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Study: burning plastics could recover energy now lost to landfills

Burning all of the rubbish now sent to US landfill sites, including plastics, could create enough energy to power 14 million homes, according to a new study.   That also meant...

'Shout louder', MP tells plastics industry

A senior Labour politician has urged the UK plastics industry to do more to get its message across to government, particularly in the areas of energy supply and resource security.   ...

RubberCon 2014, Manchester, UK Advanced Engineering & Materials Developments – a conference review

RubberCon 2014 was hosted in mid May in the historic home to the global rubber industry - Manchester - the location where Thomas Hancock and Charles Macintosh first built their joint factory to...

£6m available for Collaborative R&D and Feasibility Studies

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £6m in  Collaborative R&D  and  Feasibility Studies  for  Mechanical conversion manufacturing processes...

Polymer touchscreen consigns cracked screens to the past

New research from the University of Akron may not only provide smartphones with affordable, shatterproof screens, but may also diminish dependence on one of the world’s rarer metals: indium. ...

European polymer production on the rise

Polymer production in Europe grew by 1.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Chemicals Trends Report by Cefic, the chemicals industry organisation.  ...

Rubber in Engineering Group - Vibration Control seminar, Trowbridge June 6th

Interested in an event on vibration control with elastomer products?  The RIEG is holding an afternoon technical discussion seminar coupled with an accompanying site tour of  ...

A novel technique for viscoelastic measurements is now available in the UK.

Company Meritics have been chosen by Rheolution to distribute their range of instruments for measuring viscoelastic properties in the UK. The equipment is suited for measuring soft materials...

International rubber conference this May to be held in historic UK rubber venue

RubberCon 2014 is to be hosted in the historic home to the global rubber industry - Manchester - the location where Thomas Hancock and Charles Macintosh first built their joint factory to...

A unique type of heat-resistant polymer

Chemical polymers enjoy wide use today. Highly stable, they retain shape and size, and consequently have a wide range of applications. But their well-moulded form often cloaks disorder on a...

UK Elastomer Roadmap published

The Polymers Group of the Materials Community has published the latest UK Elastomer Roadmap. Are you working in the UK and producing or using Elastomers? If so you may like to read the...

Two new Polymer Training Courses

 Just a brief note to let you all know of a couple of Polymer Training courses coming up in May in Sheffield.   FIrstly one on basic Polymer Science; for information click here . ...

Rotational Moulding

A survey of the lead companies and their activities in this sector has been prepared and is highlighted in the free to view article. A more detailed submission would be welcome especially in...

Adhesives

In progressing technical discussions it is frequently the case that a short summary of leading companies and their activities proves very useful. To this end a short survey highlighting...

Plastics 'Torture Mould' - practical assistance for polymer processors

A problem frequently faced by designers is the relation of material data ex polymer suppliers and component performance requirements. The Plastics "Torture" mould project provides a practical...

Important Announcement - Changes to your KTN

Dear Polymer Group member This note is to bring you up to date about important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community represented on _connect. ...

Elastomers in Extreme Environments; Oil and Gas

Elastomers are key materials to the enabling technology used in oil & gas applications. The role of the elastomer is most often to act as a seal whether it be in a static or dynamic...

Condition Monitoring; elastomers have a significant future role to play

Condition Monitoring (CM) is a way of keeping check on the condition of any part or product; or even a whole system.  Historically this has been done visually, or by testing of components...

Onto™ EP1000 – Adhesion promotion for difficult-to-bond substrates

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) has developed Onto™ EP1000 – a functional surface treatment that can be used to promote adhesion of various coatings to difficult-to-bond substrates. The treatment...

ARTIS elastomer research showcased at Materials Research Exchange

ARTIS is a UK research based consultancy in Wiltshire. It was created as a result of the reorganisation of Avon Rubber in 2007, and was set up as a world class facility to serve R&D...
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