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Chinaplas: Chinese, global automakers opt for lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2014

The quest for enhanced fuel efficiency and safety in automobiles is creating a multitude of opportunities for plastics. Promising applications in the power train segment alone, for example include front covers, oil pans, integrated AIM-EGR (air intake manifold-exhaust gas recirculation) systems, turbochargers, exhaust and muffler systems, and exhaust gas cooling systems.

Chinaplas: A push for biodegradable plastic bags in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China — Upon arrival in China, it's hard not to ignore the pollution in the air and trash creating an eyesore on the ground. China is playing a big price for its swelling pollution. For instance, in Shanghai, the cost of pollution is estimated at $420 million.

Chinaplas: Taiwanese styrenic elastomer supplier on expansion drive

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Already among the world's top three styrenic block copolymer suppliers, Taiwan's TSRC Corp. (Taipei) is further augmenting its supply position. Speaking at a pre-Chinaplas press event, Chris Mudd, President and General Manager of group company Dexco Polymers (Houston, TX) outlined the company's expansion plans for the coming years.

In-Mold Decorating Association kicks off 2014 competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) announced the kick off of its 2014 Awards Competition, and will begin accepting entries on May 1, 2014. This represents the eighth annual competition sponsored by IMDA, and recognizes the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold durable products. The 2013 winner of the gold award for Best Part Design is pictured.

Calling it "recyclable packaging" doesn't mean that it will be recycled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

Recently Colgate-Palmolive announced that it will commit to 100% recyclable packaging by 2020 for three of four product categories. This commitment came after one of the company's shareholders became engaged with As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that "promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies."

Vast majority of Americans expect lab-grown organs to be commonplace within 50 years

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 18th, 2014

A fascinating survey of U.S. views and attitudes toward technological developments within the next 50 years reveals that eight in 10 Americans expect that people needing new organs will have them custom grown in a lab. They are not as welcoming to other technological developments, however. Sixty-five percent think it would be a change for the worse if lifelike robots become primary caregivers for the elderly and people with health conditions, and a little more than half are not enamored by the development of wearable devices or implants that connect them with the world.

Breyer sells PET film extrusion lines to Middle East customer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2014

Breyer Co. (Singen, Germany) has announced that it recently received a new order for two PET film extrusion lines from a company in the Middle East that has been a loyal customer for many years. The customer is keenly interested in producing quality film and packaging and stated that Breyer's ThermoFlex concept and processing know-how will make this possible in a cost-effective manner.

Contract manufacturer MGS purchases Hospira molding facility in Buffalo

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 17th, 2014

MGS Mfg. Group, headquartered in Germantown, WI, announced it has purchased Hospira's injection molding facility in Buffalo, NY. A formal announcement was made to facility employees on Monday, April 4, 2014, by members of Hospira and MGS management teams.

The plant employs 120 people and runs 40 injection molding machines, ranging from 100 to 400 tons, producing parts for Hospira's pharmaceutical and device businesses. As part of the agreement, Hospira employees who work at the Buffalo facility will join MGS. No layoffs are planned as part of the purchase.

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.

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