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ASTM International honors Bhyrav Mutnuri with James A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award

Bhyrav Mutnuri, an engineer at Bedford Reinforced Plastics Inc. (Bedford, PA), was recently named the recipient of the 2017 ASTM International James A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award. ASTM President Katharine Morgan will present Mutnuri with the award during the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo in September. The President’s Leadership Award recognizes individuals early in theirRead More

Preventing food waste drives innovations in packaging materials

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany) exhibited packaging solutions at Interpack 2017, also in Düsseldorf, with a focus on products that help to reduce food waste. Mottainai is a Japanese term denoting regret for the waste of food, which became famous with Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Prize winner, Mr. Wangari Maathai, said Asahi Kasei’s information.Read More


Medalist® MD-16100 and 10100 Series TPEs from Teknor Apex Overcome Limitations of Standard Gels and Provide Device Makers with Cost-Effective Alternatives to Silicones. PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., May 8, 2017: The ultra-soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) known as gels are greatly valued in medical applications for their cushioning properties, but they have challenged device designers because ofRead More

Toray Plastics introduces gamma-sterilizable PE film for medical packaging applications

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. (North Kingstown, RI) has introduced polyester (PE) films for use in gamma sterilization packaging applications. Lumirror GA10, GA25, and GA66 PET films, which are listed in the U.S. FDA’s Drug Master File, reportedly provide superior retention of tensile properties (tensile strength at break, Young’s modulus and elongation break) as well asRead More

Milliken highlight PET packaging protection at Interpack 2017

Chemical is at the Interpack 2017 show in Düsseldorf, demonstrating how its ClearShield Colourless UV Absorbers bring value to PET packaging by effectively protecting UV-sensitive contents from degradation. Personal goods manufacturers are replacing artificial colours and preservatives with more natural ingredients in everything from solid food, drinks and vitamins, to shampoos, dyes and cleaning chemicals.Read More

Natvar introduces tight-tolerance, micro-extruded thermoplastic medical tubing line

Medical tubing supplier Natvar (City of Industry, CA), a Tekni-Plex company, has introduced a new tight-tolerance micro-extrusion product line made from thermoplastics and other engineered materials. Micro-extruded tubing is in demand for a variety of neurovascular and surgical applications. Natvar micro-extruded medical tubingMore expensive materials such as glass and fluoropolymers historically have been used toRead More

Washington State University team develops promising means of recycling carbon fiber thermoset plastic composites

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics are increasingly popular in many industries, particularly aviation, because they are light and strong. They are, however, very difficult to break down or recycle, and disposing of them has become of increasing concern. While thermoplastics can be melted and recycled relatively easily, most composites used in aerospace are thermosets, which presentRead More