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APR Seeks Applicants for Plastics Recycling Showcase

APR Seeks Applicants for Plastics Recycling Showcase

The Association of Plastics Recyclers’ Plastics Recycling Showcase, a program to highlight and promote innovations that have a positive impact on plastics collection and recycling, is accepting nominations for this year’s awards. Developed by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the second annual program will focus on recently commercialized innovations developed by APR member companies. An additional category that is focused on community engagement has been added for the 2017 Showcase.
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National Composites Centre, LIST Sign MoU

National Composites Centre, LIST Sign MoU

The National Composites Centre (NCC Bristol, UK) hosted the Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Etienne Schneider on July 26 to sign a historic collaborative innovation agreement between the NCC and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The agreement sets out to advance the innovation capability and capacity across the two organizations. Luxembourg’s aspirations to strengthen its innovation capacity are supported by €1 billion for programs and infrastructure, including the opening later this year of a €60m composites center. The new center will complement LIST’s capabilities, which include bio-based materials, nano additives and life cycle analysis, all of which are of interest to the NCC.
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Owens Corning’s Q2

Owens Corning’s Q2

Owens Corning has reported consolidated net sales of US$1.55 billion in the second quarter of 2016, compared to net sales of US$1.40 billion in the prior-year period. The company reported net earnings of US$138 million, or US$1.19 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, compared with net earnings of US$91 million, or US$0.77 per diluted share, in the same period in 2015.
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Plastic Foam Recycling Suspended in Kane, Lake, McHenry Towns

Plastic Foam Recycling Suspended in Kane, Lake, McHenry Towns

Residents of several communities in Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are left scrambling to find a way to dispose of plastic foam waste with the suspension of recycling programs in their towns. Citing a slow market for the material, the village of Algonquin this week suspended its recycling program for plastic foam, of which Styrofoam is a brand, voluntarily run by an Elgin businessman. The plastic foam collection site at the Algonquin public works facility is now closed. Ken Santowski, owner of Chicago Logistic Service trucking company in Elgin, has been collecting plastic foam waste from Algonquin and nine other sites in Lake and McHenry counties for free for several years.
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Researchers Say Trees Could Help Strengthen Auto Parts

Researchers Say Trees Could Help Strengthen Auto Parts

Trees that are removed during forest restoration projects could find their way into car bumpers and fenders as part of a study led by Srikanth Pilla of Clemson University. Pilla is collaborating on the study with researchers from the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. They are converting some of those trees into liquid suspensions of tiny rod-like structures with diameters 20,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Pilla is using these tiny structures, known as cellulosic nanomaterials, to develop new composite materials that could be shaped into automotive parts with improved strength. The auto parts would also be biorenewable, which means they could go to a composting facility instead of a landfill when their time on the road is done. The research could help automakers meet automotive recycling regulations that have been adopted in Europe and could be on the way to the United States.
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New Co-Pack Plant for Nonfood Snap-Opening Packages

New Co-Pack Plant for Nonfood Snap-Opening Packages

Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.), best known in the U.S. market for Sanko Stick Packaging, is nearing completion on a 20,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to non-food contract packaging. Expected to be operational in October 2016, it is located in Mt. Laurel, NJ, near the company's Marlton, NJ headquarters. The facility will feature production of patented Snapsil snap-to-open packaging along with a variety of single-dose, easy-open packaging formats.
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LyondellBasell to Build High Density Polyethylene Plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

LyondellBasell to Build High Density Polyethylene Plant on U.S. Gulf Coast

HOUSTON and LONDON, July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, has made the final investment decision to build a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The plant will have an annual capacity of 1.1 billion pounds (500,000 metric tons) and will be the first commercial plant to employ LyondellBasell's new proprietary Hyperzone PE technology. The project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction and as many as 75 permanent positions. Start-up is planned for 2019. "Innovation is key to our future success. This new proprietary technology will have the capability to produce a wide range of HDPE products with enhanced properties, many of which have the potential to exceed industry benchmarks," said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell's CEO.
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Sumitomo Chemical to Construct Second PES Plant in Japan

Sumitomo Chemical to Construct Second PES Plant in Japan

Sumitomo Chemical plans to construct a new production facility for polyethersulfone (PES) engineering plastic at its Chiba Works in Ichihara City, Chiba, Japan. The new facility will have a production capacity of 3,000 tonnes per year. Commercial production start-up is slated for in 2018. When the facility becomes fully operational, Sumitomo Chemical's total production capacity of PES, combined with the existing facility in its Ehime Works in Niihama, Ehime, will grow two-fold. PES is a thermoplastic resin with excellent properties in terms of its heat resistance, dimensional stability, flame resistance, and hot water resistance.
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Chevron Phillips Chemical Announces Completion of Next-Generation Polyethylene Pilot Plant at its Research and Technology Center in Bartlesville, OK

Chevron Phillips Chemical Announces Completion of Next-Generation Polyethylene Pilot Plant at its Research and Technology Center in Bartlesville, OK

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS – (July 27, 2016) – Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) is pleased to announce completion of its leading-edge polyethylene pilot plant at its research and technology facility in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The pilot plant enables polyethylene research, such as new catalyst and polymer development, to take place on a pilot scale prior to implementation in full-scale operations, including the company’s $6 billion investment along the Texas Gulf Coast expected to start up next year.
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Dow Chemical Profits Top Estimates as Plastic Demand Rises
Dow Chemical Profits Top Estimates as Plastic Demand Rises

Dow Chemical Profits Top Estimates as Plastic Demand Rises

Dow Chemical Co., which plans to complete a historic merger with DuPont Co. this year, reported second-quarter profits that exceeded analysts’ estimates amid rising demand for plastics, the company’s leading product. Operating earnings rose to 95 cents a share, Midland, Michigan-based Dow said in a statement Thursday. That beat the 85 cent average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales declined 7.4 percent to $12 billion, compared with the $11.2 billion estimate.
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Ube Industries Buying Majority Stake in Mitsubishi’s Injection Molding Machine Business

Ube Industries Buying Majority Stake in Mitsubishi’s Injection Molding Machine Business

Japan-based Ube Machinery Corp. Ltd. is buying a majority stake in the injection molding business of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), which is also headquartered in Japan. In a statement, Ube Machinery said it will acquire an 85 per cent equity stake in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology “in order to secure the latter’s worldwide business in injection molding machines.”
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Permali Gloucester Invests £1.5 Million to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Permali Gloucester Invests £1.5 Million to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Permali Gloucester Limited, a UK-based composite and polymer development and manufacturing firm, has invested over £1.5 million in the company during 2016. This includes a large investment in upgrading the company's process heating system, resulting in an estimated annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 400 tonnes, while also bringing additional process capability to support future product developments, the company says. Permali also plans to upgrade the factory lighting to energy-efficient LEDs, resulting in a reported further 27 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.
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Solar Cell Sucks Up CO2 and Spits Burnable Fuel Out the Other Side

Solar Cell Sucks Up CO2 and Spits Burnable Fuel Out the Other Side

Recreating a plant's ability to use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into fuel, something known as artificial photosynthesis, is one of the holy grails of green energy research. Researchers have now edged closer toward this dream technology, developing what they describe as a game-changing solar cell that produces hydrocarbon fuels in the lab, with potential applications ranging from large-scale uses on Earth to providing power on Mars. The prospect of using sunlight to power our energy-intensive lifestyles has enough merit on its own, but what if we could suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere while we're at it? This two-pronged environmental panacea has inspired scientists eyeing a greener future, with artificial leaves, hybrid energy systems and moth-inspired photoelectrochemical cells just a few examples of how we are progressing toward this goal.
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Ostomy Patients: You’ve Got a Brand New Bag

Ostomy Patients: You’ve Got a Brand New Bag

Unless you have to wear one, or know someone who does, you probably haven’t given much thought to colostomy bag design. The pouches collect waste that has been redirected from the colon or bladder through an opening in the stomach. It's a topic that typically does not come up in polite conversation: “People do not want to talk about poop, stool or gas,” writes Feza Remzi, MD, Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, in the organization’s Health Essentials . Not so for Stephanie Monty, a recent graduate of Brunel University (London): She has designed a colostomy bag for “intimate moments.”
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