'Plastics enter the Nanotech Age'

Within two years, 10 percent of large and medium-scale Israeli plastic and rubber factories will make use of nanotechnology, boosting exports of plastic and rubber products by $80 million yearly.

Within two years, 10 percent of large and medium-scale Israeli plastic and rubber factories will make use of nanotechnology, boosting exports of plastic and rubber products by $80 million yearly, predicted Meir Barel, chairman of plastics and rubber products at the Manufacturers Authority of Israel, ahead of a Monday meeting to discuss cooperation with Shenkar School of Engineering and Design to promote the field. Based on molecules measuring one billionth of a meter in size, nanotechnological methods are expected to influence the production of home plastics, shipping materials, agricultural equipment, construction materials, automotive parts, medical equipment, and more, Barel said. Manufacturers in Japan, the US and Europe have already adopted such methods, he noted.