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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.

Vietnam motorcycle sector gets timely boost

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 25th, 2011

Vietnamese motorcycle production grew by 14% in 2010 to reach 3.51 million units making it the world's fourth largest motorcycle market behind only China, India and Indonesia. Further, year-to-date growth of 13.2% has been recorded in 2011. Buoyed by this strong growth, Honda (Hamamatsu, Japan) has committed to building its third motorcycle plant in the country.

Biodegradable polymer market to reach 2.5 billion lb in five years time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

A 22% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years will push the global biodegradable polymer market from 932 million lb today to 2.5 billion lb in 2016. That finding in a new report on the market, which is expected to enjoy its highest growth over the next 5 years, with the expansion dominated by packaging and fibers.

Bepex to install flake-to-flake PET recycling tech in Vietnam

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2011

Vietnam's Thanh Tai Gas Co. has ordered a flake-to-flake recycling system that allows for bottle-to-bottle (BtB) production, and the ability to recycle up to 1.5 billion polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Bepex International (Minneapolis, MN) will custom design, fabricate, and deliver the line, its first ever BePET system sold into South East Asia, this year, with the machine installed and fully operational by January 2012. A second parallel line will be plugged in afterwards.

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