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  • Sierra Resins Announces Venture to Develop Biodegradable Plastics for Food Packaging (Jan 16, 2014)
    Sierra Resins, Inc. has announced a venture to begin work on the development of a next-generation biodegradable plastic to be applied to products that are used in the food services and food processing industry. During the developmental process, Sierra Resins, Inc. will be working with Dr. Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist at the University of Maine. Sierra Resins is a formulator of a bioplastics that breaks down molded parts that come into contact with landfill-to-energy environments.
  • Global Rigid Transparent Plastic Market to Grow at a CAGR of 5.7% from 2013 to 2018: BCC Research (Jan 15, 2014)
    According to a new technical market research report, Rigid Transparent Plastics: Global Markets Outside North America, from BCC Research, the global rigid transparent plastic market was valued at $18 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $19.1 billion in 2013. BCC Research projects the market to grow to nearly $25.2 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate of 5.7% from 2013 to 2018.
  • TPI Composites Signs Multiyear Supply Agreement with Acciona to Provide Wind Blades for Worldwide Use (Jan 15, 2014)
    TPI Composites, one among the leading global wind blade manufacturers, announced that it has signed a multiyear supply agreement with Acciona Windpower SA to provide wind blades from TPI's new factory in Dafeng, China. Acciona intends to export these blades for projects around the world including North America. TPI will also manufacture high-precision molds and assembly systems to produce Acciona's blades at TPI's recently announced advanced composite tooling facility in Taicang.
  • Boeing Selects Exelis to Produce Composite Airframe Substructures for 787 Dreamliner (Jan 14, 2014)
    Exelis has been selected by Boeing to produce composite airframe substructures for the 787 Dreamliner. Work will begin immediately at the Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. "This award is a result of our performance and partnership with Boeing — a relationship that spans more than 40 years," said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of Exelis Aerostructures business. "Our expertise in high-rate, high-volume composite production and the available capacity to facilitize quickly provide a distinct advantage to our customer."
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  • Ice River Springs Launches 100% Recycled Plastic-based Green Bottles for Water Coolers (Jan 14, 2014)
    Ice River Springs is launching an innovative new 15 liter bottle for water coolers. The bottle is made of 100% recycled plastic and is green. The new bottles have been launched because of Ice River Springs' pioneering initiatives to reduce energy use and recycle plastics in a closed loop system. Ice River Springs is the only beverage company in North America to operate a bottle recycling operation that takes in bottles from municipal recycling programs, sorts, purifies and then produces certified food-grade plastic ready for reuse.
  • Rosneft, Pirelli and Oil Techno Sign MOU to Establish SBR Production Joint Venture in Armenia (Jan 14, 2014)
    As part of a working visit to Armenia, Rosneft President Igor Sechin met with the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan. A number of documents, pointed at extending cooperation with the republic, were signed in presence of the Armenian President. Rosneft, L.L.C. PIRELLI Tyre Russia, and Oil Techno signed a Memorandum of Understanding with regard to establishing styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) production joint venture in Armenia.
  • IAM Approves Boeing's Contract Extension to Build 777X and its Composite Wing in Puget Sound Area (Jan 13, 2014)
    Boeing's contract extension offer was approved by members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Under the terms of the eight-year contract extension, the 777X and its composite wing will be built in the Puget Sound area by Boeing employees represented by the IAM. This work includes fuselage build, final assembly and major components fabrication such as interiors and wires.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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