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NatureWorks opens new applications lab
NatureWorks has invested US$1 million and 18 months of staff time to transform its former pilot plant in Savage, Minnesota into an Ingeo bioresin applications lab capable of commercial grade compounding, sheet extrusion, thermoforming, injection moulding and fibre spinning.
 
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Cost effective eco-composite sound barrier
US-based CENTRIA has introduced what it says is an inexpensive composite sound barrier that provides and an environmentally friendly alternative to precast concrete sound barriers on highways ? at nearly one-third of the material cost.
 
Recycled alternative to granite
Two US companies have teamed up to produce low impact cement-based composite countertop slabs made with 70% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials that can be used as an alternative to traditional granite tops.
 
Nanotubes boost structural integrity of composites
A new research discovery at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US could lead to tougher, more durable composite frames for aircraft, boats and cars.
 
RTM process reduces VOCs and styrene emissions in TGV door production
Owens Corning and Stratiforme Industries have jointly developed a tough and lightweight composite door that will be employed on? French TGV high-speed trains.
 
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Bio-renewable chemicals market to skyrocket
The value market for bio-renewable chemicals will more than triple to US$5.01 billion by 2015 from the current US$1.63 billion due to a predicted improvement in renewable feedstock yields and as the price of non-renewables continues to climb.
 
Bioplastic bone replacement
Bioplastic resin is being employed in the new ?Bio-Bones? bone replacement prosthetics promoted by US company Absorbent Specialty Products.
 
Self-healing car chassis
A new type of polyurethane material derived from the shells of crabs could replace traditional self-healing epoxy resins in cars, electronic devices, mobile phones and even furniture, according to US researchers.
 
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