Toys & sporting goods
Published: November 27th, 2013
This spring, BASF, already the largest global producer of BDO, announced that it would begin production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock using Genomatica's patented one-step dextrose-based fermentation process. Six months following that announcement, and well on schedule BASF, revealed that it produced its first commercial volumes of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable raw material.
Published: November 4th, 2013
TechnoPales, a new masterbatch from Ampacet, present chalky pastel hues to provide a new color presence in packaging and consumer goods.
Published: September 27th, 2013
Huntsman Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT) has opened its Asia Pacific Technology Center (ATC) in Shanghai's Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone. Huntsman is a supplier of various thermosetting resin systems for use in composites and adhesives based on chemistries such as epoxy and polyurethane. Markets served include aerospace, automotive, marine, sports and leisure, and wind energy.
Published: September 23rd, 2013
The Perstorp Group will be presenting what's described as an innovative new general-purpose plasticizer developed specifically for sensitive close-to-consumer applications. Called Pevalen, the plasticizer is based on a polyolester chemistry.
Published: June 10th, 2013
We all remember the story of the little boy who cried ‘wolf’ so many times to get the attention of people that when a wolf actually showed up to eat him, no one paid any attention. Now a coalition, the Independent Women’s Forum, is calling out the “Mind the Store” campaign for its anti-science demands that stores rid shelves of thousands of common, safe consumer products. The Independent Women’s Forum is urging retailers to stand firm against what it says is a “well-funded, anti-science campaign of fear.”
Published: January 30th, 2013
Forced to perform over a season that extends from sweltering August heat to frigid January cold, football coaches' headsets have plenty to endure before their users continually tear them off, spike them, or worse (think Gatorage shower). The abuse and environmental stress took a toll on the thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) that had been used in the headband, temple pad, and boom areas.
Published: January 8th, 2013
With the snow sports season in full swing, my attention was caught by a bit of news from the University of Sheffield's AMRC Composite Centre. A group of young researchers working at the Composite Centre have built two prototype snowboards from flax, cashew nut husks and recycled plastic. Naturally, they also had to personally test whether they really worked.
Published: August 24th, 2012
For the first time, a soft plastic has been introduced that is safe, biodegradable and sustainable. A small Kansas-based start-up company called Green Dot, which styles itself as a "biotechnology social enterprise that makes the world's only plant-based, compostable elastomer, verified to meet U.S. and E.U.
Published: August 8th, 2012
Long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) compound supplier PlastiComp (Winona, MN) has developed what it describes as a breakthrough product in the form of a long-fiber reinforced compound that is translucent.
The new compound is based on a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). "Molded structural parts with translucent qualities lead to unique applications that require strength and optical transparency," notes Raj Mathur, Vice President & Director, Technology & Business Development at PlastiComp.
Published: August 1st, 2012