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US petrochemical major Braskem, a leading biopolymer producer, and Resin Trade, an international polymer distributor, have signed a partnership to distribute ‘green’ polyethylene in the UK. 17 April 2014
Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Kit) and Evonik Industries have developed a self-healing polymer that can fully restore its mechanical properties when heated. 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
New North American polyethylene capacity eventually will mean lower selling prices for that material. While in polypropylene, new supplies of propylene monomer will lead to some new resin capacity as well, making the material more competitive vs. high density polyethylene. 14 April 2014
Taghleef Industries has entered an agreement to acquire Derprosa Film, based in Spain, which will add to Taghleef’s growing capacity for production of biaxially orientated polypropylene (BOPP) film. 11 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
Polyolefins producer Borealis is planning to increase capacity for cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) compounds at its Stenungsund facility in Sweden. 9 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
Three of Solvay’s KetaSpire PEEK grades have earned qualification at Airbus, the first of their type to be certificated by the company, opening up a range of opportunities in commercial aerospace applications. 9 April 2014
North American polypropylene (PP) resin prices fell for the second consecutive month in March, as winter weather affected some deliveries. 4 April 2014
Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics in Valencia, Spain, has opened a research centre for new materials and nanocomposites. 3 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
Athlone-based Quality Additives will launch its new identity following a year-long rebranding exercise and trade as DeltaQ from today. 1 April 2014
EuPC has slammed a European Parliament-backed report on how to cut the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags, singling out “untrue” claims for biodegradable and compostable materials. 20 March 2014
Champion athletes at the winter Olympics in Russia received medals featuring inserts made from Sabic’s Lexan polycarbonate. 18 March 2014


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