Hurricane Irma forces SPE to cancel thermoforming conference

via Plastics News

Orlando, Fla. — With meteorologists predicting that Hurricane Irma will be a Category 5 storm by the time it hits Florida, the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division has announced that it is canceling its annual Thermoforming Conference.

The 26th annual event was scheduled for Sept. 11-13 in Orlando.

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Materials firms help Harvey relief efforts with major donations

Via Plastics News

“Our thoughts remain with our families, friends and neighbors in Houston and other communities impacted by flooding and other effects of Hurricane Harvey,” ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods said in a news release. “We will continue to assess needs and to assist government authorities and disaster relief agencies in providing critical goods and services to those in need.”

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20170831/NEWS/170839973/materials-firms-help-harvey-relief-efforts-with-major-donations

NPE makeover reflects growth in plastics industry

via Automotive Industries

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has unveiled a modernized NPE logo and announced its new show tagline for NPE2018. The new logo features more modern colors and updated creative elements while staying true to the ‘globe and banner’ aspect the NPE brand has been known for through the years. The new tagline, “The Plastics Show”, replaces the old tagline of “The International Plastics Showcase”.

“The changes are aligned with our need to continue attracting more end markets to the show so they better understand the material of plastics and its many wide and varied applications for products. The tagline is more inclusive and attractive to more professionals within the plastics product lifecycle, from ideation to finished product to recycling and reuse,” says William Carteaux, the president and Chief Executive Officer of PLASTICS.

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Houston molder helping workers get back on their feet

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Texas Injection Molding LLC was spared from major damage from Hurricane Harvey. But the Houston company’s employees haven’t all been so lucky, and that includes CEO Jeff Applegate.

Applegate was overwhelmed with the way the Houston community has reacted to the disaster. Likewise, he is thankful for the support he’s been offered from plastics industry colleagues.

“It’s a good testament to the industry. When times get tough, people care and want to lend a hand,” he said.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20170830/NEWS/170839985/houston-molder-helping-workers-get-back-on-their-feet

Rubber & Plastics News

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Autonomous technology driving vehicle design

Troy, Mich. — Mobility always has been at the core of the automotive industry, and now it’s also about to rock that same core.

Autonomous vehicles are on the horizon. And even if that horizon is distant, the industry is preparing to design a new world where millions of people would gain access to the road if the technology can be brought to the mainstream.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20170724/NEWS/170729954/autonomous-technology-driving-vehicle-design#tagID_17

World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

Waste Plastic is Soaring in Huge Numbers

via Chicago Sun Times.

WASHINGTON — Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

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Plastics Generation

via Newsweek

Humans have produced more than 9 billion tons of plastic throughout history, most of it ending up in landfills

The total is approximately 25,000 times the weight of the Empire State Building

Read the full story here: http://www.newsweek.com/plastic-production-pollution-9-billion-tons-recycling-639226

 

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