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Lanxess' latest offshore investment: compounding unit in Brazil

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 15th, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) has inaugurated its new compounding facility in Porto Feliz, Brazil. A EUR20 million ($27.6 million) investment has been made in the plant, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes and employ up to 50 personnel.

Chinese regulators crack down on noncompliant medical products

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 15th, 2014

We talk a lot about China as the world's factory, manufacturing and assembling goods for export, but the domestic market is equally worthy of our attention, as the country's urban population becomes avid consumers. The leading edge of this consumerized society is a burgeoning middle class—larger in size than the entire population of the United States—and it is demanding access to quality healthcare.

Turning recycled water bottles into Plastic Gold

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 15th, 2014

With a little bit of Grimm magic, the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin was able to weave straw into gold. Here in the real world, designer Florie Salnot is practicing a different kind of alchemy by converting recycled plastic bottles into stunning—I repeat, stunning—pieces of jewelry. Don't believe me? Check out the images in this article.

Salnot collaborates with Saharawari refugees in the Sahara desert in Algeria in the design and production of the jewelry, called Plastic Gold.

NPE 2015 wants to see your high-end recycled products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

Plastics manufacturers that turn recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE 2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, FL. SPI will accept product nominations until Aug. 1, 2014.

Octal reaches $3 billion in sales

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

PET producer Octal has surpassed the $3 billion dollar mark in sales, a record in the company's six-year history. The company also recorded its highest quarter production volume of PET in Q1, with March 2014 being its second best month ever of PET production volumes, the company said. The latest capacity expansion of its PET complex in Salalah has increased production of bottle grade PET resin by 40% with a monthly run-rate of $100 million. Octal accounts for approximately 15% of Oman's non-oil exports, which equates to about 1.5% of the national GDP. 

NYC to host largest medical design and manufacturing event on East Coast

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

More than 500 international exhibitors and scores of networking and learning opportunities await visitors to MD&M East, which returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, on June 10 to 12, 2014. The event is co-located with PLASTEC East.

Interplastic launches 2014 scholars award program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2014

Interplastic Corp., a specialty chemical company with headquarters in St. Paul, MN, announced it 2014 Scholars Award Program in affiliation with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

Resin pricing for April 7-11: Strong flow of orders from both buyers and sellers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

The spot resin markets remained very busy and transacted volumes ran well above average for the third week in a row, according to The Plastics Exchange. There was a good flow of fresh railcar offerings, and although resellers, both national and Houston-based, are still providing significant spot liquidity. Their new purchases so far in April have generally been against customer orders, and their burdensome old inventories are being chipped away by processors. Most polyethylene grades shed a half-cent and polypropylene held steady.

It’s lonely at the top!

By Karen Laird
Published: April 15th, 2014

At least, it is if you happen to be looking for a biobased material at the top of the polymer pyramid. At the Biobased Materials conference last week in Cologne, this was one of the salient points made by Stefaan de Wildeman from the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials, a research institute striving for non-conventional biobased innovation. It's a mystery to him why so many producers are currently aiming at biobased building blocks for the low-margin, high-volume world of commodities.

Flame-retardant PET film costs one-tenth that of polyimide equivalent; LED lighting targeted

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Teijin DuPont Films Japan Limited (Tokyo) has developed a PET film offering flame retardance equivalent to UL VTM-0 that reportedly costs up to 90% less than polyimide (PI) film.

Teijin  Tetoron UF film employs Teijin's proprietary non-halogenated flame-retardant and also reportedly delivers the inherent heat resistance, chemical resistance and strength of conventional PET film.

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