Connecting Businesses In the World Of Plastics
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A method for producing a strong, highly ductile bioplastic using yeast and fatty acids of plant oils has been developed. The plastics could have applications in lubricants, adhesives, cosmetics and anti-cancer therapies, and could also be recycled through a conversion process. Another team has developed bioplastic created by bonding cellulose with cardanol, which achieves a level of durability that is suitable for electronic equipment and boasts a high plant composition ratio of over 70%. Read more in
PLA’s properties make it suitable for various thermoforming applications, particularly cups for cold beverages and trays for fruit and vegetables. No major change in equipment or tooling is required when thermoformers switch to PLA. However, some important considerations need to be addressed before making a successful switch from oriented PS and PET. PLA thermoformed parts should be shipped and stored in an environment that minimizes exposure to heat, moisture, and humidity; including maximum temperatures below 40°C (105°F). Read more in
As crude oil price volatility increases, fuel economy has become a global priority leading automakers to intensify their efforts to lightweight car parts for improved mileage. Pricing of bio-based chemicals and plastics has been less volatile than petroleum-based products. They are expected to become cheaper in the longer term, as the technologies mature and production achieves economies of scale. Biocomposites contribute to the automotive manufacturer's final goal by delivering weight reduction as well as cost reduction of 20%. Hence, use of plant based chemicals in automotive applications has been steadily growing. Read in
The medical molding business is less susceptible to economic swings than most other industries. Despite the weak economic conditions in 2009, molders saw an uptick in their business. However, growth rates are being suppressed by vigorous pricing pressure, mergers among the medical-device OEMs, and other factors. Read more in
Though required in small amounts, antioxidants are absolutely necessary, as they prevent degradation of the mechanical, aesthetic and electrical properties of polymers, loss of flavor and development of rancidity in foods, an increase in the viscosity, etc. Antioxidants for polymers is estmated to have robust growth in the next 5-7 years. To know more, read
A representative shape memory polymer that can double in size has been developed, allowing the design of more complex geometries for applications. The material is softer, has a rubbery consistency, and less likely to damage surrounding tissues when used in biomedical devices. A new family of Elastic Memory Composites (EMC) combine the structural properties of fiber reinforced composites with shape memory characteristics of shape memory polymers. Components and structures fabricated can provide lightweight structures that are strong and stiff. They can be folded, rolled, or otherwise packaged to a different shape for storage and later returned to the original as-manufactured shape, without loss of performance. Read in
Benefits offered by fuel cells include low or zero emissions, high efficiency and reliability, multi-fuel capability, siting flexibility, durability, scalability, ease of maintenance, low noise and air pollution. They are finding increased application is sectors like telecommunications, automotive, consumer electronics, etc. It is estimated that global sales of fuel cells will reach US$1.2 bln by 2014. Several new efforts and developments are underway in fuel cell technology, many of which are in new plastic materials. Read in
Solar cell offers a limitless and environmental friendly source of electricity. Coatings are of great importance in the solar photovoltaic market, as even the smallest improvement in efficiency leaves a significant impact on manufacturers' bottom line. The most popular coating method of vapor deposition of a silicon nitride film using silane gas can be risky because silane can ignite when exposed to air, is costly to transport, requires special storage, ventilation and other safety measures to prevent accidents. These cells are also affected by light-induced degradation that occurs once after the first 24 to 48 hours of sunlight exposure. An alternative has been developed. Read more in
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