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  • Sierra Resins Unveils Injection Moldable Z-Resin Compound Containing Recycled GTR (Sep 24, 2014)
    Ground Tire Rubber (GTR) is used in asphalt paving, synthetic mulch, and various types of athletic field surface top dressing, among other applications. Without tire recyclers, billions of tires would hit landfills on an annual basis. "The whole idea behind Z-Resin development was straight forward; to determine applications for various GTR percentages and mesh sizes when we loaded GTR with a polyolefin resin and a binder during Masterbatch compound creation," said John Tersigni, CEO of Sierra Resins.
  • Stratasys Introduces Multi-material 3D Printers Featuring Unique Triple-jetting Technology (Sep 24, 2014)
    Stratasys Ltd., among the leading global providers of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced the Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers featuring the company's unique triple-jetting technology. Stratasys triple-jetting technology is designed to allow the user to build products with up to three different materials in a single run, or even mix multiple material droplets to form new digital materials such as tough Digital ABS.
  • DuPont to Increase Ethylene Copolymers Production Capacity to Meet Growing Market Demand (Sep 23, 2014)
    As among the leading suppliers of high-performance materials to the packaging, automotive, industrial and consumer industries, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers announced its intent to continue to increase production capacity of its ethylene copolymers assets at its Texas manufacturing facilities to meet growing market demand. Plans include a series of investments totaling more than $100 million to be completed over the next 3 to 4 years.
  • Saint-Gobain Seals & BIEGLO at Fakuma: To Show Meldin® 7000 Thermoset PI for Auto & Aero (Sep 23, 2014)
    From October 14th to 18th, in Hall B4 - Booth #4113 at the Fakuma show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Saint-Gobain Seals and BIEGLO will be showcasing the Meldin® 7000 product (thermoset polyimide material). The Fakuma show offers a comprehensive overview of all plastics technologies, from raw materials and basic shapes, manufacturing and distribution, to injection molding and extrusion technology or thermoforming.
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  • INVISTA Introduces Raptor™, the Industry's First Nylon 6,6 Homogenous Single Wall Line Pipe (Sep 22, 2014)
    INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, introduced Raptor™ nylon pipe, the industry’s first nylon 6,6 homogenous single wall line pipe that withstands temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures up to 500 PSI, while also being fast to install. During the development of the new line pipe, the company’s technical team kept corrosive liquids, impacts, abrasions, high temperatures, and daily wear and tear from the oil patch top-of-mind.
  • Milliken at Pack Expo: to Exhibit PP Incorporating Millad® NX™ 8000 Clarifier for Packaging (Sep 22, 2014)
    Milliken & Company will launch a new leading-edge nucleator for injection molding high-density polyethylene (HDPE) at Pack Expo International in Chicago. The new polymer additive allows packaging manufacturers to achieve increased levels of productivity and performance and a reduction in material waste. Milliken will also showcase ultra-clear polypropylene (PP) featuring for thermoformed, blow-molded and injection-molded plastic packaging.
  • Forward Technology's HQ Expansion to Fortify its Position in Plastic Welding Equipment Mkt (Sep 19, 2014)
    Forward Technology, among the leading manufacturers of standard and custom plastic welding equipment and testing systems, has announced a major expansion at its Cokato, Minn. headquarters site, which will enable the company to significantly expand penetration into growing markets. Forward Technology's 10,000-sq-ft expansion includes 6500 sq ft of extra manufacturing space and 3500 sq ft of new sales/office room.
  • Genomatica Announces Outcomes of Using its Patented Integrated Biotechnology Platform (Sep 19, 2014)
    Genomatica announced the latest results from the use of their proprietary, integrated biotechnology platform. Genomatica uses their platform to develop processes that harness biotechnology as an integral part of converting alternative feedstocks to major chemicals. Genomatica leveraged their platform to create microorganisms that achieved a 'titer' (concentration of product) of over 50 grams per liter for one of their programs in less than half the time required by an earlier program.
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  • Lehmann & Voss Acquires Performance Compounding to Achieve Growth Targets in USA (Sep 19, 2014)
    Lehmann & Voss announces that it has acquired Performance Compounding LLC. This acquisition will further expand its position in the important US market and continue its strategy of internationalization. In 2013, Lehmann & Voss founded the sales company Lehvoss North America. Now the second key step in the systematic development of the US market is taking place. Headquartered in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, Performance Compounding produces a wide range of melt processable fluoropolymers and engineering plastics.
  • IDSA to Organize Conference & 'IDSA Design Center' Pavilion at NPE2015 (Sep 18, 2014)
    In an agreement between the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, IDSA will organize a conference and "IDSA Design Center" pavilion at NPE2015, it was announced by SPI, which produces the triennial NPE. NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase will take place March 23-27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.
  • INVISTA Offers New Developmental Transparent Nylon to Bridge Cost/Performance Gap (Sep 18, 2014)
    Presenting customers with a new option that has attractive properties and performance, INVISTA's developmental transparent nylons are now available for sampling. Through dedicated research and development, INVISTA has created several transparent nylon offerings that have prime blending capabilities, unique performance and a competitive price point. INVISTA's transparent nylons could replace polycarbonate in some applications.
  • Local Motors & Others Successfully Printed & Assembled 3D-printed Car Using DDM at IMTS (Sep 18, 2014)
    History was made when the world's first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle was printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive on September 13. Called the Strati, the vehicle was 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car.
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  • Packaging is the Biggest Application of Biodegradable Plastics: MarketsandMarkets (Sep 17, 2014)
    The report "Biodegradable Plastics Market by Type (PLA, PHA, PBS, Starch Based Plastics, Regenerated Cellulose, PCL), by Application (Packaging, Fibers, Agriculture, Injection Molding) – Global Trends and Forecasts to 2019" defines and segments the global biodegradable plastics market with an analysis and forecast of its global volume and value. The report also defines driving and restraining factors for the global biodegradable plastics market with the analysis of trends, opportunities, burning issues, winning imperatives, and challenges.
  • SPI & SPI Bioplastic Council to Host Winner of Innovation in Bioplastics Award at NPE2015 (Sep 17, 2014)
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the SPI Bioplastics Council announced that NPE2015, in addition to being one of the premier events of the entire plastics industry, will also host, for the first time, the winner of the 2015 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. SPI and its Bioplastics Council have been receiving submissions for the 2015 Innovation in Bioplastics Award since officially opening the competition earlier in September.
  • DSM Unveils Dyneema Purity® Radiopaque UHMWPE Fiber for Devices Used in Orthopedic Trauma (Sep 16, 2014)
    DSM, among the global leaders in biomedical materials science and regenerative medicine, announced the launch of its Dyneema Purity® Radiopaque fiber, one of the radiopaque ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE) medical fibers in the world. The fiber is the newest addition to DSM's medical Dyneema Purity® fiber portfolio. Dyneema Purity® Radiopaque fiber is designed to support the development of medical devices for use in orthopedic trauma.
  • Eastman's Cyphrex™ Flat PET Fibers Offer Functional Benefits to Nonwoven Manufacturers (Sep 16, 2014)
    New product possibilities are on the horizon for manufacturers of wetlaid nonwovens and specialty papers with the addition of a flat PET fiber to the Cyphrex™ microfibers portfolio. This fiber, with its novel cross section, enables functional benefits such as uniformity, lightweight strength and improved processability compared with other synthetic microfibers. Flat PET Cyphrex fibers are less than 0.4 denier in size.
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  • PTI Embarks on Initiative to Help Bottle Producers Reduce their Energy Costs (Sep 16, 2014)
    Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI), among the global leaders in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) package development, is embarking on an initiative to help bottle producers reduce their energy costs. The company already has successfully reduced costs for a handful of North American brand owners who are self-manufacturing bottles by as much as a half a million dollars annually per plant. Its goal is to expand the initiative to other companies as well as countries.
  • WBENC Certifies Plastic Injection Molding Company Magenta as 'Woman Owned Business' (Sep 16, 2014)
    Magenta, LLC a Chicago-based, plastic injection molding company has been certified as a "woman owned business" by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), making it one of the certified woman-owned, plastic injection molding manufacturers in the State of Illinois. Magenta is an environmentally friendly, socially responsible company with a strong commitment to impeccable quality and American manufacturing.
  • Stratasys Unveils UV-Resistant ASA Thermoplastic for FDM-based Production 3D Printers (Sep 15, 2014)
    Stratasys Ltd., among the leading global providers of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced availability of a new thermoplastic material option for its FDM-based production 3D printers: ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate). ASA is an all-purpose material used for the production of prototypes, manufacturing tools and finished goods. Manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods and construction industries can benefit from ASA's UV stability, strength and durability.
  • Barrier Plastics Launches HDPE-based Baritainer® IBC for Packaging & Shipping of Chemicals (Sep 12, 2014)
    Barrier Plastics, Inc. announces the launch of its new Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC). A full year of research and development went into the release of the IBC, which is made with HDPE and Quoral® Barrier Resin. The IBC serves as an alternative to fluorinated and multilayer IBCs for the packaging and shipping of chemicals requiring barrier protection. Barrier Plastics is the only US Company to manufacture UN-rated monolayer barrier Intermediate Bulk Container.
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