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How2Recycle Label now offering funding for companies to use its label

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is now offering funding for use of the How2Recycle Label, an on-package recycling label aimed at providing clear and consistent recycling instructions to consumers. The funding is supported by StopWaste and the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). [Click here for PlasticsToday's coverage of the How2Recycle Label]. 

SPI invites students to submit videos on the 'Future of Plastics'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its Future of Plastics Foundation are looking for students to tell the future of plastics through video. The trade association has announced the official opening of the plastics industry's 2014 Student Video Contest. This year's theme is "Innovating in the 21st Century" and asks graduate and undergraduate students, as teams and/or as individuals, to submit 2-4 minute videos that explore the future of plastics in the realms of innovation, design freedom and the economics of plastics.

GM moves next-gen SUV Cadillac SRX Crossover from Mexico to Spring Hill, TN

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 27th, 2014

General Motors announced on Wednesday that it will invest $185 million in its Spring Hill, TN, manufacturing complex to begin production of some the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUVs currently being manufactured in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The company will also make small gasoline engines at the Tennessee location, retaining 390 jobs.

GM is also planning an additional $48.4 million investment at its Bedford, IN, powertrain castings plant, creating or retaining 45 jobs, the announcement noted.

Lignin may emerge as versatile feedstock for carbon fiber, engineering plastics

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 27th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding two projects to develop alternative routes to carbon fiber as detailed in reports here and here.

Agr International to display quality control products for containers at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

Agr International will feature its products for quality management and process control for the packaging industry at Pack Expo in Chicago. Products that will be featured include:

Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system, a unique product that interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution management and defect detection for PET bottles while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot works to be the 'ultimate' lightweighting tool. 

How much is in the cup?

By Allan Griff
Published: August 27th, 2014

One of my favorite proverbs goes:

The optimist says the cup is half full, the pessimist says half empty, but the engineer asks, "How much is in the cup?"

I just read about a recent confirmation that "liquid styrene" may be a carcinogen. Not surprised, but not worried either.  What worries me more is that people will add "poly-" to this material and see this news as reinforcement of their fear and loathing of polystyrene, especially foam polystyrene food/beverage packaging.

Linear Mold & Engineering adds two 3D metal printers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 27th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering, a full-service mold design, engineering and manufacturing company incorporating both traditional mold manufacturing and 3D metal printing of end-use parts and mold components, announces the addition of two 3D metal printing systems. This addition brings the total number of 3D metal printers to nine and enhances Linear's position as a total solutions provider.

Roundup of packaging acquisitions

By Heather Caliendo
Published: August 27th, 2014

It's been an active time period for acquisitions in the packaging industry. Here's a couple key developments:

Global plastic packaging company Coveris has made another move on the acquisition front. The company has acquired UK flexible packaging provider Learoyd Packaging. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Sealed Air to establish global headquarters in Charlotte, NC

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 27th, 2014

Sealed Air Corp. announced last month that it is establishing a new global headquarters in Charlotte, NC. The company will relocate to a modern, state-of-the-art, environmentally-sustainable campus that will become the headquarters for its divisions, research & development facilities and corporate offices.

How will first FDA-approved 3D-printed facial implant affect industry?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 27th, 2014

Earlier this month, Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM; South Windsor, CT) received 510(k) clearance from FDA for its 3D-printed OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD). It is the first and, thus far, only 3D-printed polymeric implant for facial indications cleared by FDA, says OPM. The announcement follows FDA clearance in February 2013 of OPM's OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device.

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