WASHINGTON-The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. is one of nine groups asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's law banning some environmental marketing terms. SPI of Washington is part of a group led by the Association of National Advertisers Inc., which on May 24 announced the filing of its request for a Supreme Court hearing. ANA, based in Washington, has failed three times in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn the ban on the use of terms including ``ozone-friendly,'' ``biodegradable,'' and ``recycled'' unless their use relies on California's definition of the terms.
ANA President John J. Sarsen said the lawsuit, originally filed in 1992, raises the question of ``whether national advertisers will be able to rely on a single national standard, or be forced to conform to a patchwork of conflicting state standards.''
XXsys finisher composite seismic tests
SAN DIEGO - Carbon-composite-jacketing technology fromXXsys Technologies Inc. of San Diego underwent the last of seven seismic tests, moving closer to California Department of Transportation qualification for bridge reinforcement.
The system automatically wraps columns with carbon tows and epoxy that cure at an elevated temperature. XXsys - and collaborators at the University of California San Diego; Hercules Inc. of Wilmington, Del.; and Ciba Composites of Anaheim, Calif. - plan to bid on Caltrans' contracts to retrofit columns with polymer composites instead of steel jacketing.
A federal Advanced Research Projects Agency award and industry participants funded the tests, conducted at UCSD, under a program for developing civil sector uses for composites.
Mitsubishi develops fibers technology
TOKYO-Last year, a consortium of 45 plastics and telecommunication firms kicked off an effort to speed development and introduction of optical plastic fibers for high-speed data transmission. Now Mitsubishi Rayon of Tokyo has dropped the other shoe with development of a technology to produce high-speed, plastic optical fibers.
These next-generation fibers are far faster than conventional technology based on glass fibers. The plastic fibers can transmit data at three gigabits per second - more than 30 times faster than glass.
A single plastic fiber can carry as much information as 500 television channels.
565 million lbs. of PET recycled in '94
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The recycling rate for post-consumer PET plastic containers in the United States continued to climb last year with consumers nationwide recycling an all-time-high 565 million pounds - a 26 percent increase since 1993.
The rate confirms PET is still the nation's most recycled plastic, with more than 1.5 million pounds of PET plastic recycled every day, according to a news release from the Charlotte-based National Association for Plastic Container Recovery.
Court denies U.S. Brass payment plan
DALLAS - U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Plano, Texas, has thrown up a roadblock in the Chapter 11 reorganization of polybutylene pipe extruder U.S. Brass Corp.
The court denied a plan by U.S. Brass to set up a trust fund to pay claims for leaking PB plumbing systems. The court said it could not approve a plan that precluded actions against parties who would settle under the trust fund.
U.S. Brass filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on May 24, 1994. The pipe extruder is based in Commerce, Texas. Dallas-based Eljer Industries Inc., parent of U.S. Brass, announced the latest ruling May 17.
U.S. Brass company may appeal the court's ruling or amend its plan. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 6.
Monsanto increases nylon 6/6 capacity
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co. announced May 25 it intends to increase capacity for nylon 6/6 by 86 percent at its Pensacola, Fla., facility.
The expansion may be the largest ever made at Pensacola, which the company already claims is the largest integrated nylon 6/6 manufacturing facility in the world.
Monsanto of St. Louis said construction will begin in November, and will be completed by mid-1996. Monsanto will add 60 million pounds of annual capacity. The facility now can produce more than 70 million pounds of nylon 6/6 a year.
Monsanto began production of nylon resins, nylon salts and nylon fibers at Pensacola in the early 1950s, and began selling Vydyne nylon 6/6 in the early 1960s.
The company's original batch process for nylon 6/6 was converted to continuous production in an upgrading and expansion project in the mid-1970s, a company spokeswoman said May 25.