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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.

Flame-retardant PET film costs one-tenth that of polyimide equivalent; LED lighting targeted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited (Tokyo) has developed a PET film offering flame retardance equivalent to UL VTM-0 that reportedly costs up to 90% less than polyimide (PI) film.

Teijin  Tetoron UF film employs Teijin's proprietary non-halogenated flame-retardant and also reportedly delivers the inherent heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of conventional PET film.

QMilk wins Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Cologne, Germany - QMilk, a young German company that has developed a technology based on casein to produce a 100% biobased textile fiber or granulate, is proving itself a winner. Out of a field of seven nominees, the company triumphed at this year's Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award, winning by an "overwhelming majority," said Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, the organizer of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials at which the award is presented. "QMilk left the competition far behind, eating dust, as it were." [Ed.

Plenary speakers at SPE Antec 2014 to cover nanocomposites, sustainability and 21st century plastics age

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plenary speeches at at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Antec 2014 will address new technical and business developments that could benefit plastics, according to SPE.

Antec 2014 will take place April 28-30, 2014 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. Plenary sessions will take place on each day of the conference:

Ceresana releases study on the entire ethylene value chain in the U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

The U.S. single-handedly processed 25 million tons of ethylene in the past year. As such, market research firm Ceresana has analyzed the entire ethylene value chain in a specific region, namely the U.S.

Week of 3/17 to 3/21: A green themed week and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

While the U.S. was focused on all things green this past Monday in honor of the (boozy) tradition that is St. Patrick's Day, there were also plenty of 'green' themed articles from the PlasticsToday editors and contributors this week. Although, this green was of a different variety — from recycling to energy efficiency to even golf courses.  

For instance, Extrusion Expert and Plastics Engineer Allan Griff attended both the Plastics Recycling conference and associated exhibition and the SPE environmental division conference.

Plastics machinery shipments up 8 percent in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.

Reinventing pipe seals? AlphaGary and Wavin team up to try something new

By Karen Laird
Published: March 20th, 2014

Before becoming sister companies, compounding company AlphaGary and piping systems manufacturer Wavin, both of whom today are subsidiaries of Mexico's chemical giant Mexichem, had little to do with one another. Today, the companies are reaping the fruits of a synergistic business relationship, in which AlphaGary, headquartered in the U.S. supplies the material and Netherlands-based Wavin manufactures the product - in this case pipe and sanitary ware seal components - for use in the non-pressure thermoplastic piping systems it produces. 

New alternative decking, roofing and more in the news

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2014

With spring just around the corner, building products makers are hoping that homeowners will begin looking to upgrading their homes after a long, hard winter. The latest building and construction products introduced by some of the biggest names in alternative decking, railing and roofing products industry promise to make homes more attractive with less maintenance. And many of these products are made with a percentage of recycled materials, making them attractive from an environmental standpoint. 

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Construction serves as an indicator for stabilizers market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

Stabilizers are indispensable for many products made from plastics and rubber as they ensure safe processing and prevent premature aging and weathering. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has to be treated with stabilizers. The market research institute Ceresana has just published a new study regarding the market for these additives and the research firm anticipates plenty of change on the horizon.

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