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Protolabs has added the Carbon platform to its portfolio of production-grade additive manufacturing technologies. With this addition, the company expands its industrial 3D printing capabilities for production-grade parts with Carbon Digital Light Synthesis technology. 

Carbon DLS is frequently used for intricate designs that are challenging to mold and durable 3D-printed components for end-use applications.

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ExxonMobil has recently unveiled what it plans to demonstrate at the upcoming K 2019 trade show. As is the case with other materials and additives suppliers on which I report in a K 2019 preview article in our September issue, the company is addressing sustainability with the introduction of new solutions in a range of applications including packaging, automotive, consumer products, agriculture, building and construction, hygiene and personal care, and lubricants.

Said David Hergenrether, ExxonMobil Chemical vice president, Polyethylene, “ExxonMobil continues to innovate through our technology advancements, while working with customers to help them create sustainable solutions to meet value chain needs….At K, visitors can discuss their challenges and innovation ideas with us to discover the benefits of working together to develop sustainable solutions.”

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As we approach the start of fourth quarter, it appears that prices of nearly all volume resins eroded in various degrees through most of the third quarter. Major drivers include supply outstripping demand, a slowdown in some key markets such as automotive and construction, lower GDP, slowed global demand, and tariff-related issues.

Here’s a look at how our industry colleagues with pricing expertise view things for each of the major commodity volume resins. They include purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas, senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire; and CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

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The Extrusion 2019 Conference will take place Sept. 17-19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., less than two weeks away. You still have time to register for the two-and-a-half-day event. The clock is ticking, but registering for the event is just a few clicks away.

Click here for information about the conference.

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This fall, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) plan to introduce legislation that aims to address plastic waste. The proposal includes a mix of phase-outs of certain single-use consumer products, an extended producer responsibility for those and other products, and deposit or charge requirements at the consumer retail level. Companies that produce products would be required to design, manage and finance end-of-life programs for both products and their packaging. 

Maureen Gorsen is a partner in Alston & Bird's Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group and a national chemicals authority who has testified previously before Congress on proposed reforms. She’s also the former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and former general counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s her perspective on the potential impact of this plan:

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