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Plastics Scorecard: PVC methodology is flawed, says PVCMed Alliance

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 6th, 2014

Commentary by Ole Grøndahl Hansen, Project Manager, PVCMed Alliance

Additional funding granted to Biobased Performance Materials R&D in the Netherlands

By Karen Laird
Published: July 6th, 2014

With the end in sight, the importance of the Dutch Biobased Performance Materials program, in which research institutes and businesses are collaborating to develop new biobased plastics, was underscored when it was publically announced that more funding was being made available. Rather than cutting the program, some €3 million to 6 million ($4 million to 8 million) will be channeled into additional research on and the development of cost-competitive biobased performance materials (BPM) over the next four years.

Selfies can reveal genetic disorders

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 3rd, 2014

The scourge of celebrities, who can no longer satisfy fans with a simple autograph, selfies may serve a higher purpose than documenting chance encounters with stars thanks to researchers at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. They have developed a computer program that identifies a number of genetic disorders based on photographs. They don't have to be selfies; any headshot will do, even if it's from the 19th century.

Kraton builds pilot plant for new polymerization and processing technologies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 3rd, 2014

Kraton Performance Polymers, a producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers, has opened its new Kraton Innovation Center in Belpre, OH. This pilot facility allows Kraton to manufacture a wide range of SBC-type materials in quantities ranging from 25 kilograms to 50 metric tons. A company spokesperson told PlasticsToday that the facility will target completely new markets - "this is a development plant for new polymers and will be solely for new development products."  

Technical article: Molding and welding within the mold

By ENGEL
Published: July 3rd, 2014

In collaboration with Hummel-Formen and KVT Bielefeld, Engel sets the path for a new kind of process integration. The "joinmelt" process supports hot gas welding directly in the mold. Besides cost savings, it is said that the new process also improves part quality and functional safety.

Polyamide plant targets auto applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne) has taken its new plant for polyamide (PA) plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The 90,000 tonnes/year will primarily serve the automotive industry.

Albéa expands presence in China with new facility in Suzhou

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Albéa, a manufacturer of packaging for beauty, personal care, oral care and pharmaceutical products, opened a new facility in Suzhou, near Shanghai. This new facility is the only Albéa site to house the complete scope of the group's core offerings: tubes, cosmetic rigid packaging (mascaras, lipgloss, compacts, bottles) and dispensing systems - each in a dedicated building. The company says the site offers customers faster speed to market, flexibility and supply chain efficiency.

Problems with automotives have roots in the OEMs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 2nd, 2014

What a difference a few millimeters make. Lately, we've heard GM apologizing for the tragic deaths and injuries of GM vehicle owners over an ignition switch problem that caused the vehicles to shut down - and air bags failing to deploy - on 2.6 million vehicles. GM CEO Mary Barra announced the firing of some high-level executives and engineers including Ray DiGiorgio, the switch engineer who'd designed the new switch but failed to put a new part number on it, and Gary Altman, a development engineer.

3D printing steers walking bio-bots to march of progress

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Biomimetics—the use of designs and systems found in nature to inspire engineering solutions—has been a fertile field of innovation. A recent example comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where researchers are developing so-called bio-bots.

U.S. demand for cups & lids projected to reach $10 billion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

The growing foodservice industry is driving demand for cups and lids, with demand estimated to expand 4.4 percent per year to $10.0 billion in 2018, according to The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. 

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