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  • TCG Unveils UV-resistant PremierUV™ SMCs for Electrical and Outdoor Applications (Jul 21, 2014)
    The Composites Group introduces PremierUV™, a new family of high-performance ultraviolet-resistant, flame retardant thermoset sheet molding compounds (SMC) for electrical and outdoor applications, including electrical enclosures, light housings and warning tiles. "Our new PremierUV products have ultraviolet weathering characteristics superior to competitive materials on the market," said Marc Imbrogno, corporate director of Market/Product Development.
  • Teknor Apex's New TPE-S Compounds Provide Better Performance for Auto Window Encapsulation (Jul 21, 2014)
    A new series of styrenic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-S) injection molding compounds provides automotive manufacturers with processing and end use properties that are superior to those of TPE-S materials currently used for window encapsulation, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company. The Sarlink® ME-2600 Series includes 55-, 65-, and 75-Shore A compounds that have low specific gravities of 0.93 to 0.94. These specific gravities are comparable to those of TPE-S grades now used in window encapsulation but lower than those of PVC and EPDM, which typically exceed 1.10.
  • UDT Executes Project to Produce Biodegradable Containers for Fruit Export & Transportation (Jul 21, 2014)
    Some of the fruits that Chile exports such as berries and blueberries are sent to different markets in clamshell containers, which are commonly made of a traditional clear plastic. However, due to the strong tendency in the world to develop environmentally friendly products and the applicability of new environmental regulations regarding the handling of polluting waste of production processes, the industry is looking for alternative containers that are friendlier to the environment.
  • Lignin to Have Potential Market Value of USD 242 Bn Across 13 Select Products: Lux Research (Jul 18, 2014)
    Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research. Today, the commercial sale of lignin is limited.
  • Meredian Harvests Locally Sourced Canola Crop to Produce Bioploymer (Jul 18, 2014)
    Meredian, Inc., a privately held biopolymer manufacturer harvested its first locally sourced canola crop in Decatur County, Ga. The harvesting of the 1,000 acres of canola fields planted last year began May 12 and continued through Memorial Day. Canola is a major component of Meredian's process to produce biopolymers which are raw materials that can be used for manufacturing a wide range of completely biodegradable plastic products.
  • Plastics Scorecard v.1.0 Offers Method to Evaluate Chemicals of High Concern in Plastics (Jul 18, 2014)
    The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0 offers the first comprehensive method for assessing and reducing chemicals of high concern in plastics. "From baby bottles made with BPA to medical devices made with DEHP, plastics are a surprising source of exposure to chemicals of high concern to human health and the environment," said Ann Blake, PhD, co-author of the report and Principal at Environmental & Public Health Consulting.
  • TCG Introduces Lightweight PremierLT™ SMCs for Structural & Semi-structural Applications (Jul 18, 2014)
    The Composites Group introduces PremierLT™, a new family of lightweight, low-density, high-performance thermoset sheet molding compounds (SMC) designed to meet current and future market needs for structural and semi-structural applications. "Lightweighting is a driving dynamic for manufacturers today and a high priority for our product development efforts," said Marc Imbrogno, corporate director of Market/Product Development.
  • R&B Completes Rebuilding of Three Blow Molding Machines for Cardinal Health and Amway (Jul 17, 2014)
    R&B Plastics Machinery LLC, among the leading manufacturers of blow molding and extrusion machinery and a specialist in machine modernization, has announced the completion of major rebuild/modernization projects for two leading U.S. original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The rebuilding of three blow molding machines for Cardinal Health and Amway are the latest examples from R&B which illustrate the advantages of machine modernization versus the purchase of new capital equipment.
  • SPI Joins CVP Established 'The Recycling Partnership' as Inaugural Member (Jul 17, 2014)
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced that it is an inaugural member of The Recycling Partnership, a grant fund established by the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) as a vehicle to support and transform public recycling performance. "SPI is deeply committed to zero waste strategies that promote reducing, reusing and recycling plastic materials," SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux said.
  • Bayer at AIA Expo: Featured Expertise in PC & PUR for Profitable Building & Construction (Jul 16, 2014)
    Whether overhead, underfoot or lighting the way and protecting surfaces — Bayer MaterialScience LLC provides architects and design professionals materials they can build on. Stable temperatures, efficient lighting, durable windows and resilient wall coatings are just a few of the many solutions possible with Bayer materials. Bayer highlighted its material offerings for applications ranging from lighting, daylighting, insulation and security glazing to polyurethane coatings for kitchen cabinets, floors and walls during The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo 2014.
  • Albemarle to Offer GreenCrest Polymeric Fire Safety Soln for EPS & XPS Foam Applications (Jul 15, 2014)
    Albemarle Corporation, among the leaders in the development, manufacture and marketing of flame retardants, announced that it reconfirms its commitment to enter the market with commercial quantities of GreenCrest, a polymeric fire safety solution based on technology licensed from Dow Global Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, for use in expanded (EPS) and extruded (XPS) polystyrene foam applications.
  • PolyOne's Versaflex™ CE 3620 TPE Meets ISO 10993-10:2010 Testing Requirements for Electronics (Jul 15, 2014)
    PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, among the global leaders in high-performance, custom-formulated thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) solutions, announced that it's Versaflex™ CE 3620 material meets all ISO 10993-10:2010 testing requirements with no signs of irritation. These results provide confidence to designers creating innovative products for the wearable consumer electronics segment.
  • Cambro Named Bayer as Diamond Class Gold Level 'Quality Assurance Vendor' for Makrolon® PC (Jul 14, 2014)
    As the saying goes, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That's certainly true of the demanding food service industry, where products need to withstand daily wear and tear, including rough handling and industrial cleaning processes, while still meeting food safety requirements. As such, the materials used to produce foodservice products must be equally up to the task.
  • Global Phenolic Resin Market to Reach an Estimated Value of USD 13.3 Bn by 2019: Lucintel (Jul 14, 2014)
    The global phenolic resin market is expected to reach an estimated value of $13.3 billion by 2019. One of the major drivers of phenolic resin market is the demand for heat resistance, better corrosion resistance, and chemical resistance materials in automotive under hood and break components. Increasing use of fire retardant materials in construction and furniture industry is also driving the demand of phenolic resin.
  • Kraton Opens Innovation Center to Generate Developmental Polymer & Processing Technologies (Jul 14, 2014)
    Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., among the leading global innovators and producers of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers, announced the opening of its new Kraton Innovation Center in Belpre, Ohio. This pilot facility allows Kraton to manufacture a wide range of SBC-type materials in quantities ranging from 25 kilograms to 50 metric tons. The facility and its high-technology process equipment broadens the company's abilities in polymeric chemistry.
  • UMass Lowell Hosted Collaborative Research Seminar Featuring Dow, Natick Labs and GEC (Jul 14, 2014)
    The University of Massachusetts – Lowell hosted a seminar, billed as a collaborative research meeting between Dow Chemical Company, the US Army's Natick Laboratories, UMass Lowell's own Department of Plastics Engineering, and Gloucester Engineering Co., Inc. (GEC). The meeting was an all-day event with seven different presentations, tours of the UMass Lowell testing laboratories and research and development centers, and a collaborative research discussion session.
  • PolyOne's ECCOH™ Sheathing Formulation Improves Durability of LEONI's Communication Cables (Jul 11, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, among the premier global providers of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, has worked with LEONI Special Cables GmbH to improve the durability and function of communication cables for oil and gas rigs with ECCOH™ High Performance Solutions. Technical support from PolyOne also enabled LEONI to accelerate time-to-market for the specialty cables.
  • Saint-Gobain Seals' OmniGasket™ Sealing Solution Offers Protection to Aircraft Wings (Jul 11, 2014)
    Saint-Gobain Seals' OmniGasket™ sealing solution is being utilized in the Aerospace market as a flanged sealing component on aircraft wing slats and their deicing telescopic duct system. Retained in a gasket, this sealing solution is machined from a Meldin® 7001 polyimide plate with a static OmniSeal® seal installed inside, and is mounted at the interface between the telescopic duct and the wing leading edge.
  • CCC Moves Deeper into Recycling with Acquisition of Envision Plastics and Ecoplast Corp. (Jul 10, 2014)
    Consolidated Container Co. is pushing deeper into recycled plastics with the purchase of sister companies Envision Plastics Industries LLC and Ecoplast Corp. Atlanta-based CCC, a rigid plastic packaging company already with more than 50 container manufacturing sites, adds two locations in Reidsville, N.C., and Chino, Calif., for Envision Plastics, a high density polyethylene recycler.
  • EPA Honors FRX Polymers with Environmental Merit Award for its Flame Retardant Plastics (Jul 10, 2014)
    FRX Polymers, Inc. (FRX), a manufacturer and marketer of Nofia®, a family of environmentally friendly inherently flame retardant plastics, announced that it has recently been awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award. The company was presented the award during the EPA New England Merit Awards ceremony on April 22, 2014 at Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. The EPA's New England Environmental Merit Awards program honors businesses, among others, who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of the region's public health and natural environment.
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