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  • DSC Products Offers Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester-based American Tumbler™ Drinkware Line (Jun 3, 2014)
    When San Diego-based DSC Products developed an American-made, tough product for a major retail partner, it turned to the equally tough Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. DSC Products' high-quality, reasonably priced American Tumbler™ drinkware line is made entirely with Tritan, a new-generation copolyester from Eastman Chemical Company. Tritan offers superior clarity, dishwasher durability and is free of bisphenol A (BPA). DSC Products this month began selling its tumbler line exclusively in Walmart stores throughout the country.
  • SPE Announced Winners of Global Parts Competition During ANTEC® 2014 (Jun 3, 2014)
    The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE ANTEC® 2014, which took place April 28-May 1 in Las Vegas, NV. The competition, "Plastics for Life," featured submissions by 2013-2014 winners of SPE parts competitions from around the world. Chosen as the Grand Prize winner was a rear door assembly developed by Walter Pack Group for the Renault Twizy electric car. It was also one of the winners in these four categories.
  • Celanese at SPE's AutoEPCON: Discussed Path to Revolutionary Material Innovation (Jun 2, 2014)
    Dr. Ashish K. Kulkarni, chief technology and innovation officer at Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, delivered a keynote address on "Evolutionary vs. Revolutionary Innovation in Materials" during the 9th Annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (AutoEPCON) in Troy, Mich. Kulkarni discussed a path to revolutionary material innovation that goes through many evolutionary improvements.
  • Waterloo Hosted Conf. Focusing on Revolution in Chemical Industry & Renewable Resources (Jun 2, 2014)
    The University of Waterloo and Université de Bordeaux began a longer conversation about combining strengths with a joint conference that took place in Waterloo from May 19 to 21. The conference, aimed to showcase research for the two institutions and explore challenges they might take on together, introduced Canada's only Bachelor of Bio-based Chemistry program to be jointly managed by Bordeaux and Waterloo.
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  • Amyris Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' Sustainability Certification (May 30, 2014)
    Amyris has completed the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification process and has earned one of the most respected sustainability certifications in the world. Amyris, among the leading renewable products companies, is one of the first commercial-scale second-generation biomaterial producers and is working with a number of partners to deliver products that include renewable fuels and lubricants, high-performance polymers and solvents, and consumer care ingredients such as emollients and fragrance oils.
  • Metabolix Develops PHA Copolymer Technology to Enhance Performance and Versatility of PLA (May 30, 2014)
    Metabolix has developed new proprietary polyhydroxalkanoate (PHA) copolymer technology that extends the range of Mirel™ PHAs, allowing us to serve exciting new opportunities. Metabolix strategy focuses on demonstrating the performance and value that Mirel PHA polymers can bring to target applications. This performance is often characterized by the physical properties of the polymer such as crystallinity and rheology, and by the property enhancements that the PHA can bring to other materials.
  • PLP Installs Two-platen ENGEL duo 7050/720 US Injection Molding Machine at Arkansas Plant (May 30, 2014)
    Supporting work for the energy market, Preformed Line Products (PLP) has invested in a system solution including a two platen ENGEL duo machine equipped ecodrive technology and an ENGEL viper 60 robot. The system has provided PLP with substantial energy savings, a reduction in cycle time and streamlined production. ENGEL North America, member of the ENGEL group, is among the world leaders in the design and manufacture of injection molding machines and parts-handling automation.
  • PTI Announces oPTI® PET Tech. Partnership to Assist Commercialization of Overmolded Bottles (May 30, 2014)
    Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI), among the global leaders in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) package development, announces new technology partnerships to assist in the commercialization of its overmolded oPTI® lightweight foamed PET bottles. The oPTI process produces bottles with striking visual and tactile attributes, ideal for applications seeking brand differentiation. It is based on MuCell® technology licensed from Trexel, Inc.
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  • Airpack Acquires Pregis Corporation's European Protective Packaging Operations (May 29, 2014)
    Airpack, S.p.A, Lodi, Italy, has acquired Pregis Corporation's European protective packaging operations for an undisclosed amount. Airpack had purchased Pregis' Italian operations in 2012. This acquisition is part of Airpack's strategy to increase its European footprint. "We are pleased to be able to reunite the Italian business unit with the rest of the European operations. We now will have the support of more than 1,000 employees who will assist us in providing protective packaging solutions to the United Kingdom and across the entire European continent,"
  • Celanese Presented Technical Papers on Engineered Polymer Innovations at SPE ANTEC 2014 (May 29, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, presented eight technical papers during the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC 2014) on April 28-30, 2014, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Celanese, also an exhibitor delivered the papers about material innovations during the two-day Technical Session.
  • DuPont & Reifenhäuser Develop Perforation Resistant 9-layer Thermoformable Barrier Film (May 29, 2014)
    In the context of their extensive collaboration to improve the efficiency, performance and sustainability of packaging applications, Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion of Troisdorf/Germany and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (DuPont) have developed a material and cost saving medium barrier 9-layer film for thermoforming applications. Key to a weight reduction of up to 20 percent and improved packaging performance over incumbent 7-layer PA/PE structures are Reifenhäuser's versatile 11/9-channel EVOLUTION® barrier blown film technology
  • Meredian Showcased Biodegradable Plastics' Production Formula at Biopolymer Symposium (May 29, 2014)
    Meredian, Inc., a privately held biopolymer manufacturer, presented at the 9th annual Biopolymer Symposium in Philadelphia. Meredian, Inc. is one of the world's largests of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), and was excited to expose their innovative, Vinçotte Certified and FDA approved formula for producing completely biodegradable plastics. "This symposium brought together the key innovators and decision makers in the bioplastic and non-plastic biopoylmers industry to discuss the latest technologies and processes," said Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Meredian.
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  • Bayer Offers Clear, High-flow Makrolon® Rx2440 PC for Fast Color Recovery in Medical Devices (May 28, 2014)
    No one disputes that supply chains are fast today and the healthcare sector is no exception. To help handle the increasing number of patients visiting doctors or clinics, healthcare providers have decreased the lead time between sterilization and use in the clinic. While the color-recovery of typical polycarbonates after radiation-sterilization has historically taken several days, the color recovery process is greatly slowed when devices are packaged in oxygen-free pouches.
  • Dow Corning® EE-3200 Low-Stress Silicone Encapsulant Expands Durability of Solar Inverters (May 28, 2014)
    As the total cost of non-active materials in solar systems outstrips that of photovoltaic (PV) modules, solar manufacturers are seeking new, high-performing materials able to drive down balance-of-system costs while increasing the efficiency and durability of their products. Against this competitive backdrop, Dow Corning, among the global leaders in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, introduced Dow Corning® EE-3200 Low-Stress Silicone Encapsulant.
  • Elastocon Adds Five New Grades of TPEs for Overmolding and Coextruding onto PE (May 28, 2014)
    Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc. has recently expanded its 2800 Series of performance TPEs (thermoplastic elastomers) to now include 5 new grades for overmolding and coextruding onto polyethylene. Elastocon is a fast-growing major U.S. TPE manufacturer which offers 5 lines of standard TPEs plus a full range of custom formulations. The new grades, now offered in Shore A hardness ranges of 25, 40, 50 and 65, are specifically formulated for overmolding or coextruding onto polyethylene.
  • Rigid Packaging Thermoformer Placon Acquires PPC, a Producer of PE- & PP-based Container (May 28, 2014)
    Placon, one of the leading custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designers and manufacturers in North America announced that it is has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield, MA rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corporation. Plastic Packaging Corporation (PPC) is a family-owned manufacturer known for its high-quality, injection molded Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) containers, cups, tubs, pails and lids.
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  • Solvay Introduces High Stiffness KetaSpire® KT-825 PEEK Grade for Structural Applications (May 28, 2014)
    Solvay Specialty Polymers has announced the introduction of a new high stiffness grade of KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) that provides 50% greater modulus/stiffness than standard neat PEEK grades. Despite its higher stiffness, the new grade, KetaSpire® KT-825, retains the elongation and toughness that is comparable to that of neat PEEK resin for structural applications in transportation, electronics, semiconductor, and oil and gas.
  • CCEMC Grants USD 500K to Oakbio & OSU to Develop System for Production of PHAs from CO2 (May 27, 2014)
    The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) of Alberta, Canada announced that it has awarded a $500,000 grant to Oakbio, a Sunnyvale, CA-based cleantech company, and The Ohio State University for their proposal submission; "Conversion of industrial CO2 emissions into biofuels and chemicals." This project has been awarded $500,000 for Round 1 of the CCEMC's Grand Challenge — Innovative Carbon Uses program.
  • Celanese Presented Tech. Paper on Composites at ITB's Automotive Mass Reduction Strategies (May 27, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation a global technology and specialty materials company, presented a technical paper on glass reinforced composites for lightweight and strong automotive components during the ITB Group Automotive Mass Reduction Strategies 2014 conference on May 1, at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Michigan. Celanese, also an exhibitor, delivered the paper during the Material Innovations session of the daylong program.
  • Milliken Acquires Westex to Offer Superior Flame-resistant Fabrics for Protective Clothing (May 27, 2014)
    Milliken & Company announced it has acquired Westex, Inc., strengthening Milliken's commitment to providing superior flame-resistant (FR) fabrics for protective clothing. Recognizing the need for improved workplace safety, industrial employers and regulatory agencies are elevating the importance for workers to remain protected on the job. Together, Milliken and Westex create an unprecedented ability to provide the most innovative fabrics for the millions of global industrial workers who need protection from arc flash, flash fire, and other thermal hazards.
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