• Student Wen Bai developed rubber composites with microcrystalline cellulose

    Wheeling out microcrystalline cellulose

    Materials World magazine
    Partially replacing silica with renewable microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) could make tyre production and use more energy efficient, claim researchers at Oregon State University, USA.
  • Starpack Awards logo

    New look for Starpack website

    A new website is launched for the Starpack Awards. The new site brings Starpack into the main IOM3 website, displaying the latest news on both the 2009 awards and the 2010 briefs.
  • Conference survey needs your input

    As part of the Institute's continuing commitment to provide the best services and products possible, IOM3 is inviting you to participate in a survey on conferences.
  • Discount on climate change levy

    The British Plastics Federation's Climate Change Agreement will allow plastic processors to claim a discount from their energy supplier. The deadline for applications is 31 October.
  • Design Innovation in Plastics 2010 logo

    Plastics competition seeks refreshing designs

    The Design Innovation in Plastics Competition is looking for refreshing and innovative design ideas to be submitted by 16 October.
  • Nominations invited for Institute’s 2010 medals and prizes

    The Institute’s 2010 medals and prizes are accepting nominations until 18 December.
  • Nanotechnologies: influence and inform the UK strategy

    Nano Committee
    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is inviting views to assist t he Government in developing a strategy for nanotechnologies.
  • Deadline approaching for CEnv fast track

    Members have until the end of August to take advantage of the fast track accreditation for Chartered Environmentalist status.
  • Footprint

    Eco-labels require know-how

    Packaging Professional magazine
    ‘A two degree reduction in the thermostat setting will result in enough energy savings for a year’s supply of packaging [for the average household].’ So said Jane Bickerstaffe, Director of INCPEN, at a British Standards Institute (BSI) organised conference on sustainable design held on 16 June in London, UK.
  • Lightweight bottles from PTI

    Coloured PET foam

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A foamed PET blow-moulding process that creates lightweight bottles in white or silvery-colours, without using additives, has been developed, according to polymer researchers in the USA. They say the technique creates recyclable decorative and textured PET bottles.