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Braskem buys Dow’s PP business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2011

Long rumored but finally realized, Dow Chemical Co. today announced the sale of its polypropylene (PP) business to Brazilian plastics and petrochemical giant Braskem for $323 million, cementing that company's bid to become a global player in polyolefins and continuing Dow's push to center its commodity business on resins where it has a feedstock advantage, namely polyethylene (PE).

MDMA battles Congress over medical device tax

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 26th, 2011

Last month the entire Congressional delegation of Minnesota, one of the leading U.S. states for medical device production, sent a letter to the FDA over concerns that delays in review of medical devices "are hindering, delaying patient access to new therapies, and undermining the U.S. medical industry's global leadership." Both Senators and the eight Minnesota members of the House of Representatives signed the letter.

Citroen opts for PC in DS5 quarter lights

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Polycarbonate has made further inroads into the auto sector with the adoption of Panlite polycarbonate (PC) resin from Teijin Chemicals (Tokyo) in the rear quarter windows of the Citroen DS5, a stylish five-door hatchback unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show.

Film tech detects, repels E. Coli

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

A University of Houston chemist has developed materials, including a conductive polymer, to detect and repel E. coli. Rigoberto Advincula has published two separate papers on the technologies, discussing his findings in the June issues of Chemical Communications and Chemistry of Materials.

Shark-skin inspired film repels bacteria

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

A micro-pattern film designed to inhibit the survival and transfer of bacteria including Staph. a, MRSA, E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a host of other bacteria that serve as primary culprits for hospital-acquired infections has been licensed for a new line of bacterial inhibition covers for high-touch surfaces in healthcare.

TPE resin pricing, July 18-22: PE mixed; PP up $0.04/lb; contract prices slip, but spot material on the rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Polyethylene processors fought off a $0.05/lb price increase and instead will see average contracts marked down $0.03-$.04/lb, depending on producer and product, while July polypropylene contracts are following polymer grade propylene (PGP) $0.04/lb lower. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) said that resin markets are in flux, however, and although July contract prices are falling, spot is strong and prices have already turned back higher.

Rapid prototyping accelerates vehicle development at GM

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Rapid prototyping is increasingly helping General Motors accelerate the creative process and reduce the time and money spent on clay modeling and molding of expensive prototype parts for aerodynamic, test track, and on-road evaluations, effectively doubling testing capacity for the OEM over the last two years.

Wood/plastic composites project hopes to turn “DuraPulp” into moldable pellets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Swedish pulp and paper R&D company Innventia has developed a wood-plastic composite based on cellulose pulp and bioplastic PLA. The WPC will enter commercial markets this autumn in the form of composite pulp bales that can be cut, machined or otherwise finished. But so far, Innventia has not figured out how to turn its WPC into an injection moldable pellet.

Solvay makes another solid investment in flexible electronics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier Solvay, already the largest minority shareholder in Plextronics, a printed electronics company, has invested another €10 million ($14.5 million) in that company. Solvay says the financing will support the acceleration of Plextronics' technology development and delivery of its products to customers.

BASF upgrades Pudong plant to supply food grade plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 26th, 2011

Plastics and chemicals supplier BASF has upgraded the company's engineering plastics compounding facility in Pudong, China, so that now two Ultramid polyamide grades are compounded in China under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) conditions which comply with the European Union (EU) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for food contact.  

Specifically, the supplier is compounding its polyamide 6.6 grades of Ultramid A3K FC and Ultramid A3EG3 FC (15% glass fiber reinforced) under the stringent GMP conditions at the Pudong facility.

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