Materials

A closer look at the Bio-based Material of the Year 2014 Innovation Award nominees, part 7

By Karen Laird
Published: March 26th, 2014

ZinCo creates "Green roofing for the 21st Century." As a pioneer in this area, ZinCo has been consistent in treading the environmental path for over forty years. Providing permanently reliable green roof systems for all types of roofs, the top priority is to do so in an environmentally compatible way. ZinCo system substrates, therefore, are based on recycled, pure-grade clay bricks. Where possible, recycling materials are also used for drainage elements and protection mats.

Arevo Labs creates strong polymer parts using the 3D printing process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2014

Arevo Labs, a Silicon Valley startup, announced the availability of technology and materials to create ultra strong high performance polymer parts using a 3D printing process. Supported materials include high performance polymers such as KetaSpire PEEK, AvaSpire PAEK, Radel PPSU and PrimoSpire SRP.

Phosphate flame retardants keep pace with needs of transport sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) says it is making fire safety and sustainability a realistic and achievable goal for transportation applications with its cost-efficient, non-halogenated flame retardant solutions. Exolit AP ammonium polyphosphate-based and Exolit OP phosphinate-based flame retardants for thermoset systems reportedly address the key challenges of modern vehicle manufacture, with its increasing trend toward lightweight structual parts.

Braskem, BASF, Corbion Purac and more at Smithers Rapra’s Biopolymers Symposium 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

Corbion Purac, ecosVC, Green Blue, the Vancouver Aquarium, Unisource Global, and BASF will headline the agenda for the 9th annual Biopolymers Symposium. Biopolymers 2014, scheduled for May 12-13 in at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, will cover current industry drivers; advances in sustainable feedstocks; innovation in resins and monomers; biopolymers and compostable packaging's role in zero waste; innovations in processing and performance and much more.

Brazilian retailer picks bioplastic over paper bags

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 24th, 2014

While the plastic or paper debate rages on at grocery stores and retailers across the world, several retailers in Brazil are saying no to both, but yes to bioplastic. 

Australian-based Cardia Bioplastics Limited has received the first order of 1.25 million Biohybrid bags to Brazilian retailer Drogaria Araujo.

New product delivers microbial defense against a range of bacteria in plastic packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

Aragonite Enterprises has launched a new performance enhancer for the plastics industry. Incorporating a patented ion process technology from CMS Technology, the company is now supplying microbial controlling performance mineral and masterbatches produced with its renewable and sustainable performance mineral.

Ceresana releases study on the entire ethylene value chain in the U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

The U.S. single-handedly processed 25 million tons of ethylene in the past year. As such, market research firm Ceresana has analyzed the entire ethylene value chain in a specific region, namely the U.S.

TPO automotive skin plant starts up in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2014

A new production line for interior film skins fabricated from thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) went into operation in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, eastern China in October last year. The new production capacity is being added in response to the steady growth in demand in the Chinese automotive industry for high-quality TPO films.

Recycling week in Florida

By Allan Griff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Recycling of plastics is alive and well in Florida, and most everywhere else. The public thinks it's cool to be green, and that recycling is green. That means money to those who are good at buying and selling. There are still issues -- commercial, technical and political -- around the quality and quantity of supply and the separation into streams for maximum value, but it hasn't dampened the enthusiasm. Recycling is in.

Ineos sues Chinese-based Sinopec for intellectual property rights infringement

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

Swiss-based chemical company Ineos has taken legal action against China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia's largest oil refiner, for the misuse of trade secrets in its acrylonitrile business.

Acrylonitrile is used to manufacture a wide range of goods in plastics and carbon fiber. Ineos says that Sinopec has broken a long established technology agreement which, together with trade secret misuse by other Sinopec companies, has enabled development of a series of new acrylonitrile plants without Ineos agreement or consent.

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