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S&E Specialty Polymers raises $20,000 for a charity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Here's a 'good news' story for you. S&E Specialty Polymers, a producer of specialty plastic compounds, recently sponsored its second annual charity golf tournament on July 21, 2014 at the Sterling National Country Club in Sterling, MA in support of Life is good Playmakers, the nonprofit action arm of The Life is good Company. The annual tournament, called 'Play Fore Playmakers,' was a success and all profits from registrations, donations and sponsorships have been donated directly to the Playmakers organization.

Borealis appoints new CFO

By Karen Laird
Published: September 17th, 2014

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, announces the appointment of Mark J. S. Tonkens as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the Executive Board effective 1 November 2014. He succeeds Daniel J. Shook who has decided to pursue career opportunities outside Borealis.

Color/additive masterbatch system deployed in compressible exterior panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 16th, 2014

Additive technologies from PolyOne Corporation (Cleveland, OH) have enabled Citroën to launch the groundbreaking Airbump exterior protective panels on the new C4 Cactus passenger car.

Milliken to launch new additive for the nucleation of HDPE at Pack Expo

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 16th, 2014

Pack Expo 2014 (Nov. 2-4; Chicago) is looking like a promising show for new products. For example, Milliken & Co. will launch a nucleator for injection molding high density polyethylene (HDPE) at Pack Expo in booth #10513. The company says the new polymer additive allows packaging manufacturers to achieve increased levels of productivity and performance and a reduction in material waste. Milliken will also showcase clear polypropylene (PP) featuring its Millad NX 8000 clarifier for thermoformed, blow molded and injection molded plastic packaging.

China, Russia build new barriers for foreign medical device manufacturers

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 16th, 2014

The remarkable rise of China's middle class, which by some accounts is equivalent to the entire population of the United States, has created massive consumer demand where there was none just a couple of decades ago. In the medical device space, this economic and demographic shift has led many medtech manufacturers with a presence in China to place greater focus on producing goods for the domestic market than for export. The Chinese government, however, has increasingly put pressure on hospitals and other purchasing groups to favor devices made in China by Chinese companies.

Bogus or bonafide? Finally, a definitive investigation of the claims of oxo-degradability

By Karen Laird
Published: September 16th, 2014

Organic Waste Systems (OWS), based in Gent, Belgium, and IKT-University Stuttgart have announced they are embarking on a multi-client project, which, they say, is designed to settle once and for all, the longstanding acrimonious controversy about oxo-degradable plastics. Are they biodegradable? Or are they not?

Arburg to host its first-ever “Packaging Days” event

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 16th, 2014

German injection molding manufacturer Arburg is planning an event centered on packaging at its headquarters in Lossburg, Germany on November 5-6, 2014. The company anticipates speakers and guests from all over the world are expected to attend the international packaging technology two-day conference, which will focus on innovations, trends and current market developments.

Bayer expands TPU facility in India

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Bayer MaterialScience (NMS; Leverkusen) is planning to increase its production capacities in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu India to meet continued growth in demand for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)  elastomers. With the addition of a second TPU production line, the annual capacity of Cuddalore site will increase to 6,000 tonnes from the current 2,500 tonnes. Installation is scheduled by the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Shipments of primary plastics equipment totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The U.S. plastics machinery market looked pretty strong for Q2. 

Shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming equipment) for reporting companies totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2, according to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI. This was slightly below the strong total of $300.3 million in Q1 of this year, but it represented a gain of 10% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013. For the year to date, the total value of primary equipment shipments is 10% ahead of last year.

SPI to recognize Innovation in Bioplastics Award winner at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The SPI Bioplastics Council announced Monday that NPE2015 will also host, for the first time, the winner of the 2015  Innovation in Bioplastics Award.

SPI and its Bioplastics Council have been receiving submissions for the 2015 Innovation in Bioplastics Award since officially opening the competition earlier in September. 

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