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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 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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Heineken Helps Sponsor Recycling at Soccer Matches

Heineken Helps Sponsor Recycling at Soccer Matches

White Plains, New York-based Heineken USA has teamed up with The Recycling Partnership to determine which team’s soccer fans are “the greenest” at three International Champions Cup events taking place in the United States in July and August 2016. Fans will have the chance to represent their favorite clubs by placing their recyclables in specially-marked bins. Sensors on each container will keep track of the total number of items recycled and which team is in the lead. Supporters of AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid will have the opportunity to score points against their rival fans by recycling the most products on behalf of those teams.
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Blown Film Extrusion Sees Advent of Intelligent Control

Blown Film Extrusion Sees Advent of Intelligent Control

A leading international manufacturer of Blown Film Extrusion Equipment, Hosokawa Alpine specializes in supplying complete blown film solutions ranging from single extruder mono-lines to 11-layer barrier film lines. At K 2016, the company will present a selection of exhibits that will include the company’s new ExVis release, as well as its latest winder and take-off technology for optimized web-handling, supplied by its wholly owned subsidiary Hosokawa Kolb in Niederkassel.
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Study Shows PET Bottle Recycling Programs Widely Available

Study Shows PET Bottle Recycling Programs Widely Available

Most Americans have access to recycling programs that accept beverage containers, according to a study commissioned by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Charlottesville, Virginia, with participation from SPI: The Plastics Trade Association, Washington. The study, “2015-16 Centralized Study on Availability of Recycling for Beverage Containers,” identifies the prevalence of recycling programs that accept beverage containers, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, jugs and jars, used aluminum beverage cans (UBCs), glass beverage bottles and cartons. The findings on PET show that 92 percent of the U.S. population can recycle PET bottles, jugs and jars.
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Milacron Holdings Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

Milacron Holdings Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

“Milacron delivered excellent organic sales growth in the second quarter versus a tough year over year comparable and a soft macro environment," said Milacron Chief Executive Officer, Tom Goeke. "The second quarter developed in line with our expectations, as continued end market and geographic stabilization led to organic sales growth within our APPT and MDCS segments. Orders were robust at 8.5% constant currency growth, driven by our APPT and MDCS segments. We also continue to make great progress in bringing new technology to the market as we shipped the first Klear Can system, a revolutionary innovation that delivers the benefits of plastic in a striking, proven, durable can design, as well as gained additional commercial traction with our co-injected recyclable coffee pods. We remain on track to deliver our full year commitment in line with our previously stated guidance."
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PennEngineering Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Heyco Products Inc.

PennEngineering Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Heyco Products Inc.

PennEngineering® (Danboro, PA, USA) has entered into an agreement to acquire Heyco® Products Inc. (Toms River, NJ, USA), it was announced today by both companies. Terms of the agreement were undisclosed and no changes are anticipated regarding Heyco’s operations, facilities, and employees. The acquisition is expected to expand sales growth opportunities for both companies. Heyco Products will continue to operate as a separate company under the PennEngineering corporate umbrella. The highly regarded Heyco brand will remain unaffected. Bill Jemison, President of Heyco, will continue to lead the company with the existing Heyco management team. He will report to Mark Petty, CEO of PennEngineering.
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McNeely Plastics Expanding Into Hazlehurst, Miss., Creating 25 Jobs

McNeely Plastics Expanding Into Hazlehurst, Miss., Creating 25 Jobs

Jackson, Mississippi – Plastic products manufacturer McNeely Plastics invests $6.5 million and creates 25 new jobs at the company’s new operations in Hazlehurst, Miss. “Throughout the state, we work hard to provide a business environment favorable for companies’ growth and success. McNeely Plastics’ expansion and investment in Hazlehurst serves as a testament to that,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
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Plaxx, a Clean Substitute for Fossil-Based Heavy Fuel Oil?

Plaxx, a Clean Substitute for Fossil-Based Heavy Fuel Oil?

Research is currently underway to test whether a fuel made from mixed plastic waste can be used as an alternative to crude derived fuels in industrial and marine engines. Known as Plaxx, the low sulphur hydrocarbon that was developed by UK-based Recycling Technologies based on residual mixed plastic waste is being considered as a potential replacement for the HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) currently used in diesel engines in marine vessels such as tankers, ferries and other nautical machinery. The research, funded by Innovate UK and ESPRC, will be led by Associate Professor Farid Dailami of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol, in partnership with Recycling Technologies and is aimed at determining whether it can be used efficiently in these diesel engines without increasing engine wear. If so, this could be a long term application that could help create a useable resource from waste which cannot be efficiently recycled mechanically.
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