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Gimac unveils smart medical balloon extrusion system

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 17th, 2014

A so-called intelligent balloon tubing extrusion system has been developed by Gimac (Castronno, Italy), a maker of microextrusion equipment for the medical manufacturing sector.

In-mold labeling for durable goods makes gains

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 17th, 2014

In-mold labeling (IML) for durable goods, also known as IMD (in-mold durables), is seeing more application requirements in the durables markets such as automotive, appliances, and toys. Jeff Denton, Marketing and Product Manager for Standard Register (Pasadena, CA), gave a presentation on IML at the recent IMLCON/IMDCON, and noted that in-mold isn't just for polypropylene any longer, referring to IML's popularity in the packaging market.

Die and mold exhibition begins in Mumbai

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 17th, 2014

The ninth Die & Mould International Exhibition opens today, April 17, in Mumbai and runs through April 20. The event will be inaugurated by the Honorable Dr. A.P.J Abudl Kalam, the 11th President of India, an accomplished scientist, author, and profound thinker, said the release from the event coordinators.

Italian stance on carrier bags vindicated by European Parliament vote

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2014

On April 16, the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe.

Bio succinic acid: It's a marathon, not a sprint

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2014

At last week's Bio-based Materials Conference in Cologne, the second day was dominated by three talks on the developments around bio succinic acid. Of the four major players in this area, three - Reverdia, Succinity and Myriant - discussed the state of the art and presented their views on the market potential for this rising bio-based building block.

Protective polymer gives penicillin new lease on life

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2014

When penicillin came into use in the first half of the 20th century, it was hailed as a miracle drug, and it remains one of the scientific marvels of the 20th century. The bacteria it used to effortlessly conquer gradually built up defenses, however, eroding the power of penicillin and its many antibiotic cousins. In the 1960s, methicillin-resistant S. aureus emerged, creating a serious public health problem that was immune to conventional antibiotics. We have never fully recovered the upper hand in this battle.

BMW i3: unpainted door sill panel molded from PC/ABS compound

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) compounds from Styron Automotive have reportedly have been instrumental in the development of mid console, glove box, and trunk trim components for the BMW i3 series. The material has also been used in Mercedes Benz C class pillars and door panels.

B. Braun, Priamus collaborate on mold process harmonization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Medical device company B. Braun (Melsungen, Germany) and Priamus (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), a supplier of quality control systems for injection molding, have collaboratively developed a technology that ensures reliable and repeatable part molding.

UK consumers prefer plastic over glass for ketchup packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 16th, 2014

Are you a squeezer or a shaker? Yes, that's an odd question that could mean many different things. But this is one is all about packaging. The British Plastics Federation's Packaging Group decided to find out which type of material consumers prefer their ketchup packaged in - plastic or glass.

New multilayer packaging films open without knife or scissors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Reclosable packages are not very common yet on the North American market compared to other places, but a German-based packaging provider hopes to jump-start the trend in the states.

Südpack USA Inc. has extended its range of film packaging for food products on the U.S. market. The multilayer packaging films reportedly provide easy opening without a knife or scissors and can be reclosed multiple times without any quality loss. This film range, called Multipeel films, can run on many standard packaging machines.

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