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Piping Systems, the pipe division of Germany-based Georg Fischer, has introduced a range of full plastic pressure-regulating valves. The compact valves – using a non-rising spindle – are designed to suit confined spaces. 11 September 2014
A strange-looking Australian-designed polycarbonate swimming training device has helped an Aussie swimmer win gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. 27 August 2014
A standardised label has been designed by Euromap, the technical body for European plastics and rubber machinery makers, which shows the energy efficiency class of the processing machine to which it is fixed. The label, which should come into force by 1 October 2014, is part of a programme intended to make it easier for customers to compare energy efficiency between the products of different machine manufacturers. 15 August 2014
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

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