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  • Victrex's PEEK Added to Modeling Database to Accelerate Aircraft Development Process (Jul 4, 2014)
    Three high performance thermoplastics from Victrex have been added to a leading material and modeling database called Digimat-MX to accelerate the application development process while helping to minimize component weight and costs. The material modeling data stored on the database helps engineers investigate and predict the behavior of composite materials. These are used, for example, to replace metal parts on commercial aircraft.
  • Companies are Urged to Engage in New Era of Disclosure Around their Use of Plastics (Jul 3, 2014)
    The environmental cost of the plastics used by corporations producing consumer goods likely mounts to more than 75 billion dollars a year, according to a first-time valuation released by the United Nations and others. This estimate is based on the cost of everything from greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the production of plastics to the eventual impact on wildlife and ecosystems "particularly in the oceans" of the resulting trash.
  • Dow Corning Introduces ABAA Evaluated Silicone Air Barrier System for Building Envelope (Jul 3, 2014)
    To address what current air barriers were lacking and deliver more of what architects need to design more sustainable buildings, Dow Corning Corporation — among the global leaders in silicones and silicon-based technology and innovation with more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry — has introduced an air and water barrier system. Evaluated by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), the Dow Corning® Silicone Air Barrier System is a suite of compatible high-performance silicone technologies.
  • Global Natural Fiber Composites Market to Grow at a CAGR of 11.2% from 2014-2019: Lucintel (Jul 3, 2014)
    Natural fiber composites market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.2% during 2014-2019. The major drivers of natural fiber composites market are growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly products, increasing penetration of natural fiber composites materials in automotive industry to take advantage of lighter weight parts, recyclability, and encouragement from various governments to market bio-composites products to protect human health and environment.
  • Saint-Gobain Seals Continues to Offer Spring-energized Seals for High-speed Surgical Drills (Jul 3, 2014)
    Saint-Gobain Seals continues its long-standing relationship with OEMs in the high-speed surgical drill market as their integral supplier of OmniSeal® spring-energized seals. The seals excel at protecting the sensitive internal components of the drill during surgery and sterilization, ensuring a long life of the tool. High-speed surgical drills are used for cranial, spine, ENT and orthopaedic procedures, typically small in size to accommodate maneuverability in tight spaces.
  • Solvay's Zeniva® PEEK-based Extremity Medical's HammerFiX™ Implant Receives FDA Clearance (Jul 3, 2014)
    Extremity Medical LLC, Parsippany, N.J., an entrepreneurial-based manufacturer of orthopedic implants for the distal extremities, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its new HammerFiX™ IP fusion system made of Zeniva® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers. Zeniva® PEEK — part of Solvay's line of Solviva® Biomaterials — has a modulus very close to that of bone plus excellent toughness and fatigue resistance.
  • Bayer at MD&M East: Highlighted Range of TPU Films for Medical Devices & Healthcare Markets (Jul 2, 2014)
    Bayer MaterialScience offers a wide range of thermoplastic polyurethane films and polyurethane-based adhesives and foams formulated to meet the rigorous requirements of today's medical device and healthcare markets. For OEMs looking for innovative materials to bring their latest products to market, you could say the solutions offered by Bayer are "just what the doctor ordered." The company highlighted its materials for this market at MD&M East 2014 — the East Coast's largest medical technology event.
  • Braskem's CT&I Invests in GPC Equipment to Evaluate Polymer Chains Studied in Lab. (Jul 1, 2014)
    Braskem's Technology and Innovation Center (CT&I) in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul invested R$1 million to acquire a new piece of equipment for evaluating the sizes and changes in the polymer chains studied in the laboratories, which are important characteristics for the manufacture and application of the plastic resins developed by the company. The technology, which is known as gel permeation chromatography (GPC Polymer-Char), enables simultaneous analyses of polymer chains.
  • DSM Forecasts Benefits of Dyneema UHMwPE Fiber in Armor Protection for Helicopters & Boats (Jul 1, 2014)
    Emerging global trends are impacting the operating environment of light tactical interdiction vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations, particularly helicopters and patrol boats. As they engage in higher-risk scenarios, such as supporting clandestine operations and penetrating inner harbors and coastlines, these vehicles require enhanced armor protection that won't compromise their speed, agility, range and payload capacity.
  • Bayer Develops Reflective White PC Grades for Design-friendly & Energy-efficient Lighting (Jun 30, 2014)
    The business of lighting is changing rapidly. Because of its sustainability, LED lighting is gaining popularity in our living rooms and offices as well as the cars we drive. As lighting engineers and designers re-imagine energy-efficient lighting to meet this demand, they need cost-effective solutions and materials that offer improved reflectivity to optimize light output. Bayer MaterialScience LLC has developed new reflective white (RW) polycarbonate grades that can help lighting professionals deliver creative, design-friendly and energy-efficient lighting.
  • Global Market for Medical Polymers to Reach USD 17.05 Bn by 2020: Grand View Research (Jun 30, 2014)
    The global market for medical polymers is expected to reach USD 17.05 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing substitution of conventional materials such as glass and metals in medical devices by high performance polymers such as PVC and polypropylene coupled with growing demand for medical devices from the fast developing Asian healthcare market is expected to drive medical polymer demand over the next six years.
  • Solvay's PARA & PAEK Show Strong Commercial Promise Over Metals in Medical Devices (Jun 30, 2014)
    Solvay Specialty Polymers — among leading global suppliers of high-performance thermoplastics offered for use in a range of markets including implantable and non-implantable medical devices — has released a case study which highlights the use of its high-performance polymers in the healthcare field. Surgical retractors made of Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) and AvaSpire® polyaryletherketone (PAEK) show strong commercial promise and are the latest examples from Solvay which showcase the advantages of high-performance polymers over metals in medical devices.
  • SPI's NPE 2015 to Feature 'Zero Waste Zone' to Promote Plastic Recycling & Sustainability (Jun 30, 2014)
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association will dedicate a special sector of the exhibit floor at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase to serve as a "Zero Waste Zone" focusing on the industry mandate to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics. Produced by SPI, NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015. Reflecting SPI's commitment to pursuing zero waste, the Zero Waste Zone will present recycling demonstrations, multiple displays of products made with post-consumer recycled material, a cradle-to-cradle education experience, and special events.
  • Dow Corning's MS-2002 Moldable White Reflector Silicone Wins 2014 Innovation Award at LFI (Jun 27, 2014)
    Dow Corning, among the global leaders in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, announced that its recently launched Dow Corning® MS-2002 Moldable White Reflector Silicone was the winner of the Non-Luminous Components, Specialty Hardware, Shades and Solar category at the 2014 LIGHTFAIR® International Innovation Awards. This marks the third time in two years that Dow Corning's Moldable Silicone product technology has garnered top recognition during LIGHTFAIR International's (LFI) annual awards.
  • LANXESS’ Plastic & Rubber Products Find Applications in Sports Goods for Soccer 2014 (Jun 27, 2014)
    Faster, better, stronger: Brazil will once again be alive with action from June 12 to July 13. At the soccer event 2014, it's all about peak performance. 32 nations will be competing in this world-class event. Like everywhere else in the world, the people at LANXESS in Cologne, Germany, will have their eyes on Brazil when the time comes again for great achievements. LANXESS is always a part of top-level competitive sports.
  • SABIC & Cima NanoTech Co-develop Transparent Conductive PC Film for Innovative Applications (Jun 27, 2014)
    With smart materials being one of the fastest growing areas of materials technology, SABIC and Cima NanoTech, a Singapore and US-based company, have announced the joint development of a plastics industry first: a transparent conductive polycarbonate film that has the potential to revolutionize the materials used in consumer electronics, household goods, automotive, architecture and healthcare.
  • Trellis Earth Acquires Cereplast's Bioplastics Production Facility in Indiana (Jun 27, 2014)
    Trellis Earth has acquired an 110,000 square foot bioplastics production facility in Seymour, Indiana from the defunct Cereplast which is being liquidated in bankruptcy court. It is paying $2.6 million for a factory, patent portfolio, and inventory with a replacement value over $8 million. This acquisition will fast track Trellis Earth's large scale injection molding and thermoforming operations in the United States, as it brings in new finishing equipment to this facility in the weeks and months ahead.
  • Amcor's 12 Oz PET Bottles Boost Sales of Dog's Fun and Healthy Beverage Drink (Jun 26, 2014)
    For dog owners who love to spoil their canines, Bowser Beer from 3 Busy Dogs, Seattle, Wash., has emerged as a popular pet product that has enjoyed strong national growth. Sales for the fun and healthy drink alternative — packaged in lightweight, shatter-resistant 12oz polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from Amcor Rigid Plastics — have tripled in the last three years. The explosive growth for the non-carbonated, non-alcoholic drink, created by founder Jenny Brown in 2008, mirrors the strong demand for pet products across the U.S.
  • MIT Spinout PK Clean Invents Continuous System to Convert Non-recycled Plastics into Crude Oil (Jun 26, 2014)
    Plastic is becoming a major problem worldwide: In 2012, the United States alone produced roughly 32 million tons of plastic waste, while only recycling about 9 percent of its plastic, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is because of the growing use of "non-recycled" plastics, primarily made of polystyrene and polypropylene. Seeing little return value, recyclers toss these plastics into landfills, where they pile up and never decompose.
  • Registration Opens for ACMA & SAMPE's Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (Jun 26, 2014)
    Registration is now open for CAMX — The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) to be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center, October 13-16, 2014. The exhibit hall, expecting over 500 exhibitors, will be open from October 14-16; the education program features more than 250 sessions and will run from October 13-16.
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