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Plastic’s Health Risks as Fracking Industry Promotes New ‘Plastics Belt’ Build-Out

Plastic’s Health Risks as Fracking Industry Promotes New ‘Plastics Belt’ Build-Out

Desmogblog.com — A new report traces the life cycle of plastic from the moment an oil and gas well is drilled to the time plastic trash breaks down in the environment, finding “distinct risks to human health” at every stage. Virtually all plastic —...

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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

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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Meredith-Springfield Achieves Rigorous Food Safety Certification

Meredith-Springfield Achieves Rigorous Food Safety Certification

Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc. (Ludlow, MA), a plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blowmolding and injection stretch blowmolding, has achieved Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) certification recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The packaging supplier represents brands such as Mrs. Dash and Vermont Maid Syrup. “Today’s consumer demands more in terms of quality and safety control, especially when it comes to food packaging,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of Meredith-Springfield, Mel O’Leary, Jr.
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It’s Time for a Sensible Approach to Medical Device Innovation

It’s Time for a Sensible Approach to Medical Device Innovation

Pop quiz: What is the fastest growing on-demand sector after transportation? It’s healthcare, according to a recent article in Forbes, citing a report published by global consultancy Accenture. No wonder we have heard so much talk lately about the Uberication of healthcare. Mickey Garcia makes this point in an informative and eminently readable article on the MasterControl blog, “From Spectacular to Sensible: How Cost Control Is Driving Innovation in the Medical Device Industry.”
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Study Claims That Composites Can Almost Halve Truck Weight

Study Claims That Composites Can Almost Halve Truck Weight

New lightweight materials such as composites will play an increasingly large role in the heavy vehicles of tomorrow, particularly in city buses and distribution trucks. Working in association with researcher Magnus Burman from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Scania is investigating the potential for using lighter materials in both chassis structures and other load-bearing parts of vehicles. Our studies show that weight savings of up to 40% can be achieved if key load-bearing parts are replaced with lighter materials.
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New Composite Material Could Reduce Impact of Aircraft and Vehicle Crashes

New Composite Material Could Reduce Impact of Aircraft and Vehicle Crashes

At the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show, British defense company QinetiQ unveiled a material – a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA), woven into a carbon fiber reinforced polymer – which it says can help reduce the impact of aircraft crashes. Andrew Foreman, Head of Engineering Research & Consultancy at QinetiQ, said: “Most existing safety measures require extra material to be added to vulnerable areas, adding mass and compromising the aircraft’s efficiency.
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Revolutionary Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

Revolutionary Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

PORTLAND, Ore., July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) and Helicopter Transport Services (HTS) are pleased to announce the first flight of its advanced composite main rotor blades for the S-64 Aircrane and CH-54 Skycrane. “As a legacy aircraft services provider, we are constantly seeking ways to innovate and improve upon existing platforms to ensure these aircraft stay competitive,” said Dale Roberts, Senior Director of Plant Operations at Erickson Incorporated. “The composite main rotor blade program is a great example of our team’s engineering and manufacturing breadth and depth.”
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Pretium Acquires California Packaging Company Custom Blow Molding

Pretium Acquires California Packaging Company Custom Blow Molding

Chesterfield-based Pretium Packaging has acquired Custom Blow Molding, an Escondido, California-based supplier of containers for the sports nutrition market. Pretium will keep the Custom Blow Molding (CBM) brand and CBM's Bill McNeal and Joe Abbott will join Pretium's leadership team, officials said. In addition to its California headquarters, CBM also has operations in Carrollton, Texas, and Aurora, Illinois.
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Fremantle Councils Team Up in Bid to Ban Plastic Bags

Fremantle Councils Team Up in Bid to Ban Plastic Bags

NINE months after the City of Fremantle’s push to ban plastic bags was stonewalled, a renewed push from an old ally has breathed life back into the bid. Town of East Fremantle councillors last week restarted discussions about introducing a law banning single-use bags, more than a decade after they first agreed to adopt a no plastic bag policy. The City of Fremantle’s recent attempts to introduce such a law was stonewalled by Parliament for the second time in October last year, after it was first rejected in 2013.
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The War on Food Waste and How ‘Smart’ Packaging can Help Win it

The War on Food Waste and How ‘Smart’ Packaging can Help Win it

American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, however, only about half of them are aware that food waste is a problem, and many find some benefit in doing so, according to a new Ohio State study. The researchers developed the national survey to identify Americans’ awareness and attitudes regarding food waste. In July 2015, it was administered to 500 people representative of the U.S. population. The study found that 53% of respondents said they were aware that food waste is a problem. This is about 10% higher than a Johns Hopkins study published last year, which indicates awareness of the problem could be escalating.
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DSM Debuts High Hydrolysis Resistance Polyamide 410 and 4T Materials for Automotive Cooling Systems

DSM Debuts High Hydrolysis Resistance Polyamide 410 and 4T Materials for Automotive Cooling Systems

Engineering plastics supplier DSM is extending its portfolio of high performance materials for automotive applications requiring hydrolysis resistance across a wide range of temperatures. The portfolio is targeted at water-cooling related applications under the hood. The company is also announcing a new application for a hydrolysis-resistant grade of its high performance EcoPaXX bio-based polyamide. DSM’s extensive portfolio of materials based on polyamides 410 and 4T (EcoPaXX and ForTii, respectively) are all inherently resistant to hydrolysis. One particular grade, EcoPaXX Q-HG6/7, is very well suited for applications such as expansion tanks that need to resist coolants at high temperatures. It enables part weight to be cut by as much as 30% compared with polyamide 66.
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Plastic Cans are Not Recyclable, Advises APR

Plastic Cans are Not Recyclable, Advises APR

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, has responded to claims by plastic can manufacturers that their products are recyclable, pointing out that a PET can with a metal lid contaminates the PET recycling stream. APR urges caution to those companies considering the use of plastic cans. “There is a reason Maine, Illinois, and Minnesota imposed restrictions or bans on this type of packaging,” says Steve Alexander, Executive Director of APR. “A plastic can with a metal lid is a contaminant to PET recycling and not compatible with today’s material recovery and plastics reclamation systems.”
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