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  • Interstate Plastics' HQ Evolved as California's Preferred Plastic Solutions Provider (Sep 12, 2014)
    California businesses and industries rely on Interstate Plastics for high performance plastic solutions. The Interstate Plastics headquarters, located in Sacramento, has evolved to become California's preferred source for hundreds of finished and semi-finished plastics used in countless industries. Industries served include plastics for orthotics and prosthetics, point of purchase displays, security glazing, machine shops, window replacement and sign companies, packing and printing businesses, boating and food processing industries; nearly every industry imaginable.
  • Oxford Performance Materials' 3D Printed OPSFD Polymeric Implant Receives FDA's Clearance (Sep 12, 2014)
    Oxford Performance Materials, Inc. (OPM), among the leading advanced materials and additive manufacturing (3D printing) companies, announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its 3D printed OsteoFab® Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD). OPM's facial device is the first and only FDA cleared 3D printed polymeric implant for facial indications, and follows FDA clearance of the first and only 3D printed polymeric implant, OPM's OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device, which was granted in February 2013.
  • Teknor Apex at Fakuma: To Unveil Monprene® RG TPE Series for Kitchen Appliances & more (Sep 12, 2014)
    Drawing on years of experience supplying custom thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds for food-contact and other regulated applications, Teknor Apex Company has developed a series of standard grades that offer a wide range of choices for manufacturers of food containers, utensils, kitchen appliances, and children's products. The company will introduce the products at Fakuma 2014 (Hall B5, Stand 5315).
  • TVV Capital Acquires Design Molded Plastics, a Supplier of Custom Injection Molded Products (Sep 12, 2014)
    TVV Capital, an operationally focused private equity firm, announced that it has acquired Ohio-based Design Molded Plastics (DMP). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition of DMP is the fifth investment from TVV Capital's latest fund, TVV III, which closed in December 2013. A certified supplier of custom injection molded products and value-added manufacturing solutions, DMP has a broad customer base serving the home appliances, sporting goods, automotive and consumer goods industries, among several others.
  • Global SBR Market to Grow at a CAGR of 5.7% in Terms of Volume from 2012 to 2018: TMR (Sep 11, 2014)
    Transparency Market Research, in its latest research report states, the global styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market will grow at a CAGR of 5.7% in terms of volume from 2012 to 2018. This market was valued at 4,600 kilo tons in 2011, and is expected to reach 6,754.8 kilo tons by 2018. This growth is estimated to be at CAGR of 5.0% from 2012 to 2018. In terms of revenue, styrene butadiene market was valued at $1.3 billion in 2011, and is expected reach $18.9 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2012 to 2018.
  • Life Pack Labs, a MOCON & Life Packaging Technology JV, to Offer Medical Packaging Solutions (Sep 11, 2014)
    Life Pack Labs, a new packaging testing company has been formed to provide pharmaceutical, medical device and related suppliers with innovative packaging technology solutions that improve time-to-market and reduce costs. Life Pack Labs is a joint venture between MOCON, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOCO), one of the world's leading manufacturers of permeation instrumentation, and Life Packaging Technology LLC, Costa Mesa, Calif., one among the leaders in package engineering services for life science products.
  • Lubrizol Launches CPVC-based FlowGuard™ Plus Plumbing Pipe & Fittings for Indian Market (Sep 11, 2014)
    The Lubrizol CPVC Piping Systems business announces the introduction of its new, advanced FlowGuard™ Plus Pipe & Fittings to the Indian plumbing industry. High performance FlowGuard Plus plumbing pipe and fittings are engineered with Lubrizol's specially formulated chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC). Among the advanced features that FlowGuard Plus delivers is a 25% higher pressure rating — 8.79 kg/cm2 @ 82°C, the highest of any CPVC pipe available.
  • PlastiComp Expands Complēt® LFT Composite Pellet Product Line to Offer Drop-in Mg Substitute (Sep 11, 2014)
    PlastiComp, Inc., among the global leaders in long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, announced that it has expanded its Complēt® LFT composite pellet product line to include drop-in replacements for die-cast magnesium. The new LFT products duplicate both the mechanical and electrical properties of magnesium in injection molding or extrusion materials that offer up to 40% reductions in weight.
  • RTP Company Unveils Conductive Compounds Designed for Extrusion Processes & Applications (Sep 11, 2014)
    RTP Company, a global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder, has expanded its line of conductive compounds to include those specifically designed for extrusion processes and applications. Produced on dedicated manufacturing equipment designed for the highest level of uniform carbon black dispersion, RTP Company's Conductive Extrusion Compounds provide consistent electrical conductivity, electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, and maximized physical properties.
  • GE9X Engine for Boeing's 777X Aircraft to Feature CF Composite Material-based Fan Blades (Sep 10, 2014)
    The GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X aircraft will feature fewer and thinner composite fan blades than any GE widebody engine in service. To do this, GE is designing a new composite fan blade using next-generation carbon fiber composite material. "It has been a decade since GE designed a new composite fan blade for the GEnx engine," said Bill Millhaem, general manager of the GE90/GE9X engine programs.
  • BMW & SGL JV to Triple CF Production Capacity at Moses Lake Plant for Auto Manufacturing (Sep 9, 2014)
    Due to the high demand for carbon fiber in automotive production, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers is going to triple the capacity of the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, WA (USA). This has been announced by the joint venture partners, SGL Group and BMW Group, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the planned site expansion. The expansion will be funded by an investment of 200 million US dollars, in addition to the previously invested 100 million US dollars.
  • Jeco Plastic to Utilize NCMS' Grant to Reinforce Existing Vehicle Armor (Sep 9, 2014)
    Jeco Plastic Products — designer and manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries since 1973 — recently received a research grant from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Using the grant, the Indiana manufacturer is investigating the feasibility of using thermoplastic composite laminates to reinforce existing metallic armor.
  • Milliken Acquires Assets of Pipe Wrap to Expand Company's Fiber-reinforced Polymer Business (Sep 9, 2014)
    Milliken announced the acquisition of the assets of Pipe Wrap, Inc., by its subsidiary Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC. Pipe Wrap is among the leaders in the design and construction of composite materials for pipe repairs, providing custom solutions for structural reinforcement, leak repair, and corrosion prevention. The acquisition is the latest in the expansion of the company's fiber-reinforced polymer business, serving both steel and concrete structures.
  • MSU Team Develops Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator for Clear Surface Devices (Sep 9, 2014)
    A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU's College of Engineering, the key word is "transparent."
  • Ashland Introduces Arotran™ 770 TLM Series Resins to Produce Lower-density Class A SMC Parts (Sep 8, 2014)
    A recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report confirms what most Americans may already believe in our dependence on gasoline will likely continue to decrease for several reasons. While the recession may have begun the current trend, consumers are also increasing their demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles. And, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recently augmented Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard requirements have already spawned significant innovation in response.
  • Eastman & Helian Polymers Combine their Expertise to Launch Low-odor ColorFabb XT-Copolyester (Sep 8, 2014)
    Eastman Chemical Company, a specialty chemical company, and Helian Polymers, a leader in the masterbatch and biopolymer industry, have teamed to launch colorFabb XT-Copolyester made with Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer. The new low-odor, styrene-free polymer is uniquely suited for the 3D market with benefits in air quality, dimensional stability and regulatory compliance.
  • A. Schulman Acquires Compco to Enter into APAC Region's Pipe and Wire & Cable Markets (Sep 5, 2014)
    A. Schulman, Inc. announced that it has acquired Compco Pty. Ltd. ("Compco"), located near Melbourne, Australia, for $6.7 million in cash. Compco is a manufacturer of a variety of plastic compounds and products including masterbatches and custom performance colors. Key markets include packaging, wire & cable and pipe. Compco achieved revenues of nearly $15 million for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.
  • Solvay to Buy Chevron Phillips Chemical's Two Ryton® PPS Resin Manufacturing Units in Texas (Sep 5, 2014)
    Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton® PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from U.S.-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Solvay Specialty Polymers, which has the industry's broadest product portfolio, will gain access to new business segments and customers.
  • SPI & SPI Bioplastics Council Start 3rd Annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award Competition (Sep 5, 2014)
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the SPI Bioplastics Council announced the opening of the third-annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award competition. As in the previous two contests, the competition is open to any corporation, partnership or other business entity worldwide and seeks to acknowledge one creative, state-of-the-art innovation that represents the height of innovation in the bioplastics industry.
  • Pregis and Sealed Air Opt Out-of-court Settlement on Flooring Patent Litigation (Sep 4, 2014)
    Pregis Corporation and Sealed Air Corporation have reached an out-of-court settlement of disputes between them concerning Pregis flooring patents involving laminate film-foam underlayment. As part of the settlement, Sealed Air has taken a non-exclusive license under Pregis-owned U.S. Patents 6,607,803, 7,047,705, and RE38,745 entitled Laminate Film Foam Flooring Composition.
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