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DOE announces funding for biomass-based carbon fiber development

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 30th, 2014

The US Energy Department (DOE; Washington, DC) has announced up to $11.3 million in funding for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

The nation's capital bans PS foam containers

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 30th, 2014

Washington D.C. believes it has a big problem. This time around it's not about crime or corrupt politicians, but rather polystyrene foam containers.

Starting in January 2016, food and beverages that are packaged in PS foam will no longer be permitted for carryout use. A ban on many other disposable foodservice products that are not "compostable or recyclable" will start in 2017.

Reshoring: It’s not a myth (but it needs your help)

By Matt Fehrmann
Published: July 30th, 2014

American companies have outsourced its manufacturing work for decades to low-cost countries like China, Vietnam and India to take advantage of cheap labor rates. This has taken a toll on the American manufacturing sector - the Bureau of Statistics indicates that nearly six million manufacturing jobs were lost between 1999 and 2009 (over one-third of the country's manufacturing workforce).

This kind of damage is hard to reclaim, but fortunately, this trend is starting to reverse itself.

Researchers develop nanopropellers that swim through body to deliver medical treatments

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 30th, 2014

In Fantastic Voyage, a cheesy science fiction movie from the 1960s, a submarine and crew are miniaturized and injected into a person's blood stream to remove a brain clot. While researchers have yet to develop the shrink ray, one group of scientists has created a tiny propeller, not unlike the device that propels submarines, except that it is 100 times smaller than a human blood cell.

Measuring 70 nm in diameter and 400 nm long, the nanopropeller could move through the human body, and even inside cells, to perform medical procedures and deliver drugs.

Back-to-school means STEM will be in the forefront for the industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2014

Summer is nearly over and many kids are already preparing for back-to-school with activities such as shopping for new clothes, school supplies and wondering what awaits them in a new grade level with new teachers. One thing for sure, STEM will be at the forefront. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is being pushed hard through all grade levels in schools across the country as a way to prepare young people for high-paying jobs in the business of manufacturing and industry.

NinjaFlex makes its mark in 3D printer materials market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2014

Fenner Drives, a 103-year-old company that specializes in the manufacture of tensioners, idler pulleys, chain sprockets, UHMW belt and chain guides, and more solutions for critical applications, put its engineering expertise in urethanes to work in the 3D printing industry. NinjaFlex, an innovative thermoplastic elastomer 3D printer filament, provides a super elastic, highly durable material that is catching on in the industry.

Styrolution adds three new grades to its Zylar portfolio

By Karen Laird
Published: July 30th, 2014

Styrenics giant Styrolution has launched three new products in its Zylar range of transparent impact modified methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymers. Characterized by water clear transparency, high flowability, good chemical resistance and customizable toughness, the new grades further expand the existing Zylar portfolio, which ranges from the extremely impact resistant Zylar 960 to the medium-impact grades Zylar 550 and now also Zylar 650.

Hyundai Mobis to build lighting plant in Czech Republic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Korean Tier I auto lighting system supplier Hyundai Mobis (Seoul) plans to construct a  plant  in the Czech Republic to manufacture car lamps for the local operations of group companies Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. The 120 billion won ($117 million) plant will be the company's second in the country when  it opens for operations in 2017 near the city of Ostrava.

Names in the news: Engel, Graham Engineering, SPI, Toray Plastics and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Engel North America, member of the Engel group, has expanded the automation group at its York, PA headquarters with the addition of five staff members.

The group, under General Manager of Automation/Robotics Jay Sachania, provides automation solutions that include such services as mechanical, electrical and software engineering, conceptual through final system design, and full system integration.

Resin pricing: All spot commodity PE resins now up $.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

The resin markets continued to experience above average activity and most spot plastics prices climbed further for the week of July 21-25, according to The Plastics Exchange. Polyethylene, hampered by production issues, was highly sought and HDPE was the busiest of the bunch. Polypropylene demand was also hot, but the lack of spot supply, at least at transactional prices, limited completed deals. Export interest remained heightened, but aside from the natural Latin American markets, scarce and high priced Houston offers disabled opportunities to other regions.

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