PT ZONE: Materials

PT Article Car Parts Made From Agave?
Ford and Jose Cuervo explore development of sustainable bioplastic. More (+)
PP, PE Prices Drop While Others Rise
Polyolefin prices ‘calm’ for now, while PET, PS, PVC show a bit more volatility. More (+)


Expanding Global Middle Class Equals Growing Energy Demand

There is a clear correlation between economic growth and energy use, or put more mathematically—total people times higher living standards equals greater energy needs.

PlastiComp Opens Dedicated Long Fiber Thermoplastic R&D Lab

To continue advancement of such composites, PlastiComp's R&D functions now in new lab.

APR: Plastic Cans With Metal Lids Contaminate Recycling

Recycling association says new container design can lead to significant issues in the plastics recycling stream.

New Group Gets Continuous-Fiber-Reinforced Composites Ready for the Road

New team to support partners though all stages of Tepex component development.

Bioplastics In Full Bloom: 30% Growth Rate Forecast

A leading market research provider sees a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% for the global bioplastics market.

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A generic term for plastics, thermoplastics or polymers, materials are the stuff of which molded and extruded parts are made. Broad subcategories include commodity materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC; and engineering materials such as nylon, acetal and ABS for applications requiring higher performance in the areas of heat resistance, chemical resistance, impact, fire retardancy or mechanical strength. This Zone includes links to many material subsets, including those mentioned above as well as thermoplastics elastomers, biopolymers and nanocomposites.

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