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Seven Up for Induction into Plastics Pioneers Association

The Plastics Pioneers Association inducted seven new members at its recent meeting in San Diego, CA. The new recruits include an expert in additive manufacturing technology and the vice president of a plastics processing firm who began her career at that company as a part-time receptionist. Barbara Jo Arnold-Feret, an expert in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, is currently Key Account Director at Essentium Inc., where she applies her expertise in…

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Did I Make a Bad Hiring Mistake?

Hidden rules, as defined by author and speaker Ruby Payne, are the unspoken rules of a group. Sports have hidden rules, as do religion, work, and economic class. Employees bring to work the hidden rules with which they were raised; these hidden rules often arise from the economic environment in which an employee lives. From a business perspective: If you dress sloppily as an employee, then I make a judgment…

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Polymer Points Live – June 2022

Join us on June 16th at 2pm (edt) for the Polymer Points Livestream.   The Ukraine crisis has tightened global oil and gas markets, which is putting upward pressure on resin prices around the world. We take a look at this and other supply chain issues on Polymer Points, with Plastics News Senior Reporter Frank Esposito. Presented to Plastics News Subscribers only      

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Viking Plastics Increases Capacity with New Injection Molding Machines

Injection molder Viking Plastics is adding capacity to satisfy customer demand from the automotive, appliance, and construction markets and to further its continuous improvement efforts. Since the start of the year, the company has ordered eight new injection molding machines, ranging in size from 197 to 618 tons, along with a host of auxiliary equipment for the new presses. Several new employees have been hired to support the company’s growth.…

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To Combat Plastic Bag Bans, Consumer Education Is Key, Says RoadRunner Recycling

New Jersey became the eighth state recently to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags, and more cities and states are working on similar legislation. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill to ban bags and other single-use plastic items in November 2020, and the law became effective on May 4. The New Jersey ban goes beyond plastics by also prohibiting single-use paper bags in all stores and food service…

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UBQ Partners with Polymer-Metallization Specialist Polymertal to Create Lightweight, Sustainable Material for Complex Assemblies with Metallic Functionalities

Photo Credit: Polymertal Ltd. In late April, I reported on a partnership between UBQ Materials, an Isreali climate tech developer of advanced materials made from unsorted household waste. with compounder Teknor Apex to include UBQ’s sustainable plastic substitute in the latter’s latest line of sustainable TPEs. A globally patented sustainable plastic substitute, the UBQ material is  converted entirely from unsorted municipal solid waste, including all organics and non-recyclable plastics, that have…

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Color-Stable Polyamide Shines in Electromobility Applications

High-voltage components are usually exposed to significant and repetitive temperature fluctuations, which normally lead to strong discoloration in conventional polyamides (PAs). In contrast, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) largely guarantees color stability, especially for the in-demand orange color (RAL 2003) desired by automakers, with no apparent color fluctuations or yellowing during heat aging. With its latest offering, however, BASF is expanding its portfolio of flame-retardant engineering plastics for the e-mobility market and…

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