INNOVATIONS BLOG

Marine-degradable Polymers for Fishing Equipment...

Posted by Scott Baxter on Jul 30, 2015 10:58:00 AM

One possible way of tackling plastic litter in bodies of water could be the use of marine-degradable polymers in fishing equipment.

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Bitter Tasting Plastic to Improve Safety...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 30, 2015 10:51:02 AM

Procter & Gamble Co. is adding a bitter taste to the outside layer of its laundry packets, and making other changes, in another move to help mitigate potential child detergent poisoning.

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Heard of Soft-touch Packaging? It's Turning Out to be a Big Boost for Brands...

Posted by Scott Baxter on Jul 23, 2015 9:58:00 AM

When faced with revitalizing an iconic brand, Bayer wanted to differentiate itself from the competition with a package makeover. The company ultimately chose an oversized ergonomic cap for its aspirin and Aleve over-the-counter medications.

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Topics: Industry News

A Possible Solution to Pesky Scratches on Acrylic Products...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 21, 2015 11:07:44 AM

Offering a nanocomposite additive to prevent scratches in acrylic glass, TenasiTech Pty. Ltd. is taking steps to commercialize its product with an A$509,269 (US$395,843) grant from the Australian government.

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Topics: Industry News

Foamed Plastics with Insecticide Properties...?

Posted by Scott Baxter on Jul 17, 2015 9:48:59 AM

VALENCIA -- AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre, is researching together with the University of Zaragoza and the Valencian company Inesfly Corporation into the development of a new generation of foamed plastics with insecticide properties in order to avoid the transmission of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Chagas’ disease and leishmaniasis.

The presence of insecticide substances in plastics was made so far by filler (powder) incorporation and was limited to mosquito nets, collars for animals, ear tags for cattle and anti-mosquitoes bracelets. Researches that this consortium is carrying out through the project Inmaplesp will allow the incorporation of the insecticide to the material through microcapsules. This new technology will protect the insecticide substance from its possible degradation during the processing of the material, will make easier its manipulation and will allow the control of its diffusion in the final product.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

Auto Industry Switching from Metal to Plastic to Improve Powertrain Efficiency...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 15, 2015 10:50:43 AM

NOVI, Mich. -- Solvay Specialty Polymers introduced Veradel® 3300 SL 30 polyethersulfone (PESU) at the CTI Symposium. The new Solvay PESU grade is a tough, high-performance resin designed to meet growing global demand for advanced polymers that can improve automotive powertrain efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Solvay PESU is formulated to replace metal in automotive applications prone to friction and wear – such as oil pumps and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems – the new resin offers wear resistance, and low coefficient of friction in both dry and lubricated environments.

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Six US Cities Phasing Out Foam School Lunch Trays...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 8, 2015 3:07:29 PM

School lunches are getting another makeover in six major U.S. cities this year. The current polystyrene foam trays will be swapped out for compostable plates at schools in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Orlando, Fla., over the next year. The change comes after two years of work on the part of the Urban School Food Alliance, the cooperative buying group formed by the school districts, and The Natural Resources Defense Council (an environmental group).

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