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Keeping milk fresher

A fresh look at the designing of a milk container is given in a product that has been entered in the James Dyson Award, an award competition hosted by the inventor of Dyson vacuum cleaners.

The container is designed such that it keeps milk fresh for about a week longer than conventional containers because it collapses as the milk is used.

The designer, whose name is not mentioned, says that most people accept that milk will spoil in about a week without realising that it doesn’t have to. The Fresh milk jug is offered as an innovative solution to this problem.

Normal milk jugs trap air inside them, which causes the milk to spoil rapidly, but with Fresh, it eliminates this air with its spring frame, allowing the jug to shrink as the milk is consumed. Because of this, the milk will stay fresh nearly a week longer.

Other benefits are that Fresh is not lifted off the table when milk is poured, allowing children to use the milk jug. Also milk is sold in bags in Canada and some parts of Europe because the bags use 75% less plastic than jugs. The milk in these bags must be poured into an open pitcher, causing it to go bad. The Fresh pitcher could be the design solution to encourage more people to use these bags.

Editor’s note: The winners for the Dyson Award will be announced this coming September.


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August 2009

Chemical majors dilute styrenic market share





Lead Feature

Leading the way with machinery

At the Chinaplas show, held from 18-21 May in Guangzhou, China, PRA caught up with Helmar Franz a member of the board of the country’s largest injection moulding machinery manufacturer, Haitian International Holdings, and CEO of Zhafir Plastics Machinery.
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Company News

Chemical majors dilute styrenic market share
Faced with downward demand for styrenics, chemical giants, BASF and Dow Chemical, are selling their interests in the market.
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Thai project on track
Despite the slowdown and lower demand, SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture of Dow Chemical and Siam Cement Group (SCG), is proceeding with its world-scale speciality elastomers plant in Thailand.
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Higher PP output in China but global demand is slow
Two projects in China by Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical and PetroChina Dushanzi Petrochemical will see the addition of 750,000 tonnes/year of PP in the country while global consumption has slowed down.
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Middle East downstream ventures
While Sabic is setting up a joint venture acrylic company with Japanese fibre producer Mitsubishi Rayon, Equate Petrochemical has started up its ethyl benzene and styrene monomer plant.
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PET film business consolidated
Japanese DuPont Teijin Films is consolidating its PET film business operations in Europe and the US.
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Asian sales give Lanxess the head up while Dow’s plummet
Germany-based Lanxess significantly increased earnings in the second quarter in comparison to the weak first quarter while Dow Chemical’s sales fell 31%.
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Clariant sells silicones unit and Huntsman buys pigment supplier
While Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant has sold its silicones business, US-based Huntsman has bought a pigment supplier that had filed for bankruptcy.
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Materials News


Solar energy heats up PVF film market
US firm DuPont is investing US$120 million in its Tedlar PVF films to meet the growing demand for the product.
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Composites on a roll
The global thermoplastic composites (TPC) market has experienced significant growth during the last five years and is expected to reach US$6.2 billion in 2014.
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Plastics at sea: not a pretty picture
Contrary to common views that plastics are virtually indestructible, in a study on plastic waste in oceans, scientists say that plastics decompose with surprising speed, releasing potentially toxic substances in the water.
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Machinery News

Creation of extrusion giant
Germany-based extrusion machinery specialist Reifenhäuser has bought blown film machinery producer Kiefel Extrusion from Brückner.
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Milacron comes out of bankruptcy
Having completed its restructuring, US machinery company Milacron has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy stronger and with lower debt.
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Thiele bags machinery producer
Plastic bag machinery maker Hudson-Sharp Machinery has been bought by US-based Thiele Technologies, a manufacturer of high-speed integrated packaging equipment.
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Eco-friendly XPS board production in China
Chinese foam board producer Beipeng New Building Materials is the first firm in the country to take delivery of an expandable polystyrene (XPS) extrusion line from machinery maker KraussMaffei Berstorff.
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Zeppelin expects solid growth from Reimelt take over

By having acquired bulk solids supplier Reimelt Henschel, Zeppelin Silos & Systems says it has created a “powerful” bulk solids division.
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Exhibition News

Composites show bundled with presentations
The Asian composites market represents a growth of 8% and is worth EUR18 billion. It is with this in mind that presentations have been organised as part of the JEC Asia exhibition in Singapore from 14-16 October.
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Thai plastics show with conferences
The Thai plastics show Tiprex, to be held from 23-26 September, will also take on a similar theme with training courses and a series of seminars.
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Rubber Journal Asia

Nanoprene to drive the tyre market
Targeted primarily at the tyre market, Lanxess has developed a polymer additive that is now available for industrial application.
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. Injection Moulding Asia

Demag ties up with Sepro for robot
Injection moulding machinery maker Sumitomo Demag Plastics Machinery has tied up with robot manufacturer Sepro to fit the latter’s robots on its machines.
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Expansion of foam cell applications in Japan
US company Trexel has tied up with Kyowa Industrial to develop new applications based on Trexel's MuCell foam technology.
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Polyurethanes Asia      

PU investment uptake in China

Chongqing Jian-Feng Industrial Group has announced a US$300 million investment plan in two plants for PU intermediates, polyesters and other polymers.

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Ban on PU swimsuits
Switzerland-based Fédération Internationale de Nation (Fina) has announced that PU swimsuits will be banned from competitive swimming from 1 January 2010.

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Supporting the use of spray foam
The PU industry, working together through the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Centre for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) and the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), has launched a programme to support the benefits of spray foam.
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