• PDM 09 announces conference programme

    The Polymer Society
    The Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference has announced details of its free conference. Supported by The Polymer Society, the event will take place at the Telford International Centre from 19-21 May 2009.
  • Ecosheet being used on a construction site

    Mixed plastic plyboard

    Materials World magazine
    A reusable construction board made from recycled mixed plastics is on offer from 2K Manufacturing, based in London, UK. The company is using a powder impression moulding (PIM) technology to process up to seven waste polymers into one, and the plyboard can also be broken down and re-moulded at the end of its lifecycle.
  • plastic bottles

    Playing catch-up with plastics recycling?

    Materials World magazine
    In the UK, the business of collecting and recycling waste plastics is continuing to grow, despite the current volatility of the market for recovered materials. As work begins on Closed Loop Recycling's second facility in Deeside, Gary Price explores the state of plastics reprocessing.
  • Designing packs with the right eco-profile

    Packaging Professional magazine
    An online comparison tool to help designers in the USA and Europe choose the most environmentally-friendly material and processing technique for their packaging is being launched by GreenBlue, a not-for-profit institute in the USA.
  • Economic crisis headlines

    Trialling times – the credit crunch

    Materials World magazine
    As the full brunt of the recession starts to take effect, Materials World talks to 18 leading members of the UK engineering and manufacturing industries to get their views about the effects of the economic climate on their sector and where future redemption may lie. To express your views on the impact of the recession, visit the Materials World forum at the link below.
  • A spherical loudspeaker made from the largely sulphur-free Arboform

    Natural fibre bioplastics become largely sulphur-free

    Materials World magazine
    A hemp or flax-based bioplastic that uses 90% less sulphur has made the material suitable for consumer goods such as toys and electronics, say researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany. At the end-of-life, the plastic can be broken down and re-pelletised.
  • The Cage System heats the surface of the mould for a higher quality injection

    Heated moulds

    Materials World magazine
    A system for plastic injection that heats and cools the suface of the mould to enable higher quality injection using less pressure is now available from RocTool, based in Bellignat, France.
  • Last opportunity to enter IOM3 Medals and Prizes 2009

    Candidates have until 19 December to submit nomination forms for the IOM3 Medals and Prizes 2009.
  • Concorde

    SWWPG Concorde Visit June 2008

    South Wales and Western Polymer Group
    South Wales and Western Polymer Group and friends visit Concorde at Airbus, Filton on 21 June 2008.
  • Natural fibres for composites

    Materials World magazine
    A UK consortium has announced the development of its first generation of high performance composites made from natural renewable fibres such as hemp and flax, with polypropylene and polylactic acid. The COMBINE project could help create more environmentally friendly structural components in the transport, medical and construction sectors, say researchers.