PT ZONE: Materials

PE, PS, PVC Prices Moving Upwards
Global and domestic supply constrictions reverse the recent downward trend in prices for commodity resins. More (+)
Engineering Thermoplastics Are Going ‘Green’
As high-performance materials follow the path taken by some commodity resins, farming could replace drilling as suppliers rely more on plants than oil or gas for feedstocks. More (+)


Five-Year Study Culminates In Viable Biobased Plant Containers

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites has come up with a sustainable replacement for petroleum-based plant pots.

MATERIALS: The Trouble with Data Sheets

Data sheets are routinely relied upon, yet the data they provide is limited in scope and can lead to incorrect conclusions.

Price Hikes On Nylon 66 and 6 Underway?

While price increases for nylon 66 are attributed to supply contraints, those for nylon 6 are linked to upward raw material costs.

Lehigh Technologies Gets 2015 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award

Ten-year old Lehigh gets award for its engineered micronized rubber powders derived from old tires.

New Design Standards Present Challenge, Opportunities for Connector Molders

An industry-wide push to prevent medical tubing misconnections, as well as bans on BPA-containing materials for food-contact applications, is creating polycarbonate (PC) replacement opportunities in medical connectors.

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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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