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Biodegradable Plastics »

With increasing attention being paid to environmental-consciousness, the market for “green” products is growing rapidly. From this movement has sprung biodegradable plastics, an eco-friendlier alternative…
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Bioplastics »

Conservation of petroleum resources is something that most people would associate with the automotive industry, with the rise of hybrid cars, electric vehicles, and efficiency…
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Carbon Black »

Though it may look very much like soot, carbon black is, in fact, quite distinct – most notably, while soot is no more than 60%…
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Consumer Products Plastics »

Although it’s not something most of us frequently think about, it’s amazing how many consumer products across all industries are packaged in plastic. There are,…

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Fiberglass »

When it comes to versatility, little can best fiberglass, which is used in building everything from pole vaulting equipment to helicopter rotor blades. In and…

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Fibers »

The huge family of fibers – natural or synthetic materials which are significantly longer than they are wide – includes nylon, polyester, acrylic, polyolefin, carbon…

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Films »

No, when we talk about “films”, we aren’t talking about watching a movie (although old-fashioned film rolls were, indeed, printed on plastic films). Plastic films…

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Medical Plastics »

There is no doubt that the adoption of plastics technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry. From IV and blood bags to diagnostic machines and prosthetic…
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Monomers »

Monomers are to the chemical industry what letters are to language - their true value is not always inherent, but comes from stringing a bunch…
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Plastic Additives »

Plastic additives are a crucial building block without which the plastics industry could not exist. Additives are necessary for many segments of the global marketplace,…
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Plastics Distribution »

There is no denying the major part that plastics play in our commercial marketplace – even consumer products which do not themselves contain plastics likely…
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Plastics Manufacturing »

From construction equipment to health-care, plastics touch every part of our lives. This is due, in part, to the industry’s emphasis on innovation. While the…

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Polycarbonate »

Polycarbonates are perhaps one of the most pervasive plastic technologies in use today. Because it is both durable and transparent, it is ideal for use…
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Polyesters »

Polyester fabrics hit their first peak in the 1970s with popular polyester suits. Though those fashions quickly faded, polyester has recently seen a resurgence thanks…
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Polymers »

What do DNA, PVC pipes, Styrofoam, and bread have in common? Considering you clicked the title of this page to get here, hopefully you already…
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Polypropylene »

Fatigue resistance. Elasticity. Toughness. Resistance to most solvents, including water, acids, and bases. These are a few of the properties that make polypropylene the second-most…
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Polystyrene »

Polystyrene is the sort of material which runs the gamut from hard, clear, and solid – like the plastic cases that house DVDs – to…
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Polyurethanes »

Chances are high that you have encountered polyurethane today, and that it has made your day more comfortable. In bedding, car seats, office chairs, and…
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Resins »

Resins are naturally extruded by some plants – especially trees – to serve as a protective bandage in case of injury, shielding the wounded area…
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Specialty Plasticizers »

Specialty plasticizers promote plasticity, flexibility, and workability in many of the materials that form the foundation of our urban and residential infrastructure. They are used…
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Thermoplastics »

The difference between thermoplastics and thermoset plastics is relationally somewhat like the difference between water and pasta. Water can be frozen into ice, melted back…
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Thermosetting Polymers »

The difference between thermoset plastics and thermoplastics is relationally somewhat like the difference between pasta and water. Pasta can be cooked through boiling, softening it…
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