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Of floods and plastics in the Philippines

Of floods and plastics in the Philippines

The Philippines’s waste disposal problem continues to persist, with plastic bags making up a bulk of the rubbish, say environment watchdogs. This is despite the plastic bag ban enforced in the country in 2011. Has the system failed or is it time to switch strategies by raising...
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New developments take centre stage for extrusion machinery

New developments take centre stage for extrusion machinery

Featured are five extrusion machinery companies: Reifenhäuser that has sold lines in Asia; Macro that has introduced an option of a gas foamed layer; Davis- Standard with a high output air ring; Rajoo with its new competitively priced three-layer line, and Amut featuring...
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Energy from the sun

Energy from the sun

The energy crisis is a modern-day phantom that stalks and threatens global economies and industries. The good news is that energy shortages may be controlled. And thanks to modern photovoltaic technology that enables for a widely accessed and, in the long run, cheaper solar energy, says...
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Composites flying high

Composites flying high

Fibre-reinforced composites will play a major role as one of the key technologies for the 21st century, due to the continuing trend toward energy-saving lightweight construction and the superlative performance that these materials can provide. The aerospace sector is one of the industries enjoying the...
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Bioplastics from a salad bowl

Bioplastics from a salad bowl

Left-over food? Fruit scraps? Discarded shells and seeds? Don’t throw them into the compost pit just yet. These food wastes can actually be used to make plastics. The recycling of food waste and scraps has been limited to organic fertilisers, garden mulch or biogas...
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Jinming sets up R&D centre; to spearhead new technologies

Jinming sets up R&D centre; to spearhead new technologies

Chinese extrusion machinery maker Jinming says it has successfully completed Phase 1 of its technical centre. The Shantou-based firm says it has been playing a leading role in technical innovation in the domestic industry and in realising advanced film making...
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Ethylene: Middle East/Asian and shale gas drive factors

Ethylene: Middle East/Asian and shale gas drive factors

Ethylene’s importance as animportant feedstock in the petrochemical industry is highlighted by the130 million tonnes that was processed worldwide in 2013, according to a report by Ceresana. It also saysethylene revenues on the global market will increase...
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IPF 2014: Japanese machinery makers present new updates

IPF 2014: Japanese machinery makers present new updates

The Japanese International Plastics Fair (IPF) show, held in Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe, from 28th October to 1st November, had 776 exhibitors (470 from Japan and 306 from overseas) exhibiting over a gross space of 54,000 sq m. The organiser, IPF Association...
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JEC Asia: Formula 1 champion Alain Prost special guest at dedicated automotive day

JEC Asia: Formula 1 champion Alain Prost special guest at dedicated automotive day

At the heart of contemporary Formula 1 is the question of safety, and each crash brings up some hard questions. Composite materials are used extensively in extreme applications such as motor sports, because they make it possible...
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  • Thailand gov’t to dispense one-time cash handout to rubber planters
    Thailand’s military-appointed government approved measures to help rubber farmers who have been hit hard by sharp declines in export prices. The decision enables the National Rubber Policy Committee to dispense a one-time cash handout worth no more than 15,000 baht ($465) to each of some 850,000 rubber farmers across the... image
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  • Roctool, Flextronics sign global license deal
    France-headquartered RocTool , a specialist in the design and development of technologies for rapid moulding of composite and plastic injection has signed a global license agreement with Flextronics, a US firm providing global end-to-end supply chain solutions including designing, manufacturing, shipping and services for... image

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