Plastics & Additives

Chinaplas: PolyOne launches dual protection light barrier for clear packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — There's a 'clear trend' going on in packaging and as such, PolyOne Corp. is showcasing its OnCap Light Shield additives for clear packaging at Chinaplas 2014 (N1.E41). The additives reportedly absorb both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light before either can reach light sensitive contents such as food or pharmaceuticals, which can help reduce their degradation. 

In addition, the OnCap Light Shield additives can also eliminate the need to have an extra coating or layer. 

Taiwan to inaugurate 3D printing program

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan plans to kick off  a 3D printing development program this May. Under the three-year program initiated by the MOST, the ministry will spend about $2.33 million annually in research and development of 3D printing technology and its applications.

Plastic x-ray detector achieves medical-grade imaging performance

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Digital x-ray systems offer a number of advantages over conventional analog systems—images are processed faster and can be shared easily, and less radiation is required to produce them—but they also share one disadvantage: digital x-rays still use large glass substrates. Two years ago, researchers at the Holst Centre (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and imec (Leuven, Belgium) demonstrated that the use of plastic substrates in x-ray systems was technically feasible and would result in lighter, more robust, and less expensive devices.

Chinaplas: Chinese, global automakers opt for lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2014

The quest for enhanced fuel efficiency and safety in automobiles is creating a multitude of opportunities for plastics. Promising applications in the power train segment alone, for example include front covers, oil pans, integrated AIM-EGR (air intake manifold-exhaust gas recirculation) systems, turbochargers, exhaust and muffler systems, and exhaust gas cooling systems.

Chinaplas: A push for biodegradable plastic bags in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China — Upon arrival in China, it's hard not to ignore the pollution in the air and trash creating an eyesore on the ground. China is playing a big price for its swelling pollution. For instance, in Shanghai, the cost of pollution is estimated at $420 million.

Calling it "recyclable packaging" doesn't mean that it will be recycled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

Recently Colgate-Palmolive announced that it will commit to 100% recyclable packaging by 2020 for three of four product categories. This commitment came after one of the company's shareholders became engaged with As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that "promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies."

Bio succinic acid: It's a marathon, not a sprint

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2014

At last week's Bio-based Materials Conference in Cologne, the second day was dominated by three talks on the developments around bio succinic acid. Of the four major players in this area, three - Reverdia, Succinity and Myriant - discussed the state of the art and presented their views on the market potential for this rising bio-based building block.

BMW i3: unpainted door sill panel molded from PC/ABS compound

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) compounds from Styron Automotive have reportedly have been instrumental in the development of mid console, glove box, and trunk trim components for the BMW i3 series. The material has also been used in Mercedes Benz C class pillars and door panels.

Turning recycled water bottles into Plastic Gold

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 15th, 2014

With a little bit of Grimm magic, the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin was able to weave straw into gold. Here in the real world, designer Florie Salnot is practicing a different kind of alchemy by converting recycled plastic bottles into stunning—I repeat, stunning—pieces of jewelry. Don't believe me? Check out the images in this article.

Salnot collaborates with Saharawari refugees in the Sahara desert in Algeria in the design and production of the jewelry, called Plastic Gold.

NPE 2015 wants to see your high-end recycled products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

Plastics manufacturers that turn recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE 2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, FL. SPI will accept product nominations until Aug. 1, 2014.

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