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Within the last two years, I have reported on Tuball carbon and graphene nanotubes from Luxembourg’s OCSiAL (U.S. office in Columbus, Ohio), the world’s largest manufacturer of single-wall carbon nanotubes. This has included the company’s launch of the first-ever single-wall carbon nanotube-based pre-dispersed concentrate that create strong, conductive composites, and the first anti-static blown PE films containing graphene nanotubes launched commercially in the Chinese market.

Carbon nanotubes and graphene are two of the most recently discovered forms of carbon. The main difference is, the graphene is a single thin layer 2-dimensional film, while the carbon nanotubes are in the form of a thin film rolled like a 3D tube or cylinder.

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Plastics Technology issued nearly 700 tweets in 2018. Here are the top 10 most popular in terms of reader engagement.

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Plastics Technology’s YouTube channel’s most-viewed videos brought viewers to the scene in Germany, California, Orlando, Detroit, and Charlotte, with insights from big shows (K and NPE) as well PT’s own Molding conference. See recycling, automation, and extrusion lines in action, and get insights from industry experts, PT’s editors and more. If you like what you see, subscribe to the channel and get updates when we post new videos.

1.  Erema Recycling at Work

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Two leading Italian entities have teamed up with the aim of revolutionizing  production of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymers. Bio-on, a fast-growing producer of high-quality PHA bioplastics, and Gruppo Hera, one of Italy's largest multi-utility providers, have reached an agreement to take 90% and 10% shares respectively (with the possibility of Hera increasing its share to 49.9%) in new company Lux-on.

Founded by Bio-on, Lux-on’s mission is to develop technology that allows for the production of PHAs using CO2 captured from the atmosphere and producing energy without using fossil fuels.

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“Why”, “how” and “what” feature prominently in the most-viewed Plastics Technology articles of 2018. Extrusion, injection molding, blow molding and welding are all featured, with material articles focused on conductive plastics and thermoplastic polyesters, as well as tips on addressing sinks, flash, gels, and weld lines.

Top 10 Most-Viewed Articles on PTOnline.com in 2018

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