• 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.
  • Dispersing functional fillers in polymers

    Materials World magazine
    Polyfect, a spin-out company from Loughborough University, UK, hopes to license a technology for dispersing functional fillers to improve the mechanical quality and reduce the weight and cost of polymer products, which could benefit applications such as automotive, packaging and electronics.
  • Rubber Foundation Lecture

    The Polymer Society
    The Rubber Foundation Lecture on 30 October in London will explore elastomer service life predictions.
  • Nominations sought for Institute’s Medals and Prizes

    The Institute’s Medals and Prizes 2009 are open for nominations. The deadline for all entries is 19 December 2008.
  • Easy access to tablets

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A one-piece polyethylene flip-top closure for cylindrical tablet or pill containers that consumers can open with one hand is in development.
  • Materials awards seek entrants

    Four materials-related prizes, organised by the Federation of European Materials Societies, are open for nominations.
  • Swinburne Lecture to explore process structuring of polymers

    The 2008 Swinburne Lecture, ‘Process Structuring of Polymers', will be held on 17 September at the National Science Learning Centre in York.
  • The Polymer Society seminar programme at Interplas

    The Polymer Society
    The Polymer Society has organised an exciting seminar programme for the plastics manufacturing industry as part of the Interplas 2008 conference.
  • PVC 2008 conference promotes good science

    The Polymer Society
    Over 450 delegates participated in the PVC 2008 conference which was again organised by IOM Communications via the PVC Committee of The Polymer Society. The three-day conference in Brighton brought together 70 papers spread over nine themes including markets, sustainability, polymerisation and processing technology.
  • Polymer waste for cement-free paving

    Clay Technology magazine
    PET waste from bottles, cartons and yoghurt pots has been redirected from landfill and transformed into cement-free concrete paving blocks thanks to a EUREKA funded project called Sandplast.