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Lower oil prices put pressure on recyclers

Plastics recyclers in the UK are facing financial pressures following the drop in oil prices at the end of 2014 and the subsequent fall in virgin polymer prices.   They fear that...

Female entrepreneurs take note - Prize for women innovators in science announced

The EU Prize for Women Innovators has been announced. The European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the...

Polymers designed for protection

The United States’ Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials has recently made breakthroughs that allow polymers to be more accurately modelled at the...

Injectable polymer could save lives

University of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or...

Rubber Training Survey - your views required

If you are in the rubber sector, either as an employer, employee, researcher, training provider etc then please spare a little time to complete a  questionnaire that has been generated by...

From weeds to 'wheels' - the dandelion is becoming a viable source of natural rubber

An alternative volume supply of natural rubber is becoming increasingly more viable as researchers across the globe work with the humble dandelion to cultivate sufficient quantities of high...

Hungary produces first plastic electric bus

Hungarian­-owned company Evopro Holding Zrt has produced the world’s first electric plastic bus: the Modulos.    The European Commission says the project, which took three...

Solar cell polymers with multiplied electrical output

One challenge in improving the efficiency of solar cells is that some of the absorbed light energy is lost as heat, so scientists have been looking to design materials that can convert more of...

Provocative Plastics Conference September 2015 - call for papers

Plastics are pervasive. They are now used in manufacturing more than any other material group and have thus shaped the modern world. They are also widely used as a creative medium. Nonetheless,...

Bio-engineered polymers - an open source paper

Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia have devised a new polymerisation technique using chlorophyll and sunlight to polymerise monomer into polymer.    ...

NIPA – The Northern Ireland Polymer Association

The Northern Ireland Polymers Association (NIPA) is the industry body for the polymer sector in Northern Ireland. The organization is made up of defined technologies and representative...

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) - a hidden treasure for designers and producers alike

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) is the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. It is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics....

IOM3 2015 awards are now open. Nominate a colleague!

The IOM3 awards are now open for nominations.  There are numerous awards, those for achievement, publications, for students and also for bursaries. One such award this year is...

The Worshipful company of Horners

Did you know that the Worshipful Company of Horners is both an ancient guild and livery company, and a modern City Institution that supports the polymer and plastics industry? It may...

BPF approaches education secretary over anti-plastics bias in schools

Philip Law, the BPF’s Director General, has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, asking her to review the guidelines available to head teachers in order to assure the...

Free funding tool, download the app.

If you are looking for a way to finance your innovation, product development, improve your company's knowledge base or looking for a grant, loan or support scheme then the j4b website is a good...

University of Brighton launches new online masterclass series

The University of Brighton has launched an online polymer masterclass programme to meet the growing demand for specialist skills among the industry and in response to a gap within existing...

Smart Polymer - colour changes in seconds!

A team of scientists in the UK, Holland and China have developed a polymer that reversibly changes colour within one second.  This has huge potential for use in Smart Material applications....

Polymers in Demanding, Extreme or Challenging Environments - upcoming funding

A new group has been formed to address the issues that materials face in demanding, extrmeme and challenging environments. If you are a company working in such a sector, or are producing...

Polymer materials to meet demanding environments - join new group!

In everyday Engineering applications, more and more is being demanded of materials in all sectors and this has become an area of interest for industry and academia. To address this...
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