging: M&H adds photo-realistic imagery to tube processing
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More than two years of development work are paying off at plastics packaging processor M&H. The company now is able to offer its customers, many of them suppliers of cosmetics or personal care products, plastic tubes printed with photo-realistic imagery. More

China's December plastics import totals were the highest in a decade
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According to data released by the Chinese Customs Agency, China's total polymer imports in December 2010 rose both on a monthly and yearly basis. The country imported 1.53 million tons of plastics in December, an increase of just 81,000 tons compared to November 2010. China's plastics imports in December 2010 were the highest import totals for the month since December 2000. More

Study: Gulf plastics production set to rise to 30 million tons per annum by 2015
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The current Gulf production capacities of plastics resins stands at slightly over 18 million tons per annum, with this figure projected to increase to more than 30 million tons per annum by the year 2015, according to a recent study. More

Borouge awards $169 million contract to Hyundai
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Borouge, a leading provider of innovative plastics solutions, has awarded a contract worth $169 million to Hyundai Engineering and Construction of South Korea to build a cross-linkable polyethylene (XLPE) unit at its petrochemical plant in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. More

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US PET exporters eye European market as PTA supplies fall
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U.S. PET exporters were trying to export PET bottle resin to Europe as BP's PTA (purified terephthalic acid) force majeure was pushing up resin prices and opening opportunities for imports, industry sources said. "The lack of domestic (PET) production is requiring imports at sky-high prices," a European PET trader said. The trader said PET was selling at $1,984 per metric ton, although no converters could confirm buying at that level this week. More

Illinois recycler sees future in plastics
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David Spitulnik, the new president of Zion, Ill.-based Maine Plastics Inc., foresees a better year for the recycling industry because corporate America realizes it pays to recycle. "We expect to do more than last year," said Spitulnik of the $30 million revenue the company generated in 2010. "People are more aware of the need to recycle, as well as the cost of not recycling," he pointed out. More

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States to tackle chemical safety issues
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Legislators in 30 states say they will announce bills to protect children and families from harmful chemicals in household products. Bills to be considered include bans on Bisphenol A, or BPA, and dangerous flame retardants in consumer products, requirements about chemicals used in manufacturing products intended for children and resolutions calling on Congress to overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Health advocates say the states' efforts are a response to congressional inaction on chemical safety. More

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