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  • Dow Corning's TPSiV® TPEs Proven Safe for Skin Contact in Wearable Electronics Applications (Aug 6, 2014)
    Dow Corning, among the global leaders in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, announced that its TPSiV® 4000 and TPSiV® 4200 Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) have been shown to be safe for skin contact applications in two independent medical test protocols. The results offer strong independent validation that these industry-leading materials are an excellent option for skin-safe wearable electronics applications, such as wrist bands for smart watches and fitness trackers, as well as for device accessories such as earbuds.
  • Toray Plastics to Feature OPP, PET and Biobased Films at Pack Expo International'14 (Aug 6, 2014)
    Toray Plastics (America), announces that it will feature new, leading-edge, high-barrier flexible packaging materials that are made in America and creative packaging solutions at Pack Expo International 2014, McCormick Place, Chicago, in November. "Toray Plastics is the only United States manufacturer of precision-performance value-added polyester, polypropylene, bio-based, and metallized films," says Milan Moscaritolo, Senior Director of Sales.
  • 16th Annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conf. to Feature Eight Tech. Sessions (Aug 5, 2014)
    The sixteenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, one of the world's leading automotive engineered-polyolefins forum, will showcase eight technical sessions with 60 presentations on a wide variety of topics of interest to the automotive plastics community. This year's program features two new sessions (Bio-Based Polyolefins plus Interior Soft Trim: Skins & Foams) that have not been covered by the event before.
  • Mitsubishi Rayon to Expand Production Capacity of Carbon Fiber Plant in California (Aug 5, 2014)
    Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. announced that it has decided to expand production capacity of the carbon fiber plant at Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber and Composites, Inc. MRCFAC plans to install new facilities capable of 2,000 tons of annual carbon fiber production at its existing site in Sacramento, California. The site expansion, scheduled to be completed by mid-2016, will double the annual production capacity of currently 2,000 tons up to 4,000 tons.
  • Quadrant Showcased Engineering Plastics for Semiconductor & Electronics at Semicon West (Aug 5, 2014)
    Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (EPP), among the global leaders of machinable plastics and stock shapes, visited the Semicon West 2014 trade show on July 8-10, 2014 with its innovative family of engineering plastic materials aimed at advancing the semiconductor and electronics industries. Quadrant's materials are ideal for wet and dry semiconductor processing applications, delivering industry-leading longevity while decreasing overall production costs.
  • Eastman & Helian to Unveil Low-odor, Non-styrenic 3D Printing Solution at 3D Printshow (Aug 4, 2014)
    Through an innovative collaboration, Eastman Chemical Company, a raw materials provider, and Helian Polymers, among the leaders in the masterbatch and biopolymer industry, will introduce a new low-odor, styrene-free 3D printing solution at the 3D Printshow in London, Sept. 4 to 6. 3D printing is a fast-growing technology that's ushering in a new era of manufacturing for health care, transportation and other high-profile industries.
  • Nexant Launches Biorenewable Insights Subscription Program to Analyze Biobased Technologies (Aug 4, 2014)
    Nexant announced that it has launched Biorenewable Insights — its new subscription program that provides in-depth evaluations and reliable data on the technology, cost competitiveness and industrial developments of biorenewable chemicals and fuels. "Nexant is the first major consultancy in this space to be launching a regular program focused on analyzing bio-based technologies," said Marcos Nogueira Cesar, global VP of NexantThinking products.
  • Scientists Develop Colorful Plastics by Designing Surface Structures at Nanoscopic Level (Aug 4, 2014)
    Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process — think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. Their paper on using structure — or the shapes and architectures of materials — rather than dyes, to produce color appears in the ACS journal Nano Letters.
  • Stratasys Creates ABS-M30 Thermoplastic-based 14-foot Tall 3D-printed Giant Creature (Aug 4, 2014)
    Stratasys Ltd., among the global leaders of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, collaborated with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, Condé Nast Entertainment and WIRED to create a 14-foot tall giant creature which it showcased at the Comic-Con International 2014 conference [July 24-27] in San Diego, California. The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School.
  • Amcor Flexibles Develops Renewable PE-based Bread Bag for Hovis' Seed Sensations (Aug 1, 2014)
    Amcor Flexibles is proud to be a driving force with Hovis Ltd in the development of the brand new Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag made with predominantly renewable polyethylene (PE). This is a significant sustainability improvement for the brand as the Seed Sensations bread bags made with renewable plastic have a 75% lower product carbon footprint than the former traditional bread bags made with plastic from non-renewable fossil sources. Seed Sensations, the most premium product in the Hovis range, is the first to be relaunched using renewable PE bags.
  • Elastocon Adds Two HD TPE Grades to its Rubber-like 8055 Series for Consumer Applications (Aug 1, 2014)
    Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., a strong contender in the thermoplastic elastomer marketplace with more than 5 complete lines of specialty TPEs for numerous applications, announces it has added two weighted HD (high density) grades to its rubber-like 8055 Series of TPEs. Applications for this new weighted TPE grades include anywhere where natural rubber has been used in products where additional weight is required, including garbage disposal drain plugs, traffic cones, fishing products, straps and other sports and leisure products.
  • Meredian & DaniMer Merge Under Meredian Holdings Group to Produce Renewable Resources (Aug 1, 2014)
    Meredian Inc., one of the world's largest producers of PHA and DaniMer Scientific, an international corporation focusing on the development of sustainably produced, renewable and biodegradable resources have merged under a wholly-owned subsidiary Meredian Holdings Group Inc. This merger took months of planning, approvals and precise execution.Meredian Holdings Group Inc. is now the new holding company with only common stock and the merged entities improve the strength of both our companies.
  • Universal Polymer & Rubber Completes Acquisition of Universal Rubber and Plastics (Aug 1, 2014)
    Universal Rubber & Polymer, Ltd. ("UP&R") announces its completion of the acquisition of Universal Rubber and Plastics (‘URP') of Tallmadge, OH. UP&R is an operating company of The Cypress Companies in Akron, OH. URP of Tallmadge, is among the leaders in custom extruded rubber products using microwave cure technology. URP of Tallmadge serves the Industrial, Commercial, Energy, and other markets and has distinguished itself in microwave cured rubber extrusion and secondary operations.
  • Bell Helicopter Selects Aurora to Manufacture Composite Parts for Bell 525 Relentless™ (Jul 31, 2014)
    Aurora Flight Sciences announced from the Farnborough Air Show that they have been selected by Bell Helicopter to manufacture composite airframe structures as part of the Bell 525 Relentless™ helicopter program. The composite fairings of the Bell 525's main engine cowling section will be manufactured and assembled at Aurora's Bridgeport, West Virginia facility. Aurora will work directly with the Bell Helicopter team to meet challenging schedule and production rate requirements.
  • Greene, Tweed & Aerolia Advance Use of Metal-replacing Thermoplastic Parts for Aerospace (Jul 31, 2014)
    Greene, Tweed, a U.S. based supplier for the Aerospace Industry and Aerolia, a French Aerostructures Tier 1 supplier announced that they have successfully advanced the use of thermoplastic composite materials for Aerospace structural metal replacement in complex-shape applications previously not suited for composites. The development project was performed under the R&D umbrella of CORAC (Council for Civil Aeronautics Research), which supports research and development efforts in the aviation sector focused on preservation of the environment and sustainable development.
  • Piper Plastics Unveils Kyron® MAX Thermoplastic Composites for Structural Components (Jul 31, 2014)
    The new Kyron® MAX series from Piper Plastics bridges the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. Kyron MAX materials allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals. The Kyron MAX series significantly changes the way design engineers think of plastic materials.
  • Solegear Bioplastics Receives Fund from WINN to Accelerate Plant-based Plastic Production (Jul 31, 2014)
    Solegear Bioplastics, among the leading developers of high-performance plant-based plastics, was selected to receive $1.6 million in funding from the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. WINN is a program offered by Western Economic Diversification Canada, a federal department. Designed to spur innovation and economic development, WINN helps small- and medium-sized technology businesses commercialize their products, services, and processes.
  • All-Rite Includes ENGEL 240 Victory Spex Injection Molding Machines for Automotive Programs (Jul 29, 2014)
    Providing diverse manufacturing capabilities — with services from mold design through finished sub-assemblies — has enabled All-Rite Industries to triple their size in under five years. The growth continues with All-Rite's recent expansion of their injection molding operations to include two new ENGEL 240 victory spex machines. The new machines were purchased to meet increased capacity requirements of two new automotive programs consisting of over 20 different molded parts.
  • Fabri-Kal's Plant-based Greenware® On-The-Go Boxes Earn USDA's Biobased Certification (Jul 29, 2014)
    Foodservice packaging supplier, Fabri-Kal, recently announced that Greenware® On-The-Go Boxes have been recognized for being made entirely from plants, earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. Containing 100 percent biobased content, the containers provide foodservice operators an innovative packaging solution to present food for grab-and-go consumption, increased consumer appeal and reduced environmental impact.
  • TFP & AGC AeroComposites Develop Lightweight Composite Solution for Aircraft Fuel Systems (Jul 29, 2014)
    Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP) and AGC AeroComposites (AGC) introduced a new lightweight composite solution for aircraft fuel systems at the Farnborough International Airshow [15th & 16th July]. This joint development, patent pending, enables the electrical resistance of composite components to be precisely controlled and has the potential to provide a weight saving of up to 200 kg per aircraft.
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