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Transparency
Transparent plastics are used primarily when clarity of vision through the material is a concern. Growing market for transparent plastic can be estimated due to increase in the demand for clear grade plastics. Transparent plastics are expected to replace glass in a wider range of applications in the near future because of their superiority in various parameters.

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Jan 17, 2011 | Article

Low & Ultra-low Refractive Index Polymers

By SpecialChem

Plastics are becoming increasingly popular among the formulators for their variety of optical applications. They are extremely useful for optical applications such as: Fiber optic core...

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Jul 8, 2014 | Article

Why are TPUs getting back into the 'rat-race' of the Sports & Leisure industry?

By Thibaud Deleger

From the elastomeric materials, side significant changes occurred in these past years, with many more options offered to product designers and engineers. Vulcanized rubbers were the first to be...

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Jan 20, 2014 | Article

K2013 Review: Our Selection of Breakthrough Materials and Designs

By Thibaud Deleger

Once again the Kunststoffe International Exhibition, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, was an undisputed success for the Plastics & Rubber Industry. With 218,000 trade visitors the famous K...

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Nov 29, 2013 | Article

K2013 Review: Polymers Offer More Sustainable Solutions

By Thibaud Deleger

The famous world's first Plastics & Rubber Kunststoffe Trade Fair took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from October 16 - 23, 2013. And once again the K Exhibition was a true success. Among the event...

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May 7, 2013 | Article

PMMA: A Much More Flexible Material than Usually Expected

By Thibaud Deleger

When we think of transparent polymers, few main polymers come to mind for being used in transparent plastics. Polycarbonate (PC), Polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA), and Polystyrene are probably those...

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Aug 28, 2015 | Article

Photovoltaic Plastics Innovations and Opportunities Thriving

Exploring the new and emerging plastics materials, processing and applications in this major renewable energy segment is the focus of the SpecialChem, 7th edition, online course Polymers in...

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Apr 1, 2014 | Article

BPA-challenge to Packaging: A Great Opportunity!

The Packaging Industry faces many challenges like tougher competitive landscape, tight cost control, extended packaged good protection requirements and the race for even more sophisticated...

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Dec 13, 2013 | Article

COMPAMED Review: Additives and Plastics for Safer Medical Use

By Thibaud Deleger

The COMPAMED Exhibition, which was co-located with the Medica Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany from November 20-22nd, 2013 highlighted major trends driving the Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical...

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May 20, 2013 | Article

Light You Can't See

By Donald McNally

There is probably a hermit in a cave someone who has not yet heard the words "fiber optics", but thanks to massive expenditures on technology, installation and marketing by telecommunications...

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Mar 13, 2013 | Article

CET Resins, A Novel Alternative for Medical Applications

The present paper introduces CET resins as an alternative for clear, sterilizable medical applications. CET resins are clear SMMA copolymers that compete with materials which include PMMA...

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