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  • DSM & COVESS Exhibited Thermoplastic Composite Tanks for CNG at NGV Global'14 (May 26, 2014)
    DSM and COVESS exhibited at NGV Global 2014 held on May 5-8 at Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. COVESS and DSM have developed thermoplastic composite gas tanks for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and are developing thermoplastic tanks for hydrogen storage, which together were highlighted in their exhibit. Hydrogen and natural gas are claiming their place in the field of cost effective and low carbon footprint fuels for the automotive.
  • RTP Company's EMI Shielding Compounds Replace Metal Housings in Auto Sensing Systems (May 26, 2014)
    Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company has developed EMI shielding compounds that are ideal for replacing metal or conductive coated plastic housings in automotive sensing systems. Because drivers depend on the proper operation of automotive radar and sensing systems to maintain vehicle safety and reliability, these systems require highly reliable EMI protection to eliminate "noise" that could interfere with signal processing.
  • Bayer Highlighted Engineered PC Sheet Products for Signage at ISA International Sign Expo (May 23, 2014)
    Companies are looking for a way to stand apart from the competition. Like a signpost in a strange land, channel letters and signage applications using polycarbonate sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC can help light up interest in a business and attract customers. Creating an eye-catching sign is made easier with a broad selection of Makrolon® polycarbonate sheet material from Bayer that can meet the rigorous requirements of channel letters and other thermoformed applications.
  • Celanese to Expand Fortron® PPS Compounding Capability at Nanjing Integrated Chemical Complex (May 23, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced that the company will expand its compounding capabilities at its Nanjing, China, integrated chemical complex to include Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The PPS compounding expansion is expected to be operational by year-end 2014. The Fortron PPS compounding expansion is part of the Celanese growth strategy to directly serve our customers in China and the broader Asia region.
  • Olympus Partners Acquires Pregis, a Producer of Protective Packaging Materials and Systems (May 23, 2014)
    Private equity firm Olympus Partners, Stamford, Conn., has agreed to acquire Pregis Corporation North America, a protective packaging materials and systems manufacturer, for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of May. Olympus Partners looks for enterprises that have established a leading market position and have a strong management team. It believes that such companies will enjoy greater long term value creation and generate superior investment returns.
  • Asia-Pacific and North America are Key Markets for GFRP Composites: MarketsandMarkets (May 22, 2014)
    The report, "Glass Fiber & Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) Composites Market By Raw Material, By Manufacturing Process, By Application (Transportation, Construction, Electrical & Electronics, & Others) & By Geography — Global Trends & Forecast to 2019", defines and segments the global GFRP Composites market with an analysis and forecast by value and volume. The global GFRP Composites market is dominated by Asia-Pacific and North America accounting for 67% of the overall market in 2013.
  • Husky to Focus on Medical & Packaging Manufacturing Units to Provide Highest-precision Molds (May 22, 2014)
    Husky Injection Molding Systems recently announced the decision to focus manufacturing facilities within the Medical and Specialty Packaging Systems business, ensuring a commitment to providing the highest-precision molds for our target applications. With the integration of Schöttli and Husky, this new focus will enable Husky to provide a more responsive approach to its customers in these markets.
  • TerraCycle to Recycle Beauty Products' Plastic Packaging for Garnier's Green Garden Project (May 22, 2014)
    Last year, Garnier and TerraCycle transformed over 1,500 pounds of recycled personal care waste into a one-of-a-kind Garnier Green Garden in New York City. This year, Garnier and TerraCycle have announced the nationwide rollout of the Garnier Green Garden Project, a program designed to create gardens for deserving communities. In a contest called, "Where Should Our Garden Grow?" Garnier and TerraCycle have asked for public participation to help choose the most deserving community organization to receive the next Green Garden, capable of yielding more than 2000 pounds of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.
  • LANXESS Opens PA & PBT Compounding Plant in Brazil to Meet Automotive Market's Demand (May 21, 2014)
    LANXESS inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The specialty chemicals company has invested around EUR 20 million (R$ 62 million) in the facility, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Up to 50 highly-skilled jobs will be created. The new plant is supporting above all the growing demand toward products for the megatrend mobility in Latin America. For example in Brazil, one of the largest automotive markets globally, a governmental program called "Inovar-Auto" has been implemented in early 2013.
  • Celanese at Chinaplas'14: Displayed Zenite® & Vectra® LCPs for CCM of Portable Devices (May 20, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, at Chinaplas® 2014 displayed its Zenite® and Vectra® family of halogen free liquid crystal polymers (LCP) for compact camera modules (CCM) used in today's smartphones and tablets. Showcased at Celanese booth in the Chemicals & Raw Materials Zone of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, these LCPs are tailored to help CCM manufacturers improve their products and manufacturing processes so they can meet the growing demand for portable devices with high-end camera modules.
  • DSM at AutoEPCON: Presented Lightweight Stanyl® PA 46 Stator Concept and more (May 20, 2014)
    DSM presented at the 9th Annual AutoEPCON on May 6 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI. Peter Schmieg, Senior Application Development Engineer Automotive at DSM, presented "Lightweight Stanyl® polyamide 46 Stator Concept for the Transmission Torque Converter". The paper addresses the challenges for new fuel CO2 emissions requirements, weight reduction, and performance and how DSM is at the forefront addressing these key concerns with solutions like the lightweight development of a Stanyl® polyamide46 transmission torque converter stator.
  • TSE Wins JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Award for Bio-based PUR Spray Layup Resin (May 19, 2014)
    TSE Industries has been awarded the JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Award for its VOC and BPA-free bio-based polyurethane spray layup reinforcing resin. This is the second year in a row that TSE has received the coveted award. TSE-EcoSpray® Bio 550C is a bio-based, polyurethane spray layup resin for reinforcement of baths and hot tub spas. Current regulations in the U.S. generally allow 20 PPM for styrene emissions.
  • LSU AgCenter Explores Ways to Derive Biodegradable Plastics from Sugar Byproduct (May 16, 2014)
    Louisiana sugarcane producers may one day has a stake in the U.S. plastics industry, with the help of LSU AgCenter researchers. LSU AgCenter personnel at the Audubon Sugar Institute are studying how to make plastic from a byproduct of sugar production. Aconitic acid, an organic acid found in significant levels in energycane, sugarcane and sweet sorghum juices, is a potential source of biodegradable plastics.
  • Montel Plastics Adds MuCell Molding Technology to its ENGEL duo Injection Molding Machine (May 16, 2014)
    Montel Plastics Ltd., investing further into lightweight molding technologies, has recently added MuCell® molding technology to their two-platen ENGEL duo 23050/2500 injection molding machine. Montel Plastics Ltd., with facilities in Oldcastle/Ontario and ShenZhen/China, is a state of the art plastic injection mold testing facility specializing in plastic injection mold testing, pre-production mold testing, in-mold decorating (IMD) / film insert molding (FIM) and gas-assist technologies.
  • BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester Replaces PC in Saint Romain's Tableware & Cookware (May 15, 2014)
    Due to ongoing legislative developments in France to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact applications, Saint Romain turned to Eastman Chemical Company and its Tritan™ copolyester as an alternative material to polycarbonate (PC). Tritan is a new-generation copolyester that provides toughness, dishwasher durability and clarity. It is not manufactured with BPA. Saint Romain specializes in designing and producing plastic tableware and cookware applications for commercial usage in hotels, public institutions, nursing homes, hospitals and nurseries.
  • Evonik Launches Medical Devices Project House in USA to Expand Polymer Competencies & more (May 15, 2014)
    Evonik Industries is launching the Medical Devices Project House. The eleventh project house of Evonik has its main campus in Birmingham, Alabama (USA), along with a branch in Hanau (Germany). The aim of the new Medical Devices Project House is to develop new system solutions for medical technology and to expand the competencies of Evonik in the areas of biomaterials and polymers. Above all, it will address applications in implantology.
  • Global Market Volume for PTFE is Projected to Reach 251.4 Thousand Tons by 2020: GIA (May 15, 2014)
    Revival in the Global Economy Drives Demand for Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) markets. Global market for Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is projected to reach 251.4 thousand tons by 2020, driven by recovery in global economic growth and expanding applications in automobile, construction and renewable energy sectors.
  • Global PA Market Value is Estimated to Reach USD 41,769.5 Mn by 2019: MarketsandMarkets (May 15, 2014)
    The report "Bio-Polyamide, Specialty Polyamide & Precursors Market by Type (PA 6, PA 66, PA 10, PA 11, PA 12 & Others), by Precursor (CPL, ADA & HDMA), by Material (Fiber & Plastics) & Application (Textile, Automotive, E&E & Others) – Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019" report analyzes the global polyamide market with respect to market drivers, opportunities, and trends in different regions.
  • LANXESS at Expobor'14: Presented Innovative Curing Technology for EPDM Rubber & more (May 15, 2014)
    LANXESS, one of the world's leading manufacturers of synthetic rubber, showcased at Expobor 2014 a broad range of products for the rubber transformation, automotive, tire, and civil construction industries, among others. The event is one of the Latin America's largest rubber fairs from April 23 to 25 at Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo. At this year's edition of Expobor, LANXESS Keltan Elastomers business unit presented an innovative curing technology for EPDM rubber.
  • PHA Producer Meredian Gets Certifications for Biodegradability from Vinçotte International (May 15, 2014)
    Privately held biopolymer manufacturer Meredian, Inc., one of the world's largest producers of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), has received four certifications and two statements of biodegradability from Vinçotte International, headquartered in Vilvoorde, Belgium. Meredian, Inc. is the only company in the world to receive these certifications of biodegradability in all six mediums. The approval of these certifications further serves to highlight Meredian Inc.'s mission to create the most ecologically sound biodegradable plastic on the market.
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