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  • 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.
  • SPE's ACCE Announces Winners of Scholarship Awards Sponsored by MEDC (Sep 4, 2014)
    The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced the winners of the group's annual SPE ACCE Scholarship Awards for the 2014-2015 academic years. Winning students whose composites-intensive projects were judged to have the greatest potential impact on ground transportation were Markus Downey of Michigan State University, Fatimat Oluwatoyin Bakare of University of Borås, and Sebastian Goris of University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Bridgestone Establishes BIPL in Chile to Offer Conveyor Belts for Mineral Transportation (Sep 3, 2014)
    Bridgestone Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Bridgestone Industrial Products America Inc. (BIP) has established Bridgestone Productos Industriales Latinoamerica SpA. (BIPL) in Santiago, Chile, a company dedicated to sell industrial materials such as conveyor belts and other related products. The new company will commence operations in October, 2014. By establishing BIPL, the Bridgestone Group will be able to more efficiently provide mining customers conveyor belts for transportation of minerals.
  • Duo to Offer Braskem's Sugarcane Ethanol-derived Green PE-based Mailing Bags for Resin Trade (Sep 3, 2014)
    International polymer distribution company Resin Trade Ltd has selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK, to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol. Green PE has been developed by Braskem, one of the largest petrochemical producers in the Americas, which has recently signed a partnership with Resin Trade to distribute its goods in the UK and Ireland.
  • OPA Responds on State Assembly's Rejection on Plastic Bag Ban in California (Sep 3, 2014)
    Lightweight plastic bags are still the most inexpensive, convenient, and cost-effective way to take our groceries home and to protect them from contamination. A Life-cycle Assessment written by Intertek in 2011 put the environmental credentials of lightweight plastic shopping bags ahead of paper, jute, cotton, or compostable plastic. Oil-based plastics do not cause resource-depletion, since they are made from a by-product of oil which used to be wasted.
  • Organizing Committee for SPE's ACCE Announces Best Paper Award Winners for 14th Annual Show (Sep 3, 2014)
    The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) recently announced the Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award winners for the group's fourteenth-annual show, September 9-11, 2014. Three winners — two speaking in the Virtual Prototyping & Testing of Composites technical session and one in the Nanocomposites session — who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 83 contenders will be honored for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies.
  • Global Epoxy Resin Market to Grow at a CAGR of 7.4% From 2014 to 2019: MarketsandMarkets (Sep 2, 2014)
    The report "Epoxy Resin market by Application (Coatings, Electronics, Construction, Wind Turbine, Composites, and Adhesives) and Geography - Trends & Forecast to 2019" defines and segments the epoxy resins market with an analysis and forecasting of the market size in terms of volume and value. The market of epoxy resin is projected to grow from an estimated $5,995.8 million in 2013 to $9,219.1 million by 2019, with a CAGR of 7.4% between 2014 and 2019.
  • Momentive Specialty Chemicals at SPE's ACCE: To Show Developments in Composite Resin Tech. (Sep 2, 2014)
    Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (MSC) will be highlighting its latest developments in composite resin technology at the upcoming Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE), Sept. 9 – 11 in Novi, Mich. Highlighted during the conference are three presentations from MSC experts covering Life Cycle Analysis, a new "crash box" concept for automotive production, and a fast cure prepreg compression molding system.
  • Sylvin Develops Series of Renewably-sourced Non-phthalate, Bio-based Compounds (Sep 2, 2014)
    With increasing regulations and health and safety requirements, it is important to have options and alternatives from your supplier. Recognizing the demand for a highly efficient yet more environmentally friendly alternative to general purpose Flexible PVC, Sylvin Technologies has developed a series of non-phthalate, bio-based compounds. Formulated from renewable feedstock, Sylvin's 32 series is formulated with a plant-based plasticizer rather than traditional petroleum-based plasticizers such as phthalates.
  • HARBEC Launches Biopolymer Partners Program to Support Objectives of Vendors & Customers (Sep 1, 2014)
    Based in Ontario, NY, HARBEC, Inc. is one of the best known as an innovative tooling, machining, prototype development, molding and production companies. HARBEC excels in the use of innovative materials, problem-solving, and working with R&D organizations on unique prototypes. HARBEC has capabilities for short (1-to-100 parts) or longer run (>1MM parts) production as well. HARBEC has supported the consumer products, sporting goods, aerospace, transportation, medical, marine, and energy industries.
  • WEF Recognizes Genomatica as Technology Pioneer for Biobased Chemical Production Process (Sep 1, 2014)
    Genomatica announced it has been named a 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) Technology Pioneer. Genomatica was chosen from hundreds of applicants by an independent selection committee comprised of 82 technologists and global thought leaders. The company was recognized for its biotechnology-based manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world's most widely-used chemicals a 'better way' with better economics and greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes.
  • New Dyna-Purge® D2 Allows Plastics Processors to Purge More Plastics with Just One Product (Aug 29, 2014)
    The Dyna-Purge® Division of Shuman Plastics, Inc., Depew (Buffalo), NY, USA has introduced New Dyna-Purge® D2, a breakthrough technology that enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. New Dyna-Purge® D2 delivers ease of use through its innovative scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal solution for injection, extrusion, compounding, and blow molding applications.
  • DSM at PACK EXPO: To Showcase PA 6- & TPC-based Flexible Food Packaging Film Portfolio (Aug 28, 2014)
    Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Material Sciences company, will showcase their portfolio for flexible food packaging at PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2-5 McCormick Place, Chicago). DSM's leadership in polyamide 6 (Akulon®) and thermoplastic copolyester for thin film (Arnitel®) for flexible food packaging is helping customers to provide better solutions to the world's rapidly changing food packaging needs, meeting the demand for food safety and reduced food and packaging waste.
  • VICTREX® PEEK Finds Application in OneSubsea's Downhole & Subsea Electrical Connectors (Aug 28, 2014)
    The highly-efficient Diamould product line of connectors for subsea and downhole applications relies on VICTREX® PEEK polymer. With proven performance in hostile environments, the high performance thermoplastic makes the connectors suitable for deepwater and high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) wellhead and downhole applications. Diamould connectors, developed and manufactured by OneSubsea™, are capable of wet-mate and de-mate cycles without loss of operational integrity, and are rated to 3,000 meter (9,843 feet) water depth due to the excellent insulation and long-term reliability of VICTREX PEEK.
  • Scientists Develop Process to Transform Edible Vegetable Waste into Bioplastics (Aug 27, 2014)
    Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules. Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker S. Bayer and colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology point out that plastic's popularity is constantly growing.
  • Amcor's RTD Barrier PET Container Provides Portability to Andrew Peller's New Spritzers (Aug 26, 2014)
    Andrew Peller Limited, among the leading producers and marketers of quality wines in Canada, has introduced skinnygrape spritzers, a popular low-calorie spritzer in a sleek-looking premium 330ml barrier polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle from Amcor Rigid Plastics, one of the world's leading producers of PET packaging. The ready-to-drink (RTD) premium PET container delivers convenience and portability due to its light weight and shatter-resistant characteristics, enabling this spritzer brand to be enjoyed at backyard barbecues, picnics, swimming pools, beaches, and other outdoor licensed venues.
  • Biopolymer & PHA Producer Meredian Receives Investment from Perry- McCall (Aug 26, 2014)
    Meredian Inc., a privately held biopolymer manufacturer and one of the world's largest producers of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), announced the receipt of an investment from the world class engineering and construction group, Perry-McCall. Prior to this investment decision, the group was selected and is currently building out Meredian's manufacturing facility to produce the completely biodegradable plastic.
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