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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.

Duke engineers shake up catheter biofilm research

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 25th, 2014

One in five people admitted to a hospital in the United States requires a urinary catheter, the number-one cause of hospital-acquired infections. In fact, patients who rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine are practically guaranteed to develop an infection after just four weeks, caused by the formation of biofilms on the catheter wall. Duke University engineers have developed a urinary catheter design that can eliminate nearly all of the biofilm.

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.

Italian machinery sector holding on, in spite of everything

By Karen Laird
Published: March 24th, 2014

Assocomaplast, the Italian trade association for manufacturers of plastic and rubber processing machinery, has presented the figures for 2013, showing that this sector is holding steady, despite what the association called "the lasting weakness in the domestic market."

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.

What's that smell coming from your oPhone?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 24th, 2014

Very soon, you will be able to wake up and smell the coffee brewing . . . on the other side of the world. That's the promise of the oPhone, which will allow friends and followers to text or e-mail you aromas to go along with those vacation pictures and wish-you-were-here missives. The technology also may have some less-frivolous applications, notably in healthcare.

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.

Berry Plastics acquires Rexam healthcare business

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 24th, 2014

Berry Plastics Group Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the U.S., Mexico, and India portions of Rexam's Healthcare Containers and Closures (C&C) business. Berry Plastics has also made a binding offer to purchase the French portion of Rexam's C&C business, pending completion of the required consultation process with the works council in France. It is reported that Berry Plastics would pay approximately $135 million for both transactions. The deal is expected to close in Q2 of 2014.

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