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Permanent surface coating prevents fogging

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 19th, 2014

When it comes to fogged up car windows, the best way to keep a clear view seems to be by wiping the water droplets away constantly or having coatings that prevent the water from sticking to the glass. However, scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore have discovered that doing just the opposite - collecting the water to create a uniform, thin, transparent layer - actually helps produce a better, clearer view.

Plastic wall-plug king Artur Fischer receives lifetime achievement award

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 19th, 2014

A standing ovation greeted German inventor Artur Fischer as he accepted the lifetime achievement award at the European Inventor Award 2014 ceremony in Berlin on June 17. Considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time—he holds more than 1100 applications for patents and utility models—the 95 year old is perhaps best known throughout the world for coming up with a small plastic plug in 1958 that revolutionized the construction and do-it-yourself markets.

PET Outlook Asia conference to take a closer look at Indonesia’s PET industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

In light of Indonesia's promising PET industry and Asia's leap toward the next growth level, CMT's PET Outlook Asia conference (Jakarta; August 20-21, 2014) sets out to discuss market trends, key developments and future outlook with a session, 'Use of PET as Packaging Material on the Food and Beverage Industry in Indonesia.' To be presented by Rachmat Hidayat, of Lintas Asosiasi Makanan dan Minuman and government relations director of PT Tirta Investama (Danone Aqua), it will shed light on the ba

Chevron Phillips Chemical breaks ground on U.S. PE units

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 19th, 2014

Earlier this week, Chevron Phillips Chemical held its second groundbreaking ceremony for its U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project at the construction site in Old Ocean, TX. The construction includes two polyethylene (PE) units that will each produce 500,000 metric tons of resin every year.

PMMA makes a "swell" optical sensor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

Photonic crystal cavities made from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), which swells when it comes into contact with gases, have enabled researchers at MIT's Quantum Photonics Laboratory to develop extremely sensitive and compact optical sensors that can detect minute amounts of target molecules. The PMMA can be treated to interact with various target chemicals, making the sensors suitable for a range of applications from antibody detection in medical applications to the sensing of toxic gases for homeland security purposes.

Health Canada: BPA is safe for use in food packaging materials

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 19th, 2014

Bisphenol A (BPA) is back in the news again. Health Canada recently conducted a study on BPA and pregnancy, which found that dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children.

TPE-based closures now available for clean applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

Container closures made from a biopharmaceutical-grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) are now available from AdvantaPure (Southampton, PA), a division of NewAge Industries that is specialized in tubing and molded parts for the life science, food, beverage, and cosmetic sectors. Previously the BioClosures products, typically used in pharmaceutical, biotech, laboratory and other clean applications, were offered only in platinum-cured silicone.

Westminster Tool wins leadership award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 19th, 2014

Westminster Tool Inc., a precision manufacturer of injection molds based in Plainfield, CT, was presented with the 2014 Leadtime Leader Award at the recent Amerimold 2014 conference and trade show in Novi, MI. This award recognizes one company annually, that "raises the bar in efficiency, quality, innovation, and commitment" in its business model.

Amine catalyst-free PU system reduces cockpit odor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

What’s claimed to be the first viable amine emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications has been launched by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI).

Calysta Energy, NatureWorks successfully ferment methane into lactic acid

By Karen Laird
Published: June 18th, 2014

Almost a year ago to the day, NatureWorks and Calysta Energy, a company specialized in the development of industrial products from sustainable sources, announced a multi-year collaboration to research and develop a practical, world-scale production process for fermenting methane into lactic acid, the building block for NatureWorks' trademark Ingeo PLA bioplastic. Now, a year into the R&D collaboration, Calysta has announced the achievement of an important milestone: according to the company, it has successfully fermented this abundantly available gas into lactic acid at lab scale.

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