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  • Eastman Introduces Spectar™ Stratus Copolyester for Expanding LED Lighting Segment (Jun 13, 2014)
    Not since the invention of the light bulb has the lighting industry experienced so much innovation. Fueled by governmental regulations and technological advancements, LED's share of the lighting market is projected to grow to approximately 70 percent by 2020.1 Eastman Chemical Company is bringing its unique expertise and knowledge of durable and sustainable copolyesters to the rapidly expanding LED lighting segment with the introduction of Eastman Spectar™ Stratus copolyester.
  • Sylvin at MD&M East: Showcased Flexible Vinyl Compounds for Medical Device Applications (Jun 13, 2014)
    Sylvin Technologies Inc. exhibited at the MD&M East Trade show on June 10-12 in New York City in booth #542. Sylvin showcased their flexible vinyl compounds that satisfy the demands of medical and other highly regulated applications, including FDA and CPSIA, Medical, NSF, toys, household appliances, and food handling equipment. Product featured includes the 2990 Clear Series which specifically utilizes FDA sanctioned ingredients and is suitable for clear flexible tubing such as catheters and fluid management systems.
  • Scientists Develop Process to Make Biodegradable PHA from Waste Methane (Jun 12, 2014)
    Scientists are making PHA (a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used in yogurt containers) from waste methane. What if we could make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if plastics didn't accumulate in our landfills? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30 percent of the world's plastics with a biodegradable substitute? Researchers have tried for decades to achieve these goals.
  • Teknor Apex Develops Diverse Portfolio of Flexible PVC Compounds for Indoor Construction (Jun 12, 2014)
    A diversified portfolio of new flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction products exhibits up to 90% lower emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than a comparable standard PVC while also enabling manufacturers to address other pressing regulatory issues, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company. The new compounds are based on three innovations by Teknor Apex: additive formulations designed for low VOC emissions; non-phthalate plasticizers, including types that generate lower VOC emissions than conventional plasticizers; and "bio-based" plasticizers derived from renewable plant byproducts, also including versions with low VOC emissions.
  • Tinkerine Launches Plant-derived, Biodegradable PLA-based 3D Printing Filament (Jun 12, 2014)
    Tinkerine Studios Ltd., a Canadian 3D printer company that manufactures and distributes 3D printers and software, announced the launch of their 1.75mm Polylactic Acid (PLA) Candy and Spring filament series. The wide range of colors in the new series of filament and cutting-edge packaging represent Tinkerine's ongoing commitment to sleek design and consumer appeal. Tinkerine filament is manufactured with strict quality, consistency, and purity (no fillers), at a value price point," said Eugene Suyu, President and CEO, Tinkerine.
  • Asahi Kasei Chemicals to Construct Second Plant for Plastic Compounds in US for Auto Sector (Jun 11, 2014)
    Asahi Kasei Chemicals has finalized a decision to construct a plant for plastic compounds in Athens, Alabama, as the second plant of its US subsidiary Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA). The number of automobiles manufactured in North America is increasing in line with a recovery in the US economy, and further growth is anticipated as the population increases. With increasingly stringent environmental regulations and heightening environmental awareness among consumers, demand growth is particularly strong for plastic compounds that replace metal in automotive components to reduce vehicle weight.
  • Global Mkt for Injection Molded Plastics to Reach USD 277.78 Bn by 2020: Grand View Research (Jun 11, 2014)
    The global market for injection molded plastics is expected to reach USD 277.78 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing demand for plastic as a packaging material coupled with the growing packaging industry in Asia is expected to be a key factor driving market demand over the next six years. In addition, the growing need for weight reduction in automobiles is also expected to augment the demand for plastics as a substitute to metal.
  • Solegear & r-pac Team up to Accelerate Commercialization of Plant-based Plastic Packaging (Jun 11, 2014)
    r-pac International Corp. and Solegear Bioplastics Inc. completed an agreement to accelerate the production, sales and distribution of Solegear's Polysole® and Traverse® plant-based plastic packaging. Using its award-winning expertise in Green Chemistry, Solegear collaborated with leading Canadian research institutions, including the National Research Council of Canada, to develop novel bio-based and environmentally responsible bioplastics for rigid consumer product packaging.
  • Asia-Pacific's Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Market to Reach USD 8.0 Bn by 2018: MMMonitor (Jun 10, 2014)
    Asia-Pacific Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene market has been pegged at $5.9b in the year 2013 growing at 6.4% annually and is projected to reach $8.0b by the end of the year 2018. Asia-Pacific Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene market constitute 67.9% of Global Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene market and are poised to grow its market share to 70.7% by the end of year 2018. Asia-Pacific Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene market is segmented on basis of applications and geographies.
  • Biomerics Selects PolyOne as Distributor of Medical-grade Thermoplastic PUR in N. America (Jun 10, 2014)
    PolyOne Corporation, among the premier global providers of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, announced that Biomerics has chosen PolyOne Distribution as the exclusive distributor for its Quadrathane™, Quadraflex™, and Quadraplast™ medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethanes in North America. Biomerics' Quadra biomaterials are an excellent complement to healthcare portfolio. These highly biocompatible polymers will enhance ability to help our customers accelerate speed-to-market.
  • Celanese at WardsAuto Interiors Conf.: Featured Engineered Polymers to Improve Aesthetics (Jun 10, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, featured at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference May 21 in Dearborn, Mich., the engineered polymer applications that help auto manufacturers improve overall interior design aesthetics as well as reduce overall costs. Several examples of Celanese's functional polymer applications were on display, including the 2012 SPE Innovation Grand Award winning instrument panel, MetaLX™ and XAP® low-emission applications, as well as other Celanese engineered materials for automotive interior applications.
  • Illinois Researchers Develop Plastic Materials That Not Only Heal, But Regenerate (Jun 10, 2014)
    Looking at a smooth sheet of plastic in one University of Illinois laboratory, no one would guess that an impact had recently blasted a hole through it. Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. Until now, self-repairing materials could only bond tiny microscopic cracks. The new regenerating materials fill in large cracks and holes by regrowing material.
  • Innovia Films Launches NatureFlex™ 55HK1 Home Compostable Film for Lidding Applications (Jun 10, 2014)
    Innovia Films has launched the first home compostable film designed for lidding applications, NatureFlex™ 55HK1. The new hermetic sealing film has been adopted in Italy for lidding on compostable food service trays used by schools in the Naples municipality. Mr Giovanni Sannino, CEO, at the Italian firm using NatureFlex™ 55HK1, SAGIFI S.p.A, commented, "We believe in delivering excellence to the customer."
  • Integral Continues to Expand Presence in Asia with Hanwha ElectriPlast Manufacturing Line (Jun 10, 2014)
    Integral Technologies, Inc., one among the emerging leaders in hybrid conductive plastics, announced that the management team of its wholly owned subsidiary, ElectriPlast Corp. ("ElectriPlast") recently concluded a 10 day trip to Asia after meeting with its manufacturing partner in Korea, and visiting global automotive Tier 1's and technology companies in China and Japan. The trip was in response to the growing interest brought about from the recent opening of Hanwha L&C's (Hanwha) ElectriPlast manufacturing line.
  • Dow Corning's New Silastic® F-LSRs Offer Processing Efficacy for Fuel-resistant Auto Modules (Jun 9, 2014)
    Building on its breakthrough elastomer technology in fluoro liquid silicone rubber (F-LSR), Dow Corning Corporation — among the global leaders in silicone and silicon-based technology and innovation — is introducing two new Silastic® brand F-LSRs to expand design options and provide processing efficiency for fuel-resistant automotive components. The newest product offerings add 60 and 70 durometer hardness options to a growing family of fully and partially fluorinated liquid silicone rubbers — a portfolio whose size is unmatched by any other fluorosilicone elastomer supplier.
  • Foster Unveils Nano Reinforced, PEBA-based LoPro Plus™ Radiopaque Compounds for Catheters (Jun 9, 2014)
    Foster Corporation, among the leaders in custom polymers for medical devices, introduces LoPro Plus™ radiopaque compounds reinforced with nanoparticles for improved pushability of thin wall catheters. These compounds allow for extrusion of single layer tubes with radiopacity and strength properties equivalent to conventional two layer tubes, in which each layer provides the distinct properties. LoPro Plus reduces material and inventory costs when compared to standard two layer constructions.
  • Global Market Capacity for Engineering Plastics to Reach 25.4 Mn Metric Tons by 2020: GIA (Jun 9, 2014)
    Increasing Consumption in Key End-Use Sectors Drive Demand for Engineering Plastics, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Engineering Plastics markets. Global market for Engineering Plastics is projected to reach 25.4 million metric tons by 2020, driven by sustained economic growth, and expanding applications in key end-use sectors.
  • Celanese at JEC Americas Composites Show: Exhibited Award Winning Composite Applications (Jun 6, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company — and four-time winner of the JEC Americas award for innovative composite applications — exhibited and presented a technical paper at the JEC Americas Composites Show & Conference May 13-15 in Atlanta. "Celanese has a proven track record for developing composites that stand up to the most unique, challenging applications," said Michael Ruby, Celanese global composites business manager.
  • Global Market for Nanocomposites Expected to Grow up to USD 4.2 Bn by 2019: BCC Research (Jun 6, 2014)
    BCC Research reveals in its new report, Global Markets for Nanocomposites, Nanoparticles, Nanoclays and Nanotubes, the global market for nanocomposites is expected to grow to $4.2 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%. The nanocomposite category is projected to claim the lion's share of the overall market. Recent advances in the production and manipulation of nanometer-scale materials have led to their increased use as fillers in new nanocomposites.
  • Berry Plastics' Nine-layer Film Earns FPA's Silver Award for Technical Innovation (Jun 5, 2014)
    Berry Plastics Group, Inc.'s new nine-layer film for dry food packaging, recently earned the Company a Silver Award for Technical Innovation from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). "Designed for the cereal and cracker market, this packaging film represents a significant step forward in materials engineering and property management in this market," explained Greg Gard, Senior Vice President of Technical Innovation for Berry Plastics' Flexible Packaging Division.
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