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Attendees plentiful and very active, as K 2010 closes on high note
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Even the last day of the big plastics show was jam-packed as processors hustled through the halls seeking the best in plastics innovation. K 2010, which opened Oct. 27 and ended Nov. 3, welcomed more than 220,000 visitors, and the show organizers and exhibitors were more than thrilled with the result. More


A unique, high-flow, drapable, soft reprocessable material
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Despite the existing wealth of fabric technology, there is no known synthetic fabric that is soft, drapable, has a high melt flow (so that it can be processed by extrusion coating or spin bonding), and is also pelletizable. Drapability is especially important as a comfort property when the film or fabric comes into contact with human skin for extended periods of time (on the order of several hours). More

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UK exhibitors at K report great successes
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The British Plastics Federation (BPF) presence at K 2010 paid dividends for the U.K.'s plastics industry with U.K. exhibitors reporting great successes at the show and the BPF also reporting on the equally successful launch of its sustainable manufacturing book at the Fair. More than 135 U.K. companies exhibited at the K show this year with 35 exhibiting within the British Pavilions. More

Dow's Liveris is 'bullish' on plastics; Profit to rise
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Dow Chemical Co., the world's second- biggest chemical maker, said it's "bullish" on the outlook for plastics because of rising demand for packaging and wire coatings and falling energy costs at its U.S. plants. More

Corporate innovation spending falls 3.5 percent
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Total research and development spending among the world's top spenders on innovation dropped in 2009 for the first time in 13 years, according to a study. The sixth annual study of corporate innovation spending, by global management consulting firm Booz & Company revealed that the 1,000 companies that spent the most on research and development decreased their total R&D spending by 3.5 percent to $503 billion in 2009. More

Engineered yeast could produce low-cost plastics from renewable resources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the goal to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, scientists are looking for alternative methods to produce plastics that are based on renewable oils. In a new study, scientists have developed a method to produce a bioplastic by engineering a strain of the Candida tropicalis yeast. More

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Major producers to ditch BPA from packaging
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Some of the world's biggest food companies are removing the chemical Bisphenol A from packaging, amid growing concern it is causing a wide range of human illnesses including heart disease and breast cancer. Nestlé, the world's biggest food manufacturer, says it will stop putting Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) into U.S. products within three years, while tinned giant Heinz is at "an advanced stage" in removing it from U.K. baby food, and is funding research by one of the chemical's leading critics. More

The BPA debate from two perspectives:
Executive Q&A with David Feldman and Steven Hentges

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In 1992, Dr. David Feldman almost accidentally discovered that bisphenol A had migrated from his polycarbonate test tubes into a test specimen and appeared to be mimicking estrogen. In the years since, and especially recently with a new series of bans, BPA, and the PC it's contained in, has sparked a debate on the chemical's safety. More

US added jobs last month for first time since May
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The United States economy added 151,000 jobs in October, a welcome change after four months of job losses but still not enough to make a dent in unemployment. Private companies have been expanding their payrolls throughout 2010, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. Private job growth had been overwhelmed by the elimination of temporary decennial Census jobs and layoffs by state and local government during the summer and early fall — until October. More

TPE North American resin prices, Oct. 25-29: PE steady, PP down a penny
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Spot resin trading picked up as October drew to a close, with polyethylene (PE) prices mostly steady while polypropylene (PP) lost another cent. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), reported that despite a $0.03/lb price-increase nomination, October PP contracts fell $0.015/lb, along with polymer grade propylene (PGP) monomer. PE contracts had been nominated to increase by $0.04/lb, and while some producers have agreed to push off the increase until November, others held firm to enforce the increase in October. More

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Republican victories include two plastics industry executives
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In midterm elections Nov. 2, Republicans shifted the balance of control in Congress by winning the House and increasing their presence in the Senate. Two significant Republican victories involve the plastics industry. John Boehner from Ohio, who has served as House minority leader since 2007, in January will replace Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker of the House. In his pre-political career, Boehner was a plastics salesman and later president of Nucite Sales LP, a small Cincinnati distributor of plastics and packaging products. More

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