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China PX plant protests spill over into Guangzhou

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Protests against the construction of a paraxylene (PX) plant in Maoming city in China's Guangdong province on Sunday have spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou. Several hundred protesters gathered in solidarity with residents of Maoming in their opposition to the plant and to denounce police brutality in quelling the demonstration over the weekend.

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Sonics & Materials celebrates 45 years of ultrasonic welding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Supplier of plastics welding systems Sonics & Materials Inc. (Newtown, CT) celebrated its 45th anniversary on March 20 with a gala luncheon in the company of local, state, and federal officials. The festivities included remarks from Governor Dannel Malloy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra, and a representative from Senator Richard Blumenthal's office.

The long arm of REACH: How the EU regulation affects the plastics industry

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

The EU REACH regulation, an acronym that stands for the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances, is understandably perceived by companies to be a chemicals regulation. In fact, it has a much broader scope, says Scott Sagamang, Business Development Manager for REACH Services at TUV Rheinland of North America. "This law applies to plastics as well as articles imported into the European Union," he says. Articles is the term used in the regulation, and is euro-speak for an array of finished products including toys, furniture, and sporting goods.

IoPP to hold packaging seminars during EastPack

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will develop and host packaging education seminars June 10, 2014 during HBA Global Expo, EastPack and Pharmapack North America at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

EOS introduces two new metal materials for DMLS

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2014

EOS GmbH, a global technology provider for industrial Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, expanded its metal materials portfolio with the introduction of two new metal materials for its Direct Metal Laser Sintering process: EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS Stainless- Steel 316L. Both materials are suitable for medical applications, as well as others.

3D-printed drone sighted over Sheffield (video)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

The drones are coming, and 3D printing is making them cheap and maybe even disposable. 

Engineers at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom have developed a prototype 1.5-m-wide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made of thermoplastic by means of fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. The UAV has already completed a test flight as a glider, as shown in the video below. The engineers said the polymer craft could form the basis of cheap and potentially disposable UAVs that could be built and deployed in remote situations within as little as 24 hours.

Bayer sells off IP for carbon nanotubes and graphenes

By Karen Laird
Published: March 31st, 2014

After last year's announcement that Bayer MaterialScience intended to focus its development activities on topics more closely linked to its core business, and that the company was therefore bringing its work on carbon nanotubes to a close, it was never a question of if, but more of when the company would divest itself of fundamental intellectual property in this field.

Spray-on biodegradable polymer could replace sutures

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

Placing biodegradable polymer mats on incisions could replace the use of stitches and sutures, but finding an appropriate delivery system has stymied researchers. The mats are typically made by electrospinning, which produces an electrical current that damages living cells. The solution, it turns out, was sitting on a hardware store shelf. Scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park, used a commonplace airbrush to spray the polymer nanofibers and successfully seal incisions on the lung, intestine, and liver of a pig.

Composites could revolutionize shipping containers

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 30th, 2014

The humble shipping container has been around in its current form pretty much since its American inventor Malcolm McLean came up with the idea in 1956. At a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Chicago last month, Stephan Lechner, of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, detailed how carbon fiber composites might revolutionize this tool of global trade.

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