Connecting Businesses In the World Of Plastics
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The profile extrusion sector primarily covers rigid profiles mainly for the manufacture of window, door and conservatory frames. Europe consumed almost 1.8 mln tons of polymer for profiles in 2009. PVC accounts for 90% of the total polymers used in this sector. To know more about the other polymers used, the major applications driving this growth, the regions in Europe with high growth, restructuring of the industry post-2008, government regulations, etc, read
The global wind industry is growing fast, in terms of both number of turbines and their sizes. By the end of 2007, total global wind energy amounted to 94 GW. Wind is estimated to supply 12% of the world’s energy needs by 2020 which could rise to almost 30% by 2050. Several research projects involving manufacturers, service providers, universities and research organizations are addressing the technological barriers associated with design, manufacturing, installation and reliable operation of very large turbines. However, the removal and disposal of wind turbines faces several issues. To know about the three possible routes for dismantled wind turbine blades, their relative merits, etc, read
Europe’s plastics injection moulding industry valued at over €55 bln in 2008, slumped to €42.6 bln in 2009. Until 2008, this sector had been growing by around 2% pa by polymer volume. But a sharp contraction in Q4-08 wiped out nearly 5 years of growth. The market is expected to start growing again in 2010. To know about the rate of expansion in polymer demand, factors driving this growth, sectors with maximum growth potential and regions that will show general growth, read
Plastic injection molded products produced by using the current injection molding process usually have many defects that need to be eliminated by using post-processing processes such as spraying and coating. These processes, cause environment pollution and also lead to waste in time, materials, energy and labor. These problems can be solved effectively by using a new injection method. Read in
As concerns mount about global warming and energy demand, plastics could represent a low-cost alternative to expensive conducting material currently used in solar panels. Two new technologies are discussed: how to shape the plastics into a useful form while maintaining high conductivity, and a polymer-based solar cell wherein almost every single photon it absorbs is converted into a pair of electric-charge carriers, and every one of those pairs is collected at the cell's electrodes. Read in
Silicon is used dominantly in modern electronic devices. However, silicon requires crystallization along with careful and delicate etching processes that increase the cost of devices like solar panels and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Most electronic devices require several different layers of semiconductor materials to be sandwiched together to give functional structures. Addition of subsequent layers can often re-dissolve the earlier layer, thus destroying the conducting property of conducting polymers A team of collaborating researcher has developed a simple alternative. Read more in
Petrochemical feedstock is derived from hydrocarbons. The highly cyclical and commoditised petrochemical industry is finding ways to optimize production and minimize cost. Using alternate feedstock is one of the key criteria in achieving lowest cost production. Over the past decade, coal has resumed its status as a significant alternative feedstock where liquid and gas feeds have been preferred. An increasing awareness of the environment has resulted in a continual search for less polluting feedstock such as ethanol has surged. Read more in
Composite PU utility poles in the USA erected in the post-World War II era, are over 60 years old, and still in good condition. They have the highest strength-to-weight ratio poles on the market, withstanding weather conditions where conventional utility poles have failed. Read in
Continuous carbon nanotubes (CNTs) yarn is not yet available commercially. A research team has successfully produced a kilometer long carbon nanotube fiber with excellent uniformity. Its internal structure makes it versatile for use in a wide range of applications. The ability to fabricate continuous, multifunctional yarns represents an important step that makes it possible for materials engineers to exploit the outstanding mechanical properties of CNTs for applications in fibers, composites, fabrics and other larger-scale structures and devices. Read more in
PRICE TRENDS for the week
Plunging oil prices pulled naphtha values down, with prices falling by over 35 dollars in Asia in the week of May 10, 2010. As per current status...
In line with plunging oil and naphtha values, ethylene prices have fallen in Asia in the week of May 10, 2010. The falling prices have also been tanked by pessimistic...
Propylene prices have steadied in Asia in the week of May 10, 2010 despite plunging oil and naphtha values.....
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