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Toyota became the first in the world to use bioplastics in a mass-production vehicle in 2003. Toyota plans to replace 20% (by weight) of all oil-based plastics for cars with bioplastics by 2015, amounting to approximately 360,000 metric tons of bioplastics. Bio-PET features enhanced performance like heat-resistance, durability performance and shrink resistance, when compared to conventional bioplastics, as well as performance parity with petroleum-based PET. Read more in
Bioplastics have moved past the initial stage of market introduction, experiencing robust increases in demand in virtually all parts of the world. Gains will be fueled by several factors, including consumer preferences for environmentally sustainable materials, improved performance of bioplastic resins relative to traditional plastics and introduction of commodity plastics produced from bio-based sources. Led by growing demand in Asia-Pacific and South America, global bioplastics market will reach revenues of over US$2.8 bln in 2018, reflecting average annual growth rates of 17.8%. Read about the high growth regions, growing markets, factors behind the growth, etc, in
Fiber composite technology is set to become a very important component in lightweight automotive construction. The proportion of plastics used in automotives will continue to increase. Developed under a German government supported project, a new thermoforming injection moulding process is ideal not only for lightweight structural components used particularly in the automotive industry, but can also potentially suit applications in the aircraft, leisure craft and agricultural machinery industries. The new process combines advantages of thermoplastic injection moulding and thermoforming of continuous fibre-reinforced, semi-finished products (organic sheets) for applications in structural lightweight components. Read about other fibre composite process chain and its specialized processes in
Majority of failures in any engineered structure are generally due to fatigue-induced microcracks that spread to dangerous proportions and eventually jeopardize the structure’s integrity. Most methods for checking large structures for defects use either a visual inspection or are time-consuming, complex, and expensive instrumentation. A paint that can detect microscopic faults in bridges, mines, foundations of wind turbines, etc has been developed. The paint uses nanotechnology to sense movement in large structures and can be sprayed on to any surface. A technology that enables real-time diagnostics and on-site repair in structures made from polymer composites has also been developed. Other research has also yielded positive results in this direction. Read more in
Packaged food need packaging that keeps them fresh longer, and needs to be protected from oxygen, moisture and chemical and biological contamination. Convenience foods that are growing in popularity are generally packaged and protected by films based on petrochemicals. New research has not only developed new biomaterial options from whey protein, it has also come up with a commercially viable method of producing multifunctional films on an industrial scale. An edible film based on simple tomato puree could protect foods from contamination by E. coli and other bacteria. The results of the research are promising. Read details in
As impact strength and heat deflection temperatures in polylactic acid (PLA) improves, a new material becomes a candidate for injection-molded, semi-durable and durable applications while largely retaining the environmental benefits as a bioplastic. Another development has helped resolve issues associated with the pre-drying of PLA resin prior to processing PLA extruded sheets used for thermoformed packaging and PLA injection moulded preforms as used for PLA bottles. Read in
Characteristic of HDPE provides advantages for underground structures and also helps define limitations of use. Although HDPE pipes are versatile, the primary use of corrugated HDPE is for gravity flow water management like storm drainage, subsurface drainage, sanitary sewers, leachate collection, detention/retention stormwater management systems, etc. Read more in
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