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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.

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.

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