Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Zealand company moving its biomass-resin product plant to Kearney, will use distillers grains

Rafferty experimented with wood almost exclusively for the first five years before working with other biomasses, including distillers grains that had to be in the dry form to import. “In a full-sized plant, they’ll use the wet distillers,” Lauer said.”We … Continue reading

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Alera 65500 Resin Rectangular Folding Table with Radius Edge, Platinum

The PE, PP and PVC additions are being driven by newfound supplies of shale gas that are providing plentiful ethane and propane feedstocks. PET additions are being driven by feedstock logistics for that material and by an ultra-competitive PET market.Ravago … Continue reading

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Automakers Look to Other Industries for Resin Replacement

A New Zealand company plans to move its headquarters to Kearney and set up a production plant for its biomass resin product.Marge Lauer, of Kearney Area Ag Producers Alliance, says LignoTech Developments Ltd. in New Zealand wholly owns Xylemer BioProducts … Continue reading

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The late Andrew Rafferty found a way to use high-pressure steam

The late Andrew Rafferty found a way to use high-pressure steam to change the molecular structure of biomass. “It basically breaks open the cells of living materials,” Lauer said.The Kearney plant will have a closed-loop system from which the only … Continue reading

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New resin 3D printer prints faster in multiple materials

A major drawback for 3D printers is how slow they print. A medium-sized cup can take hours, potentially making it faster and more convenient to just run out to the store.A research team at the University of Southern California said … Continue reading

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The problem was it was having an identity crisis

When a neighbor knocked on Alice McNeely’s door and asked to buy her house, it triggered a neighborhoodwide game of musical chairs. McNeely knocked on another neighbor’s door and ended up buying and renovating that house.”It was kind of a … Continue reading

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Benefit art auctions & travel options

First up was the young Jaime Ponce de Leon of Dumaguete City, who has transformed himself from an interior designer to an art collector, gallery owner, and proponent of the seasonal Leon Gallery auctions — which have been so successful … Continue reading

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