Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 20 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.
Commercialized by Poly Group (West Lafayette, IN), the Nouvex additive received EPA approval this week. Clinically proven to be effective against bacteria and some viruses, Nouvex can be used in thermosets and thermoplastics, among other materials.
A global study carried out by Orb Media, an independent non-profit news site, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health claims to have found that micro-plastic fibers are present in more than 80% of water samples collected on all five continents.
Insulet (Billerica, MA), a manufacturer of drug-delivery and insulin-management devices, has operated a production plant in China for five years. Now, it is building a $100-million facility in Massachusetts.
Although they are not yet widely used in medical devices, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics are making inroads in medical manufacturing, notably because of their tremendous potential in metal replacement applications.