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Just two weeks ago, I attended NatureWorksInnovation Takes Root conference in San Diego, and plan to report on the highlights of that event. While PLA developments were naturally in the spotlight, I had some discussions with key sources on the future growth of blends of PLA and other bioplastics, with PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) very much in the forefront.

This week, bioplastics manufacturer Danimer Scientific, formerly MHG (Meridian Holdings Group), Bainbridge, Ga. announced plans to purchase and revitalize an 88,000-sq.ft. former Alltech algae building in Winchester, Kentucky. The company will use the fermentation plant to produce its proprietary NodaxÔ PHA material.

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We are gearing up for our Molding 2019 Conference, next March 19-21 in Indianapolis—going for the industrial heartland this time. This conference and exhibit, now in its 29th year, is aimed entirely at injection molders and is organized by the editors of Plastics Technology magazine. Senior Editor Tony Deligio and I are responsible for putting together the program.

This year, we are adapting the conference agenda to make it even more interesting to as broad a range of molders as possible. In particular, we are trying to present information that attendees can take home with them and put to use immediately. For that purpose, each of the three mornings of the meeting will be a general session for the whole audience, devoted to “Best Practices” in a particular area of technology. These talks are meant to appeal to the broadest range of molders and to be of practical value in defining best approaches to specifying or selecting equipment, organizing production, or addressing specific processing issues, as well as expert know-how on problem solving and troubleshooting.

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By: Heather Caliendo 25. September 2018

Philadelphia Eagles, Braskem Team Up For Plastics Recycling

The Philadelphia Eagles took home the championship last year and now they’re trying to win on the recycling front. Braskem (Philadelphia) is teaming up with The Philadelphia Eagles as partners in recycling. The partnership includes the development of a closed-loop recycling program for bottle caps and other plastic products and an online education platform for 30 Philadelphia-area county schools to teach students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career opportunities to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

“Braskem is a global sustainability leader that places a high value on renewable solutions, community development and education,” says Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. “We are excited to tap into Braskem’s expertise to enhance our Go Green program. In addition, we look forward to supporting Braskem’s commitment to STEM education and being a part of creating a STEM curriculum that will serve to inspire and motivate students throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.”

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With more than ten years of experience in the glass-like exterior parts automotive arena along with combining its film and glazing technologies, Covestro has devised a study for the development of an innovative front module that appears to address many requirements of the automotive industry.

The concept will be simultaneously presented by the company at the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen and the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) for the automotive industry in Wolfsburg.

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