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Italian stance on carrier bags vindicated by European Parliament vote

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2014

On April 16, the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe.

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.

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.

It’s lonely at the top!

By Karen Laird
Published: April 15th, 2014

At least, it is if you happen to be looking for a biobased material at the top of the polymer pyramid. At the Biobased Materials conference last week in Cologne, this was one of the salient points made by Stefaan de Wildeman from the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials, a research institute striving for non-conventional biobased innovation. It's a mystery to him why so many producers are currently aiming at biobased building blocks for the low-margin, high-volume world of commodities.

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.

Rice hull-filled PP grade ups green credentials of F-Series pickup

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 14th, 2014

The 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck is lighter than ever, with extensive use of high-strength 70,000-psi steel and aluminum, but plastic is also playing a key role in the environmental credentials of the full-size truck, which may return fuel economy as high as 30 mpg. The electrical cowl bracket employed in the vehicle is molded from a rice hull-filled grade of polypropylene (PP). The development was initially reported by PlasticsToday here.

Macro developed a new two-ply film extrusion method for 100% post-consumer recycled film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2014

Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. has developed and patented a new process to produce trash bags using post-consumer materials. 

With conventional methods for producing bags with high amounts of recycled material, the reclaim is normally buried in the core layer of a coextruded structure between skin layers of mostly-virgin material. Macro says the issue with this method is that defects, such as gels/pinholes, may originate from impurities in the recycled materials of the core layer, which tend to migrate through all layers of the structure.

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:

Canadian Plastics Industry Association launches pilot flexible film recycling project

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 1st, 2014

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) will work with the Promenade Shopping Center on a pilot project for the collection and recycling of polyethylene (PE) flexible film. The Promenade already had an established recycling and organics program, which consisted of gathering materials such as paper, containers and food waste are collected and diverted from landfill.

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