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  • RTP Company Unveils Ultra-performance Series of CFR Thermoplastic Compounds for Auto, Aero & more (Jan 13, 2014)
    Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company has elevated the mechanical properties of its industry-leading 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. "Injection moldable materials with this kind of performance are ground-breaking in their ability to open up new opportunities for using thermoplastics," said Matt Torosian, High Temperature Product Manager at RTP Company.
  • MOCON Partners with Ronox to Establish Certified Testing Lab for Rigid & Flexible Packaging Structures (Jan 10, 2014)
    MOCON, Inc. and Ronox Technology, Kobierzyce, Poland have partnered to establish a certified lab for permeation, seal strength and leak detection testing of rigid and flexible packaging structures used in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Ronox Technology becomes the first MOCON-certified test facility in Poland and the ninth MOCON-certified lab in the world. "With economic growth being projected for many of Poland's market segments, locating a MOCON-certified lab there provides an ideal local support system for food, beverage, pharmaceutical and other companies,".
  • Metro Introduces myCart Series™, a Line of Polymer-based Utility Carts for Transport Needs (Jan 9, 2014)
    Metro, among the world leading providers of technology, storage and transport solutions, recently announced the introduction of their new line of utility carts, the myCart Series™. The cart is not only durable and easy to clean, but is extremely user-friendly and is built around the needs of those using the cart on a daily basis. The contoured handle, spacious shelf cutaway, and roomy utility tray provide more comfort and convenience than conventional utility carts.
  • PolyOne Further Realigns North American Manufacturing Assets to Better Serve Customers (Jan 9, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, among the premier global providers of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, recently announced additional realignment actions to better serve customers and to increase utilization of its manufacturing assets in North America. These actions will include aligning assets that were acquired as part of the 2013 acquisition of Spartech with PolyOne's Performance Products and Solutions (PP&S) segment.
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  • Nammo CS Expands Utah Operations to Support Growing Manufacturing & Assembly Business (Jan 8, 2014)
    Nammo Composite Solutions (Nammo CS, Salt Lake City, Utah), a manufacturer of advanced composites and integrated structures, has begun expansion of its Utah facility to support their growing manufacturing and assembly business. This recent expansion adds 23,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space, updating their total floor space offering to 90,000 square feet. "Moving to our new plant in 2011 gave us the breathing room that we needed, and just 2 years later, here we are again".
  • Gurit Unveiled Carbon Fiber Composite Materials for Auto & Motorsport Industries at PRI 2013 (Jan 7, 2014)
    Gurit (SIX Swiss Exchange: GUR), among the leading global manufacturers and supplier of Composite Materials, Systems and Engineering, exhibited for the first time at the PRI 2013, Performance Racing Trade Show in Indianapolis from 12th to 14th December. Gurit showcased its new range of carbon fiber composite materials for the automotive and motorsport industries. This range includes: SC 110 Cosmetic Carbon Prepreg and SE 200 Structural Carbon Epoxy Prepreg.
  • 3D Systems Acquires Gentle Giant Studios, a Provider of 3D Modeling for Entertainment & Toy Industry (Jan 6, 2014)
    3D Systems recently announced the acquisition of Gentle Giant Studios, one of the leading providers of 3D modeling for the entertainment and toy industry. For over two decades, Gentle Giant Studios has led the development of state-of-the-art content using 3D scanning and modeling to develop and manufacture licensed 3D printed characters, toys and collectibles from a variety of franchise properties with global brand recognition, including Marvel, Disney, AMC's The Walking Dead, Avatar, Harry Potter and Star Wars.
  • Habitat Systems Offers DINOFLEX® Recycled Rubber Playground Tiles as Eco-friendly Park Equipment (Jan 6, 2014)
    DINOFLEX® recycled rubber playground tiles are a Canadian made product, designed to provide an impact absorbing surface in a playground environment. Their self-aligning interlocking system allows for fast and accurate installation. DINOFLEX® tiles meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1292 standards for impact attenuation of surfacing materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.
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  • IBM & IBN Researchers Convert Recycled PET into Disease Fighting Biocompatible Nanofibers (Jan 6, 2014)
    Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have made a nanomedicine breakthrough in which they converted common plastic materials like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into non-toxic and biocompatible materials designed to specifically target and attack fungal infections. This research was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Comm. Over a billion people are affected by fungal infections every year, ranging in severity from topical skin conditions like athlete's foot to life-threatening fungal blood infections.
  • Integral Technologies Opens Tech Center in Detroit to Expand Research & Engineering Capabilities (Jan 6, 2014)
    Integral Technologies, Inc., one among the emerging leaders in hybrid conductive plastics, and its wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp., announced the opening of its new Detroit Technology Center. The facility has been instituted to expand Integral's research and engineering capabilities, as well as enhance the company's applications development and technical support. Integral has signed a joint product development agreement with Delphi, a licensing agreement for sales and manufacturing with Hanwha L&C and most recently entered into an MOU with BASF, for the development of ElectriPlast as a lightweight shielding solution.
  • Researchers Find Easy Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency by Modifying Polymer's Molecular Structure (Jan 6, 2014)
    Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30 percent. Polymer-based solar cells have two domains, consisting of an electron acceptor and an electron donor material. Excitons are the energy particles created by solar cells when light is absorbed.
  • Cytec & Mubadala Collaborate to Support Establishment of Advanced Aero Composite Ecosystem in UAE (Jan 3, 2014)
    Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company and Cytec Industries (NYSE: CYT), recently announced they have entered into a Strategic Collaboration Agreement. The collaboration will support the establishment of an advanced aerospace material ecosystem in the UAE. Mubadala and Cytec are exploring opportunities to support the ongoing development of the aerostructures industry in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
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  • US Demand for Plastic Foams to Reach 8.6 Billion Pounds in 2017, Predicts ReportsnReports (Jan 3, 2014)
    This study analyzes the US foamed plastics industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by market (e.g., construction, packaging, household products, motor vehicles) and resin (e.g., polyurethane, polystyrene, vinyl, engineering plastics, polypropylene, HDPE, LDPE). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.
  • Magnum to Distribute Kureha's Biodegradable Kuredux® Thermoplastic-based Products in N. America (Jan 2, 2014)
    South Texas-based Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd. ("Magnum") is proud to announce an exclusive distributorship agreement with Kureha Corporation from Tokyo, Japan. The exclusive distributorship agreement makes Magnum the sole distributor of Kuredux® stock shapes, their machined products and Kuredux® based downhole tools for the oil and gas industry in North America. The thermoplastic biodegradable material Kuredux® is currently utilized in the Magnum Fastball™ (dissolvable frac ball) and Magnum is excited about the innovative possibilities with the thermoplastic material to bring smarter, more efficient tools to the market.
  • SPE's Thermoforming Division Announces Call for Nominations for 'Thermoformer of the Year' Award (Jan 2, 2014)
    The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for nominations for the annual Thermoformer of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the thermoforming industry in a technical, educational or managerial capacity. The nomination deadline is January 31, 2014. Nominees will be evaluated and reviewed by the SPE Thermoforming Division Board of Directors during its Winter Board Meeting in February.
  • OpenGate Capital, in Partnership with Alain de Krassny, Wins Takeover Bid for PVC Producer Kem One SAS (Jan 1, 2014)
    OpenGate Capital, a global private buyout firm, announced that, through a joint partnership with Alain de Krassny, it has won a takeover bid to acquire Kem One SAS, Europe's one of largest producers of PVC products that was put into administration by the commercial court of Lyon in France in March of 2013. Kem One SAS was previously owned by the Klesch Group which had acquired the business in July of 2012 from Arkema.
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  • CIC Develops Durable Materials Made from Agricultural Fiber-based Composites for Tractor Parts (Dec 31, 2013)
    THE concept of growing a tractor may not be pure fantasy after all. The Composites Innovation Centre's ongoing development of the use of locally grown agricultural fibers mixed with resin and pressurized and heated into light-weight, durable materials that could be used in industrial parts manufacturing has taken another step closer to reality. Buhler Industries has successfully tested a number of parts — including the hood, bumpers and fan in-take component on its Versatile tractors — and run them through a Manitoba harvest season.
  • ICMA Highlighted Advances in Natural Fiber Reinforcements at Compounding World Forum (Dec 31, 2013)
    The recent Compounding World Forum held in Philadelphia [10-11 December, 2013] and organized by AMI plastics has given a very updated framework of some key topics related to the compounding industry. It was therefore the perfect event for ICMA to present the recent advances made in its laboratory with regard to the compounding technology for natural fibers. In particular the research and development work presented, in conjunction with its partner Sonae Industria, a Portuguese conglomerate, refers to a very innovative product / technology produced and marketed by Sonae under the commercial name of Woodforce.
  • Global Bioplastic Packaging Market Gains Momentum in APAC Region, Analyzes TechNavio (Dec 30, 2013)
    Commenting on the report, an analyst from TechNavio's team said: "Bioplastic packaging is increasingly gaining importance in emerging regions such as the APAC region, with increasing demand for effective, advanced, and eco-friendly packaging. Markets in countries in the APAC region such as China and India are forecast to witness the fastest growth (a CAGR of approximately 7-8 percent) during the forecast period.
  • Scientists Find Potential in Cellulose Nanocrystals to Create Biomaterials for Wide Range of Applications (Dec 30, 2013)
    The same tiny cellulose crystals that give trees and plants their high strength, light weight and resilience, have now been shown to have the stiffness of steel. The nanocrystals might be used to create a new class of biomaterials with wide-ranging applications, such as strengthening construction materials and automotive components. Calculations using precise models based on the atomic structure of cellulose show the crystals have a stiffness of 206 gigapascals, which is comparable to steel, said Pablo D. Zavattieri, a Purdue University assistant professor of civil engineering.
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