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Indiana says no thanks to JM Eagle lawsuit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2010

Indiana is the latest state to join California, Florida, Massachusetts, and the Federal government in declining to intervene in a complaint filed earlier this year against JM Eagle, the world's largest pipe manufacturer, said the company in a statement. The so-called "whistleblower" lawsuit originally named 11 states and the District of Columbia in the plaintiff's lawsuit as "real parties in interest"-a listing that essentially invited those states and DC to join, or "intervene," in the lawsuit. Only four states have chosen to do so while three states and DC are still deciding.

TPE North American resin pricing, Aug. 30-Sept. 3: PE, PP climb; PP up $0.11/lb from June lows

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 8th, 2010

Overview: Spot market activity in resin picked up once again after a couple weeks of relative inactivity. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that while demand was good, many potential deals stalled when asking prices rose quickly in support of September price-increase initiatives. Average polyethylene (PE) prices were steady to $0.02/lb higher, with a variance seen amongst grades. For the second week running, polypropylene (PP) added $0.01/lb.

Do you want your kid to get a manufacturing job?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 7th, 2010

In a study released in June by Deloitte LLP and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the study found that, not surprisingly, the United States is losing ground relative to nations in Asia from a competitive manufacturing standpoint.

China’s resin, plastic product output climb by 23% and 21% in first half of 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2010

Whatever slowdown the sector might have experienced in 2009, China's plastics industry has accelerated past 2009's economic speed bump to double-digit gains in plastic and plastic products over the first half of 2010. The Research in China report shows that synthetic resin production rose 23.21% in the first half of 2010 over the year-earlier period to 21.07 million tons.

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.

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