Global Plastics Summit to highlight threats and opportunities facing industry

By Kari Embree
Published: September 1st, 2015

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) and IHS Chemical (Englewood, CO) are teaming up again next month to present the industry-leading, executive level Global Plastics Summit (GPS) Oct. 28-30 in Chicago at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

New copolymer for hot-melt adhesives features higher than 80% renewable content

By Karen Laird
Published: September 1st, 2015

Swedish specialty chemical company Perstorp and Corbion, a Dutch producer of, among other things, lactic acid and lactides, have announced that the partnership entered into by the two companies in March of 2013, targeted at the development of caprolactone lactide copolymers for the plastic, coatings and adhesive market, has now resulted in a breakthrough innovation for adhesives. A new lactide caprolactone copolymer has been developed that delivers major benefits in hot-melt adhesive applications.

Resin markets end August in bearish mood

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2015

Spot resin trading activity remains heightened, and the week of August 24 brought a better balance between polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) transactions, writes the PlasticsExchange in its weekly Market Update. A relatively abundant quantity of PE flowed into the market and prices were mostly lower. PP prices were steady to a bit weaker, though we are still only seeing spurts of surplus supply, note PlasticsExchange analysts. Consequently, that spot market cannot be considered liquid, not even for commodity PP grades.

Covestro now up and running

By Karen Laird
Published: September 1st, 2015

It’s official: as of today, Bayer MaterialScience is no more. The company, one of the world’s major polymer materials suppliers, and sporting a new, colorful logo, will henceforth operate independently—legally and economically—under the name Covestro. Covestro will remain a 100% subsidiary of Bayer AG, with headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany.

“Independence will enable us to bring our strengths to bear in global competition more quickly, effectively and flexibly,” said Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas.

Quick-change graphic films spice up vehicle decoration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2015

Avery Dennison (Oegstgeest, The Netherlands) is adding to its Digital Cast Films range with a new MPI 1104 Cast Films Series. These high performance materials are designed to meet growing demand for quick-change graphics and messaging for vehicle and architectural solutions.

Husky hosts industry event with Napcor

By Kari Embree
Published: August 31st, 2015

Recently, Husky Injection Molding Systems and the National Association for PET Container Resources (Napcor; Florence, KY) partnered up to host a one-day event at Husky's global headquarters in Bolton, Ontario, Canada. The event was held during the first day of Napcor’s summer membership meeting with more than 50 business leaders in attendance.

Kiefel breaks ground for a new logistics center

By Karen Laird
Published: August 31st, 2015

In a sign of the improving economic times, Germany-based Kiefel GmbH, a Brückner Group company that manufactures machinery and systems for the plastics industry, is adding a new logistics center at the site of its headquarters in Freilassing. The company said that the expansion was needed to accommodate the “strong growth in international markets.”

Metal-based 3D-printer company SLM Solutions confirms robust growth for 2015

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2015

Metal 3D printing appears to be catching on much faster in production environments than 3D printing with plastics. That is probably due to the fact that subtractive metal fabrication, as used in moldmaking, is a much slower process than the injection molding of plastic parts, particularly those from multi-cavity molds. Growth in 3D metal printing has been fairly strong for this process, as shown by one company.

SRG Global celebrates expansion of Mexico plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2015

SRG Global (Warren, MI), a Guardian company, held an opening ceremony on August 24 to celebrate the expansion of its Irapuato, Mexico, facility that will support the company's continuing production of high-value coatings for plastics. Company officials were joined by members of the state, local government officials as well as customers and other community partners to commemorate the occasion.

Bangkok bombing does not affect turnout at Thai plastics show

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 28th, 2015

T-Plas, the annual plastics showcase for Thailand and the ASEAN region, which kicked off in Bangkok on August 26 alongside sister show Pack Print International, was seemingly unaffected by the tragic bombing that occurred in the city recently. On hand to officiate at the opening ceremony, Her Excellency Ms Atchaka Sribunruang, Minister of Industry (center), noted that there had been no cancellations from exhibitors, while organizer Messe Düsseldorf was confident that the combined events would attract 20,000 visitors over the course of the four-day event.

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