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Recycled plastic ties coming to some US railroads
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The U.S. railroad is about to get a minor makeover. Axion International has won a $15 million contract to make railroad ties made from recycled plastic, the company announced recently. The railroad ties will specifically be made of Recycled Structural Composite, the signature recycled plastic composite developed by Axion in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey. More



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Laser welding now able to fuse transparent plastic components
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Laser welding is on the advance, but it also has its limits: it has been impossible to fuse two transparent plastic components together - up until now. Researchers have now succeeded in circumventing this hurdle - by choosing the right wavelength. The new welding process is revolutionizing bioanalytics. More

Dow earnings top estimates on chemicals, plastics
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Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemical maker, posted fourth-quarter earnings that rose more than analysts estimated amid increasing profit from caustic soda and plastics. Net income almost tripled to $511 million, or 37 cents a share, from $172 million, or 8 cents, a year earlier, Midland, Michigan-based Dow said in a statement. More



Plastic output in India may reach 12.75 million tons by 2012
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With the growth in consumption, plastic production in India is likely to grow by 60 percent to touch 12.75 million tons by 2012, according to an industry body. "Plastic is an integral part of our life and its consumption is growing every year. We are expecting the production to grow by 60 percent in line with the consumption which will be around 12.75 million tons by fiscal year 2012," All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association President Yogesh Shah said. More
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Alaska man tries converting plastic to fuel
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It sounds like a science-fiction solution to many of the world's energy problems - a device that can convert plastic back into liquid fuel. Alaska businessman Bernie Karl thinks the concept might not be that far-fetched. The owner of K&K Recycling and Chena Hot Springs Resort spent a recent morning watching it happen in a back room of his Fairbanks office. More



Plastic prices to pressure soft-drink prices
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Beverage companies are getting squeezed by higher production costs across the board, but rising prices for plastic are posing the biggest threat to the price of a soda. Higher resin costs are pushing up the price of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, the plastic used in a variety of consumer products such as soda bottles and clothing. Bottle-grade PET is up more than 21 percent from a year ago and more than 24 percent since late September, according to ICIS, which tracks petrochemicals data. More

New study on bag taxes: Economically destructive, job-killing
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The bag tax that Washington, D.C. residents have been paying for more than a year will precipitate a significant decline in disposable income and will result in more than 100 lost jobs, according to a new report released recently. More

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Ford eyeing low carbon-footprint glass spheres as replacement for talc
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The carmaker plans to collaborate with RockTron to use that company's technology to recycle coal-fired power station waste into glass spheres that can be used to fill plastic compounds. The fillers have the potential to replace talc or established glass sphere fillers, and in the process lower a compound's density as well as improve its scratch resistance. More

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Size-reduction and separation technology responds to new challenges
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New plastic sorting equipment has to deal with challenges like PET-G (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) and bio-plastics. Improved cutting geometries are designed to make size reduction more effective and to give the end-product nice, crisp edges. With the energy-efficiency claims of products coming to market, plastics recyclers have a reason to look at long-term ROI as well as immediate capital costs. More

Despite China's might, US factories maintain edge
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U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China's industrial might is growing each year. And it might seem as if the United States doesn't make world-class goods as well as some other nations. Yet America remains by far the No. 1 manufacturing country. It out-produces No. 2 China by more than 40 percent. U.S. manufacturers cranked out nearly $1.7 trillion in goods in 2009, according to the United Nations. More



Energy savings driving foam sector growth
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The global market for polymeric foams is projected to reach 18 million metric tons by the year 2015, with growth in the polyurethane market coming from sustained demand for spray polyurethane foam in construction insulation, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts Inc. More


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