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  • ExxonMobil Shows Range of Vistamaxx PBE-based Samples for Compounding Use at Argenplas (Jun 19, 2014)
    Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomers (PBE) from ExxonMobil Chemical, which are helping companies turn product ideas into reality, are on display at Argenplas, XV International Plastics Exhibition, Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aries, Argentina, June 16-19, 2014. A range of product samples in which Vistamaxx PBE is being used for innovative solutions in compounding, polypropylene modification, film and hygiene applications are on display at the booths of two of ExxonMobil Chemical's distributors, Simko SA and Polimero Nacionales.
  • KraussMaffei Presented Injection Molding Solutions for US Market at Annual Open House (Jun 19, 2014)
    The KraussMaffei Group used the opportunity provided by the annual open house in Florence, Kentucky to showcase its portfolio. The Injection Molding segment presented various KraussMaffei injection molding solutions particularly suited for the US market. Applications related to consumer goods and packaging are taking center stage in the presentation. Reaction Process Machinery demonstrated the new KraussMaffei WinCap mold carrier in the US for the first time.
  • Teknor Apex's Flexalloy® 9614-73 PVC Elastomer for Cable Jacketing Resists Tough Conditions (Jun 19, 2014)
    A new PVC elastomer for cable jacketing withstands frigid outdoor and rugged industrial conditions while providing excellent flexibility and flame performance, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company. Flexalloy® 9614-73 elastomer is a 73 Shore A compound that is UV-stabilized and exhibits a brittle point of −65°C or below. The elastomer provides flexibility, tensile strength, and oil resistance and is designed to pass the CSA's FT4 vertical flame test.
  • Airbus at SAMPE BRAZIL Conf.: To Highlight Design of Complex A350XWB Composite Wing Covers (Jun 17, 2014)
    "Composite Design Challenges — Airbus A350XWB Wing Covers" is the topic of Airbus lecture at SAMPE BRAZIL Conference, which will be held on 11th November, simultaneously to FEIPLAR COMPOSITES & FEIPUR 2014, at Expo Center Norte, in S˜o Paulo — SP, Brazil. Paulo Lage, who lives in England, will be the lecturer. Technically advanced aircraft projects face considerable challenges.
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  • Bayer's Transparent Plastic Sheets Protect Soccer World Cup Stadium Against Sun & Rain (Jun 17, 2014)
    The weather in Brasilia is wildly erratic - scorching heat and heavy rain. The 70,000 spectators at the new Estádio Nacional, one of the venues for this year's soccer World Cup, have been protected against both. The solution is an extraordinary roof structure that is every bit as beautiful as it is functional. Sheets of a transparent, high-performance plastic from Bayer MaterialScience fend off the rain and the sun's rays.
  • Celanese Adds Polymer Compounding Process Lines at Kentucky Facility to Support the Demand (Jun 17, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced via a groundbreaking ceremony that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Florence, Kentucky, facility to add compounding process lines to support the continued customer demand for its advanced engineered materials products. The new compounding unit is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Elastocon Expands Line of Clear CLR Series; Adds Softer TPE Grades for Consumer Goods (Jun 17, 2014)
    Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., among the leading compounders and suppliers of numerous lines of soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), has expanded its clear (CLR Series) to include several new, softer grades (Shore 15 — 40 A). These new grades have been formulated for consumer goods and applications requiring clarity, a soft touch and U.V. stability. Specifically, the 4 new CLR grades are offered in Shore A hardnesses of 15, 20, 30, 35 and 40.
  • SPE's Thermoforming Division Issues Call for Entries in Annual Parts Competition (Jun 17, 2014)
    The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its annual Parts Competition, showcasing the latest advances in thermoforming design and application. The submission deadline is August 15, 2014. The parts entered in the Competition will be on display during the 23rd SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 15-18 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois.
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  • EFSA Certifies Phoenix Technologies' rPET Manufacturing Process (Jun 16, 2014)
    Phoenix Technologies International, among the leading producers of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), has been given a green light by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its manufacturing process based on extra small particle size technology. EFSA's Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavorings and Processing Aids is responsible for the recycling process safety assessment.
  • Ford & Heinz Explore the Use of Tomato Fiber to Develop Bioplastic Material for Vehicles (Jun 16, 2014)
    It might seem that tomatoes and cars have nothing in common. But researchers at Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company see the possibility of an innovative union. Researchers at Ford and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibers in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing. Specifically, dried tomato skins could become the wiring brackets in a Ford vehicle or the storage bin a Ford customer uses to hold coins and other small objects.
  • Global Mkt for Thermoformed Plastics Products to Grow up to 9.4 Bn lbs by 2019: BCC Research (Jun 16, 2014)
    BCC Research reveals in its new report, Thermoformed Plastics: Global Markets, the global plastic thermoformed product market is expected to grow to 9.4 billion lbs by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%. The electronic packaging category is the fastest moving subsegment in this market, growing at a CAGR of 4.9%. The last decade has witnessed an increase in the use of thermoformed plastic products as the result of improved technologies and cost reductions.
  • Toray Introduces Eco-friendly, High-barrier Torayfan® CBS2 BOPP Film for Packaged Goods (Jun 16, 2014)
    Toray Plastics (America), Inc., introduces Torayfan® CBS2 film, an environment-conscious, clear, high-oxygen- and moisture-barrier BOPP film designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, crisp salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes, and confections, as well as pet food and treats and non-food items. Consumer packaged goods companies and converters can now create value-added transparent PVdC-free laminations that provide an excellent oxygen and moisture barrier, which help keep foods fresh, flavorful, and aromatic.
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  • Westlake Chemical Acquires Specialty PVC Producer Vinnolit & its Subsidiaries from Advent (Jun 16, 2014)
    Westlake Chemical Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm. Vinnolit is among the integrated global leaders in specialty polyvinyl chloride ("PVC") resins. The acquisition price of 490 million will be financed using existing Westlake cash and credit facilities. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014, subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory review.
  • Dell Uses UL-Environment Certified Closed-loop Recycled Plastics to Manufacture Computers (Jun 13, 2014)
    Dell announced new sustainability initiatives designed to increase the ways that its IT solutions make lasting contributions to the planet. Dell is the first in the IT industry to introduce carbon-negative packaging, through a partnership with Newlight Technologies, inventor and manufacturer of AirCarbon. Dell also is the first to use UL-Environment certified closed-loop recycled plastics in the manufacturing of computers.
  • Eastman Introduces Spectar™ Stratus Copolyester for Expanding LED Lighting Segment (Jun 13, 2014)
    Not since the invention of the light bulb has the lighting industry experienced so much innovation. Fueled by governmental regulations and technological advancements, LED's share of the lighting market is projected to grow to approximately 70 percent by 2020.1 Eastman Chemical Company is bringing its unique expertise and knowledge of durable and sustainable copolyesters to the rapidly expanding LED lighting segment with the introduction of Eastman Spectar™ Stratus copolyester.
  • Sylvin at MD&M East: Showcased Flexible Vinyl Compounds for Medical Device Applications (Jun 13, 2014)
    Sylvin Technologies Inc. exhibited at the MD&M East Trade show on June 10-12 in New York City in booth #542. Sylvin showcased their flexible vinyl compounds that satisfy the demands of medical and other highly regulated applications, including FDA and CPSIA, Medical, NSF, toys, household appliances, and food handling equipment. Product featured includes the 2990 Clear Series which specifically utilizes FDA sanctioned ingredients and is suitable for clear flexible tubing such as catheters and fluid management systems.
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  • Scientists Develop Process to Make Biodegradable PHA from Waste Methane (Jun 12, 2014)
    Scientists are making PHA (a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used in yogurt containers) from waste methane. What if we could make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if plastics didn't accumulate in our landfills? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30 percent of the world's plastics with a biodegradable substitute? Researchers have tried for decades to achieve these goals.
  • Teknor Apex Develops Diverse Portfolio of Flexible PVC Compounds for Indoor Construction (Jun 12, 2014)
    A diversified portfolio of new flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction products exhibits up to 90% lower emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than a comparable standard PVC while also enabling manufacturers to address other pressing regulatory issues, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company. The new compounds are based on three innovations by Teknor Apex: additive formulations designed for low VOC emissions; non-phthalate plasticizers, including types that generate lower VOC emissions than conventional plasticizers; and "bio-based" plasticizers derived from renewable plant byproducts, also including versions with low VOC emissions.
  • Tinkerine Launches Plant-derived, Biodegradable PLA-based 3D Printing Filament (Jun 12, 2014)
    Tinkerine Studios Ltd., a Canadian 3D printer company that manufactures and distributes 3D printers and software, announced the launch of their 1.75mm Polylactic Acid (PLA) Candy and Spring filament series. The wide range of colors in the new series of filament and cutting-edge packaging represent Tinkerine's ongoing commitment to sleek design and consumer appeal. Tinkerine filament is manufactured with strict quality, consistency, and purity (no fillers), at a value price point," said Eugene Suyu, President and CEO, Tinkerine.
  • Asahi Kasei Chemicals to Construct Second Plant for Plastic Compounds in US for Auto Sector (Jun 11, 2014)
    Asahi Kasei Chemicals has finalized a decision to construct a plant for plastic compounds in Athens, Alabama, as the second plant of its US subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA). The number of automobiles manufactured in North America is increasing in line with a recovery in the US economy, and further growth is anticipated as the population increases. With increasingly stringent environmental regulations and heightening environmental awareness among consumers, demand growth is particularly strong for plastic compounds that replace metal in automotive components to reduce vehicle weight.
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