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VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

VinylPlus Report Over the past 15 years, PVC has undergone a remarkable transformation from being a much-maligned plastic material to playing an important role in addressing climate change and establishing a circular economy. Today the vinyl industry is seen as a role model for tackling sustainability challenges and its developmental journey so far, driven by the European PVC industry’s voluntary commitments Vinyl 2010 and VinylPlus, is revealed in its latest report. Read More

Arburg at Plastimagen 2016: Lightweight construction and additive manufacturing

Arburg Freeformer Anyone attending Plastimagen in Mexico City from the 8th to the 11th of March 2016 to gather information on the broad spectrum of manufacture of plastic parts will find that Arburg is the place to go. At exhibition stand 730, two hydraulic Allrounders produce lightweight pedals and precise gearwheels in high volumes. Additionally, a Freeformer demonstrates the industrial additive manufacturing of one-off parts and multi-variant small-volume batches. Read More

Plastics are booming in construction

PCC in construction When you think of plastic, what comes to mind? Toys, food storage, electronics, medical applications? While these markets are popular, construction is the market truly on the rise. A study conducted by BCC Research found that, "After packaging, the construction sector is the highest user of plastics, due to its combination of excellent strength to weight ratio, great versatility, cost-effectiveness, durability, low maintenance and corrosion resistance." Read More

DuPont leaders tout biopolymers and technology for improved sustainability

DuPont 12-16-15 Following the release of a Markets and Markets report that predicts biopolymers to see double-digit growth over the next five years, two DuPont business leaders took the stage Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at The European Biopolymer Summit 2015 to talk about high-performance materials solutions in packaging, automotive and other consumer markets. DuPont currently offers the industry’s widest range of bio-based, engineering grade polymers with a variety of performance attributes that range from strong and stiff to flexible. These materials are used in vehicle components, residential carpets, sporting goods and cellphones. Read More

PE Blog

First foaming head for blow molding

PE November Blog The most interesting new technology at the Society of Plastic Engineer’s recent 31st Annual Blow Molding Conference in Pittsburgh October 12-14 (, is certainly W. Mueller GmbH’s continuous physical foaming extrusion head. Mueller in Troisdorf-Spich, Germany, introduced the head at NPE 2015, but the blow molding conference was the first presentation of the technology. Read More

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Polymer Engineering and Science Improving the stability of polylactic acid foams by interfacially adsorbed particles

Synthesis and properties of copolymers of poly(ether ether sulfone)/semiaromatic polyamides (PEES/PA)

Read more in Polymer Engineering & Science, Volume 56, Issue 1

Polymer Composites Synthesis and cytocompatibility of collagen/hydroxyapatite nanocomposite scaffold for bone tissue engineering

Feather-inspired carbon fiber reinforced polymers with nanofibrous fractal interlayer

Read more in Polymer Composites, Volume 37, Issue 1

VNL PVC modification with biobased poly(hydroxyalkanoates)

Application of functionalized graphene oxide in flame-retardant polypropylene

Read more in Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology, Volume 21, Issue 4

Product Focus

Solvay’s Torlon® PAI delivers high strength, wear resistance in clutch system from FTE Automotive

Solvay Torlon Solvay Specialty Polymers, a global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, announced at the 14th annual CTI Symposium (Booth H06) that Solvay’s Torlon® polyamide-imide (PAI) technology forms several key components in a high-performing dual concentric slave cylinder (dCSC) developed by FTE Automotive, a premier producer of automotive drivetrain and brake systems. Signaling the first time Solvay’s Torlon® materials have been specified for this type of application, FTE Automotive’s dCSC forms the heart of the new SGM X44F Dual Clutch Transmission from a leading automaker, SAIC General Motors Co., Ltd. Read More

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Coming in January: "Global Plastics Trends 2016: A Steady Stream of Machinery"

January 2016 Markets: Corporate investment, sustainability, energy, primary machinery & tooling (molding, extrusion), auxiliaries (robots, testing services & machines, monitoring, inspection), plastics education (academic programs, professional development)

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