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  • Bayer Develops Reflective White PC Grades for Design-friendly & Energy-efficient Lighting (Jun 30, 2014)
    The business of lighting is changing rapidly. Because of its sustainability, LED lighting is gaining popularity in our living rooms and offices as well as the cars we drive. As lighting engineers and designers re-imagine energy-efficient lighting to meet this demand, they need cost-effective solutions and materials that offer improved reflectivity to optimize light output. Bayer MaterialScience LLC has developed new reflective white (RW) polycarbonate grades that can help lighting professionals deliver creative, design-friendly and energy-efficient lighting.
  • Global Market for Medical Polymers to Reach USD 17.05 Bn by 2020: Grand View Research (Jun 30, 2014)
    The global market for medical polymers is expected to reach USD 17.05 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing substitution of conventional materials such as glass and metals in medical devices by high performance polymers such as PVC and polypropylene coupled with growing demand for medical devices from the fast developing Asian healthcare market is expected to drive medical polymer demand over the next six years.
  • Solvay's PARA & PAEK Show Strong Commercial Promise Over Metals in Medical Devices (Jun 30, 2014)
    Solvay Specialty Polymers — among leading global suppliers of high-performance thermoplastics offered for use in a range of markets including implantable and non-implantable medical devices — has released a case study which highlights the use of its high-performance polymers in the healthcare field. Surgical retractors made of Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) and AvaSpire® polyaryletherketone (PAEK) show strong commercial promise and are the latest examples from Solvay which showcase the advantages of high-performance polymers over metals in medical devices.
  • SPI's NPE 2015 to Feature 'Zero Waste Zone' to Promote Plastic Recycling & Sustainability (Jun 30, 2014)
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association will dedicate a special sector of the exhibit floor at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase to serve as a "Zero Waste Zone" focusing on the industry mandate to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics. Produced by SPI, NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015. Reflecting SPI's commitment to pursuing zero waste, the Zero Waste Zone will present recycling demonstrations, multiple displays of products made with post-consumer recycled material, a cradle-to-cradle education experience, and special events.
  • Dow Corning's MS-2002 Moldable White Reflector Silicone Wins 2014 Innovation Award at LFI (Jun 27, 2014)
    Dow Corning, among the global leaders in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, announced that its recently launched Dow Corning® MS-2002 Moldable White Reflector Silicone was the winner of the Non-Luminous Components, Specialty Hardware, Shades and Solar category at the 2014 LIGHTFAIR® International Innovation Awards. This marks the third time in two years that Dow Corning's Moldable Silicone product technology has garnered top recognition during LIGHTFAIR International's (LFI) annual awards.
  • LANXESS’ Plastic & Rubber Products Find Applications in Sports Goods for Soccer 2014 (Jun 27, 2014)
    Faster, better, stronger: Brazil will once again be alive with action from June 12 to July 13. At the soccer event 2014, it's all about peak performance. 32 nations will be competing in this world-class event. Like everywhere else in the world, the people at LANXESS in Cologne, Germany, will have their eyes on Brazil when the time comes again for great achievements. LANXESS is always a part of top-level competitive sports.
  • SABIC & Cima NanoTech Co-develop Transparent Conductive PC Film for Innovative Applications (Jun 27, 2014)
    With smart materials being one of the fastest growing areas of materials technology, SABIC and Cima NanoTech, a Singapore and US-based company, have announced the joint development of a plastics industry first: a transparent conductive polycarbonate film that has the potential to revolutionize the materials used in consumer electronics, household goods, automotive, architecture and healthcare.
  • Trellis Earth Acquires Cereplast's Bioplastics Production Facility in Indiana (Jun 27, 2014)
    Trellis Earth has acquired an 110,000 square foot bioplastics production facility in Seymour, Indiana from the defunct Cereplast which is being liquidated in bankruptcy court. It is paying $2.6 million for a factory, patent portfolio, and inventory with a replacement value over $8 million. This acquisition will fast track Trellis Earth's large scale injection molding and thermoforming operations in the United States, as it brings in new finishing equipment to this facility in the weeks and months ahead.
  • Amcor's 12 Oz PET Bottles Boost Sales of Dog's Fun and Healthy Beverage Drink (Jun 26, 2014)
    For dog owners who love to spoil their canines, Bowser Beer from 3 Busy Dogs, Seattle, Wash., has emerged as a popular pet product that has enjoyed strong national growth. Sales for the fun and healthy drink alternative — packaged in lightweight, shatter-resistant 12oz polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from Amcor Rigid Plastics — have tripled in the last three years. The explosive growth for the non-carbonated, non-alcoholic drink, created by founder Jenny Brown in 2008, mirrors the strong demand for pet products across the U.S.
  • MIT Spinout PK Clean Invents Continuous System to Convert Non-recycled Plastics into Crude Oil (Jun 26, 2014)
    Plastic is becoming a major problem worldwide: In 2012, the United States alone produced roughly 32 million tons of plastic waste, while only recycling about 9 percent of its plastic, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is because of the growing use of "non-recycled" plastics, primarily made of polystyrene and polypropylene. Seeing little return value, recyclers toss these plastics into landfills, where they pile up and never decompose.
  • Registration Opens for ACMA & SAMPE's Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) (Jun 26, 2014)
    Registration is now open for CAMX — The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) to be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center, October 13-16, 2014. The exhibit hall, expecting over 500 exhibitors, will be open from October 14-16; the education program features more than 250 sessions and will run from October 13-16.
  • Water Soluble PVA Films' Global Market to Reach USD 319.5 Mn by 2020: Grand View Research (Jun 26, 2014)
    The global market for water soluble PVA films is expected to reach USD 319.5 million, while for polarizer PVA films market is expected to reach USD 7,723.2 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing environmental concern, stringent government regulations for packaging coupled with increasing use of LCD panels are expected to remain key driving factors for the market. Volatile raw material prices are expected to be a key challenge to market growth over the forecast period.
  • CP Chem Breaks Ground on PE Units for USGC Petrochemicals Project to Produce Plastic Resin (Jun 25, 2014)
    Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) held its second groundbreaking ceremony for its U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project at the construction site in Old Ocean, Texas. The construction includes two world-scale polyethylene units that will each produce 500,000 metric tons of plastic resin every year. With this groundbreaking, Chevron Phillips Chemical maintains its first mover position within the petrochemicals industry to engineer and build world-scale ethylene and derivatives facilities in the U.S. based upon the successful development of shale resources.
  • PP Leads Consumption by 37% in Automotive Plastics Globally: MarketsAndMarkets (Jun 25, 2014)
    The global market is mainly driven by passenger car production and increasing utilization of automotive plastics in vehicle designs. The report covers global consumption of seven major types of automotive plastics used in passenger cars such as polypropylene, polyurethanes, polycarbonates, high density polyethylene, polymethyl methacrylate, Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, and composites. The use of plastics in interior, exterior, and under bonnet components of automobiles help in weight reduction, improve aesthetics, vibration and noise control, and cabin insulation.
  • SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conf. to Feature Talks by Five Keynote Speakers (Jun 25, 2014)
    The sixteenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, one of the world's leading automotive engineered-polyolefins forums, will showcase talks by five keynote speakers from WardsAuto, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference, the keynotes will highlight important trends facing the automotive-plastics market, including access to new feedstocks, approaching vehicle-efficiency mandates, and key pressures driving innovation.
  • Coperion to Realign and Relocate its North American Operations by 2015 (Jun 24, 2014)
    Coperion GmbH, a subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc. announced that it will realign and relocate their North American operations based in Ramsey, New Jersey, USA to their other facilities located in Pitman, New Jersey, Wytheville, Virginia and Houston, Texas. This realignment is being implemented over an 18 month period of time until November, 2015 and most of the current positions in Ramsey will be transferred to one of the three other locations.
  • INEOS & Sasol to Build Plant to Produce Bimodal HDPE Using Innovene™ S Process Technology (Jun 24, 2014)
    INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA and Sasol Chemicals North America LLC have announced that they have reached final investment decision to form a joint venture to build a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in LaPorte, Texas. The 50/50 joint venture will produce 470 kilotons per annum of bimodal HDPE using Innovene™ S process technology licensed from INEOS Technologies. The ethylene required for the production of the HDPE will be supplied by INEOS and Sasol in proportion to their respective ownership positions.
  • Polymer Technologies Acquires Assets of EPSG; Launches Elastomeric Solutions Division (Jun 24, 2014)
    Polymer Technologies Inc., among the leading manufacturers of noise reduction materials, thermal composites, and molded foam products, is excited to announce its continued growth and expansion. In the wake of its 25th Anniversary, Polymer Technologies recently purchased the assets of Engineered Plastics Solutions Group Inc., EPSG, a company that specializes in custom shock and vibration solutions. The acquisition of EPSG's assets allows Polymer to offer an even greater range of services and products to existing customers and all other manufacturers in need.
  • Polyzen Expands Cleanroom Manufacturing Operations for Film Extrusion for Medical Devices (Jun 24, 2014)
    Polyzen Inc., among the leaders in custom, thin wall components for medical devices, has recently expanded cleanroom manufacturing operations to include state-of-the-art film extrusion in a Class 10,000 environment. This new capacity will support prototype development, scale-up and manufacturing of film for use in regulated medical devices, including wound care and implants. Medical devices that present increased risk to patients or clinicians often require greater regulatory controls, including clean room manufacturing.
  • EHSC's "Plants to Products" Initiative Secures Funds to Boost Production of Bioplastics & more (Jun 23, 2014)
    The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant for an innovative project to promote biobased manufacturing in Maine recently, which aims to convert sustainably harvested wood chips and agricultural waste into value-added renewable chemicals, biobased plastics, and advanced biofuels.
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