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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:

Toughened PA 66 boasts low-temp impact strength and superior surface finish

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is supplying a special polyamide (PA) 66 compound for a molded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, Milwaukee, WI).

How one company is turning plastic bottles into art

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 1st, 2014

To most people, discarded plastic bottles are a blight on the landscape. To Stuart Jones, however, they have the potential to be a unique canvas for landscapes or any other image you may want to conjure up. He is the founder of Co2nscience, a startup in West Yorkshire, UK, that recycles plastic bottles into works of art.

The GCC plastics industry says it will grow through diversification

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 1st, 2014

There's no doubt that the Mideast Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes the states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are paying close attention to the development of U.S. shale production.

Years of cheap raw materials helped the region become a major exporter of plastics. But some say the abundant U.S. shale gas development is presenting new challenges to the GCC petrochemical industry. 

New carbon-fiber technology results in lighter, stronger metal replacement compound

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

A new generation of carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide compounds has been introduced as a structural metal replacement material by Lehvoss North America (Pawcatuck, CT), a subsidiary of Lehmann & Voss (Hamburg, Germany).

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.

China PX plant protests spill over into Guangzhou

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Protests against the construction of a paraxylene (PX) plant in Maoming city in China's Guangdong province on Sunday have spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou. Several hundred protesters gathered in solidarity with residents of Maoming in their opposition to the plant and to denounce police brutality in quelling the demonstration over the weekend.

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

The long arm of REACH: How the EU regulation affects the plastics industry

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

The EU REACH regulation, an acronym that stands for the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances, is understandably perceived by companies to be a chemicals regulation. In fact, it has a much broader scope, says Scott Sagamang, Business Development Manager for REACH Services at TUV Rheinland of North America. "This law applies to plastics as well as articles imported into the European Union," he says. Articles is the term used in the regulation, and is euro-speak for an array of finished products including toys, furniture, and sporting goods.

IoPP to hold packaging seminars during EastPack

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will develop and host packaging education seminars June 10, 2014 during HBA Global Expo, EastPack and Pharmapack North America at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

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