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With new Alliance, Chinese TPE supplier makes play into North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 31st, 2010

A new joint venture between Alliance Polymers & Services LLC, a recently formed thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) distributor in Michigan, and Chinese compounder Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. Ltd. appears to give both companies what they need. Alliance comes nearly out of the gate with a broad product portfolio, and Polymax gets a foothold into a major new market.

Tanks, trains no problem for recycled-plastic bridges

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

Two new railroad bridges show the power of plastics—recycled plastics, that is.

Axion International Inc., headquartered in New Providence, NJ, just completed two new railroad bridges at the Army’s Fort Eustis in Virgina that are made entirely from 100% recycled post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. The bridges were dedicated in ceremonies on Thursday, May 27, with experts from the Fort Eustis, Axion International Holding Inc. and Centennial Contractors Enterprises Inc., speaking.

Antimicrobial polymers earn NSF grant

By MPW Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

A line of antimicrobial polymers for device and material applications has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the development of antimicrobial sutures. The PolyCides line of polymers from PolyMedix Inc. (Radnor, PA) has one grade in particular that shows promise for development as an active agent in antimicrobial sutures.

Ongoing changes to ethylene market "significant"

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

"The global ethylene industry is in the midst of significant change." That's the conclusion of the newly completed 2010 World Ethylene Cost Study from Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI, Houston), which undertook a detailed analysis of more than 270 ethylene production facilities throughout the world, revealing the average ethylene plant production costs of each of the major producing regions and countries.

PC glazing offers blast protection in construction

By MPW Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

Newly launched polycarbonate-based laminate composites provide blast resistance that exceeds current anti-terrorism force-protection standards, including those with the highest defined levels of pressure loads and shock waves.

NOVA shows Q1 profit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 28th, 2010

An improvement in margins and product demand helped NOVA Chemicals to a first-quarter profit as the company reported net income of $94 million compared to a net loss of $123 million for the first quarter of 2009. The $94 million was also a substantial improvement over net income of $17 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The profit came in spite of a loss in the company's styrenics unit.

Booms made from recycled plastic fibers head to Florida coast

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

A patented line of barrier-filtration products made from recycled nylon, polyester, and polypropylene carpet fibers is being applied in the oil containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cereplast signs with Ashland for North American distribution

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

Cereplast Inc. (El Segundo, CA) has entered into a distribution agreement with Ashland Distribution to supply its bioplastic resins throughout Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. A company representative told PlasticsToday that in the past sales in those geographies were handled directly by three regional directors. The company estimates that the North American region accounts for about 60% of its sales.

New Quality Standard enters AM fray

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

EOS, a leading manufacturer of laser-sintering equipment for additive manufacturing or “e-Manufacturing” processes has launched the EOS Quality Standard, an initiative of the EOS e-Manufacturing partner program that is open to, and beneficial for, all customers. The purpose of the program is to define a package of requirements that guarantees the high quality of e-Manufacturing parts and services, said Claudia Jordan, group manager Marketing Communications for EOS.

We're going metric?

By IMM Staff
Published: May 27th, 2010

DME Company announced the newly expanded line of mold components with the addition of Black and Gold Interlocks in metric sizes, due to customer demand. The Black and Gold interlocks ensure accurate alignment and guidance of the mold halves during mold setup and throughout mold operation.

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