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  • Cambro Named Bayer as Diamond Class Gold Level 'Quality Assurance Vendor' for Makrolon® PC (Jul 14, 2014)
    As the saying goes, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That's certainly true of the demanding food service industry, where products need to withstand daily wear and tear, including rough handling and industrial cleaning processes, while still meeting food safety requirements. As such, the materials used to produce foodservice products must be equally up to the task.
  • Global Phenolic Resin Market to Reach an Estimated Value of USD 13.3 Bn by 2019: Lucintel (Jul 14, 2014)
    The global phenolic resin market is expected to reach an estimated value of $13.3 billion by 2019. One of the major drivers of phenolic resin market is the demand for heat resistance, better corrosion resistance, and chemical resistance materials in automotive under hood and break components. Increasing use of fire retardant materials in construction and furniture industry is also driving the demand of phenolic resin.
  • Kraton Opens Innovation Center to Generate Developmental Polymer & Processing Technologies (Jul 14, 2014)
    Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., among the leading global innovators and producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers, announced the opening of its new Kraton Innovation Center in Belpre, Ohio. This pilot facility allows Kraton to manufacture a wide range of SBC-type materials in quantities ranging from 25 kilograms to 50 metric tons. The facility and its high-technology process equipment broadens the company's abilities in polymeric chemistry.
  • UMass Lowell Hosted Collaborative Research Seminar Featuring Dow, Natick Labs and GEC (Jul 14, 2014)
    The University of Massachusetts – Lowell hosted a seminar, billed as a collaborative research meeting between Dow Chemical Company, the US Army's Natick Laboratories, UMass Lowell's own Department of Plastics Engineering, and Gloucester Engineering Co., Inc. (GEC). The meeting was an all-day event with seven different presentations, tours of the UMass Lowell testing laboratories and research and development centers, and a collaborative research discussion session.
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  • PolyOne's ECCOH™ Sheathing Formulation Improves Durability of LEONI's Communication Cables (Jul 11, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, among the premier global providers of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, has worked with LEONI Special Cables GmbH to improve the durability and function of communication cables for oil and gas rigs with ECCOH™ High Performance Solutions. Technical support from PolyOne also enabled LEONI to accelerate time-to-market for the specialty cables.
  • Saint-Gobain Seals' OmniGasket™ Sealing Solution Offers Protection to Aircraft Wings (Jul 11, 2014)
    Saint-Gobain Seals' OmniGasket™ sealing solution is being utilized in the Aerospace market as a flanged sealing component on aircraft wing slats and their deicing telescopic duct system. Retained in a gasket, this sealing solution is machined from a Meldin® 7001 polyimide plate with a static OmniSeal® seal installed inside, and is mounted at the interface between the telescopic duct and the wing leading edge.
  • CCC Moves Deeper into Recycling with Acquisition of Envision Plastics and Ecoplast Corp. (Jul 10, 2014)
    Consolidated Container Co. is pushing deeper into recycled plastics with the purchase of sister companies Envision Plastics Industries LLC and Ecoplast Corp. Atlanta-based CCC, a rigid plastic packaging company already with more than 50 container manufacturing sites, adds two locations in Reidsville, N.C., and Chino, Calif., for Envision Plastics, a high density polyethylene recycler.
  • EPA Honors FRX Polymers with Environmental Merit Award for its Flame Retardant Plastics (Jul 10, 2014)
    FRX Polymers, Inc. (FRX), a manufacturer and marketer of Nofia®, a family of environmentally friendly inherently flame retardant plastics, announced that it has recently been awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award. The company was presented the award during the EPA New England Merit Awards ceremony on April 22, 2014 at Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. The EPA's New England Environmental Merit Awards program honors businesses, among others, who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of the region's public health and natural environment.
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  • HTI Plastics Installs KraussMaffei's Injection Molding Press for Natural Gas Fuel Cells (Jul 10, 2014)
    HTI Plastics, among the world leaders in custom injection-molded plastics manufacturing, announced it has installed one of the largest plastics injection molding press in its history, with the state-of-the-art capability of manufacturing large, thin-walled parts. The KraussMaffei high-speed precision molding press will be used initially to manufacture natural gas fuel cells.
  • Solvay Unveils Film Grades of Halar® ECTFE with UV Blocking Tech. at Intersolar N. America (Jul 10, 2014)
    Solvay Specialty Polymers highlights its comprehensive portfolio of high-performance polymers for the solar power industry at the Intersolar North America exhibition July 8-10 in San Francisco. The company's offering was recently expanded with the addition of two new film grades of Halar® ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) resin, which features a unique patented UV blocking technology that was purpose-designed for PV front sheet applications capable of meeting the industry's 25-years' service life requirement.
  • Bayer's Translucent Makrolon® Lumen XT PC Sheet Plays 'Starring' Role in DIRECTV's Lobby (Jul 9, 2014)
    When designers and lighting engineers at Electroland envisioned a new entrance to DIRECTV's lobby, they pictured an installation that would represent the convergence of artistic creativity, engineering expertise and fabrication know-how. But first they needed the right material to light the way. Enter Makrolon® Lumen XT polycarbonate sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC. Makrolon® polycarbonate sheet is easy to fabricate.
  • Celanese Helps IVP Plastics to Advance Gas-assist Injection Molding for Tubular Auto Parts (Jul 9, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, among the global technology and specialty materials company, is helping to advance gas-assist injection molding by providing material and processing expertise that IVP Plastics, a provider of solutions for thermoplastic components and assemblies, is using to reduce weight and costs of tubular cooling system parts for automotive engines. Celanese has a long relationship in working with IVP Plastics to solve material challenges.
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  • Dow Corning® HPI-1000 Building Insulation Blanket Offers Improved Thermal Resistance (Jul 9, 2014)
    Building designers and architects no longer have to make trade-offs in design to meet energy performance codes and regulations and reduce thermal bridging, thanks to a thin-profile, flexible insulation solution from Dow Corning Corporation — among the global leaders in silicones and silicon-based technology and innovation. Dow Corning® HPI-1000 Building Insulation Blanket offers significantly improved thermal resistance as compared to conventional insulation products.
  • A. Schulman Completes Acquisition of Ferro Corp.'s Specialty Plastics Business Assets (Jul 8, 2014)
    A. Schulman, Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of a selected majority of the assets of the Specialty Plastics business segment from Ferro Corporation for $91 million in cash. The agreement to acquire the assets was first announced on June 4, 2014. The acquisition includes four facilities located in the United States as well as operations in Spain. This acquisition is an excellent strategic complement to our existing capabilities and reflects our ongoing effort to expand our product offerings and geographic reach in target markets.
  • Eastman at AIA: Unveiled Expanded LLumar® iLLusions™ Decorative Window Film (Jul 8, 2014)
    Eastman Chemical Company unveiled its expanded LLumar® iLLusions™ decorative window film line at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) [June 26-28] National Convention in Chicago. At a fraction of the cost of etched glass, LLumar iLLusions can be used to create a mood, address a functional concern, or define a space. This decorative window film is available in a broad selection of styles, ranging from bold hues and opaques to patterns, textures, gradients, frosts, and specialty designs.
  • TSE's USDA-certified EcoSpray® Bio PUR Reinforcing Resin Won JEC Americas Innovation Award (Jul 8, 2014)
    The Biobased, Drop-In Solution for Styrene Polyester. TSE-EcoSpray® Bio is a biobased, polyurethane spray layup resin for reinforcing consumer and industrial fiberglass composite structures, such as baths, hot tub spas, boats, motor vehicle parts, construction and many others. It can be used with fiberglass chop. It's a drop-in solution that can replace styrene polyester in many applications. It’s 1:1 by volume, so application is quick and easy.
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  • City of Vancouver Honors Solegear Bioplastics with Excellence Award for Business Innovation (Jul 7, 2014)
    Solegear Bioplastics, among the leading developers of high-performance plant-based plastics, was awarded the City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Business Innovation in the "Green — 25 employees and Under" category. The City of Vancouver's Awards of Excellence honor the contributions of exceptional people making Vancouver a healthier, greener, more inclusive and more prosperous community.
  • Global Market Volume for Bioplastics to Grow up to 6 Bn Metric Tons by 2019: BCC Research (Jul 7, 2014)
    BCC Research reveals in its new report, Global Markets and Technologies for Bioplastics, the global market volume for bioplastics is expected to grow to nearly 6 billion metric tons by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.7%. Asia, second only to the Americas in terms of market share, is forecast to climb at a significant 32.2% CAGR. Over the past five years, support from powerful companies such as Coca-Cola, H.J. Heinz, Ford, AT&T, and Toyota is putting real wind in the sails of the bioplastics industry.
  • LinkTech to Launch Solvay's Udel® PSU-based High-flow Couplings for Healthcare Applications (Jul 7, 2014)
    LinkTech Couplings, among the leading global suppliers of quick couplings and valves with headquarters in Ventura, Calif., will launch in July the new 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel® polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications. The 3/8-in (0.95 cm) diam. high-flow couplings are more durable and provide greater high temperature stability (up to 280°F/138°C) compared to competing thermoplastics like polypropylene (PP).
  • PlastiComp Adds Line of Basalt Fiber Reinforced LFT Composites for Auto & Construction (Jul 7, 2014)
    PlastiComp, Inc., among the global leaders in long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, announced that it has introduced a line of basalt fiber reinforced LFT composites. These new long fiber products offer a significant increase in performance over short basalt fiber filled materials and are available in multiple resins matrices with 30-60% by weight fiber loadings. Derived from volcanic rock, the beneficial characteristics of basalt fiber include excellent corrosion resistance, high abrasion resistance, and inherent fire resistance.
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