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Published: 11/16/2018

A Gel By Any Other Name...
Gels…unmelt…contaminants…inclusions…whatever you call them, you want to avoid them. Proper maintenance and good housekeeping—lids on boxes, closed hopper doors, core-free reclaim systems—go a long way tow...

Published: 11/13/2018

Copolyester & Engineering Bioplastic Score Highly in Molded Acoustic Enclosures
Collaboration with audio product development pro resulted in in-ear monitor housings with superior acoustic performance. 

Published: 11/12/2018

Commodity Resin Prices Generally Trending Downward Heading to Year's End
Falling raw material and feedstock costs are one common denominator driving prices of PP, PS, PVC and PET down, while PE is flat.

Published: 11/6/2018

Inaugural Student Radio Controlled Car Race & Design Competition
SPE’s Thermoforming Division announced the winners of this first-time event.

Published: 10/22/2018

New Podcast Series on Collaborating to Solve Packaging Sustainability Challenges
Amcor's ‘Big Ideas’ podcast features interviews with thought leaders from consumer-goods companies, sustainability groups and Amcor itself.

Published: 10/18/2018

SPE Automotive Division's 2018 Hall of Fame Winner
The 2003 Honda Element compact SUV featured the first injection molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) rear energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system.

Published: 10/16/2018

First TPU Based on CO2 Technology Makes Debut
The polyols used in Covestro's new TPU help reduce the material's carbon footprint.

Published: 10/12/2018

Upward Pricing for Commodity Resins with Exception of PP; Flat Pricing Underway?
Higher feedstock prices, strong demand, and tariffs drive price hikes upwards for now.

Published: 10/9/2018

Borealis, R&D Startup Collaborate on Low-Cost, High-Performance, Sustainable Single-Use Polyolefin Foam Packaging
Bocatech’s EcoCore molding technology combined with two key Borealis PP grades produces eco-friendly molded products that require less material.

Published: 10/8/2018

Global Engineering Plastics Market to Grow by Over Seven Percent
New study projects strong growth for PC, nylon, ABS, PET & PBT, acetal, and fluoropolymers.