Materials

Q&A with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Process Systems about sustainable tubing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

Brand owners have a lot on their plate these days. The food safety regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex - especially for multinational manufacturers. New and pending regulations seek to prevent contamination scenarios with heavy contingency planning and robust reporting structures. Additionally, the industry is self-regulating the exposure of edible goods to certain chemicals of concern.

Scientists propose new systematization for polymers and nonpolymers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

What are polymers? A better question is, What are biopolymers or bioplastics? Are these so-called bioplastics produced from plants grown upon the earth through industrial processes more bio-based than plastics produced from natural substances found beneath the earth's surface? Are all polymer materials and substances just polymers? Or do we need new definitions of polymers and a way to systematize the various polymer materials and substances?

Noncontact video extensometer enables tensile testing of plastics to ISO 527 standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2014

The Video Gauge noncontact extensometer from Imetrum (Bristol, UK) reportedly is the only device of its kind to achieve the exacting requirements of ISO 527-1: 2012 ASTM D638 equivalent. The system, which has undergone rigorous, independent testing, is capable of determining tensile modulus by measuring a change of gauge length to 1% accuracy of the relevant value. In tests, Imetrum was able to achieve between 0.2 and 0.3 µm for all gauge lengths using the same camera and lens combination. This exceeds by a factor of three the accuracy required by ISO 527 for a 50-mm gauge length.

Styrenic TPEs offer alternative to PVC, EPDM in window encapsulation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2014

A new series of styrenic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-S) injection molding compounds provides automotive manufacturers with processing and end use properties that are superior to those of TPE-S materials currently used for window encapsulation, says the supplier Teknor Apex Company (Pawtucket, RI).    

Plastics Scorecard: PVC methodology is flawed, says PVCMed Alliance

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 6th, 2014

Commentary by Ole Grøndahl Hansen, Project Manager, PVCMed Alliance

Additional funding granted to Biobased Performance Materials R&D in the Netherlands

By Karen Laird
Published: July 6th, 2014

With the end in sight, the importance of the Dutch Biobased Performance Materials program, in which research institutes and businesses are collaborating to develop new biobased plastics, was underscored when it was publically announced that more funding was being made available. Rather than cutting the program, some €3 million to 6 million ($4 million to 8 million) will be channeled into additional research on and the development of cost-competitive biobased performance materials (BPM) over the next four years.

Kraton builds pilot plant for new polymerization and processing technologies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 3rd, 2014

Kraton Performance Polymers, a producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers, has opened its new Kraton Innovation Center in Belpre, OH. This pilot facility allows Kraton to manufacture a wide range of SBC-type materials in quantities ranging from 25 kilograms to 50 metric tons. A company spokesperson told PlasticsToday that the facility will target completely new markets - "this is a development plant for new polymers and will be solely for new development products."  

Polyamide plant targets auto applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne) has taken its new plant for polyamide (PA) plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The 90,000 tonnes/year will primarily serve the automotive industry.

Problems with automotives have roots in the OEMs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 2nd, 2014

What a difference a few millimeters make. Lately, we've heard GM apologizing for the tragic deaths and injuries of GM vehicle owners over an ignition switch problem that caused the vehicles to shut down - and air bags failing to deploy - on 2.6 million vehicles. GM CEO Mary Barra announced the firing of some high-level executives and engineers including Ray DiGiorgio, the switch engineer who'd designed the new switch but failed to put a new part number on it, and Gary Altman, a development engineer.

U.S. demand for cups & lids projected to reach $10 billion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

The growing foodservice industry is driving demand for cups and lids, with demand estimated to expand 4.4 percent per year to $10.0 billion in 2018, according to The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. 

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