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  • SouthWest NanoTechnologies Confers NanoSperse with SWeNT Certified Compounder Status (Aug 12, 2014)
    SWeNT's SMW materials yield dramatic improvements in thermal and/or electrical conductivity and mechanical strength in composite systems with a wide range of industrial polymers, resins and elastomers. SWeNT's Certified Compounder Program recognizes the outstanding proficiency of select partners in compounding SMW CNTs with such materials to create advanced composites for commercial applications.
  • Lubrizol Acquires Vesta, a Global Medical Device Manufacturer (Aug 11, 2014)
    The Lubrizol Corporation announces that it has acquired Vesta, one among the leading contract manufacturers for the global medical device industry. This acquisition broadens Lubrizol's life science manufacturing capabilities, applications and material portfolio with access to silicone and a variety of other thermoplastics utilized in medical devices. Headquartered in Franklin, WI, Vesta has three manufacturing locations in the U.S. and offers disposable silicone medical components, providing silicone molding, extrusion, sheeting, dip-casting and assembly services.
  • Luxfer Introduced G-Stor® Go Line of Type 4 Carbon Composite AF Cylinders at ACT Expo (Aug 11, 2014)
    Luxfer Gas Cylinders introduced its G-Stor® Go line of Type 4 carbon composite alternative fuel (AF) cylinders at the ACT Expo tradeshow May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. ACT stands for Alternative Clean Transportation. "By introducing the G-Stor Go product line, Luxfer is now the largest cylinder manufacturer offering both Type 3 and Type 4 composite cylinders for CNG."
  • PlastiComp Unveils Line of Basalt Fiber-reinforced LFT Composites for Auto & Construction (Aug 11, 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. As an innovator in long fiber composite development, PlastiComp is always examining new additives and processes.
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  • Chase Plastics to Commercialize and Distribute DSM's Engineering Plastics in Mexico (Aug 8, 2014)
    DSM has entered into a distribution agreement with Chase Plastics Services, Inc., in the market development and sales of DSM engineering plastics in Mexico. Chase Plastics has a long and successful history distributing the DSM engineering plastics portfolio throughout North America including Mexico. This agreement strengthens the partnership in Mexico. According DSM Engineering Plastics, "Chase brings a strength and know-how in servicing engineered resin customers throughout North America which will certainly help us grow in Mexico."
  • Rinco Selects SemiTorr as Manufacturers' Representative for Ultrasonic Machinery on W.Coast (Aug 7, 2014)
    Rinco Ultrasonics, among the leading manufacturers of ultrasonic welding equipment, has named Tualatin, Ore.-based SemiTorr Group Inc., one among the leading distributors and manufacturers' representative organization, as an authorized manufacturers' representative for Rinco's line of products on the West Coast. "SemiTorr" will sell Rinco's portfolio of ultrasonic bonding and cutting machinery for a wide range of markets.
  • SPE's Thermoforming Conf.'s Keynote Speakers to Highlight Innovations & Corporate Culture (Aug 7, 2014)
    The keynote speakers for the 23rd annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Conference® will focus on the importance of innovation, branding, and corporate culture to the thermoforming industry, it was announced by SPE's Thermoforming Division. With the theme of "Ideas Worth Forming," the Thermoforming Conference will take place September 15-18, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
  • Amcor Becomes Member of Recycling Initiative Designed to Boost Residential Recycling in US (Aug 6, 2014)
    Amcor Rigid Plastics, among the leading producers of rigid plastic packaging, has announced its membership in The Recycling Partnership, a collaborative, industry-funded effort designed to boost residential recycling in the U.S. Amcor — one of the world's largest manufacturers of plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care, and healthcare industries — joins the Alcoa Foundation, American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corp.
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  • BIO Extends Call for Papers' Deadline for 2014 Pacific Rim Summit (Aug 6, 2014)
    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has officially extended its Call for Papers deadline to August 20, 2014 for the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. Leaders from the biotechnology, chemical and agricultural industries are encouraged to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers and poster presentations in any of the five program tracks listed below. This unique conference will be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Conair's MicroWheel™ Desiccant-wheel Dryers Suit Machine-mounting & Low-throughput Uses (Aug 6, 2014)
    The new MicroWheel™ dryers from Conair deliver the efficiency and precision of desiccant-wheel drying in a compact configuration that can be mounted on the feed throat of a molding machine or extruder. Thought to be the smallest wheel dryers available, they offer an alternative to compressed-air dryers and small twin-tower units, making them ideal choice for medical processors and others running small quantities of expensive engineering resins.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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