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  • Kenall Lighting Picks Bayer's PC Plastic to Optimize Function & Benefits of LED Luminaires (Mar 14, 2014)
    The LED revolution is upon us. LED lighting is becoming the preferred lighting choice in nearly every setting, including where we live, work and play. Its success is driven by several factors: LED lighting appeals to consumers and other end users seeking a more energy-efficient lighting option while also offering a long service life, customized level of light dispersion and increased durability when compared with traditional, incandescent light bulbs or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. In this competitive market, manufacturers are eager to set themselves apart.
  • DSM's Dyneema® Fiber Replaces Metal in Synthetic Hoist Rope Designed for Mobile Cranes (Mar 13, 2014)
    At CONEXPO 2014, Samson and The Manitowoc Company jointly announced the launch of Manitowoc's Grove RT770E rough-terrain mobile crane, which features the first fully synthetic hoist rope designed specifically for mobile cranes. Samson's KZ™100 is made with DSM Dyneema's high-performing Dyneema® fiber. DSM Dyneema congratulates Manitowoc and Samson on this important technological break-through for the crane industry.
  • RIT Researcher Creates Online Community to Offer Plastic-based 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand (Mar 13, 2014)
    When Peregrine Hawthorn breaks a finger, all he has to do is improve on the design and print a new one. The 19-year-old from Seattle was born without fingers on his left hand, but in 2013 he learned how to 3D print and build an affordable mechanical set of his own. Today, he is using his knowledge and passion to collaborate with e-NABLE, an online community of 3D printing hobbyists that works to custom design, improve and create affordable prosthetics for those in need.
  • Trelleborg Acquires 51% Stake in Max Seal, a Developer of Polymer-based Pipe Seal Systems (Mar 13, 2014)
    Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, signed an agreement to acquire a 51-percent stake in the North American group, Max Seal, which develops and manufactures polymer-based sealing systems for various types of pipes deployed in water and wastewater systems. The acquisition will create a market-leading position in North America, while complementing Trelleborg's existing range and presence in the U.S. It will also provide access to the rapidly growing markets in Latin America.
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  • SABIC at Strategies in Light: Highlighted Metal-replacing PC Solutions for LED Market (Mar 12, 2014)
    SABIC highlighted new material technology solutions at the Strategies in Light (SIL) 2014 event that help its customers in the lighting industry address the industry's shift towards more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) technologies from traditional incandescent systems. Regulations aimed at reducing energy consumption are driving manufacturers to develop LED lamps, fixtures and devices that last longer and are more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but also offer design flexibility and enhanced aesthetics.
  • Specialized Polymer Material Provider PolyOne Appoints New President & CEO to Drive Growth (Mar 12, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, among the premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Robert M. Patterson, president and chief executive officer, effective May 15, 2014. Mr. Patterson, 41, succeeds Stephen D. Newlin, 61, who will retire as president and CEO and remain executive chairman of the PolyOne Board of Directors. Mr. Patterson has also been nominated for election to the PolyOne Board of Directors at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
  • Bayer at Strategies in Light: Featured Array of Makrolon® PC Plastics for LED Lighting Needs (Mar 11, 2014)
    One-size-fits-all, standard lighting is a thing of the past. Instead, lighting today is available in every shape and size, giving consumers more choices than ever before. In addition to styling, consumers are also looking for lighting options that are durable and energy efficient, while serving a specific function — such as offering targeted illumination or ambient lighting. Bayer MaterialScience LLC's portfolio of polycarbonate plastics and sheet help manufacturers meet these consumer needs.
  • High Performance Thermoplastics to Replace Metals in 3D Printing & Smartphones: Lux Research (Mar 11, 2014)
    High performance thermoplastics (HPTPs) — lightweight materials with the potential to replace advanced metal, ceramic, and other composite parts — are on the road to key market advances, according to Lux Research. These multifunctional materials will overcome a mix of cost and performance constraints to find broader adoption, building on past successes in aerospace, medical and electronics applications.
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  • ORNL & Cincinnati Incorporated Team up to Develop Large-scale Polymer 3-D Printing System (Mar 11, 2014)
    The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with Cincinnati Incorporated, a manufacturer of high quality machine tools located in Harrison, Ohio, to develop a large-scale polymer additive manufacturing (3-D printing) system. The partnership aims to accelerate the commercialization of a new additive manufacturing machine that can print large polymer parts faster and more cheaply than current technologies.
  • Global Capacity of Bio-derived Polymers to Grow at a Rate of 18%/Year by 2017: Lux Research (Mar 10, 2014)
    Bio-based material and chemical (BBMC) technologies have reached an inflection point with companies scaling to commercial production levels and growing revenues, according to Lux Research. The leading growth category will be intermediate chemicals like adipic acid and lactic acid, with capacity growing from 2.0 million metric tons (MT) to 4.9 million MT in 2017, while the capacity of bio-derived polymers — currently at 1.1 million MT — will grow 18% per year through 2017.
  • PolyOne Launches NEU™ View Radiopaque Translucent Polymer Technology for Catheters (Mar 10, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, among the premier global providers of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions has announced the launch of NEU™ View Radiopaque Translucent Solutions, an innovative polymer formulation that provides catheter manufacturers and healthcare professionals' enhanced material functionality and performance. Catheters made using the patent-pending NEU View technology provide optical visibility (translucent) when outside the body and superior visibility under X-ray (radiopaque) when inside the body.
  • Celanese Grabs Whirlpool's Best Supplier Award for Engineered Materials for Appliances (Mar 7, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, received Whirlpool's Best Supplier Award 2012/13 for outstanding performance on quality, delivery and customer service. Presented during the Whirlpool Latin America Supplier's Day event on Nov. 27 in São Paulo, Brazil, Celanese won the Best Supplier Award for the first time and has been one of the household appliance manufacturer's preferred suppliers of engineered materials for more than 15 years.
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  • GEC to Create OEM Division for Film & Sheet Extrusion and Lifetime Support Division (Mar 7, 2014)
    As a result of continued growth, and as a continuation of its constant efforts to serve its customers in the best possible way, Gloucester Engineering Corporation (GEC) has recently decided to create two divisions for the company. The new Lifetime Support Division will be focused on GEC's Aftermarket products and Customer Service, while the OEM Division will concentrate on the company's line of traditional complete blown film, cast film, foam and sheet extrusion, bag making and extrusion coating systems and equipment.
  • Intertek Expands Film & Flexible Polymer Testing Capabilities at Pittsfield, Mass. Location (Mar 7, 2014)
    Intertek, among the leading providers of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world, announces the expansion of its film and flexible polymer testing capabilities at its Pittsfield, Mass., location. This allows material engineers and scientists to better understand how material permeation characteristics respond to external stimuli such as moisture, temperature, humidity and thickness in commercial, industrial, food, medical and pharmaceutical applications.
  • All Compostable Plastics are Not Compatible for Recycling in Diff. Plastics up to 10%: APR (Mar 6, 2014)
    A U.S. trade group is refuting a report out of Europe that maintains that using up to 10 percent compostable plastic does not impact mechanical properties of recycled post-consumer plastics. The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers believes the study released by European Bioplastics, a trade group that represents the bioplastics industry, is incomplete. "They did not justify the claim that compostable plastics, every and all, are compatible for recycling in all different plastics at levels up to 10 percent," said David Cornell, APR's technical consultant.
  • PanAridus Triples Guayule Research Deptt. for Effective Extraction of High Grade Natural Rubber (Mar 6, 2014)
    Bio-agriculture company, PanAridus, announced that they have tripled the size of their research and extraction departments since the beginning of the year, bringing significantly increased capabilities for extracting high grade natural rubber from their proprietary strains of guayule. Leading the expanded polymer research team is Dr. Bruce King, PhD., who comes to PanAridus after a 32-year career in polymer research with Dow Chemical.
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  • RTP Company Unveils Non-halogenated, Wear- & Friction Resistant APWA Plus™ POM Compounds (Mar 6, 2014)
    Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company continues to strengthen its wear and friction compounds by introducing APWA Plus™ compounds - the latest advancement in its family of wear and friction acetal (POM) compounds. RTP Company has long been a leader in this field which includes a strong portfolio of acetal grades utilizing PTFE, silicone and other internal lubricants designed for optimal performance and cost control.
  • Apex at Interpack: To Unveil S-11-C Strap Printing System for Plastic-based 3-D Products (Mar 5, 2014)
    Established for nearly 110 years, Apex Machine Company is a specialist manufacturer of advanced, customized product handling and printing systems for 3-D products made from plastics, metals, and a range of other material. Various automatic feeding systems and packaging lines can also be integrated with the Apex to allow for an inline turnkey production cell with an automatic injection molder or extrusion line.
  • Governor Funds Eastman Business Park to Develop Bioplastics from Non-food Plant Sources (Mar 5, 2014)
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that the State will commit $3 million to the Eastman Business Park (EBP) Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester which will begin construction later this year. The construction of the $25 million, 60,000 square feet facility, which will improve equipment for converting non-food plant materials into biofuels and biochemicals, is estimated to create hundreds of new jobs.
  • Researchers Develop Method Using Chitosan-based Bioplastic to Fabricate Everyday Objects (Mar 5, 2014)
    Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have developed a method to carry out large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects — from cell phones to food containers and toys — using a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. The objects exhibit many of the same properties as those created with synthetic plastics, but without the environmental threat. It also trumps most bioplastics on the market today in posing absolutely no threat to trees or competition with the food supply. The advance was reported online last week in Macromolecular Materials & Engineering.
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