Materials

Automotive market drives global phenolic resin demand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Demand from the automotive sector is one of the primary drivers of the phenolic resins market according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (Albany, NY). "[Phenolic] molding compounds are in demand from the automotive sector as they amplify vehicle efficiency, and promote fire-safety," says the consulting firm.

Reason could be taking center stage in the plastic bag ban debate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2014

We in the plastics industry see way too many headlines about plastic bag bans throughout the United States. So imagine how surprised I was when I read this article in Time magazine's Aug. 5 edition online: "Your Whole Foods Tote Could be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."

Michael Crowell named executive director of CertiPUR-US foam certification program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2014

Polyurethane foam industry veteran Michael Crowell has been named executive director of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam and its CertiPUR-US program. He succeeds Robert Duffy who is retiring.

PLLA-based wound dressings conform and adhere to irregular body surfaces

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2014

Nanosheets made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) show tremendous potential for use in wound-dressing applications. The materials can cling to the body's most difficult-to-protect contours and keep bacteria at bay. 

Hydraulic seals tested on Arburg machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 10th, 2014

The reliability of a hydraulic injection molding machine often comes down to how well the seals perform. They must endure literally millions of molding cycles. Leading machine builder Arburg GmbH (Loßburg, Germany) turns to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Stuttgart, Germany) for the polytetrafluoroethylene- (PTFE) based seals employed in its machines, which incidentally are also molded by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions on Arburg machines.

Sony to market proprietary recycled plastic material to third parties

By Karen Laird
Published: August 10th, 2014

When Sony resolved to do something about reducing the amount of virgin, oil-based plastics it used to manufacture its products, it soon became apparent that the company was not one for half measures. Next to reducing the amount of plastic used and introducing recycled plastic in new products, Sony decided to develop its own recycled plastic. The result was SoRPlas: Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic.

Originally made by Sony for Sony, the material has proved such a success that the company has now decided to sell it to external parties.

Making the case for waste-to-energy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 8th, 2014

For the past two decades, I've heard numerous plastics industry scientists and engineers make the case for burning trash - specifically the "trash" that contains extremely BTU value. But instead of getting the real value out of post-consumer plastics through waste-to-energy (WTE), we spend a tremendous amount of energy (most of it coming from fossil fuels) to recycle plastics, paper, glass and other commodities. The U.S. is behind the times on this issue.

German plastic packaging market on track for additional growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2014

The German market for plastic packaging and films achieved encouraging results in 2013, according to the IK, the Germany industry association. While production output rose by around 2.4% to 4.3 million tons, turnover worth 13.6 billion euro (USD 18.25 billion) (a surplus of 3.5%) reached a new record level.

DuPont-sponsored survey: plastics-related solutions rank highly as lightweighting strategy

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 7th, 2014

Lightweighting and use of lightweight structural materials will be the key enabler in realizing 2017-2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards according to 49 percent of the respondents in an annual survey sponsored by DuPont Automotive (Troy, MI). 

Plastic pipe demand expected to outpace all other materials

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

The U.S. demand for pipe is expected to rise 7.3% per year to $63.5 billion in 2018, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by strong growth in crude oil and natural gas activity, as pipe is used extensively in drilling and oil and gas pipeline applications. Demand will also be supported by a projected rebound in building construction expenditures.

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