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Bio-plastics: Cashew nut computers?
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A unique plastic made from cashew nut shells could be used in consumer electronics by 2013. Japanese company NEC Corporation has announced the development of a first-of-its kind biomass-based plastic — bio-plastic - produced using non-edible plant resources such as cashew nut shells. The plastic is durable enough to be used in electronic equipment and NEC expects that with continued research bio-plastic could be used in a range of electronic devices by 2014. More


Mark your calendars for the SPE Fall Conferences!
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While SPE conferencing happens throughout the year, the autumn season is typically our most active. Also, more and more new SPE conferences are being produced outside the United States, adding to our global reach as an organization. If you have not attended any of these conferences in the past, or are looking for ways to target market your company or a new product, SPE's Topical Conferences are an excellent option. More

Plastics in Automotive: Shifting Into Overdrive
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Automotive sales in North America and Europe show signs of recovery after several years of weakness. North American sales in 2009 reached their lowest level in 27 years—10.4 million units—but forecasters predict that 11.7 million vehicles will be sold this year, and by 2014, that number could reach 17.5 million. More

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Fiber orientation in injection-compression molded thermoplastics
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Injection molding is the most common method for plastic part manufacturing. It is used to create many products widely used in daily life, including automotive, telecommunication, and medical applications. Recently, as a modification, injection-compression molding (ICM) has been developed to improve conventional injection molding (CIM). Compared with CIM, ICM possesses many advantages such as decreased molding pressure, reduced residual stress, and minimized molecular orientation. It is well known that adding fiber to plastic parts usually improves mechanical properties such as tensile strength or impact strength. However, these also depend on the fibers' orientation state. More


New mold for plastics industry
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Gulf petrochemical producers are accelerating plans to replace low-value commodity exports with value-added plastics in a bid to boost revenues, add jobs and make better use of the dwindling natural gas supplies that are the lifeblood of the industry. A shortage of low-cost natural gas, and in some cases high unemployment, is pushing regional governments to reorient their petrochemical strategies to more sophisticated manufacturing, an industry trade group said last week. More

Hopes high as plastics group BPI prepares to announce interims
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Scottish plastics group British Polythene Industries will demonstrate its resilience in the face of a 'perfect storm' of adverse headwinds when veteran chairman Cameron McLatchie rolls out interim results on Wednesday. The Greenock group, Europe's biggest producer of plastic film, was particularly hard hit by a 40 percent jump in its main oil-based raw materials while its Continental rivals gained a competitive edge from a weaker euro. At the same time, BPI suffered from a loss of business from major farming customers as a result of a poor growing season and the poor weather last winter also affected its business in the hard-pressed construction sector. More

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Plastic from recycled waste gas
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A company from New Zealand has successfully tested its new technology and produced 2,3 Butanediol, a compound out of which fuels and plastics can be made. The clean tech company LanzaTech, had already announced last year that it had been developing a microbe that digests carbon monoxide in waste gas from steel mills, and coverts it into ethanol. The process is based on fermentation, and it turns out that waste gas from steel mills is an ideal medium because it has a high concentration of carbon monoxide, with little or no hydrogen. More
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Adhesive from DYMAX Features Built-In Cure Indicator
DYMAX 3225-T-SC adhesive is bright blue in its uncured state, making it very visible when dispensed onto substrates. Upon exposure to UV/Visible light the blue color changes to clear indicating full cure. 3225-T-SC rapidly bonds and laminates PMMA, PC, PVC, PA, and PU. It's ideal for appliance, auto, and aerospace assemblies.

The sky's the limit for laser-sintered plastics in aerospace
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Unmanned vehicle manufacturers are increasingly employing unmanned fabrication techniques to create critical components. Plastics and metal laser-sintering equipment supplier EOS GmbH (Münich) has seized on the opportunity for its "e-manufacturing" technology, watching business within aerospace, which includes unmanned vehicles, grow steadily since the company entered the market in earnest around four years ago. The company again participated in the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) annual exhibition and conference, that took place on Aug. 24-27 in Denver. More

University of Wisconsin-Stout grads pledge $1 million for plastics engineering students
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Two UW-Stout graduates have promised to donate more than $1 million in scholarships for students who major in plastics engineering. Bob and Charllotte Janeczko succeeded in the plastics industry – and that's why they're offering the scholarships to students in that field. More

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Pacific Plastic & Engineering expands facility, adds jobs
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A Soquel, Calif., medical-device maker credits federal health care reform with boosting demand for its products, triggering expansion of manufacturing capability and staff. Pacific Plastics & Engineering has added another sterile cleanroom to assemble medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery known as laparoscopy. More


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Opinion: Lobsters should fear Mother Nature more than plastics
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If you trust the headlines, you might think that the biggest challenge facing the lobster industry in New York and New England is pollution — particularly from plastics. But think again. Plastics may be an easy political target, but they are not most likely culprit. Problems began in 1999, when Long Island suffered a massive lobster die-off. Lobstermen blamed pesticide spraying used to control the spread of the deadly mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. Now they are looking at plastics — particularly those plastics made with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). More

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