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  • US Farathane subsidiaries to invest $29 million, add 273 jobs in Auburn Hills, Port Huron (Michigan)

    04/25/2017 7:08:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | April 25, 2017 | Tyler Clifford
    The Michigan Strategic Fund board approved nearly $3 million in grants for two projects expected to create 273 jobs in Auburn Hills and Port Huron by Auburn Hills-based automotive parts manufacturer US Farathane LLC. US Farathane Port Huron LLC secured new contracts to manufacture interior and underhood components. The board awarded the manufacturer a $2.3 million grant to help with capital investments of up to about $15 million in a new leased Port Huron plant. US Farathane plans to move its warehousing, assembly and shipping processes to the new facility and create 205 new jobs. In Auburn Hills, USF Delta...
  • The year ahead in automotive trends

    12/27/2016 4:38:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Plastics Today ^ | December 27, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    The four mega-trends shaping the global auto industry over the next 15-odd years are undoubtedly vehicles with lower emissions, new powertrain technologies, autonomous automobiles and vehicle digitalization. Reflecting these mega-trends, one can anticipate more developments in lightweighting, drivetrain optimization, car computerization, infotainment and driverless transportation in 2017. Here PlasticsToday gives its take on some of the key developments expected in 2017. Staying connected, and entertained Rather than being interested in the size of the engine and the shape of the car, consumers are now more interested in “infotainment” systems, being connected, autonomous driving and diverse mobility, notes consultant McKinsey. Traditionally,...
  • Chevron Phillips' $6 billion Houston expansion nears completion

    10/20/2016 10:12:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | October 10, 2016 | Jordan Blum
    The dozen or so cranes visible from Interstate 10 in Baytown will only remain for a few more months as Chevron Phillips Chemical's $6 billion petrochemical expansion moves toward completion. Chevron Phillips' complex is more than 80 percent complete, although it won't be fully operational for almost another year. The project involves a massive ethane cracker - on a plot the size of 44 football fields - that will separate a component of natural gas called ethane, which will provide the feedstock for some 1.5 million metric tons a year of ethylene, a common building block of plastics. Chevron Phillips,...
  • A Different Kind of Plastic Shredder for 3D Filament Making

    06/14/2015 1:59:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hackaday ^ | June 14, 2015 | James Hobson
    Haven’t you heard? You can make your own 3D filament nowadays from plastic granules (10X cheaper than filament), or even by recycling old plastic! Except if you’re recycling plastic you will have to shred it first… [David Watkins] came up with a different way of shredding plastic. Typically we’ve seen shrunken versions of giant metal shredders used to dice up plastic into granules that can be melted down and then extruded back into filament. These work with a series of sharp toothed gears that kind of look like a stack of circular saw blades put together inside of a housing....
  • Students design plastic recycler to make 3D-printing super cheap

    03/07/2015 12:44:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    VR-Zone ^ | March 7, 2015 | Kenny Doan
    A couple of forward-thinking engineering students from the University of British Columbia have put together a little machine that grinds up used plastics and turn them into usable filaments for 3D-printing. It’s called the ProtoCycler, and it’ll generate a kilogram spool of filament for free (negating the cost of electricity of course) if you have some soda pop bottles lying around. The concept behind the 3D-printer add-on was simple—combine a filament extruder and plastic grinder into one contraption. (COMPARISON-CHART-AT-LINK)The ProtoCycler can churn out 10 feet of filament a minute, which makes it the fastest extruder on the market according to...
  • The man who wants to build a plastics factory in North Dakota (Part 1)

    10/24/2014 9:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Bill Gilliam and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced two weeks ago that a venture called Badlands NGL is trying to build a petrochemical plant in North Dakota. The plant will use ethane, the cheap, abundant component of natural gas that rises from the same wells that produce oil in the Bakken. Natural gas in North Dakota is especially high in ethane content (see deck 39), and Gilliam thinks he can figure out a way to get enough of it in pure form to start cranking out train car loads of plastic beads for industrial use. A lot has to...
  • Infertility in Spanish Pigs Has Been Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?

    06/18/2014 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Renfield · 68 replies
    National Geographic Magazine ^ | 6-5-2014 | Josie Glausiusz
    A strange catastrophe struck Spain's pig farmers in the spring of 2010. On 41 farms across the country—each home to between 800 and 3,000 pigs—many sows suddenly ceased bearing young. On some farms, all the sows stopped reproducing. On others, those that did become pregnant produced smaller litters. When investigators examined the sows and the semen that had been used to artificially inseminate them—it had been collected from different boar studs and refrigerated—they couldn't find anything wrong. The sperm cells weren't misshapen. None of the sows were diseased. No microbes or fungal toxins were detected in their feed or water....
  • Global demand, inexpensive natural gas are increasing domestic plastic production

    02/07/2014 4:49:05 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Low U.S. natural gas prices have helped increase domestic plastic production after a decline from the 2008 recession. Because many U.S. plastic manufacturers use natural gas as their primary fuel source and natural gas-sourced liquids as a feedstock, continued low prices for those resources could boost raw plastic exports, given higher foreign energy prices. The United States supplies raw plastics, sometimes called resins, to domestic makers of plastic products, such as food packaging and toys. Raw plastics are also exported. During the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, U.S. production of plastic products declined further than raw plastic production, and...
  • Will shale gas decimate China's toy makers? (Manufacturing moving back to the US?):

    03/27/2013 11:15:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! Finance UK / Reuters ^ | March 28, 2013 | Clyde Russell
    Such is the impact of the shale gas revolution in the United States that it's quite possible that babies born today will no longer play with plastic dolls and cars made in China. It's almost become a fait accompli that China is the world's factory, but the early warning signs that this may be changing are starting to show. The advent of cheap natural gas in the U.S. is threatening to displace expensive naphtha in the production of petrochemicals, the key building blocks for plastics, synthetic fibres and solvents and cleaners. While the shale gas boom is certainly no longer...
  • Pexco selling sheet assets, closing South Carolina plant (147 full-time workers)

    12/16/2012 12:21:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Plastics News ^ | December 14, 2012
    Pexco LLC is closing its West Columbia, S.C., plant and selling its extruded sheet-related assets to Plaskolite Inc. The 168,000-square-foot plant, which has 147 full-time workers, will shut down in 2013. “This has been a difficult decision but a necessary one for our overall business,” Pexco CEO Neil Shillingford said in a prepared statement. “Pexco’s core business is specialty plastics and profile extrusion. Extruded sheet has been a bit of an anomaly for us and after an in-depth review we have decided to sell this line of business and focus on our core capabilities.” Sheet products include lighting industry and...
  • AG Coakley OKs Concord plastic water bottle ban

    09/06/2012 12:59:57 PM PDT · by ex91B10 · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 5, 2012 | Ira Kantor
    It’s a watershed moment for Concord residents as single-serve plastic water bottles will be officially banned in the town, effective Jan. 1....state Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled that the controversial bylaw...does not violate state or constitutional law in any way.
  • Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem

    03/16/2012 10:58:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 7, 2012 | Emma Hutchings
    A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.
  • Plastic, Heal Thyself

    04/24/2011 12:48:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 20 April 2011 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Light Therapy. Metal atoms (circles) absorb UV light, allowing them to move and reform bonds with binding groups on polymers (semicircles), healing a damaged polymer. Credit: Gina Fiore for Adolphe Merkle Institute/Case Western Reserve University/US Army Research Laboratory. Leave your child’s plastic toys out in the backyard over the summer, and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays bleach them and make them brittle. But UV light can be a healer, too, according to a new study. Researchers have created a polymer that mends itself when hit with a bright beam of UV light. The new self-healing plastic could...
  • New Method Swaps Pressurized Biomass For Petroleum in Plastics, Cosmetics

    09/07/2010 1:40:29 PM PDT · by Freeport · 12 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 09.03.2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    An accidental chemistry discovery could lead to a new method for making antifreeze, moisturizer and plastic bottles out of biomass rather than petroleum, according to researchers at Iowa State University. Professor Walter Trahanovsky was using a high-temperature chemistry process to see if he could obtain sugar derivatives from cellulose. It’s based on supercritical fluids, which are heated under pressure until their fluid and gas states merge. It is not quite as exotic as it sounds — supercritical carbon dioxide is used to decaffeinate coffee. Trahanovsky and his colleagues put cellulosic materials in alcohols and subjected them to high temperatures and...
  • Got an unwanted vuvuzela? Go sit on it…

    07/12/2010 2:06:02 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 34 replies
    Plastics and Rubber Weekly ^ | 12 July 2010 9:21 am GMT | Anthony Clark
    What will become of all those millions of vuvuzelas now that the World Cup is over? The answer is they are likely to be recycled into plastic park benches and buckets, according to Barry Turner of the Plastics 2020 Challenge “Many people have come to wish good riddance on the dreaded vuvuzela and I am happy to confirm that their wishes can come true as the instrument is completely recyclable so it need not end up in landfill,” said Turner. “This is just as well as according to the manufacturers over 800,000 were sold in South Africa and up to...
  • Potatoes, algae replacing oil in plastics

    12/21/2009 1:16:48 PM PST · by thackney · 22 replies · 611+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | December 21, 2009 | Virginie Montet
    Frederic Scheer is biding his time, convinced that by 2013 the price of oil will be so high that his bio-plastics, made from vegetables and plants, will be highly marketable. Scheer, 55, is the owner of Cereplast, a company that designs and makes sustainable plastics from starches found in tapioca, corn, wheat and potatoes. He has believed for the past 20 years that the price of oil will eventually make petroleum-based plastics obsolete and clear the way for his alternative. "The tipping point for us is 95 dollars a barrel," he said. At that price "our product becomes cheaper" than...
  • Plastic chemicals 'feminise boys'

    11/17/2009 5:01:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,076+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/17/09 | BBC
    Chemicals in plastics alter the brains of baby boys, making them "more feminine", say US researchers. Males exposed to high doses in the womb went on to be less likely to play with boys' toys like cars or to join in rough and tumble games, they found. The University of Rochester team's latest work adds to concerns about the safety of phthalates, found in vinyl flooring and PVC shower curtains. The findings are reported in the International Journal of Andrology. Plastic furniture Phthalates have the ability to disrupt hormones, and have been banned in toys in the EU for some...
  • Study: Chemicals in plastic can make boys act more like girls.

    11/16/2009 6:24:09 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 15 replies · 873+ views
    Ny Daily news ^ | Nov 16 2009 | Rosemary Black
    Chemicals found in many plastics are causing little boys to act more like little girls, according to new research.
  • Plastics Manufacturer Information (Vanity)

    03/10/2009 10:35:54 AM PDT · by teenyelliott · 24 replies · 602+ views
    me | 3/10/09 | me
    Pardon the vanity, but I need to tap into the vast knowledge and experience of the FReepers. I have a patent on a garden item, and I need a manufacturer. Any FReepers who might be in the plastics molding business, or know someone reputable who is, please list any information here or feel free to FReepmail me.I have no idea how the manufacturing process works, so any input is helpful. I know there will be several FReepers who can help me out with this. I do have a prototype and the drawings that were submitted with my patent paperwork that...
  • Conducting Plastics

    07/13/2008 6:40:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 194+ views ^ | July 11, 2008 | Roni Barr
    Alberto Morpurgo and his team of researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands recently attached a micrometer-thick crystal of an organic polymer to a similarly thin organic crystal of a second polymer creating a thin but strongly conducting channel along the junction that acts like a metal. The discovery could lead to a whole new way of making electronics from non-metallic materials, and even new superconductors.   Dr Alberto Morpurgo (Credit: TU Delft’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience) The thin, flexible crystals which conform to each others’ shape and stick together due to van der Waals forces are both...