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Published: 9/1/2005

Wood-Plastic Composites: Weathering Quality Issues
Exterior wood-fiber composites like decks and rails haven't lived up to some of the early claims of long, maintenance-free life.

Published: 2/1/2005

K 2004 Wrap-Up on Additives: Problem-Solving Additives Tackle New and Old Challenges
The latest K show was rich in additives that can ease processing and end-use problems of thermoplastics and thermosets.

Published: 8/1/2004

Beyond Decking: Wood Composites Branch Out
Extruded decking still drives the embryonic wood-filled plastics market. But injection and compression molded wood composites are coming on strong, and extruded profiles are moving toward more complex millwork shapes.

Published: 7/1/2004

Wood-Filled Plastics: They Need the Right Additives for Strength, Good Looks, and Long Life
Wood-plastic composites, or WPCs, are already a 1.3-billion-lb market and are growing at 20% annually.

Published: 4/1/2004

They've Been Working on the Railroad
Composite RR ties could finally be on their way to becoming the next big thing in plastic lumber. They are attracting interest from makers of marine pilings, another category of structural wood replacements.

Published: 3/25/2004

They Hit the Market Running

Published: 3/24/2004

Purified Cellulose Fibers Show Promise In Reinforced Thermoplastics
Purified cellulose fibers could be the next lightweight reinforcements for thermoplastics.