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European petrochem market improves; new ethylene process

European petrochem market improves; new ethylene process

Petrochemical markets are heavily impacted by changes in the crude oil price, since crude oil and its derivative naphtha, are essential steam-cracker feedstocks for the production of numerous chemicals. Changes in crude oil prices...
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Davis-Standard stretches its capabilities in Asia

Davis-Standard stretches its capabilities in Asia

Global plastics manufacturing has expanded, specifically in terms of advancement in technologies to increase production efficiency and capacities, in line with the competitive nature of the sectors being served. As well, the incremental enduser...
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Technology updates in forming

Technology updates in forming

At the upcoming Chinaplas show in Guangzhou, thermoforming machine makers will showcase a variety of machinery and technology updates. Meaf Machines claims its sheet extrusion lines for film and sheet reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared to competitors. Its H-series achieves...
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Uncorking solutions for beverage packaging

Uncorking solutions for beverage packaging

Bottled water is forecast to have sales that would exceed that of carbonated drinks, says research company Canadean. The role of packaging in delivering safe water from source to end-user, as well as other beverages cannot be undermined. Provider of PET solutions...
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All-round machinery and technology

All-round machinery and technology

Touted as one of the largest plastics and rubber trade exhibitions in Asia, Chinaplas 2015’s 29th international exhibition will be held at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Pazhou, Guangzhou, from 20-23 May 2015. The Germans will be at the show...
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Rediscovering medical polymers

Rediscovering medical polymers

Healthcare needs are becoming more sophisticated. Luckily, R&D in the medical industry has kept pace with advancements to spot new applications for materials, says...
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Asia takes a spin on waste plastics

Asia takes a spin on waste plastics

In Asia, the increasing heaps of waste plastics outshine the usefulness of plastics. As a solution, recycling is regarded as the most effective form of making use of waste plastics, yet, growth in this mode is still moderate, says...
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FR market in China poised for strong growth

FR market in China poised for strong growth

China continues to play a prominent role in the global flame retardant chemical market in terms of production, domestic consumption as well as direct exports, and is expected to lead in global market growth. Locally produced phosphorus flame retardant...
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Hemp gets the green light

Hemp gets the green light

The numerous potential applications for industrial hemp match the nearly utopian dream of the composites industry that is on the look out for stronger yet cheaper materials, with a lower carbon footprint, says...
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UNHCR steps in with plastic sheets for homeless in Nepal quake

UNHCR steps in with plastic sheets for homeless in Nepal quake

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is sending thousands of plastic sheets and solar-powered lamps to people left homeless and without light by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The quake that happened on 23...
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  • Austrian researchers create artificial blood vessels with elastomers
    Vienna University of Technology and Vienna Medical University have developed artificial blood vessels made from a special elastomer material, which has excellent mechanical properties. Over time, these artificial blood vessels are replaced by endogenous material. At the end of this restorative process, a natural, fully functional vessel is once again in... image
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  • Negri Bossi on fresh start; to build new facility in India
    Fresh from its split from Sacmi, Negri Bossi Group displayed a brand new image at the Plast show in Milan, Italy, recently, with the Sacmi name missing from the Negri Bossi branding. Also new is the management team led by Craig Ward who was quick to point out that the “old” support/sales team is still in place. “Yes definitely there will be management changes but Negri Bossi is... image

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