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The trend toward lightweighting in water bottles has been around for some time. And with the 2017 report from the Beverage Marketing Corp. stating that Americans consume more bottled water than soft drinks, lightweighting the PET bottles will continue to be an area of focus.

Lightweighting means less material used and can overall reduce a company’s carbon footprint. But what about when it comes to recyclability? A new study from Plastics Technology Inc. (not us the magazine) claims that while these bottles might meet consumer expectations for convenience and price, they may not minimize the carbon footprint.

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Teaming up to accelerate commercial-scale development of 100% biobased PET bottles made from sustainable and renewable resources are the world’s two largest bottled water companies and a California-based startup.

France’s Danone (U.S. office in White Plains, N.Y) and Nestle Waters (Stamford, CT) have joined forces with Origin Materials of Sacramento in this project which will use biomass feedstocks—initially including cardboard, sawdust, and wood chips, but eventually exploring rice hulls, straw and agricultural residue. The goal: not diverting resources or land from food production for human or animal consumption.

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Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite semi-finished products from Lanxess (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) are increasingly getting more play in the automotive arena, as more OEMs are seek more significant weight savings by replacing steel in structural parts. According to Lanxess, one budding application for the composite is the door module carrier for a compact-class vehicle from and international automotive manufacturer.

In fact, the company recently secured a contract from German system supplier Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH to supply the carrier’s manufacturer, ElringKlinger AG, with the composite material. Lanxess subsidiary Bond-Laminates, which develops and manufactures Tepex, will be supplying ErlingKlinger in Europe with the Tepex composite sheet.

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Borealis AG (U.S. office in Port Murray, N.J.) recently unveiled what is believed to the first HDPE for foamed communication cable that is free of azodicarbonamide (ADCA) blowing agent.

Commonly used as a blowing agent for foamed communication cables, ADCA has been classified as a “substance of very high concern” by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) due to its respiratory sensitizing properties.

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Plastics Technology Magazine is bringing the world of extrusion together in one place, at one time, once more, at The Extrusion 2017 Conference. During this unique two-and-a-half day event, business owners, plant managers, process engineers, and manufacturing personnel will all be brought up to speed on technology developments, best practices, tips and techniques, and troubleshooting impacting all types of extrusion operations. The event will take place Oct. 18-20 at the Le Méridien/Sheraton Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.

The Extrusion 2017 Conference will be the third such event organized by Plastics Technology Magazine. Our first conference attracted more than 300 attendees, while last year’s conference had close to 400 registrants.

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