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Pair develop world’s first all-plastic outdoor LED lamp

By MPW Staff
Published: September 7th, 2010

Lighting manufacturer Iwasaki Electric and plastics and chemicals supplier Teijin say they have developed the world's first outdoor LED lamp made 100% from plastics. Heat dissipation is handled by a carbon-fiber-filled polycarbonate, which replaces aluminum for the entire lamp's housing except for the bayonet cap.

Another plastics major, another printed electronics investment

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 7th, 2010

It seems not more than a month can pass anymore without investment by a major plastics supplier in printed electronics technology. This month, the star is Solvay, which has announced it has taken a minority stake worth $4 million in Polyera Corp. (Skokie, IL), a materials developer for the printed electronics market.

Nissei develops PLA-specific molding machine range

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2010

Injection molding machine manufacturer Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. has developed a range of presses especially for the processing of polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic derived from plant starch. The machines, with molds and processing technology supplied by a leading Japanese molding consultancy, are marketed especially for the processing of high-heat grades of PLA, which to now has been very problematic.

AutoCAD will run native on Mac, plus iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 5th, 2010

Software maker Autodesk this fall is introducing a new AutoCAD for Mac version of its well-known pro design/engineering package, as well as AutoCAD WS, an app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, indications of how increasingly decoupled we are from our workstations, and perhaps that Apple has increased its share of the overall computing market recently.

Rhodia furthers its green research with Chinese University

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

Specialty chemicals and polymer supplier Rhodia says it has signed a memo of understanding with Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon, France, the French National Center for Scientific Research, and the East China Normal University of Shanghai to reinforce their collaborative research on "green" chemistry.

What’s up? Degradable plastics’ acceptance, says research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 3rd, 2010

The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm, rightly notes that the degradable plastic industry “has been on the verge of commercial success for decades.” However, limitations such as their expense, lack of availability in large quantities, and performance drawbacks kept them lagging behind petroleum-based resins and limited to niche markets. This situation began to change in the early 2000s, as OEMs, retailers, and consumer groups became more interested in environmentally friendly products.

AkzoNobel’s Soliant paint film business completes phase one of Americas expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

AkzoNobel's Soliant unit has finished the first phase of its Americas Region headquarters expansion program, adding a design studio, product development lab, and additional offices for customer support by renovating 20,000 ft2 of its Lancaster, SC facility.

Medical plastics demand to expand at 5%, highest growth rates in TPEs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

The U.S. medical plastics market is expected to reach almost 3.5 billion lb of demand by the end of 2010 and will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 5%, consuming about 4.4 billion lb, by 2015. Those findings from BCC Research's new report "Medical Plastics", which focuses on medical plastics converted via injection molding, extrusion, film casting, solvent casting, blow molding, and thermoforming.

PAC takes state senator on green tour

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

When it comes to investing in the green technology needed to create green jobs and safeguard the environment, small businesses in the U.S. are doing their part, as this manufacturer demonstrated during a recent visit by its state senator.  

Oxo-biodegradable plastic compound used to mold closures

By MPW Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

Closure molders have taken plenty of steps already to try to limit the environmental impact of their products, the class throwaway part. Shorter necks have greatly reduced closures' weight. Now, a U.S. company has opted for a material that helps the closures to biodegrade.

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