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LEGO Version of Large Hadron Collider Picks Up Speed
LEGO Version of Large Hadron Collider Picks Up Speed

LEGO Version of Large Hadron Collider Picks Up Speed

Ever wanted to build a particle accelerator in your basement? Well if one University of Liverpool PhD student gets his way, you may soon be able to do that – with LEGO. Of course, it's not a working model, but Nathan Readioff's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) proposal to LEGO is now a real contender for production as an official LEGO kit, complete with miniature cutaway versions of all the LHC's major components. The real LHC is based at CERN in Switzerland, and is the biggest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built. Capable of accelerating protons to near light speeds and then obliterating them in collisions with other similarly accelerated protons hurtling around in the opposite direction, this enormous and impressive machine is an awe-inspiring piece of technology.
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SPI Lauds Minco Group its First Zero Net Waste Recognized Company

SPI Lauds Minco Group its First Zero Net Waste Recognized Company

SPI: The Plastics Trade Association, Washington, D.C., has named the thermoplastics solutions company The Minco Group, Dayton, Ohio, its first Zero Net Waste recognized company. The Zero Net Waste program, launched by SPI earlier this year, works with its member to focus on the importance of the plastics industry to focus on sustainability; and the SPI Zero Net Waste program was created to recognize companies that have taken steps to eliminate waste in plastics manufacturing throughout the lifecycle.
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ABS 3D Printing Project to Develop new Generation of Polymers for Additive Manufacturing
ABS 3D Printing Project to Develop new Generation of Polymers for Additive Manufacturing

ABS 3D Printing Project to Develop new Generation of Polymers for Additive Manufacturing

An R&D project initiated by Spain-based specialty acrylic-butadiene-styrene (ABS) producer Elix Polymers aims to develop advanced resin grades specifically for 3D printing using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process. FFF is more commonly known as fused deposition modelling (FDM). ELIX’s aim is to create materials that will produce parts with better mechanical properties such as resistance to impact, low warpage, dimensional precision and high resolution.
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A Spherical Stairwell Built from FRP Composite Materials

A Spherical Stairwell Built from FRP Composite Materials

The ultra-modern A. Alfred Taubman Complex will soon offer a source of daily inspiration for engineering and architecture students of Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, USA. The centerpiece of the new, three-story structure will be a uniquely designed spherical stairwell built from FRP composite materials. Composites Consulting Group (CCG), an independent Diab Group company, provided infusion expertise to bring this ambitious project to life.
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All DesignDaily NewsThermoforming
Efficient Material Handling and Production of LFT Compounds

Efficient Material Handling and Production of LFT Compounds

ProTec Polymer Processing supplies systems for the entire process chain from conveying and drying to metering and mixing of long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) compounds for injection moulding and extrusion. At K2016 the company will launch a new batch metering unit (Somos Batchmix XL) for throughputs of up to 1,920 kg/h, a stationary dry air dryer ( Somos RDT-200) and will present its flexible LFT technology
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NWRA, SWANA Update Recycling Advisory

NWRA, SWANA Update Recycling Advisory

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Washington, D.C., and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA ), Silver Spring, Maryland, have added two addenda to their Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables, which was originally issued in April 2015. The two associations began work on the two addenda following last year’s Wastecon program, which was held in Orlando. Because members of both organizations are involved in collecting, processing and marketing residential recyclables, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of those efforts has direct benefit to companies and municipalities. However, achieving the goals is challenging due to variations in both the types of materials and the prices paid for the materials once processed. Cooperatively addressing both changes in the residential recycling stream and price fluctuations for recyclables are key aspects of successful recycling programs and contracts.
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Basf Reports Considerable Decline in 2016 Sales
Basf Reports Considerable Decline in 2016 Sales

Basf Reports Considerable Decline in 2016 Sales

Basf (Ludwigshafen, Germany) reported Wednesday a drop in profit in the second quarter due to lower oil and gas prices. The German chemical company’s net profit was €1.09 billion ($1.19 billion) in the three months ending June 30, down 14% from €1.27 billion a year earlier and missing analysts’ €1.17 billion consensus estimate. Sales decreased by 24% in the second quarter to €14.5 billion compared with the same period of 2015.
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ISRI Releases Plastic Auto Bumpers Specification

ISRI Releases Plastic Auto Bumpers Specification

The board of directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) www.isri.org has approved the addition of an auto bumper plastics specification to the plastics specifications listed in the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular. As per its policy manual, ISRI says “any party may submit to ISRI a written appeal of the ISRI board’s approval of this new specification up to 30 days after publication of this notice.” The notice was issued on July 26, 2016.
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BusinessDaily News
PolyOne Acquires Gordon Composites and Polystrand

PolyOne Acquires Gordon Composites and Polystrand

CLEVELAND, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyOne Corporation (POL), a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced the acquisition of two specialty businesses from Gordon Holdings. The acquired businesses design and produce innovative, lightweight, high-performance solutions, utilizing advanced composite technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities. Bolstering PolyOne's existing portfolio of thermoset composite solutions is the acquisition of Gordon Composites, which develops high strength profiles and laminates for use in vertical and crossbow archery, sports and recreation equipment, prosthetics, and office furniture systems. The second acquired business, Polystrand, operates on the leading edge of continuous reinforced thermoplastic composite technology, a next generation material science that delivers the high strength and lightweight characteristics of composites, further enhanced with the design flexibility to form more complex shapes. Current application usage includes materials for the aerospace, transportation, outdoor and security and protection markets. Both acquired businesses will join PolyOne's existing portfolio of complementary solutions in a new comprehensive platform to be called PolyOne Advanced Composites.
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BusinessDaily News
SABIC and ExxonMobil Evaluating Petrochemical Joint Venture on U.S. Gulf Coast

SABIC and ExxonMobil Evaluating Petrochemical Joint Venture on U.S. Gulf Coast

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SABIC and an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) (NYSE:XOM) are considering the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. If developed, the project would be located in Texas or Louisiana near natural gas feedstock and include a world-scale steam cracker and derivative units.
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Michigan Approves Loan for C3 Ventures Flint LLC

Michigan Approves Loan for C3 Ventures Flint LLC

The Michigan Strategic Fund has announced that it has approved the issuing of a $5.7 million performance-based loan to a Chinese company called C3 Venture Flint, LLC, which is seeking to build an auto parts manufacturing facility in Flint, Michigan. Depending on whether the company meets some job creation milestones the loan could be converted into a grant. The company says that it expects to hire as many as 380 people for the manufacturing plant.
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Sun Plastech Celebrates 20 Years of Asaclean in the Americas
Sun Plastech Celebrates 20 Years of Asaclean in the Americas

Sun Plastech Celebrates 20 Years of Asaclean in the Americas

This month, Sun Plastech Inc. (SPI; Parsippany, NJ) is proudly celebrating the 20th anniversary of becoming the official manufacturer and distributor of Asaclean purging compounds for North and South America. SPI began as a small subsidiary of Japan-based Asahi Kasei Corp., achieving two decades of innovation and steady growth, said the company in a release.
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