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    Toray to increase US output to meet auto/aerospace demand
    Japanese carbon fibre maker Toray is enhancing its US production facility for TORAYCA prepreg (resin-impregnated carbon fibre sheets). It plans to introduce a high-performance facility suitable for producing high-value added...
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Materials News

  • Borealis receives EUR150 mn loan for R&D
    Austria-headquartered Borealis, a provider of solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilisers, is receiving support from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for further R&D for polymers. With a long-term EUR150 million loan, the EU bank is...
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Machinery News

  • Milacron acquires service companies
    US machinery firm Milacron has acquired Industrial Machine Sales (IMSI) and its sister company, Precise Plastics Machinery (PPM). IMSI specialises in the application engineering of primary plastics processing and support systems for many operations, including...
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PRA January/February 2014


In the green material arena, competition is heating up between oxo-biodegradable plastics and bioplastics. Not all plastics are created equal. Hence, the greener the material, the larger its market share

  • Rubber exporters in Thailand to avoid selling below cost
    Rubber exporters in Thailand to avoid selling below cost
    Rubber shippers from Thailand, the largest producer, pledged to avoid selling below output costs as suppliers in Asia take steps to halt a slump in prices of the commodity used in tires. Futures reached a one-week high. Exporters should not sell ribbed smoked sheet below $1.90 or 62.70 baht a kilogram as the...
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  • Wired up by plastics
    The printed electronics sector, which has been projected by BCC Research to build a market value of more than US$12.6 billion in 2016, is reinventing itself with plastics to produce thinner, smaller and eco-friendly devices. Conventional silicone-based electronics may be a thing of the past with the advent of printed electronics. According to a report by...
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