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Myers Industries will sell off Lawn & Garden and acquire Scepter Corp.

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 11th, 2014

Polymer products maker Myers Industries, Inc. (Akron, OH) has started the process of selling off its Lawn & Garden Segment even as it acquires Scepter Corp. and significantly expands its Material Handling Segment.

The Lawn & Garden business sells under several brand names.

Saint-Gobain assists YouthBuild Schenectady on its first LEED Gold home renovation

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 11th, 2014

Saint-Gobain partnered with YouthBuild Schenectady on the renovation of a home at 843 Emmett St. in Schenectady-the non-profits' first gut-rehab home in Schenectady. The home remodel was designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

Hydrogen storage tanks next on composite agenda

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 10th, 2014

Various companies have developed thermoplastic composite gas tanks for compressed natural gas- (CNG) powered vehicles including the likes of Gastank Sweden AB (Norrfjärden) with its zero-permeation cylinders that meet the very stringent ECE R110 regulation, and Covess (Berbroek, Belgium).

Solvay builds case for metal replacement at MD&M East

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 10th, 2014

Although replacing metals with plastics in the medical device space has been a hot topic in the business-to-business media for some time, the switch has yet to be made in countless applications. "The healthcare sector, relatively speaking, has been a fairly late adopter," says Dane Waund, Global Market Manager, Healthcare, Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA).

Sidel launches carbonated drinks option for its PET bottle base

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 10th, 2014

Sidel has developed a carbonated soft drinks (CSD) version of its StarLite PET bottle base. Sidel's StarLite is a uniquely shaped base that the company claims increases the overall resistance and stability of PET bottles. It can also reportedly reduce the amount of PET material needed to produce the finished bottle.

Value-added biobased building blocks from lignin come within reach

By Karen Laird
Published: June 10th, 2014

A research project led by a British bioplastics developer, Biome Bioplastics, has demonstrated the feasibility of extracting organic chemicals from lignin for the manufacture of bioplastics.

Lignin is a complex hydrocarbon that helps to provide structural support in plants and trees. As a waste product of the pulp and paper industry, lignin is a potentially abundant and low-cost feedstock for the high performance chemicals that could provide the foundation for the next generation of bioplastics.

Will 3D printing of cores & cavities be disruptive to moldmaking?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

I just finished another article on a manufacturing company that molds the plastics components for its products in-house, and is using additive manufacturing to make the cores and cavities for its molds - in less than 24 hours. That's the second article I've written recently about using 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), to build cores and cavities to enable the injection molding of the actual parts.

Key steps for metal-to-plastic conversion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

The ability to replace a metal component with one molded out of plastic means that extremely complex shapes and geometries can be achieved easily. That also means greater design freedom and more optimum design for manufacturability.

Converting metal components to plastic takes on new importance

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

As OEMs in the transportation industry seek out ways to reduce weight for greater fuel savings and, in the case of the automotive industry, meet CAFE standards, suppliers in the plastics industry are asked to help find new solutions. Thermoplastic composites are making a big gain in the aerospace industry as OEMs replace not only metal but thermoset components with thermoplastic composite materials.

Milano Recycle City conference showcases the city’s successful organic waste collection model

By Karen Laird
Published: June 9th, 2014

The importance of diverting organic waste  - the bulk of all waste that is generated - from landfill is now finally starting to be recognized. Not only is there a heightened awareness of the impact of landfill-generated methane emissions, the realization is growing that organic waste is a resource that can be put to work in a host of beneficial ways. Organic waste management, in short, is suddenly on the agenda, and cities around the world are trying to figure out the best way to approach the problem.

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