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  • Bayer at MD&M West 2014: Highlighted PC- & TPU-based Lifesaving Medical Solutions for Healthcare Market (Feb 18, 2014)
    Today, more than ever, people seem to always be on the move ... reluctant to slow down, even when medical treatment is needed. Medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) recognize this by developing products that will help patients get back on their feet more quickly, and by contributing to a better overall quality of life. When seeking materials that can meet their rigorous specifications, OEMs turn to Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
  • Evonik Develops Polymer Tech. to Aid PEBA/EFEP Bonding; Streamlines Catheter Manufacturing Process (Feb 18, 2014)
    Evonik Corporation has developed a new polymer technology which adheres directly to Daikin America, Inc.'s modified fluorinated ethylene-propylene copolymer (EFEP). The complementary properties of the two materials greatly improve catheter quality and reliability while reducing manufacturing costs through co-extrusion. These two material technologies allow for a more efficient manufacturing process, not only creating a very strong bond between the two polymers, but also saving manufacturing costs.
  • Momentive at Strategies in Light: To Unveil LSR Light Diffuser Line for LED's Optical Components & more (Feb 18, 2014)
    At the Strategies in Light show, Feb. 25-27, Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM) will showcase a new liquid silicone rubber (LSR) light diffuser line and additions to the Ultra Clear Silopren* LSR 7000 and SilCool* TIA series. The LSR light diffuser line combines LSR technology with a specialty filler that can enable an even longer life span of optical components in LED lighting, as compared to current technologies.
  • Plastics One Selects Celanese's Riteflex® 640A TPC-ET for Medical Cable and Connector Systems (Feb 18, 2014)
    Riteflex® 640A thermoplastic polyester elastomer (TPC-ET) from Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, is the material of choice for medical cable and connector systems produced by Plastics One Inc. Plastics One uses Riteflex 640A TPC-ET because it provides the right durability and balance of properties required for medical cable and connector systems designed for patient diagnostics and monitoring applications, nerve integrity monitoring, hearing enhancement, and sleep and respiratory studies.
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  • Husky at Chinaplas 2014: To Showcase Latest Technologies in Hot Runners & Controllers (Feb 17, 2014)
    Husky Injection Molding Systems recently announced that it will be exhibiting at Chinaplas 2014 (April 23 - 26, Shanghai, China) and will focus on showcasing its latest technologies in hot runners and controllers. Husky recently established its hot runners and controllers business as a strategic priority and is focused on developing innovative products and services that solve customers' key injection molding challenges in areas such as gate quality, balance, ease of use and maintainability.
  • Ricoy Supermercados Selects Cardia Bioplastics' Retail Carrier Bags for Brazilian Market (Feb 17, 2014)
    Cardia Bioplastics Limited continues to expand its retail carrier bag sales in international markets after having been selected as the preferred bag supplier to Ricoy Supermercados in Brazil. Ricoy Supermercados is one of Brazil's largest regional supermarket chains operating 90 stores with more than 8500 employees in Brazil's premier state of São Paulo. Ricoy Supermercados, through its subsidiary Russi Supermercados ordered US$150,000 of Cardia Bioplastics bags over 4 months and successfully validated Cardia's product quality.
  • TOPAS at MD&M West: Showcased Line of COCs for Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (Feb 17, 2014)
    TOPAS Advanced Polymers showcased its versatile line of cyclic olefin copolymers (COC) for the medical device and diagnostic industry at the 2014 Medical Device and Manufacturing (MD&M) West exhibition February 11-13 in Anaheim, Calif. The company discussed its latest materials and newest applications at its booth in Hall E, Booth 917. TOPAS' unique manufacturing technologies are enabling the development of new COC grades with a range of useful performance capabilities.
  • Abundant Supply of Natural Gas & Overall Positive Economic Trend Contribute to Growth of Plastic Ind.: SPI (Feb 14, 2014)
    The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which represents the nation’s third largest manufacturing industry, supports President Obama’s efforts to create jobs and strengthen the middle class by expanding the economy and negotiating sensible trade agreements. The industry has remained highly competitive by finding innovative solutions and efficiencies, as well as by expanding its international reach to new markets.
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  • Corbion Purac, BASF & Others to Define Agenda at the Smithers Rapra’s Biopolymers Symposium 2014 (Feb 13, 2014)
    Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce that Corbion Purac, ecosVC, Green Blue, the Vancouver Aquarium, Unisource Global, BASF and International Paper headline the agenda for the 9th annual Biopolymers Symposium. Biopolymers 2014 will cover current industry drivers; advances in sustainable feedstocks; innovation in resins and monomers; functional non-plastic biopolymers; biopolymers and compostable packaging's role in zero waste; innovations in processing and performance and much more.
  • Graham Uses Agr Intl's Process Pilot® Automated Blowmolder Control System to Produce PET Bottles (Feb 13, 2014)
    Graham Packaging Co. L.P. is meeting challenges of PET bottle production with the help of Agr International’s Process Pilot® Automated Blowmolder Control system, along with the OptiCheck™ vision-based inspection and measurement system. Installed in the blowmolder, the Process Pilot uses a combination of powerful software and high accuracy sensors to proactively manage material distribution throughout the container.
  • Global PC Resin Market to Grow at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2013 to 2018, Predicts MarketsandMarkets (Feb 12, 2014)
    The report “Polycarbonate Resin Market by Applications (Automotive, Consumer, Electrical & Electronic, Medical, Optical Media, Packaging & Sheet & Film) & Geography - Trends & Forecasts to 2018” defines and segments the global polycarbonate resin market with analysis and forecasting of the global revenue and consumption. It also identifies driving and restraining factors for the global polycarbonate resin market with analysis of trends, opportunities, burning issues, winning imperatives.
  • LIFT to Install Gerber’s GERBERcutter® & Laser Ply Layup System to Develop Prototype Products (Feb 11, 2014)
    The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) will install a GERBERcutter® and laser ply layup system from Gerber Technology and its subsidiary, Virtek Vision, in its new Composite Prototyping Center (CPC). The systems will be available to manufacturers to develop prototype products containing composite materials.
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  • Toray Plastics Introduces Torayfan® PC5 Metallized BOPP Film for Tri-laminations & Foil Replacement (Feb 11, 2014)
    Toray Plastics (America), Inc., announces to consumer packaged goods manufacturers and packaging converters the introduction of new Torayfan® PC5 metallized BOPP film, a versatile ultra-high oxygen- and moisture- barrier film that can be used in tri-laminations, as a foil replacement, and as an overwrap lamination or wrapper. New Torayfan PC5 high-barrier metallized BOPP, is a durable, cost-effective replacement for foil in a typical paper/PE/foil/PE packaging structure.
  • Eastman to Unveil Eastalite™ Copolyester for Rigid Medical Packaging at MD&M West Show (Feb 10, 2014)
    Eastman Chemical Company is enhancing its medical packaging portfolio with Eastalite™ copolyester, the company's first opaque offering. The material complements the company's other medical packaging copolyester offerings: Eastman Eastar™ 6763 and Tritan™ MP100. Eastalite is a sustainable alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for opaque rigid medical packaging. It meets the demand for cost-effective, styrene-free material that is easier to process.
  • SPI’s Bioplastics Council to Host Second Annual Contest to Honor Innovation in Bioplastics (Feb 10, 2014)
    Outstanding innovators who have created unique applications for bioplastics materials, products or processes have an opportunity to compete for an Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The second annual contest, presented by the Bioplastics Council, a division of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association is designed to promote creative thought and to spotlight forward-thinking organizations.
  • Lehvoss Unveils LUVOCOM® 8000, a Series of PEEK Wear Compounds for Automotive & Industrial Mkts (Feb 7, 2014)
    Lehvoss North America, a subsidiary of Lehmann & Voss, has introduced LUVOCOM® 8000, a new series of PEEK wear compounds. By substituting traditionally used PTFE with new proprietary additives, the company has made it possible to further elevate the wear resistance of PEEK compounds.
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  • PolyOne Introduces ECCOH™ XLS, a Non-halogen Formulation for FR Wire & Cable Applications (Feb 6, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation recently announced the launch of ECCOH™ XLS low smoke and fume, non-halogen formulation for flame retardant wire and cable applications. This new moisture-cured solution from PolyOne helps manufacturers improve supply chain logistics to streamline manufacturing and optimize performance.
  • Zyvex Launches Arovex® HT, a Highly Toughened Nanocomposite for Use in Auto, Aircrafts & more (Feb 6, 2014)
    Zyvex Technologies introduced a second-generation nanocomposite highly toughened with carbon nanotubes called Arovex® HT. Building on the broad mechanical property advantages of the first generation of nanocomposites developed by Zyvex, Arovex HT was designed for customers of any industry with products that can't afford to fail.
  • Kraton Collaborates with LCY Chemical Corp. to Strengthen its Styrenic Block Copolymer Business (Feb 5, 2014)
    Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. a global producer of highly-engineered polymers announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with the styrenic block copolymer ("SBC") operations of Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corp. ("LCY"). The transaction will combine Kraton's broad product portfolio and innovation platform with LCY's cost-effective and innovative SBC operations and its proven record of driving growth in China and broader Asia.
  • ChargePoint Selects Bayer's Makrolon® Polycarbonate for CT4021 Bollard Dual Charging Station (Feb 4, 2014)
    Electric mobility, a more sustainable means of transportation that reduces dependence on oil, is gaining traction globally. Public charging stations are being installed in increasing numbers to support the growing number of electric vehicles on the road. Polycarbonates from Bayer MaterialScience are playing a role in protecting these charging stations from the elements.
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