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When economic news is surprising and no one is surprised

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Here we are in the middle of what I've always called "summer slump" and there have been a few surprises this past week. The trouble is that it's not so surprising - or it shouldn't be anyway. The first surprise is that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey showed that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month. The July Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 57.1%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from June's reading of 55.3%, indicating an expansion in manufacturing.

Sacmi helps to redesign Gatorade bottles for PepsiCo Italia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 1st, 2014

Gatorade recently presented its new 500 ml Gatorade "Kenny" PET bottle, which the company said was designed to make it easier to use when practicing sports.

The smart, connected shoe

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 1st, 2014

What if your shoe could tell you how to improve your golf swing? Or, if you are diabetic, that you were about to hit a fatigue threshold and painfully slam your foot into the ground? That's the promise of Plantiga, a company that has developed smart footwear that tracks and quantifies weight distribution and other biomechanical parameters and sends that data to your smartphone.

World's fastest cap production system achieved by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag using Total HDPE resin

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Multi-cavitation molds for running high-volume cap and closure production can be very fast systems. Now, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag together with its partners, Total and Plastisud, has set a new world record in the production of HDPE caps with tamper-evident band without post-molding operations, according to information from Total, headquartered in France, with more than 150 locations for specialty chemicals worldwide.

Mitsubishi Rayon beefs up position in auto CFRP field

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 31st, 2014

Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC; Tokyo)  will acquire a 51% in Wethje Holding GmbH (Hengersberg, Germany ), a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications.

Simbionix acquisition extends 3D Systems' advantage in fast-growing 3D-healthcare market, says CEO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

3D Systems (3DS; Rock Hill, SC) announced today that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Simbionix (Cleveland, OH) for $120 million in cash. Simbionix is the global leader in 3D virtual-reality surgical simulation and training with more than 60 interventional procedures across eight specialties through 16 simulation platforms. The acquisition is described by 3DS as a complementary building block that expands its breadth and reach within the open-ended 3D-healthcare field.

Material companies to offer customer centers at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

At NPE2015, several raw material suppliers plan to offer "Customer Service Centers" where they can connect with processors, designers, OEM/brands and other business professionals in facilities nearby the exhibit floor.

Westlake Chemical completes acquisition of PVC producer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

Westlake Chemical has closed its acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.

Say cheese? New whey-based thermoformable barrier coating under development

By Karen Laird
Published: July 31st, 2014

As far as growth is concerned, the packaging industry has nothing to worry about. Sustainability, however, is another story. And while the need for greener packaging represents a significant market opportunity, solutions that deliver the requisite performance at a competitive price are still thin on the ground.

A dominant technology in the packaging market is thermoforming, yet although, for example, bio-based trays have been around for a number of years, in general, they fail to meet the barrier properties required for sensitive food products.

Researchers who discovered bacteria-resistant polymers receive award to find out why they work

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 31st, 2014

In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom discovered a group of new materials capable of repelling bacteria. Precisely why bacteria steer clear of this material, however, is not known. Now, the scientists have each won a prestigious research award worth a combined £2 million ($3.4 million) to solve the mystery. There is a lot at stake: bacteria-resistant polymers could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections acquired through implanted medical devices.

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