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  • 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.
  • Trellis Earth Completes Acquisition of Cereplast's Assets and Factory in Seymour, Indiana (Jul 7, 2014)
    The acquisition of the former Cereplast company assets including the factory in Seymour, Indiana was completed. The asset purchase is paid in full and the fully executed Purchase Agreement has been entered on the record by the bankruptcy court Judge. This marks a new chapter in our company's evolution and bodes well for the "greening of the take-out" component of the American food service industry.
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  • US Demand for WPC & Plastic Lumber to Rise Over 13% Annually in 2015: Freedonia (Jul 7, 2014)
    US demand for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is projected to advance over 13 percent per year to $5.4 billion in 2015, creating a market for 2.6 billion pounds of plastic. Advances will be driven by a rebound in construction expenditures from a depressed 2010 base. Growth will be further boosted by increasing consumer demand for building products made from composite and plastic lumber, instead of natural wood and other traditional materials.
  • Bayer Offers PC & TPU Solutions for Revamp & Construction of Sports Stadiums in Brazil (Jul 4, 2014)
    Brazil has modernized and expanded its infrastructure in preparation for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and other major athletic events. One main area of activity was the renovation and construction of sports stadiums. Clever material solutions from Bayer MaterialScience are contributing to the comfort and safety of spectators, in everything from floors to roofing. One example is the "Estadio Nacional" in Brasilia.
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises Launches EUR 16 Mn Preform Injection Line to Produce PET Bottles (Jul 4, 2014)
    Founded in 1986, Coca-Cola's manufacturing site in Grigny, France exclusively produces PET bottles. The site has benefitted from an investment of €54 million since 2009. Recently company announced the launch of a new €16 million preform injection line. With this new line, the site will now be able to produce its own bottle preforms, which will then be blown up during the manufacturing process to become one of the every-day bottles used on site.
  • Conair's Adiabatic Cooling Towers Help Reduce Energy Consumption of Plastics Processors (Jul 4, 2014)
    Plastics processors who use EarthSmartTM Adiabatic Cooling Towers from Conair can reduce water and energy consumption and prevent contamination of process fluid, while maintaining stable leaving fluid temperatures even in hot weather. Process fluid circulates in a closed loop through tubing in the tower, so it is isolated from contamination and evaporation. Eleven models are available to handle nominal flow rates from as little as 45 gal/min (170 l/min) up to 510 gal/min (1930 l/min) of process fluid (35% ethylene glycol).
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  • ENGEL's Injection Molding Technology Enables Sterling to Achieve Double-digit Growth (Jul 4, 2014)
    Sterling Manufacturing Co. of Lancaster, Mass. has experienced a phenomenal level of growth — almost doubled — since their ownership change in mid 2011. To what do they attribute this growth? Investing in new technology. Whether it is a new, energy-efficient injection molding machine, innovative processing technology, integrated automation or the latest in 3D printers, Sterling Manufacturing has grown their business on new technology.
  • Victrex's PEEK Added to Modeling Database to Accelerate Aircraft Development Process (Jul 4, 2014)
    Three high performance thermoplastics from Victrex have been added to a leading material and modeling database called Digimat-MX to accelerate the application development process while helping to minimize component weight and costs. The material modeling data stored on the database helps engineers investigate and predict the behavior of composite materials. These are used, for example, to replace metal parts on commercial aircraft.
  • Companies are Urged to Engage in New Era of Disclosure Around their Use of Plastics (Jul 3, 2014)
    The environmental cost of the plastics used by corporations producing consumer goods likely mounts to more than 75 billion dollars a year, according to a first-time valuation released by the United Nations and others. This estimate is based on the cost of everything from greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the production of plastics to the eventual impact on wildlife and ecosystems "particularly in the oceans" of the resulting trash.
  • Dow Corning Introduces ABAA Evaluated Silicone Air Barrier System for Building Envelope (Jul 3, 2014)
    To address what current air barriers were lacking and deliver more of what architects need to design more sustainable buildings, Dow Corning Corporation — among the global leaders in silicones and silicon-based technology and innovation with more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry — has introduced an air and water barrier system. Evaluated by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), the Dow Corning® Silicone Air Barrier System is a suite of compatible high-performance silicone technologies.
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  • Global Natural Fiber Composites Market to Grow at a CAGR of 11.2% from 2014-2019: Lucintel (Jul 3, 2014)
    Natural fiber composites market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.2% during 2014-2019. The major drivers of natural fiber composites market are growing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly products, increasing penetration of natural fiber composites materials in automotive industry to take advantage of lighter weight parts, recyclability, and encouragement from various governments to market bio-composites products to protect human health and environment.
  • Saint-Gobain Seals Continues to Offer Spring-energized Seals for High-speed Surgical Drills (Jul 3, 2014)
    Saint-Gobain Seals continues its long-standing relationship with OEMs in the high-speed surgical drill market as their integral supplier of OmniSeal® spring-energized seals. The seals excel at protecting the sensitive internal components of the drill during surgery and sterilization, ensuring a long life of the tool. High-speed surgical drills are used for cranial, spine, ENT and orthopaedic procedures, typically small in size to accommodate maneuverability in tight spaces.
  • Solvay's Zeniva® PEEK-based Extremity Medical's HammerFiX™ Implant Receives FDA Clearance (Jul 3, 2014)
    Extremity Medical LLC, Parsippany, N.J., an entrepreneurial-based manufacturer of orthopedic implants for the distal extremities, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its new HammerFiX™ IP fusion system made of Zeniva® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers. Zeniva® PEEK — part of Solvay's line of Solviva® Biomaterials — has a modulus very close to that of bone plus excellent toughness and fatigue resistance.
  • Bayer at MD&M East: Highlighted Range of TPU Films for Medical Devices & Healthcare Markets (Jul 2, 2014)
    Bayer MaterialScience offers a wide range of thermoplastic polyurethane films and polyurethane-based adhesives and foams formulated to meet the rigorous requirements of today's medical device and healthcare markets. For OEMs looking for innovative materials to bring their latest products to market, you could say the solutions offered by Bayer are "just what the doctor ordered." The company highlighted its materials for this market at MD&M East 2014 — the East Coast's largest medical technology event.
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  • Braskem's CT&I Invests in GPC Equipment to Evaluate Polymer Chains Studied in Lab. (Jul 1, 2014)
    Braskem's Technology and Innovation Center (CT&I) in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul invested R$1 million to acquire a new piece of equipment for evaluating the sizes and changes in the polymer chains studied in the laboratories, which are important characteristics for the manufacture and application of the plastic resins developed by the company. The technology, which is known as gel permeation chromatography (GPC Polymer-Char), enables simultaneous analyses of polymer chains.
  • DSM Forecasts Benefits of Dyneema UHMwPE Fiber in Armor Protection for Helicopters & Boats (Jul 1, 2014)
    Emerging global trends are impacting the operating environment of light tactical interdiction vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations, particularly helicopters and patrol boats. As they engage in higher-risk scenarios, such as supporting clandestine operations and penetrating inner harbors and coastlines, these vehicles require enhanced armor protection that won't compromise their speed, agility, range and payload capacity.
  • Bayer Develops Reflective White PC Grades for Design-friendly & Energy-efficient Lighting (Jun 30, 2014)
    The business of lighting is changing rapidly. Because of its sustainability, LED lighting is gaining popularity in our living rooms and offices as well as the cars we drive. As lighting engineers and designers re-imagine energy-efficient lighting to meet this demand, they need cost-effective solutions and materials that offer improved reflectivity to optimize light output. Bayer MaterialScience LLC has developed new reflective white (RW) polycarbonate grades that can help lighting professionals deliver creative, design-friendly and energy-efficient lighting.
  • Global Market for Medical Polymers to Reach USD 17.05 Bn by 2020: Grand View Research (Jun 30, 2014)
    The global market for medical polymers is expected to reach USD 17.05 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing substitution of conventional materials such as glass and metals in medical devices by high performance polymers such as PVC and polypropylene coupled with growing demand for medical devices from the fast developing Asian healthcare market is expected to drive medical polymer demand over the next six years.
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