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    SEPTEMBER 2006
                                           DON’T COME TO OUR MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 11– IT’S NOT UNTIL                                 Want to get involved?
        Table of Contents                  SEPTEMBER 18, AND IT WILL BE A TOUR OF THE SMALLEY LAB !                                   Contact Harish Sangani at
   President’s Message . . . . . . .2                                                                                                 harishsangani8 @ msn.com
                                                                                            From Main Street:
   New High Impact                                                                          Turn north onto Sunset Blvd (no
                                                                                            matter which way you are driv-
   Miscible Polycarbonate
   Polyimide Blends . . . . . . . .3
   Manipulation of Fiber
                                                                                            ing on Main, you can only turn
                                                                                            one direction onto Sunset).
                                                                                                                                   SECTION MEETINGS
                                                                                                                                 AND U PCOMING E VENTS
                                                                                            Sunset forks and you will want
   Orientation by Shear                                                                     to keep left which turns into Rice
   Rotation in Inj Molding . . .9                                                           Blvd. Once on Rice Blvd. you
                                                                                            can turn into either entrance 13                September 18
   SPE Member Profile . . . . .10                                                           or 14. Both Entrances share a
                                                                                                                                        Tour of Richard Smalley
   Education Corner . . . . . . .11        parking lot between them. The Space Science bldg is the second building from
                                           the far right of buildings facing the parking lot. Visitors parking is located        Howard Schmidt, Carbon Nanotechnology
   Entrepreneur’s Corner . . . .14         immediately in front of the Space Science building. Parking costs $1.50 per                            October 9
   Melt Flow . . . . . . . . . . . .14     hour up to $7.00 per day.
                                                                                                                                     10am-7:30pm at Brady’s Landing
   The Texas Margin Tax                    From Greenbriar:                                                                        Thermoplastic Elastomers, a Tutorial
   and Your Business . . . . . .15         Turn east onto Rice Blvd. Once on Rice Blvd. you can turn into either entrance          David Hansen, Kraton (Styrenic Block
                                           13 or 14. Both Entrances share a parking lot between them. The Space                                  Copolymers)
   SPE Book Bag . . . . . . . . . .16
                                           Science bldg is the second building from the far right of buildings facing the         Joe Pfeiffer, Santoprene (ThermoPlastic
   International Calendar                  parking lot. Visitors parking is located immediately in front of the Space                            Vulcanizates)
   of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .16   Science building. Parking costs $1.50 per hour up to $7.00 per day.                          Lou Brandewiede , Noveon
                                                                                                                                        (ThermoPlastic Urethanes)
                                                                                                                                  Todd Glogovsky, Basell (ThermoPlastic
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                                                                                                                                    Ed Smith, DuPont (Thermoplastic
                                           IT’S RIGHT HERE IN HOUSTON                                                                       Polyester Elastomer)
                                           Nano Materials Lab Tour                                                                  Basker Lalgudi, Arkema (Polyether
                                           Rice University’s Smalley Institute                                                          Karande Seema, Dow (New
                               ®           September 18, 2006                                                                           Thermoplastic Elastomers)
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                                             he Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Technology
                                           T at Rice University is devoted to nurturing the science,
                                                                            technology and commercial-
                                                                                                                                             Market Research
                                                                                                                                    Balaji Singh, Chemical Marketing
                                                                            ization of nanometer scale                                       December 11
                                                                                                                                       Professional Development
                                                                            materials. It is equally
                                                                                                                                   Robert Shanley, Fortune and Career
                                                                            devoted to the education of                                 Management Personnel
                                                                            future scientists and engi-                           Tom Walsh, Walsh Consulting Services
                                                                            neers. Its mission is to                                           January 8
                                                                            provide a venue where                                       Nanotechnology: Flame
                                                                                                                                  Nandika d'Souza, Univ. Retardants and
                                           researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering                                   Foams of North Texas
                                           can come together to share ideas and discuss their views and
                                           prospects of nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotech-                                             PO2007
       BREAKFAST BUNCH                     nology. The institute sponsors seminars and conferences,                                              March 12
 First Tuesday of each                     encourages entrepreneurism and the development of com-                                           Fracture Mechanics
month (next meeting is                     mercial applications.                                                                 Prof. Hung-Jue Sue, Texas A&M University
 October 3rd), IHOP at                          Bench and applications research is concentrated on                                                April
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Washington Ave and I-10                    single walled carbon nanotubes, a.k.a. “buckytubes”. When
                                           made with molecular perfection these tubular fullerenes offer                                         May 14
                                                                                                                                          Product Design Tutorial
                                           revolutionary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties                                   Ranga Shastri, CIATEQ
  POLYOLEFINS                              on the nanometer scale. The goal of the group is to develop                           SPI Joint Meeting with Part Competition
     2007                                  the underlying basic science, as well as the methods of                                               Display

      February 25-28, 2007                                                                        (continued on page 9)
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countless volunteers. However, for it to continue to grow and be successful, we need             Golf Outing – Lynnette Russo
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                                      The Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney St.,              William Talbott – 281.218.6305
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Blends of polyetherimides usually form phase separated mixtures
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percentage of resorcinol derived ester linkages is used. The transpar-
ent blends have lower color, improved melt flow and increased
practical toughness compared to an unblended polyetherimide.
Additionally, three component blends of resorcinol based polycar-
bonate ester, polyetherimde and polyester also demonstrate

Blending of different polymers has been a commercially efficient
route to develop new materials. There are two general types of
blends; phase separated and single phase or miscible blends. In gen-
eral to produce a miscible blend the free energy of mixing ( G)
must be favorable; G= H– T( S). Miscible blends are relatively
rare. Since the combinatorial entropy of mixing large molecular
weight polymers always gives an unfavorable S term, formation of
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later rationalized by invoking various favorable interactions.
      Polyetherimide (PEI), made from BPA-DA and m-phenylene
diamine (Eq. 1), has had more than its share of surprising blends
many of them commercially important.

Eq.1. Polyetherimide of BPA-DA /MPD (PEI)

     Blends of PEI with polyetherether ketone (PEEK) are miscible
[1,2] as are blends of PEI with aliphatic-aromatic polyesters like PET
and PBT [3,4,5].
     On the other hand blends of PEI with bisphenol-A polycarbon-
ate (PC) Eq. 2, which has many structural similarities with PEI, are
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Eq.2. Polycarbonate (PC)
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     Likewise PEI polycarbonate ester (PCE) blends are also immis-
                                                                               Monomer Polymerization Finishing Compounding Fabrication
cible [7,8]. PCEs are copolymers containing BPA carbonate linkages
and aryl ester linkages arising from condensation of BPA with iso
and tere phthalate functionality (Eq. 3).

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Resorcinol Based Polycarbonate Ester Blends
Recently a series of polycarbonate ester copolymers based on BPA,
resorcinol and iso/tere phthalates have been prepared (Eq. 4) [9].
These resorcinol containing polycarbonate ester copolymers display
excellent weathering characteristics.

Eq. 4. Resorcinol Polycarbonate Ester (ITR)

     Combination of these resorcinol based ester carbonate polymers
with PEI has made PEI blend chemistry even more complex, show-
ing compositions that are miscible or immiscible depending on ITR
     A series of ITR copolymers were prepared where the ratio of
BPA carbonate linkages to resorcinol iso/tere ester linkages (x and y)
was systematically varied from 20% ITR:80%carbonate (ITR2080) to
90% ITR:10%carbonate (ITR9010). The ratio of iso to terephthalate
derived linkages was held constant in the ITR resins tested. All ITR
resins were of comparable molecular weight.
     Depending on the composition of the ITR copolymer blends
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Advanced Materials) with 30% of ITR resins with varying resorci-
nol ester content. Some interesting behavior is observed as
resorcinol ester content (REC) of the ITR is increased. At low REC
the PEI/ITR blends behave in a similar fashion to PEI/PC blends            Eq. 5. Polyetherimide Sulfone (PEIS)

giving a two-phase opaque system. However as the REC content
increases above ~50% the PEI/ITR blends become transparent giv-                PEIS is also miscible with high REC ITR9010 resin (Table 3).
ing a single Tg, which indicates miscibility with PEI. All blends          HDT and Tg of several PEIS blends with 330wt% ITR9010 are
were prepared by melt extrusion at ~340 oC. Test specimens were            shown in Fig. 3.
injection molded. Tgs were measured by DSC and in some cases
                                                                           Polyester - PEI - ITR Blends
also by DMA.
                                                                           As mentioned earlier aliphatic diol aromatic diacid based poly-
      The Mechanical properties of miscible blends of PEI/
                                                                           esters like PET, PEN and PBT are miscible with PEI resins [3,4,5].
ITR6040 were investigated where the ITR content varied from 20-
                                                                           Limited experimentation shows that the three component high
50 wt% (Table 2). ITR copolymers have a lower Tg than PEI and,
                                                                           REC-ITR:PEI:PET blends are also miscible giving transparent com-
as expected in a miscible system, the blend Tg is reduced as ITR
                                                                           positions with a Tg reflecting contributions from all three
content is increased. Properties related to Tg, such as HDT and
                                                                           polymers (Table 4). The ITR9010 also appears to improve impact
Vicat temperature are also reduced with increasing ITR content in
                                                                           even at these low levels.
the blend. Modulus and strength are largely retained, especially at
higher PEI content. Additionally, since the ITR resins have much           Conclusion
lower yellowness index values (YI) than the amber PEI, the misci-          The blends of BPA-DA based PEI resins continue to show a sur-
ble blends have reduced YI and a higher %T compared to the PEI             prising, if unpredictable, degree of miscibility. Slight changes in
control.                                                                   the structure of polycarbonate ester copolymers can have a dra-
      The most noted performance feature of the miscible PEIITR            matic effect in going from phase separated opaque systems to clear
blends is an improvement in biaxial impact. PEI resins do not              one phase mixtures. The PEI-ITR blends may provide many
have high fracture strength and while their practical impact is suf-       options for developing new materials especially for medical and
ficient for many applications [10] improved ductility in a clear           food service applications.
formulation is desired. In these experiments the notched Izod
impact of the PEIITR blends is slightly improved over the base PEI         References
                                                                            1) Shibata, M., Fang, Z. and Yosomiya, R. “Miscibility and Crystallization Behavior
resin, but biaxial impact energy is greatly enhanced (Fig.1). In               of PEEK-PEI Blends” J. Applied Polymer Sci., 80, 769-775 (2001).
addition the blends show ductile-brittle transitions of about 0oC           2) Chen, H-L and Porter, R. “Melting Behavior of PEEK in its Blends with PEI”
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                                                                               Macromolecules, 30, 3626-3631 (1997).
also be ductile when taken from refrigeration.                              4) Chen, H-L., Hwang, J., Chen, C-C., Wang, R-C., Fang, D-M. and Tsai, M-J.
                                                                               “Phase Behavior of Amorphous and Semicrystalline Blends of PBT and PEI”
                                                                               Polymer, 38(11), 2747-2752 (1997).
Melt Flow of PEI-ITR Blends                                                 5) White, D. and Matthews, R., “Novel Polyetherimide Polyester Blends”
The addition of the ITR resins to PEI reduces Tg while maintain-               US patent 4,141,927 (1979).
                                                                            6) Chun, Y-S., Lee, H., Kim, W. and Oh, T. “Thermal Properties and Morphology of
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flow for the blends allowing easier injection molding. Viscosity vs.           2694-2702 (1996).
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The ITR blends investigation was extended to mixtures with a
higher Tg (246oC) polyetherimide sulfone (Ultem*XH6050 from
GE Advanced Materials) [11]. This high heat amorphous thermo-
plastic polyimide has both sulfone and ether linkages (Eq. 5).

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Figures and tables are provided for general information and are not for the purpose
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Manipulation of Fiber
Orientation by Shear Rotation
in Injection Molding
C. A. Silva, J.C. Viana, F. Van Hattum, A. M. Cunha
IPC – Institute for Polymers and Composites
Polymer Engineering Department, University of Minho,
Campus de Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal

   he development of fiber orientation in injection molding was
T  manipulated by a special molding tool, the RCEM mould, which
imposes a rotation action of one of the cavities wall during mould
filling. Central gated disc moldings were produced in a glass fiber
reinforced polypropylene, GFRP, with different cavity rotation veloci-
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fiber orientation are established.                                                           Chemical • Thermal
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Custom Injection Molding and Extrusion
Houston, Texas

• Grew up in West Houston
• Baylor University BBA dual majors in Finance and Entrepreneurial
• Married 12 years to Julie Applegate, proposed during the Houston
• 3 Children: Drew (9), Ben (7), Summer (5)
• Enjoys all sports, hunting, fishing, found most early mornings
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How I got into plastics?
The short answer is by accident. I had no plans to be in plastics, but
found plastics as the material of choice for so many of the products
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dreds of unique building sizes, styles and locations. We specified
and converted plastic sheet and many other materials by printing,
routing, laminating, die cutting, painting and thermoforming. We
worked closely with suppliers such as GE, 3M and Alucobond on
metal, polycarbonate, acrylic, and vinyl sheet to ensure that design
elements would perform in their environments for many years. In
1997 I assumed the leadership responsibility of the Technology
Graphics Division of LSI Industries where I gained experience with
the plastic film business. Technology Graphics converted polyester
and polycarbonate films for product Identification and labeling of
OEM products. Products manufactured included membrane switch
assemblies, graphic overlays, display lenses and pressure sensitive
labels. Printing processes included screen, flexography, rotary letter
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nating, thermoforming, solvent and U.V. hard coating. Customers
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included Compaq Computer Corporation, Nokia, Motorola, and
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multiple industrial equipment OEMs. My first experience with injec-
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tion molding came as Motorola and Nokia directed us to work with               industry. Our product portfolio includes:
their injection molding suppliers to decorate plastics during the                 • CYASORB® light stabilizers
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plastics in the molding process. We developed the technology to
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                 – Mark Demark, Education Chair

Texas Tech University
College of Engineering
and Its Students
Send Letters of Thanks
   regory B. McKenna, Professor of Chemical Engineering, sent a
G  letter thanking SPE, South Texas Section, for our scholarship
money support. Of the $3,000 total, they have already awarded
four $500 scholarships, and will award the two remaining $500
scholarships in the fall.
      Each of the four students sent letters thanking all of us for
making this possible.

University of Houston
Kicks Off New
SPE Student Chapter
   tudents and faculty of the University of Houston received the
S  SPE Student Chapter charter on July 24 from South Texas
Section liaison, Ted Marker. The ceremonies were held at the office
of Associate Engineering Dean Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, who
is also the faculty advisor for the SPE student chapter. Ted is an
extrusion technologist at BayPort USA and has worked diligently
to get this new student chapter up and going.

                                                                             more affordable and reliable automobiles that rely on plastics. New
                                                                             innovations push our technology to extreme limits, unreachable
Precious Complexities of                                                     without the varying uses of plastics. The precious complexities of

Plastics in Society                                                          plastics in society allow us to expand our capabilities and enable
                                                                             us to better our lives and our world.
by Mark Thompson
                                                                                   As we look to explore the deepest reaches of space we turn to
Humble High School
Humble, Texas                                                                revolutionary new advances in structure and imaging components
                                                                             made from plastics. Newly developed solar sails, a reliable alterna-
   early everyone knows the obvious uses for plastics, but most
N  don’t realize that the varying plastic structures and uses provide
infinite solutions for common problems, which go far beyond
                                                                             tive to satellite propulsion, rely on plastics for strong light
                                                                             structural support(7). The International Space Station is composed
                                                                             partially of composites, a mixture of materials bonded by high
water bottles and disposable utensils. From bio-molecular engi-
                                                                             strength plastics, which allow for a much lighter stronger
neering to deep space exploration, plastics play a crucial role in
                                                                             structure(3). The power supply of the International Space Station,
the advancement of our society. Plastics continue to make our
daily lives safer and more comfortable with new developments in                                                            (continued on page 12)

(Education Corner, Essay Winner – continued from page 11)

large flexible solar panels, are held together by light pliable, but                  Plastics play a key role in our day-to-day transportation.
strong, plastics that both decrease cost and increase efficiency(4).            Plastics increase the safety and decrease the cost of modern tech-
Space telescopes are also beginning to incorporate plastics into not            nologies in automobiles, trains, and airplanes. Both the tail and
only their structure but also their mirrors(10). These new carbon               the fuselage of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner will be made nearly
fiber plastic mirrors will be a fraction of the weight of traditional           entire of plastic composites(2). This will not only lighten the air-
glass mirrors, reducing cost and increasing range of the telescopes(10).        plane and increase its efficiency, but will decrease the cost of a
      Due to their large working temperature range, plastics are                ticket and increase the comfort of the flight. Boeing is not the only
essential components of almost every space mission. The wiring                  aircraft manufacturer incorporating these new technologies into
connected to the ignition that controls the rocket motors is cov-               their aircraft. Airbus uses complex composite plastics in parts for
ered by a polymer-based fabric, which protects the wires from the               many of their aircrafts(2). Plastics are now being used more in air-
extreme heat of the flame(1). During re-entry into the atmosphere,              craft engines, in some cases increasing efficiency up to 20%(5).
the extremely high temperatures a spacecraft experiences are toler-             Plastics have been incorporated into the appearance of automo-
able because of the heat shields made of composite plastics(1).                 biles for decades but they are beginning to play a crucial role in
Plastics are often used in the computers of satellites and other                the performance as well. Composite plastics are now being used
space craft to reduce the temperature of the crucial components(1).             for structural components, engine parts, and body sections, which
      Some of the most important advancements in plastics with                  increase the efficiency and performance of the car while decreasing
regards to outer space are those that increase the safety and com-              the cost(6). High-speed trains built from light composite plastics
fort of astronauts. Space suits are designed to allow astronauts to             allow for quicker and cheaper land travel.
tolerate temperatures ranging from –250°F to 350°F the shadows                        Plastics have and continue to help the technology age blos-
and spotlights of outer space. NASA uses many different plastics                som. Plastics are an indispensable component to nearly every
to make a seven layer insulating airtight suit to provide both maxi-            computer and portable electronic device. Not only does plastic
mum protection and maximum mobility for the astronaut(8). The                   provide for a hard durable outer shell for anything from CD play-
helmet of the space suit is composed of several polycarbonate lay-              ers to laptop computers, plastics are revolutionizing the internal
ers for maximum strength, and the visor is made of a transparent                structure of computers. With newly developed plastic transistors,
plastic coated with gold(8). The new water filtration system of the             made from organic polymeric conductors, it is now possible to
international space station uses a porous plastic that captures par-            print circuit boards on thin sheets of plastic(11). These printed
ticles that are thirty times smaller then those a traditional filter            pages of circuit boards will do everything a traditional one does
could capture(1). The most intriguing new plastics that will soon be            but will be much cheaper and much more efficient(11).
used in all manned flight vehicles turn different colors when exposed                 From deep space exploration to printed circuitry, the precious
to excess hydrogen or oxygen environments or even the slightest                 complexities of plastics in society allow for us to achieve unimag-
bit of neutron radiation, insuring the safety of the astronauts.                inable heights, and as we enter into the twenty first century it is
      Plastics have revolutionized the medical field. Plastics have             obvious that plastics will continue to play an ever-increasing role
replaced traditional glass and metal parts because of their durabil-            in our world.
ity and their low cost. For instance, traditional syringes were                  1) “Benefits of Plastics in Space” American Plastics Council. 2005.
expensive and therefore had to be used multiple times and would                  2) “Commercial Airplanes” Boeing. 2006.
have to be sterilized thoroughly before another use. Because of                  3) “International Space Station: Components and Structures” Boeing. 2006.
their low cost, plastic syringes can be disposed of after one use,                  http://www.boeing.com/defensespace/space/spacestation/components/index.html
                                                                                 4) “International Space Station” Wikipedia. 2005.
eliminating any need for local sterilization(9). Packaging of medi-                 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station#Building_the_ISS
cines is extremely crucial, and before plastic, medicine companies               5) “Our Engines” General Electric. 2006. http://www.geae.com/engines/index.html
                                                                                 6) “Plastics and Today’s Automobiles” Automotive Learning Center. 2004.
were forced to use expensive and less airtight glass bottles.                       http://www.plasticscar.com/s_plasticscar/sec.asp?CID=402&DID=1306
      In the age of plastics, these companies now use durable plas-              7) “Solar Sails” Wikipedia. 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
tics that are resistant to changes in temperature and allow for a                8) “Space Suit Evolution” NASA. 2005. http://history.nasa.gov/spacesuits.pdf
                                                                                 9) Graff, G. “Plastics Make New Inroads in Medical Fields” Omnexus. April 2005.
more airtight seal, maintaining the effectiveness of the medicine                   http://www.omnexus.com/resources/articles/article.aspx?id=7530#Introduction
for longer periods of time(9). New catheters, made of Nylon, can be             10) Hale, R.“Structural and Aerodynamic Optimization of Ultra-lightweight
                                                                                    Technology for Research in Astronomy” The University of Kansas Engineering
inserted with very little pain because the plastic does not interact                Department. http://www.engr.ku.edu/ae/telescopes.htm
with human tissue(9). Thin strong plastic rods are used in heart                11) Muldoon, D. “Opticom and Bell Labs Agree to Explore Plastic Transistors in
                                                                                    Memory devices” Bell Labs. October 2006. http//www.bel-labs.com/news/
surgery to help keep the surgical opening stable(9).                                1997/October/7/2.html

(Member Profile – continued from page 10)
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      In May of 2003 I had the opportunity to join LD Blackwell and               • Discoloration resistant stabilization systems
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Blackwell and Blackwell Plastics have been true pioneers in the plas-             • High performance stabilization systems

tics industry and have a tremendous history. Blackwell Plastics was               Special Effects
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founded in 1939 and had the privilege of working with Houston’s                   • Antistatic agents           •   Clarifying agents
greatest entrepreneurs to bring products to market such as the first              • Flame Retardants            •   Hydrophilic additive
heart by-pass pump, the first geophone, parts used on some of the                 • Nucleating agents           •   Optical brighteners
                                                                                  • Oxygen absorbers            •   Photoselective additive
first space missions, the first plastic ice chest, and the production of          • Ultraviolet filters         •   Viscosity modifiers
the original Weedeater. Many ask why I would invest my career in
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industrial market. I also thoroughly enjoy working with people to
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bright future for those custom processors that choose to expand
their vision, pursue new technology, follow growth companies, and
work hard to provide innovative solutions to their customers.

Blackwell Plastics and the SPE?
LD Blackwell was a founding member of our local SPE chapter and
past president. I have noticed that today few local processors partici-
pate in the association. I believe there are great opportunities to
improve our businesses through better communication, education
and networking. I would like to extend an invitation to other
processors in our region to contact me or the leadership of our local
SPE chapter to discuss how we can use the SPE as an association to
improve our companies’ performance and do a better job serving
and educating local industry about the opportunities in plastic. I
believe that the friendships developed, education, and networking
can strengthen our companies and create more opportunity for all
processors in our market place.

                                                                                               BAYLAND, INC.
Larry Nunnery Jr.                                                                               CUSTOM PLASTIC EXTRUSION
2007 Award Application                                                                                P.O. BOX 467
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                arry Nunnery Jr, an entrepreneur since the age of five,                               281-489-1930
            L   when he sold boiled peanuts at entertainment venues
              in South Carolina, Larry Nunnery, Jr., is now Chairman

              and CEO of Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc. in West
Chicago, IL. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the
University of South Carolina. While in college, he obtained his
introduction to plastics when he worked for Cardinal Chemical, a                         Plastic Compounding Services
PV stabilizer manufacturer.                                                               Analytical Testing Services
      After graduation, Larry worked for G.E. Plastics as a salesman.
The head of the plastics division at that time was Jack Welch, who                Chemtrusion, Inc. 7115 Clinton Dr. Houston, TX 77020
had a tremendous influence on Larry’s career tactics and approach.                          713/675-1616 FAX 713/675-8479
Larry left G.E. after 12 years to become Vice President of Sales and
Marketing for Alpha Chemical & Plastics, and then joined Oneida                                              Contact
Molded Plastics as equity partner and Vice President of Business                   Edward Bourbonais, Rick Stephens, Wayne Howard
      In 1989, Larry bought a small compounding business that
would become BMC, Inc. At the time of his purchase, seven million
pounds of product were being produced each year. Since then, BMC
has expanded to three U.S. facilities with additional locations in
Mexico City, Juarez, Brazil, Germany and China. BMC is now the
world’s leading supplier of bulk molding compounds, with produc-
tion of 150 million pounds per year.
      But Larry is not just a good businessman – he is also a humani-
tarian. He sponsors his employees’ education, silently paid the
medical bills for two employees who were diagnosed with cancer,
and gives his employees the opportunity to do more and to do bet-
ter. He is a man who recognizes that personal success depends much
on those around him.
      Mr. Nunnery has been Chair of the SPE Thermoset Division,
has been honored by the University of South Carolina as a
Distinguished Alumnus, and has endowed a four-year scholarship at
the school that is awarded to chemical engineering majors.

Dan Cox, from Century Extruders, to Bayshore Industrial as Sales
Manager replacing Paul Lewis who has been named President of
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                POLYOLEFINS 2007
                        February 25-28, 2007
                       Wyndham Greenspoint

The Texas Margin Tax and                                                  Annual School Tax Rate Increases Are Now Capped
                                                                          At $0.040...
Your Business                                                             Currently, school districts seeking to exceed the $0.060 cap may
                                                                          do so without placing their request before the public via ballot.
COULD LOWER TAXES BE A REALITY ??                                         Prior to this work by Senator Williams and others, tax rate
33% Lower School Taxes                                                    increases were capped at $0.060. With the new tax law in place,
  exas State Senator Tommy Williams and his colleagues may have           should a school district want to exceed the new $0.040 cap, it
T succeeded in doing the impossible. For decades, Texas has strug-
gled to find a system of taxation to support our state’s growing
                                                                          must return to the voters and seek their permission.
                                                                                Tax Appraisal District Creep Stopped...Districts may no
educational needs. Property taxpayers were carrying the entire tax        longer simply slide a school district tax increase into their annual
burden and the state’s share of support was decreasing.                   assessments. If any increase exceeds the above $0.040 increase,
      But relief appears to be in sight. During the early summer 2006     they must allow voters to vote on that increase.
special legislative session, the Texas State Legislature provided $15           Sole Proprietors & General Partnerships Exempted...
billion for local property tax rate cuts and $1.4 billion in new          Businesses whose structures fall under these two (2) categories are
funding for public education. This was accomplished by the passage        exempt from the tax, as well as those businesses whose gross receipts
of bills HB 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.                                            total $300,000 or less, and those whose tax bill is less than $1,000.

                                                                          HB 4 - Liar’s Affidavit...
     Here is how it will work...
                                                                          The so-called “liar’s affidavit bill” tightens rules on sales taxes on
HB 1 - Reduces Local School Property Tax Rates...                         used vehicles and requires the buyer reveal and pay sales tax on
This bill places a statutory cap on local maintenance and operation       the true value of the used vehicle. The value must be at least 80
taxes. The current rate of $1.50 will be lowered to $1.33 in 2007         percent of the “blue book” value of the used vehicle.
and will be reduced again in 2008 to $1.00. This change represents        HB 5 - “Taxes on Tobacco Products Increased...
a 33.00% tax rate cut in school maintenance and operation taxes.
                                                                          Taxes on cigarettes will be increased from $0.41 to $1.41 per
HB 2 - Property Tax Relief Fund...                                        pack. The tax on all other tobacco products (excluding cigars) is
                 All new tax revenues created from                        increased to 40 percent of the corresponding retail price. These
                        HB 3, HB 4 and HB 5                               tax increases will take effect on January 1, 2007.
        will be dedicated to the Property Tax Relief Fund.
Any appropriation from this fund can only be used to reduce school
property tax rates until the tax rate reaches $1.00. At that point two-   The Plastics Industry
thirds of the income raised must go to tax relief, while one-third will
be used to increase the level of equalization.
                                                                          in the 21st Century:
HB 3 - Franchise Tax is Repealed...
                                                                          The Rules Have Changed
                                                                          Roger F. Jones
Historically the Texas Franchise tax has been relatively easy for busi-   Franklin International LLC, Broomall, PA
nesses to avoid by placing and holding any of their Texas assets in a
separate limited partnership. The result has been the fact that many      Abstract
businesses have not been paying their fair share. The 2006 session
                                                                             ver the past decade the acceleration of manufacturing produc-
of the Texas State Legislature has amended the Texas Constitution.
HB 3 replaces the franchise tax with a low rate broad-based business
                                                                          O  tivity growth, a shift in regional raw material costs, the advent
                                                                          of the information age, globalization, and the power of Wall Street
tax. Under the historical franchise tax, businesses were taxed at a
                                                                          over the business strategies of publicly-held companies, have all
rate of ~4.50%. Under the new “Margin Tax”, manufacturing busi-
                                                                          had a cumulative, significant impact on the plastics industry.
nesses will pay ~1.00% and retailers and wholesales will pay ~0.50%,
                                                                          These effects went relatively unnoticed during the bubble econ-
of their gross margins. By collecting taxes from a much larger number
                                                                          omy of the 1990s, but now are increasingly revealed as the root
of businesses, the new “Margin Tax will generate over $3,400,000,000
                                                                          causes of much of the dramatic change in the business environ-
in annual revenue to support Texas’ local school systems
                                                                          ment of the 21st century. How did these changes come about?
    Margin Tax = [ Gross Revenue – Cost of Goods Sold ] X R
                                                                          What is the outlook for the next decade?
              R = 0.50 % For Retailers & Wholesalers
                    R = 1.00 % For Manufacturers                          You can find the full text of this article at

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