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SABIC Innovative Plastics' Resins Optimize Water Valves with Design Freedom, High Performance and Long Life

Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands - January 15, 2009 - SABIC Innovative Plastics' Resins Optimize Water Valves with Design Freedom, High Performance and Long Life.

Because of their exposure to static or fluctuating pressure, high temperatures and various chemicals, water valves have traditionally been made from metals such as brass. However, today’s engineering thermoplastics can replace metal, delivering not only high performance but also the benefit of enhanced design freedom.

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Discarded PET Bottles are Reborn as SABIC Innovative Plastics' Valox iQ* Resin, Achieving Silver Cradle to CradleSM Certification

Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands - January 9, 2009 - The reincarnation of discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles into Valox iQ* resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics epitomizes Cradle to CradleSM design, an innovative paradigm from the internationally renowned sustainable design firm, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC (MBDC).

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Extremely innovative new packaging from Brandimage

Brandimage 360 paperbottle

Brandimage was responsible for everything including concept development, branding, prototyping, engineering, and product design. The 360 Paper Bottle is the first of its kind in the world, and a true environmentally-friendly solution to the problem of plastic water bottles:

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New honeycomb tire is 'bulletproof'

Resilient Technologies and Wisconsin-Madison's Polymer Engineering Center non-pneumatic tire

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Wausau, Wis., company have come up with a 37-inch, bullet and bomb-proof Humvee tire based on a polymeric web so cool looking there's no need for hub caps.

Resilient Technologies and Wisconsin-Madison's Polymer Engineering Center are creating a "non-pneumatic tire" (no air required) that will support the weight of add-on armor, survive an IED attack, and still make a 50 mph getaway. It's basically a round honeycomb wrapped with a thick, black tread.

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Herman Miller Tops Aaron with Embody

The Herman Miller Embody

The latest object of technophile lust is a sight to behold, with an exoskeleton climbing up its singular back and enough levers and knobs to land a Cessna. Herman Miller's much-anticipated office chair, the Embody (list price: $1, 595), is finally rolling out this month. Six years and millions of dollars in the making, the Embody is ready to one-up its iconic predecessor, the Aeron, which in 1994 revolutionized the act of sitting down.

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The reliable material for railroad sleepers

Bayer FFU railroad sleepers

September 2008 - Wood, one of the oldest materials known to man, is also one of the most fascinating. By the same token, however, this familiar material does have its limits in terms of applications. For example, being a natural raw material, wood is not resistant to weathering. Also, the high tendency of the material to warp has meant that engineers have had to look for alternatives in some areas where wood is traditionally used.

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Aluminium model of the famous Eiffel Tower - fully recyclable!

Aluminium Eiffel tower model

People world-wide are concerned about the ecological situation and are increasingly willing to take action for a better environment. This can already start at home, at school or at the work-place by collecting and sorting household and packaging waste. Supported by decision-makers and facilitated by numerous initiatives organised by green and consumer groups and the industry, people can themselves actively contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Quick and easy color changes for polyurethane processing

KraussMaffei MicroDos color metering system

Color management is an important aspect of polyurethane processing. More often than not, color is the key to making an attractive consumer product.

To give consumers a wide choice, polyurethane (PUR) products, for example, for automotive applications, sport and recreational products, are produced in a range of colors.

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Innovative blow molded bottle packaging for Heinz spicy

Innovative blow molded packaging for Heinz

RPC Verpackungen Kutenholz has developed stylish barrier bottle packaging innovation for a new range of spicy ketchups from Heinz.

Heinz Curry Herbal Ketchup and Chilli Curry Herbal Ketchup will give every snack or meal – whether French fries, sausages, pasta or sandwiches – an additional ‘kick.’ Even simple noodles can be transformed immediately into spicy ‘pasta á la curry’ – and all without the need for additives, artificial colorings or preservatives.

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