PT ZONE: Materials

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The Aussie-based company has appointed a large-scale European thermoformer to make its lids, with the hunt on for a U.S. supplier. More (+)
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The veteran’s company creates flags using Repreve recycled fiber made from 10 recycled water bottles. More (+)


MOST RECENT CONTENT: Materials

Resin Prices Mostly Higher

Third quarter ends with upward movement for most resin prices, even for high-volume engineering grades, except for PET.

The Importance of Oxidative Stability In Polyolefins, Part 2

The DSC test can do a reasonably good job of capturing the comparative behavior of materials that use similar antioxidant chemistries.

New Pump Helps Resin Producer Gear Up for Higher Productivity

Adding new gear pumps allowed LLDPE producer to boost production by nearly 40% and cut downtime.

Outrunning the Competition with the First Plastic 2-Stroke Engine Valves

All it took was some original ideas, a lot of nerve, and a little high-tech injection molding.

Bill Gates Invests in Low-Carbon Plastics

Pioneer for the conversion of biomass into cellulosic sugar technology can now start to move from lab into commercial use.

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OVERVIEW:
Materials

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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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