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Research commissioned by the British Plastics Federation's (BPF) packaging group shows that when it comes to the nation’s favourite tomato ketchup, 77% of consumers would rather squeeze it out of a plastic container than shake it out of a glass bottle. 16 April 2014
Nottingham-based Far-UK has started the development of four processes under the Composite Innovation Cluster project. The company expects to bring at least two to market during its run. 15 April 2014
3D printing arrived with an impact at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US, in January. The world’s highest profile exhibition for consumer technology has had 3D printing exhibitors in previous years, but the 2014 show was the first to have a dedicated 3D Printing TechZone. 10 April 2014
Researchers at the A*Star Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have discovered a way to capture energy from the vibrations of lightweight polymers. The piezoelectric development could use the harvested energy to recharge batteries in mobile devices. 10 April 2014
D3O, a smart materials specialist, has expanded its R&D facilities at its head office in East Sussex with a new test lab, new prototyping facilities and additional hires to its technology team. 10 April 2014
The aircraft industry can cut plane weights and improve fuel efficiencies while also enhancing the finish of cabin interiors through the use of two new polycarbonate grades from Sabic. 9 April 2014
It’s a first for England's World Cup team –a kit made almost entirely from recycled PET: 100% recycled PET shorts, 96% recycled PET shirts and 78% recycled PET socks. 1 April 2014
Manufacturers are realising that significant environmental benefits can accrue from simply reducing the weight of a packaging product, either by a few grammes or from a complete change in materials and design. 28 March 2014
RPC designs deliver a modern take on traditional packs with the Artemis blow-moulded jar for dried food and  a liqud fertiliser container 28 March 2014
Belgian bags and accessories brand Kipling have partnered Belgium-based 3D printing company Materialise to create the first ever flexible plastic 3D printed bag. 19 March 2014
Champion athletes at the winter Olympics in Russia received medals featuring inserts made from Sabic’s Lexan polycarbonate. 18 March 2014
The Worshipful Company of Horners’ Award for Plastics Design and Innovation awards, held in conjunction with the British Plastics Federation (BPF), is now open for entries. 18 March 2014
Rotational moulder Midas wins two contracts to supply rotational moulding for sea-faring products 14 March 2014
Cybaman Digital Manufacturing Systems has debuted a six-axis Replicator 3D machine that incorporates universal CNC positioning for both additive and subtractive processes. 14 March 2014
Stratasys' Scott Crump talks to PRW about why he sees additive manufacturing complementing traditional prototyping and development in the factory of the future. 14 March 2014

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