20/01/2015

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NPE2015 Startup garage offers cutting edge innovations of polymer technology

[image_0]The Startup Garage is a program developed by SPI in partnership with the new-venture tracking firm Startup.Directory to provide start-ups with prominently located exhibit stations at the triennial NPE (The International Plastics Showcase), which will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The plan originally called for a limited number of start-ups to be selected by show management and Startup.Directory, but with twelve start-ups selected and additional demand from the marketplace, SPI says it will expand the Startup Garage space and accept more applications. Companies selected thus far will highlight innovations in bioplastics, recycling, 3D printing, polymerization, resin processing, and antimicrobial polymers. Three of the start-ups report developments in the growing field of graphenes-two-dimensional carbon-atom nanostructures that can be used for formulating plastics composites with dramatically enhanced properties.More information on the NPE2015 Startup Garage is available at www.npe.org/startup-garage-npe2015. The start-up companies thus far accepted for exhibiting in the Startup Garage are: ? Aguas Pristinas S.A. Patented zero-waste beverage container and packaging system, with products designed to be recovered for re-use in other forms. One example is roofing products derived from bottles. ? Biobent Polymers. "Bio-composite” polymers with up to 40% renewable content from soy or other renewable agricultural products. www.biobent.com. ? cycleWood Solutions Inc. Compostable and sustainable resins produced from lignin in tree by-products generated during papermaking. LDPE-like film grades are 100% compostable. Injection molding grades are available in either compostable or sustainable (blended with polyolefins) versions. www.cycleWood.com. ? Formlabs, Inc. 3D printing systems for engineers, designers, and artists. One system uses stereolithography to produce high-resolution prototypes. The company also develops materials for 3D printing and 3D-printing software. www.formlabs.com. ? Garmor Inc. Graphene priced for high-volume plastics applications. The company also has developed methods for incorporating graphene into plastics and shares this information with customers. www.garmortech.com. ? Graphenics. Engineering services and materials based on a patented process to produce graphene and incorporate it into plastic with minimal disruption of plastics processes and minimal darkening of the composite. www.plusgraphene.com. ? iQLP LLC. Development of polymer materials and manufacturing processes for polymer suppliers, converters, and end users. Solutions highlighted at NPE2015 will include semiconductor packaging, film and laminate extrusion, and structural polymers. www.iqlp.net. ? Plastic EQ Corp. Web marketplace where companies post offers of and requests for recycled plastics online. The company integrates the full sales cycle, including paperwork, payment / collection, freight management, credit check, etc. www.plastic-eq.com. ? Productfast Automation. Technology for monitoring a manufacturing operation that replaces the Andon light system with wireless audio and visual effects. www.productfast.com. ? Smart E2 Solutions, LLC. System for producing fuel products from non-recyclable plastics. About a gallon of fuel is produced from 8 to 10 lb. of un-washed, un-sorted waste plastic at a cost of less than $1. www.se2sol.com. ? TiFiber Inc. Anti-microbial polymers that exhibit broad-spectrum activity against bacterial species, including drug-resistant strains such as MRSA. Among potential applications are medical devices and disposables, synthetic textiles, and consumer goods. www.tifiber.com. ? Zzyzx Polymers. New "mechanochemical” process for compatibilising, encapsulating, and fully dispersing materials into plastics, with a pilot plant established in Pennsylvania. To be highlighted at NPE2015: graphene conductive polypropylene; high-impact polyethylene; and a polycarbonate-like PP. www.zpolymers.com.

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