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New antioxidant biomaterial prevents medical implant failure, promotes healing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 25th, 2014

When a foreign material is put inside the human body, you will always get an inflammatory response to some degree, says Guillermo Ameer, professor of biomedical engineering in McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Chicago). "A problem with commonly used plastic materials, in particular, is that in addition to that inflammatory response, oxidation occurs," he adds.

Whirlpool refrigerators become first commercial application for a polyurethane insulation system using HFO blowing agent

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 25th, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., the world's largest producer of major appliances, has begun the first commercial use of a polyurethane refrigerator insulation system with a HFO (hydrofluoroolefin) blowing agent.

The polyurethane is a new formulation of BASF's Elastocool rigid foam. It is used with Honeywell's Solstice liquid blowing agent (LBA), an HFO with an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) of 1. Traditionally used hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have GWPs between 700 and 1000

The battle over “green” plastics continues in the building & construction industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

This week, David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, took the opportunity to rake the plastics industry over the coals while SPI and other plastics industry groups held their "fly-in" in Washington, D.C.

DuPont and Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion develop new perforation resistant thermoformable film

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

A collaboration to improve the efficiency, performance and sustainability of packaging applications between Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, has resulted in a material and cost-saving medium barrier 9-layer film for thermoforming applications.

Meredian Inc. and DaniMer Scientific merge under Meredian Holdings Group Inc.

By Karen Laird
Published: July 24th, 2014

Leading PHA producer Meredian Inc. and DaniMer Scientific, an international corporation focusing on the development of sustainably produced, renewable and biodegradable resources, have announced that they have merged under Meredian Holdings Group Inc.

Strong expansion projected for European biodegradable plastic market

By Karen Laird
Published: July 24th, 2014

Regulatory measures, growing R&D investments in bioplastics by public and private sectors and growing environmental awareness among consumers throughout the European Union are combining to create an environment in which biodegradable plastics can flourish, says a recently published report by TechSci Research, a global research based management consulting firm. In "Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019," researchers forecast a robust CAGR of around 12% during 2014-19 for the biodegradable plastics market in Europe.

Ultrasonic machining process makes light work of composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 24th, 2014

Researchers at Loughborough University (Leicestershire, UK) have developed a device that they say could revolutionize the way cutting, drilling and milling of composite materials is accomplished. It involves a technique called ultrasonically-assisted machining (UAM), which uses a specially designed piezoelectric transducer working in tandem with a traditional turning, drilling or milling machine.

New line of injection molded thermoplastic components to compete with metals

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 23rd, 2014

A new line from Piper Plastics is said to bridge the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. The new material, called Kyron Max, allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals.

Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.

StackTeck delivers turnkey system to Chilean packaging processor

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

StackTeck Systems Ltd. announced the one-year anniversary of the delivery of two 96-cavity 1881 closure systems to its customer Envases CMF in Chile. Envases CMF has reached a one-year milestone as a new producer of beverage caps. Envases CMF selected StackTeck as their turnkey system provider for a liner-less 1881 CDS beverage cap, a design that is licensed by Universal Closures (UCL) of the United Kingdom.

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