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Just in case anyone thought that developments in carbon nanotubes may have stalled, all indications show advancements are ongoing. This is the case in both single-wall nanotubes from companies such as Luxemburg’s OCSiAL (U.S. office in Columbus, Ohio) as we have reported in the last two years and its more popular, generally lower-cost multi-wall ‘brethren’. 

For example, we recently heard that SABIC, Houston, has acquired a majority stake in Black Diamond Structures (“BDS”), a nanotechnology company established in 2014. BDS of Austin, Texas, produces and commercializes Molecular Rebar, a proprietary technology of modified multi-wall carbon nanotubes that offers great potential for enhancing the performance of energy storage applications using lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.

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The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly 30 member companies, has committed more than $1 billion with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment. The alliance will develop and bring to scale solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics by helping to enable a circular economy. The Alliance membership represents global companies and located throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

“Everyone agrees that plastic waste does not belong in our oceans or anywhere in the environment. This is a complex and serious global challenge that calls for swift action and strong leadership. This new alliance is the most comprehensive effort to date to end plastic waste in the environment,” says David Taylor, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble, and chairman of the AEPW. “I urge all companies, big and small and from all regions and sectors, to join us,” he added.

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Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a new process that can produce ‘truly sustainable’ bioplastics in that they do not require the use of plants or water. Their process produces a PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) type of bioplastic from marine microorganisms that completely recycle into organic waste.  

PHAs are polyesters produced in nature by a broad number of microorganisms including the through bacterial fermentation of sugars or lipids, on which we have reported on in the past. Over 150 different monomers—all biodegradable, can be combined within this family to produce materials with a broad range of different properties. They can be either thermoplastic or elastomer materials with melting points ranging from 104 F to 356 F.

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By: Heather Caliendo 17. January 2019

Carbon, Ford Collaborate on 3D-Printed End-Use Parts

3D printing company Carbon (Silicon Valley) showed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Co. at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The parts include Ford Focus HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) lever arm service parts, Ford F-150 Raptor auxiliary plugs for a niche market, and Ford Mustang GT500 Electric parking brake brackets. 

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Sponsored Content 17. January 2019

Five New Developments in Plastics Drying

While the buzz at last year’s NPE was all about Industry 4.0 and IIoT, there is also a lot going on to enable the drying process itself—as well as the plastics processes it serves—to become more efficient and produce higher quality output. Here are five of the top drying product developments in both categories from Novatec.

Get a snapshot of this technology in this short video series. WATCH HERE.

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