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S.Y. Chu receives SPE Mold Maker of the Year Award
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For the first time in history, the Society of Plastics Engineers Inc. has given its Mold Maker of the Year award to an executive at a company outside North America. SPE's Mold Making and Mold Design division presented the award to SY Chu, chairman of Zhongshan Pacific Master Precision Injection Ltd., during a July 15 ceremony held in Zhongshan, Guangdong province. More



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Development of novel melt-spun nanocomposite fibers
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Polymer nanocomposites are derived by incorporating nanoparticles into a bulk polymer. The resulting composite materials often have exceptional physical properties compared to the bulk material alone. Recent interest for novel properties in functional textiles has spurred research dedicated to the conversion of polymer nanocomposite systems into fibers using the efficient and versatile melt-spinning process. More

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Nanofiber formation in and morphology development
of immiscible polymer blends

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Polymer composites exhibit many properties not observed in miscible polymer blends, such as anisotropic stiffness. In composites, one thermoplastic polymer can exist in another in the form of spheres, ellipsoids, fibrils and lamella as a dispersed phase. This arrangement is affected by viscoelasticity, blend ratio and processing conditions. Nanofiber formation in fibrillar blends (those which possess a fibrillar dispersed phase in the immiscible blend) is relevant to producing polymer composites with improved mechanical properties, but is not understood for all industrially relevant composites. More



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US PET costs to head higher in August, resin hikes expected
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US PET costs were expected to increase in August with PET resin prices also expected to increase, industry sources said. "We don't have a (bottle resin) increase yet but we're aware of the situation," a producer said. The situation was a potential loss of margin if no increase is announced for August. More

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Dow Chemical forms ethanol joint venture
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Dow Chemical Co. has formed a joint partner with Japanese company Mitsui & Co. to build a plant in Brazil that makes packaging products and polymers from sugar cane-based ethanol. The companies did not disclose financial terms of the venture, but said they plan to start building by the third quarter of this year. More

Nanocomposite polymers enable world's first synthetic organ transplant
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Scientists at University College London have designed and manufactured a nanocomposite tracheal scaffold, which has been used in the world's first synthetic organ transplant. The y-shaped synthetic windpipe was engineered using novel nanocomposite polymers, which were developed and patented by lead researcher Alexander Seifalian. More



Popart project will preserve plastic for posterity
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A science team at University College London is playing an important part in a European Union research project: "Preservation of Plastic Artefacts in Museum Collections" (acronym "Popart"). The work is addressing problems with a large and interesting group of synthetic materials in collections of "modern" objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. Popart is tackling the identification, characterisation, deterioration and stabilisation of plastics that are less stable than was once believed. More
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Low-weight plastic car windows are coming
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Detroit has one word for your windshield: Plastics. Well, polycarbonate glazing, to be specific. It isn't new, but despite added cost it's a concept made for these times. It can be easily molded into all kinds of shapes, and it offers a 50 percent weight savings as fuel economy-conscious automakers look wherever they can to shave a few ounces off a car's bottom-line weight. More

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PepsiCo to introduce 100 percent recycled plastic bottles in Canada
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PepsiCo Beverages Canada is set to launch 7UP soft drink in bottles made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic - the first such bottle in North America, the company said. Available in stores beginning in early August, the company's 7UP EcoGreen bottle will be made in multiple PepsiCo manufacturing facilities across Canada. More

Study: Ideal carbon capture solution years off
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A dream climate change cure to turn planet-warming greenhouse gases into useful products from jet fuel to plastics will take years to develop from the lab and pilot projects, a recent report found. Pilot projects already use carbon dioxide to feed plants, for example to boost tomatoes in glasshouses, while laboratories have tested the manufacture of concrete, plastics and oils, but costs are high and projects depend on concentrated streams of CO2. More



Rapid prototypers have new material, machine available
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Developments in the rapid prototyping/rapid manufacturing space continue to be swift as more OEMs, their plastics processing suppliers and mold manufacturers adopt additive manufacturing processes to augment their traditional means of production. According to Wohlers Report 2011, the leading report on the technology and its users, the compound annual growth rate of revenues produced by all AM products and services in 2010 was 24.1 percent. More

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CEO: Sustaining record SABIC profit will be tough
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Saudi Basic Industries Corp, the world's biggest petrochemical firm by market value, said recently that maintaining profitability would be a tough challenge after posting record profit in the latest quarter. The bellwether Middle East conglomerate, which supplies chemicals, industrial polymers, fertilisers and metals globally, is in a good position to grow its own business while making acquisitions when necessary, said Chief Executive Mohamed al-Mady. More

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New additive plant planned as plastics development in Middle East continues
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Plastics and additives supplier BASF announced it would build a new plant for customer specific antioxidant blends in the Middle East. When operational by the end of 2012, the plant will be one of the largest for these plastic additives in the world with annual capacity of about 16,000 tons. More


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