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The second Plastic Technologies Award, the international competition, has been launched by Promaplast in partnership with Poli.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano. 8 July 2014
Michael Tougher, a 4th year student at Glasgow School of Art, won the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) 2014 award for his ‘Dots’ stackable buttons that encourage music comprehension, creation and play. 8 July 2014
The plastic SimGas bio-digester developed in collaboration with design agency VanBerlo has been announced as a finalist for an American IDEA award. An environmentally friendly and self-sufficient alternative for farmers burning wood to cook, is to produce biogas from the manure collected from their own herd.
7 July 2014
In what could be a Holy Grail moment for beer in plastics, Sidel Group has launched what it calls the world’s pasteurizeable lightweight PET beer bottle with a standard “champagne” base — not a petaloid-shaped base with feet. 3 July 2014
JSP, the manufacturer of the expanded polypropylene Arpro material, has announced that furnisher Herman Miller has launched a ‘living office’ made from the lightweight material. Made completely from Arpro, the Metaform Portfolio has been designed to be used in office-spaces. 30 June 2014
A consortium, which includes Aimplas (the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia), has secured €2.07m of EU funding to improve anti-slip properties of general purpose flooring. 27 June 2014
Stratasys 3D printing technology helped to produce the iconic RoboCop suit and helmet created by Hollywood special effects company, Legacy Effects, for the 2014 RoboCop film. Using Stratasys' high resolution Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, Legacy Effects produced every aspect of the RoboCop suit from the helmet to the boots as master mould patterns.  16 June 2014
US researchers have developed a technology that could see plastics replace lithium in battery design. The findings open the door on an array of power applications that could be both lighter and safer than conventional technologies. 13 June 2014
Florian Knell, board member at children’s media publisher, toy and puzzle producer Ravensburger, who is responsible for material flow and the information chain from procurement through to production and distribution, made a presentation at the 2014 VDI injection moulding conference, talking about “digital printing and plastic in fast moving consumer goods (FCMG)”. 9 June 2014
Bayer MaterialScience and China South Railway Nanjing Puzhen have joined together to create a new interior design for low-floor trams. It is based on Bayer’s lightweight Bay-blend and Makrolon polycarbonate sheets. 3 June 2014
Double Olympic ski jumping champion Kamil Stoch was the star attraction at a press conference during Plastpol, the Polish plastics exhibition which took place in Kielce on 27-30 May. Stoch won gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in both the normal hill and large hill events, and he was also 2013 world champion in the large hill ski jump. 3 June 2014
A solar-powered plane featuring polyurethane componentry for light-weighting has made its inaugural flight. 2 June 2014
Innovative solutions presented at the 2013 AVK reinforced plastics conference and Composites Europe 2013 fair covered a wide range of applications and industries. In this feature David Vink takes a look at some of them. The rise of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) was discussed by Peter Dornier, the CEO of carbon fibre fabric weaving machinery producer Lindauer Dornier, at the 2013 AVK reinforced plastics conference.  27 May 2014
Germany-based 3D-Micromac, a provider of laser micromachining systems, and fellow German company EOS, which makes additive manufacturing systems, have come together to form a new company called 3D MicroPrint. 30 April 2014
Spanish company Marusenko has created a 3D logic puzzle which may reignite the passion shown for its highly successful predecessor, the Rubik’s Cube. But the design of the Marusenko Sphere could only have been perfected using 3D printing technology, according to Eos, which supplied its Formiga P 100 machine and polyamide (PA) for rapid prototyping of the puzzle. 11 April 2014


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