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  • Plastic Films & Sheets Market to Grow at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2013 to 2018: MarketsandMarkets (Feb 4, 2014)
    The plastic films and sheets market is expected to grow at a decent pace during the coming decade driven by its increasing application in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Plastic films & sheets are primarily made of polyethylene and polypropylene. Flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid films are used for packaging and non-packaging purposes; however, flexible plastic films are fast gaining market share over the others. The report estimates global market size in terms of volume and revenue.
  • RTP Company Unveils Ultra Performance Series of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Compounds (Feb 4, 2014)
    Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company has elevated the mechanical properties of its portfolio of high temperature structural products to include new “ultra performance” compounds based on carbon fiber reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and PEI resin systems to create the highest performing thermoplastic products available.
  • Sepro America Moves to New Facility in Warrendale, PA to Support the Growth of Company (Feb 4, 2014)
    Sepro America, LLC, has moved to a new building that is nearly double the size of its previous space. The move was prompted, according to Jim Healy, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, by the recent double-digit growth of the company and the desire to provide customers with enhanced capabilities in training and application development. The new building is located in Warrendale, PA, a little more than 10 miles from their previous location in Emsworth. Both cities are suburbs of Pittsburgh.
  • Woodbridge's TrimVisible LE™ Molded Foam Technology Meets Low VOC Test Requirements (Feb 4, 2014)
    The requirements for lower volatile organic compound (V.O.C.) emission levels for automotive interior components, continue to gain traction in the industry and the global marketplace. In response, The Woodbridge Group® has announced TrimVisible LE™ low emission molded foam technology, to meet the most stringent VOC specifications. This innovation provides best-in-class VOC reductions while its neutral color improves the appearance of apertures in a trimmed seat assembly.
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  • Overall Demand for Composite Materials to Reach USD 4.7 Bn in 2019, Forecasts Composite Insights (Feb 3, 2014)
    The demand for composite materials in global aerospace industry has increased significantly in 2013 - primarily attributable to the continued ramp up of new and existing large commercial aircraft production and increased build rates across the civil helicopters and certain aircrafts within the business jet market.
  • Lubrizol, UGSI to Deliver CPVC- & Al-based ServiceGuard™ Composite Pipes to Construction Company (Jan 31, 2014)
    Engineered with FlowGuard® Bendable Multilayer technology from The Lubrizol Corporation, ServiceGuard(TM) Composite Pipe is a hybrid piping solution that combines the performance benefits of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) technology and the strength and durability of aluminum. Lubrizol recently entered into a technology agreement with Underground Solutions, an infrastructure technology and pipeline rehabilitation company, to deliver the new water service line material to the construction industry.
  • Nomacorc Utilizes Braskem’s Sugarcane Ethanol-derived I’m Green™ PE in its Wine Bottle Closures (Jan 31, 2014)
    Nomacorc, the leading producer of alternative wine bottle closures, is the first to create a plant-based closure, Select® Bio, using Braskem’s I’m green™ Polyethylene. Green PE is made from sugarcane ethanol, a 100 percent renewable material. Its major advantage is the fact that it is made from raw materials derived from renewable resources, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • SPE to Host 25th Intl Polyolefins Conf. with Focus on New Developments in Industry Investment (Jan 31, 2014)
    Abundant and cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing is transforming the polyolefins industry in the U.S.A., creating new opportunities for petrochemical and plastics companies. Reflecting this, “The Polyolefin Renaissance” will be the theme of next month’s 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) International Polyolefins Conference in Houston. Organized by the SPE South Texas Section, the conference will take place February 23-26, 2014.
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  • Ceresana Analyzes Global Market for Plastic Pipes & its Applications in its Latest Report (Jan 30, 2014)
    Pipes made of plastics are becoming more popular in all sectors. They have important advantages compared to those made from other materials such as aluminum, concrete, cast iron, copper, and steel. Due to their low weight, their resistance to corrosive effects and chemicals as well as the simple handling, e.g. trenchless installation, their importance in all application areas increases. Plastic pipes are mainly used in the areas sewage, drinking/potable water and gas supply, cable protection as well as in agriculture and industry.
  • UOP LLC Announces Selection of its UOP Process Tech. to Support Petrochemical Production in China (Jan 29, 2014)
    UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that two Chinese petrochemical producers have selected UOP process technology to help meet growing demand for key petrochemicals in China. Shandong Huachao Chemical Co., Ltd. will use the UOP C4 Oleflex™ process to produce isobutylene. In addition, Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical Co. Ltd. will use the UOP Butamer™ process to transform normal butane to isobutene and UOP’s C3/C4 Oleflex process to convert isobutane to isobutylene and propane to propylene for the production of plastics.
  • Berry Plastics Takes Over Qingdao P&B Co., Ltd to Enter into the Emerging Asian Packaging Market (Jan 28, 2014)
    Berry Plastics Group, Inc. announced that its acquisition of the controlling interest of Qingdao P&B Co., Ltd (P&B) has been approved by the competent approval authority in China. Pending registration with the local company registry, which is expected to be completed by February 2014, Berry Plastics will own 75 percent of P&B, with a minority ownership position retained by Peter Song, who is the original founder of P&B and the current General Manager of the business. Song will remain in the same position going forward.
  • Global Bioplastics Industry to Reach USD 7.02 Billion by 2018, Predicts Lucintel (Jan 28, 2014)
    The global bioplastic industry is expected to witness significant growth and reach an estimated $7.02 billion by 2018. The major forces that are driving bioplastic market are high consumer acceptance, danger posed by climate change, increasing price of fossil materials, and dependence on fossil resources.
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  • Graham Engineering Corporation Acquires Welex to Expand its Plastic Processing Technologies (Jan 28, 2014)
    Graham Engineering Corporation (GEC), York, PA, announced that it has acquired the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Welex Incorporated (Welex), one of the leading providers of high performance sheet extrusion solutions. This follows the Graham Group's acquisition of majority interest in American Kuhne (AK) in October 2012, furthering Graham's investment in plastic processing technologies.
  • INVISTA & LENZING Combine their Expertise in Fiber Tech. to Deliver Improved Cellulosic Denim Fabrics (Jan 28, 2014)
    INVISTA and Lenzing are working together to bring improved aesthetic performance to stretch fabrics. By combining INVISTA’s patented LYCRA® dualFX® fabric technology with LENZING’s TENCEL® fiber, the two companies are delivering a unique solution to the industry: cellulosic denim fabrics with significantly improved shape retention.
  • ANSI & SPI Announce New Standards ANSI/SPI B151.20, ANSI/SPI B151.27 for Plastic Machinery Safety (Jan 27, 2014)
    The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the publication of two recently revised and approved American National Standards on plastics machinery safety. ANSI/SPI B151.20 - 2013 Safety Requirements for Plastics Sheet Production Machinery, and ANSI/SPI B151.27 - 2013 Safety Requirements for the Integration of Robots with Injection Molding Machines, both of which address detailed safety requirements for the specific machine or group of machines.
  • Citadel Plastics Acquires Lucent Polymers, a Supplier of Engineered Plastics Compounds (Jan 27, 2014)
    Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc., a leading global compounder of thermoplastic and thermoset resins, recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Lucent Polymers (“Lucent”), a leading supplier of highly engineered compounds that heavily leverage sustainable inputs, from ChaQanooga, Tennessee-based River Associates Investments, LLC. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.
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  • Sigma Stretch Film Installs Two Stretch Film Production Lines from Gloucester Engineering (Jan 27, 2014)
    One of the leading U.S. stretch film producers Sigma Stretch Film recently installed two stretch film lines from Gloucester Engineering, including a five-layer cast stretch film line to the company's facility in Shelbyville, Kentucky and a five-layer blown stretch film line in Belleville, Ontario Canada. The two production lines will support Sigma's growing business and with the on-time delivery from Gloucester, the Cast film line has been in production since October 2013 and the Blown film line will be in production in early 2014.
  • Evonik Unveils VESTAMID® Care, TROGAMID® Care & VESTAKEEP® Care Polymers for Medical Devices (Jan 24, 2014)
    Evonik Corporation launched VESTAMID® Care, TROGAMID® Care and VESTAKEEP® Care product lines of high-performance polymers, which are designed specifically for use in medical devices.
  • General Plastics Adds New Grades to its PU-based LAST-A-FOAM® R-9300 Continuous Insulation Block Series (Jan 24, 2014)
    Polyurethane innovator General Plastics Manufacturing Company has added new products to its premier LAST-A-FOAM® R-9300 Continuous Insulation Block Series. Addressing the need for thermal isolation while supporting heavy structural loads, the company's expanded thermal block offerings extend a building insulation envelope from the roof to the foundation.
  • GOBIE® H2O Selects PolyOne’s GLS™ TPE Formulation for its Reusable Filtered Water Bottles (Jan 24, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, announced that GOBIE® H2O has selected a PolyOne specialty GLS™ TPE formulation and FDA-compliant OnColor™ colorants for its reusable filtered water bottles. The combined solution from PolyOne has helped GOBIE to enhance the consumer appeal and functionality of its product.
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