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  • Scientists Develop Colorful Plastics by Designing Surface Structures at Nanoscopic Level (Aug 4, 2014)
    Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process — think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. Their paper on using structure — or the shapes and architectures of materials — rather than dyes, to produce color appears in the ACS journal Nano Letters.
  • Stratasys Creates ABS-M30 Thermoplastic-based 14-foot Tall 3D-printed Giant Creature (Aug 4, 2014)
    Stratasys Ltd., among the global leaders of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, collaborated with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, Condé Nast Entertainment and WIRED to create a 14-foot tall giant creature which it showcased at the Comic-Con International 2014 conference [July 24-27] in San Diego, California. The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School.
  • Amcor Flexibles Develops Renewable PE-based Bread Bag for Hovis' Seed Sensations (Aug 1, 2014)
    Amcor Flexibles is proud to be a driving force with Hovis Ltd in the development of the brand new Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag made with predominantly renewable polyethylene (PE). This is a significant sustainability improvement for the brand as the Seed Sensations bread bags made with renewable plastic have a 75% lower product carbon footprint than the former traditional bread bags made with plastic from non-renewable fossil sources. Seed Sensations, the most premium product in the Hovis range, is the first to be relaunched using renewable PE bags.
  • Elastocon Adds Two HD TPE Grades to its Rubber-like 8055 Series for Consumer Applications (Aug 1, 2014)
    Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., a strong contender in the thermoplastic elastomer marketplace with more than 5 complete lines of specialty TPEs for numerous applications, announces it has added two weighted HD (high density) grades to its rubber-like 8055 Series of TPEs. Applications for this new weighted TPE grades include anywhere where natural rubber has been used in products where additional weight is required, including garbage disposal drain plugs, traffic cones, fishing products, straps and other sports and leisure products.
  • Meredian & DaniMer Merge Under Meredian Holdings Group to Produce Renewable Resources (Aug 1, 2014)
    Meredian Inc., one of the world's largest producers of PHA and DaniMer Scientific, an international corporation focusing on the development of sustainably produced, renewable and biodegradable resources have merged under a wholly-owned subsidiary Meredian Holdings Group Inc. This merger took months of planning, approvals and precise execution.Meredian Holdings Group Inc. is now the new holding company with only common stock and the merged entities improve the strength of both our companies.
  • Universal Polymer & Rubber Completes Acquisition of Universal Rubber and Plastics (Aug 1, 2014)
    Universal Rubber & Polymer, Ltd. ("UP&R") announces its completion of the acquisition of Universal Rubber and Plastics (‘URP') of Tallmadge, OH. UP&R is an operating company of The Cypress Companies in Akron, OH. URP of Tallmadge, is among the leaders in custom extruded rubber products using microwave cure technology. URP of Tallmadge serves the Industrial, Commercial, Energy, and other markets and has distinguished itself in microwave cured rubber extrusion and secondary operations.
  • Bell Helicopter Selects Aurora to Manufacture Composite Parts for Bell 525 Relentless™ (Jul 31, 2014)
    Aurora Flight Sciences announced from the Farnborough Air Show that they have been selected by Bell Helicopter to manufacture composite airframe structures as part of the Bell 525 Relentless™ helicopter program. The composite fairings of the Bell 525's main engine cowling section will be manufactured and assembled at Aurora's Bridgeport, West Virginia facility. Aurora will work directly with the Bell Helicopter team to meet challenging schedule and production rate requirements.
  • Greene, Tweed & Aerolia Advance Use of Metal-replacing Thermoplastic Parts for Aerospace (Jul 31, 2014)
    Greene, Tweed, a U.S. based supplier for the Aerospace Industry and Aerolia, a French Aerostructures Tier 1 supplier announced that they have successfully advanced the use of thermoplastic composite materials for Aerospace structural metal replacement in complex-shape applications previously not suited for composites. The development project was performed under the R&D umbrella of CORAC (Council for Civil Aeronautics Research), which supports research and development efforts in the aviation sector focused on preservation of the environment and sustainable development.
  • Piper Plastics Unveils Kyron® MAX Thermoplastic Composites for Structural Components (Jul 31, 2014)
    The new Kyron® MAX series from Piper Plastics bridges the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. Kyron MAX materials allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals. The Kyron MAX series significantly changes the way design engineers think of plastic materials.
  • Solegear Bioplastics Receives Fund from WINN to Accelerate Plant-based Plastic Production (Jul 31, 2014)
    Solegear Bioplastics, among the leading developers of high-performance plant-based plastics, was selected to receive $1.6 million in funding from the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. WINN is a program offered by Western Economic Diversification Canada, a federal department. Designed to spur innovation and economic development, WINN helps small- and medium-sized technology businesses commercialize their products, services, and processes.
  • All-Rite Includes ENGEL 240 Victory Spex Injection Molding Machines for Automotive Programs (Jul 29, 2014)
    Providing diverse manufacturing capabilities — with services from mold design through finished sub-assemblies — has enabled All-Rite Industries to triple their size in under five years. The growth continues with All-Rite's recent expansion of their injection molding operations to include two new ENGEL 240 victory spex machines. The new machines were purchased to meet increased capacity requirements of two new automotive programs consisting of over 20 different molded parts.
  • Fabri-Kal's Plant-based Greenware® On-The-Go Boxes Earn USDA's Biobased Certification (Jul 29, 2014)
    Foodservice packaging supplier, Fabri-Kal, recently announced that Greenware® On-The-Go Boxes have been recognized for being made entirely from plants, earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. Containing 100 percent biobased content, the containers provide foodservice operators an innovative packaging solution to present food for grab-and-go consumption, increased consumer appeal and reduced environmental impact.
  • TFP & AGC AeroComposites Develop Lightweight Composite Solution for Aircraft Fuel Systems (Jul 29, 2014)
    Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP) and AGC AeroComposites (AGC) introduced a new lightweight composite solution for aircraft fuel systems at the Farnborough International Airshow [15th & 16th July]. This joint development, patent pending, enables the electrical resistance of composite components to be precisely controlled and has the potential to provide a weight saving of up to 200 kg per aircraft.
  • CSP to Acquire Magna's Composites Operations to Sustain On-going Growth in SMCs Market (Jul 28, 2014)
    Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), among the global leaders in lightweight composite solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP one of the world's largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounders and manufacturers, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.
  • Celanese to Expand Manufacturing Capabilities for Celstran® LFRT at Brazilian Facility (Jul 25, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at the company's Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran® long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production. The Celstran® expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2015. This new Celstran® LFRT production operation will be part of the company's manufacturing site in Suzano.
  • BASF and Alpek Unite on EPS & PU Business Activities for Polioles JV in Mexico (Jul 24, 2014)
    Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. ("Alpek") and BASF announced that they have signed agreements concerning the EPS (expandable polystyrene) and PU (polyurethane) business activities of their Polioles joint venture in Mexico, and BASF's EPS business in North and South America, excluding BASF's Neopor®(grey EPS) business. Alpek will acquire all of Polioles' EPS business activities, including its EPS production site in Altamira, Mexico.
  • Bayer's PUR- & Deceuninck's Tech.-based Balcony Door from Inoutic Wins Innovation Award (Jul 24, 2014)
    Inoutic, a member of the Deceuninck Group NV, was recently honored for a prototype of a balcony door with a profile depth of just 59 mm. This profile was pultruded by another member of the Deceuninck Group — Deceuninck North America — using the company's innovative Rovex™ technology and polyurethane raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience LLC. For several years, Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Deceuninck North America have successfully worked together to advance applications for windows and doors.
  • Cytec & Dralon Collaborate to Explore Opportunities for Large Tow Industrial Grade CF (Jul 24, 2014)
    Cytec Industries Inc. (CYT) announced that they have entered into strategic discussions with Dralon GmbH, the recognized German manufacturer of acrylic fibers, to support the exploration and development of large tow industrial grade carbon fiber. Demand for large tow carbon fiber is projected to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by increasing use in industrial markets such as automotive, whereby OEM manufacturers are actively researching the technology to help them achieve lighter-weight vehicles with greater fuel efficiency.
  • Honeywell's Spectra Shield® Ballistic Material Finds Application in RCS's Body Armor Plates (Jul 24, 2014)
    Honeywell announced that its Spectra Shield® ballistic material is being used as a critical component for body armor plates recently introduced by Reed Composite Solutions (RCS). The ballistic material is being used in RCS's AMURTM Models 3600 and 3610 rigid plates, which are inserted into law enforcement and military vests and have been specified or sold on six continents to date. The Spectra Shield material increases the bullet-stopping capability of the plates, while allowing for designs that are more comfortable for the wearer.
  • AGC AeroComposites Offers Integrated Composites to Meet Rising Demand in Aero & Defense (Jul 23, 2014)
    AGC AeroComposites is responding to the growing demand in the aerospace and defense industry by partnering with key customers to provide lifecycle solutions and affordable integrated composites. Fueled by growth in the civil and defense market, the use of composites is forecasted to grow at 8.5% per year. Evidence of this increase can be seen with the composite content on modern aircraft growing from 10% on the Boeing 777 to over 50% on the Boeing 787.
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