This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.
  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive SPE Plastics Industry Resource:     
Home   Membership   Technical Resources   Events   Technical Groups   Online Store March 16, 2011


Smart money: Top hedge funds betting on plastics
Reuters    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
article
"Just one word ... plastics." That well-known line from the classic 1967 movie "The Graduate" may sum up the recent investment strategy of some top hedge fund managers, including James Dinan and David Einhorn. A wave of managers snapped up shares of LyondellBasell Industries, which makes chemicals like propylene and polyethylene, the stuff that goes into plastics. More



SPE HIGHLIGHTS


Preparation of vinyl alcohol groups containing polymer nanocomposites
SPE Plastics Research Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Polymer nanocomposites are becoming increasingly desirable as coatings and also as structural and packaging materials for a wide range of automobile, civil and electrical engineering applications. In addition, polymers generally have advantages of low cost, light weight, design flexibility, ease of processing and corrosion resistance. More


Join SPE today and gain access to more than 600 technical papers and presentations covering all aspects of polymer science and plastics technology.




PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS


Plastic's new frontier: No scary chemicals
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some businessmen and scientists in Austin, Texas, are trying to change the way consumers think about plastic. They say it's not enough to buy a water bottle or sandwich bag that's free of BPA, the chemical consumer groups have criticized because, at least in animals, it acts like the hormone estrogen. They say BPA is only part of the problem, and they think they have a solution that involves a new approach to making plastic. More

Intelligent Additive Solutions for Plastics

STRUKTOL® additives provide unique processing improvements for a wide range of plastic compounds including lower viscosities, enhanced dispersion of fillers and superior metal release.
MORE


New plastic automatically repairs itself
Eureka    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers have announced a 'self healing' plastic that can automatically repair itself and stop the growth of micro-cracks. The source of inspiration was the caoutchouc tree hevea brasiliensis and plants that conduct latex, such as the Weeping Benjamin. The latex contains capsules filled with the protein hevein. If the caoutchouc tree is damaged, the latex escapes and the capsules break open to release hevein, which also links the latex particles in the latex to form a wound closure. More

Free Webinar: Improve Ink, Adhesive & Coating Performance

Learn how to improve surface cleaning, adhesion and functionality while eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals or primers. A wide range of applications will be reviewed for printing, coating, decorating and bonding materials. Register
DRI-AIR PD2
DUAL BED DRYER
Fully integrated, dual hopper, compact and portable dryer designed for several molding applications.

• Increased productivity with zero downtime for material changes
• Lowest energy costs in the industry
• Ideal for 2-shot or 2 color molding
• Optional blending of color or regrind
• Payback in less than one year

Website www.dri-air.com
Contact sales@dri-air.com
INCOE® OPTI-FLO® Hot Runner Systems
The OPTI-FLO® hot runner manifold design features BTI's patented MeltFlipper® melt rotation technology and are exclusive to INCOE®. The technology provides homogeneous melt distribution and balanced filling to all cavities while avoiding invasive and restrictive mixers. For information on all INCOE® technology, visit www.incoe.com. That’s INCOE® performance…Right From The Start.
FAST RESPONSE -LOW COST - DISTRIBUTOR
CP Polymers is a “JIT” ( just in time ) small to medium sized reseller of prime engineering resins. We specialize in PC and other clear resins.

Call us today for a quote on inventory: 888 342 8080.



Study: Poplar leaves may hold the key to biodegradable plastic
East Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hybrid poplar tree leaves might contain the ingredients for the biodegradable plastics of the future. Researchers Steven Strauss and Ganti Murthy of Oregon State University are using a grant from the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center to explore if this might be feasible in hybrid poplar trees grown in the Pacific Northwest. More



Australian plastics plant prepares for carbon price
The Sydney Morning Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Showing signs that Australian industry believes a carbon price is inevitable, AGL will announce plans to build a $45 million co-generation plant for plastics producer Qenos that is expected to save 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The Altona facility will become the largest co-generation plant built in the past decade and have a capacity of 21 megawatts. More

Advanced Polymer Characterization Workshop

Register today for the Tosoh Bioscience 2011 Spring ACS Advanced Polymer Characterization Workshop in Anaheim, CA on March 28, 2011.


Plastic bag backlash: Can recycling programs beat back anti-bag fervor?
Modern Plastics Worldwide    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
North Carolinians are being encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle their plastics grocery bags, with the state becoming the fourth in the U.S. to join the "A Bag's Life" recycling education movement. The program helps consumers find the roughly 1200 grocery and retail store drop off sites for plastic bags across North Carolina. More

Worlds First True Servo Controlled Ultrasonic Welding Systems
Dukane’s patented iQ Advanced Servo Welder is the next step in the evolution of ultrasonic welding technology. Combining the efficiency and reliability of a 100% digitally controlled Multi-Core iQ Series power supply with the precision of an advanced servo press, the Dukane Advanced iQ Servo Welder delivers unprecedented repeatability, accuracy and reliability to your ultrasonic bonding process. more


New process molds CFRP parts in sub-1 minute cycles
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
article
Thermoplastics replaces thermoset plastics in a carbon fiber parts process that facilitates the molding of large, complex applications such as automobile cabin frames in cycle times of less than one minute. The announcement comes as multiple carmakers are actively forging ties with carbon fiber suppliers to support increased use of these fibers in their vehicles. More



Exec says India needs innovation, scale
Plastics News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the numbers, the growth in India's plastics industry is impressive — doubling in per capita consumption in five years and rising steadily among the world's major plastics markets. But look past the numbers, according to one prominent Indian executive, and there are major challenges like plastic waste in the environment, lack of innovation and companies too small to really compete in world markets. More


Plasma Treating Webinar

Learn how atmospheric plasma can improve adhesion for printing, coating, decorating and bonding without chemicals or liquid primers.


Shorten Mold Change Times


FasTie® Ejector Tie-In Systems connect ejectors quickly and release with a burst of shop air.

SPE Industry Update
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601   Download media kit
Steve Brittain, Sr. Content Editor, 469.420.2625   Contribute news
This edition of the SPE Industry Update was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
March 9, 2011
March 2, 2011
Feb. 16, 2011
Dedicated - Velocity Control February 2011
View full archive



7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063