Anvil design for welding systems helps automate production of novel plastic plumbing part

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 18th, 2015

A supplier of polymer parts for the plumbing industry for more than 40 years, LSP Products Group Inc. (Carson City, NV) has developed a polymer-based in-line hammer arrester to replace the traditional copper device. The patented, first-of-its-kind product can be integrated into water connectors such as washing machines, icemakers and dishwashers or directly into plumbing systems piping to equalize pressure fluctuations that are associated with modern appliances.

Perstorp improves DPHP supply logistics for North American market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 13th, 2015

Chemicals company Perstorp (Malmö, Sweden) has secured a permanent storage tank for its Emoltene 100 (DPHP) plasticizer in the United States, which is expected to be operational from the beginning of 2016. The bulk tank located in New Jersey will result in shorter lead and delivery times to customers in the region.

A provider of plasticizers for more than 40 years, Perstorp says that the North American plasticizer market is a high-priority area for the company and that sales have been expanding rapidly over the past two years in this region.

Aurora Plastics brands cellular PVC foam and PVC capstock product lines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 27th, 2015

Aurora Plastics Inc. (Streetsboro, OH), a manufacturer of high-quality PVC compounds, announced brand names for two of its major product lines: AuroraLite PCV cellular foam and AuroraShield PVC/acrylic capstock.

Innovations in iPad housings, louvers and bridge construction earn awards in IAPD plastics design contest

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 9th, 2015

For decades, the plastics processing industry has known that new applications abound for those who are innovative and creative. The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD; Overland Park, KS) announced the recent winners of the third annual IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition, selected during IAPD's 59th Annual Convention and Plastics Showcase in San Diego, CA. Four finalists—three in the Corporate Division and one in the Collegiate Division—were selected to present their applications to convention attendees.

SPE Thermoforming Roll-Fed parts competition rolls out some winners

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 17th, 2015

The Roll-Fed parts competition at the recent SPE Thermoforming Conference was loaded with great new ideas, primarily for packaging consumer goods, deli containers and even one application for building and construction, oddly enough.

Graphene-enhanced composites in the works

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 14th, 2015

Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS) has signed a letter of intent as an initial step of a joint development and commercialization deal with Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland) GmbH to work on the application of graphene and other nano particle products in thermoset composite resin systems based on epoxy.

Metabolix showcases innovative PVC building and construction materials at Profiles 2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 9th, 2015

When you think about biobased materials, you don't typically think of building and construction. However, at the recent Profiles 2015 technology conference on polymer materials in exterior building applications, Metabolix Inc. (Cambridge, MA) showcased just such an innovation: Polymer technology that improves PVC, one of the most widely used materials for building products.

Building and construction applications are a "target application space for Metabolix and its PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) biopolymer materials," said the company.

New composite bridge system re-opens trails for hikers

By Karen Laird
Published: August 21st, 2015

In 2012, flooding and erosion prompted Ohio’s Beavercreek Township to close a bridge crossing that connected three of the area’s recreational parks—Rotary Park, Phillips Park and the Beavercreek Wetlands Nature Preserve—shutting down access to a number of popular hiking trails. While park employees had pieced together the original bridge from used county highway bridge materials, the Township decided that it was time for something different.

The streets of Rotterdam may be paved with plastic

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 13th, 2015

Maybe the streets of heaven are paved with gold—I honestly don't know and may never find out, if my mother is to be believed—but in the not-too-distant future the roads of Rotterdam may be paved with recycled plastic bottles. The Rotterdam city council announced last week that it was considering a pilot project, advanced by construction firm VolkerWessels (Amersfoort, Netherlands), to replace asphalt with plastic, reports the Guardian.

Composite decking a player at Walmart NW Arkansas golf tournament

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 17th, 2015

Summer is here, and so are the golf tournaments. For the ninth consecutive year, MoistureShield composite decking will be featured on the grounds of the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, AR, during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

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