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Free webinar explores "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion"

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2014

PlasticsToday will host a free webinar, "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion," on May 12, 2014. During the one-hour presentation, extrusion expert Allan Griff will explore such topics as:

Chemicals pegged as Middle East's fastest growing industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2014

A changing global feedstock mix and increased competition from the United States have validated decisions made by Middle East petrochemical producers to continue investing in new technology, according to business analysis group IHS. Industry is also diversifying its feedback mix and expanding product portfolios to include more high-value intermediates, says the group. These and related topics will be discussed at the IHS Forum in Dubai on April 27 to 29, 2014.

Chinaplas: Dow Chemical brings its Pack Studios concept to Shanghai

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China -  Dow Chemical launched Pack Studios Shanghai, its collaborative concept that aims to accelerate the development of packaging innovation, during Chinaplas 2014.

Currently, the company has four Pack Studios centers around the globe - Freeport, TX; Horgen, Switzerland; São Paulo, Brazil; and now in Shanghai. Each center features a collaboration room, laboratory facilities for material development, and fabrication and testing equipment to validate packaging applications. 

Chinaplas: Milliken talks China’s packaging trends; announces U.S. capacity expansion

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — Walk into any convenience store chain in China and you'll be greeted with plenty of packaged food options in all types of shapes and sizes. And while years back that concept seemed somewhat unheard of, as the middle class expands, the demand for packaged food is only going to increase.

At Milliken's booth (#N2C41) in Chinaplas, PlasticsToday sat down with company representatives to talk about what's popular in packaging for the Chinese market and also doing business in the country.

Magna to manufacture class-A carbon fiber composite body panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2014

 Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has been awarded a contract to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles.
Group company Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to the point where it can now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

Unilever expands use of MuCell technology from Zotefoams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at a minimum 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever. The MuCell technology for extrusion blow molding (EBM) was created in close collaboration with two of Unilever's global packaging suppliers, Alpla and MuCell Extrusion. It represents a breakthrough in bottle technology by using gas-injection to create bubbles in the middle layer of the wall to reduce bottle density and the amount of plastic required.

Phillips-Medisize ships drug-delivery injector pen from new Suzhou, China, facility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Phillips-Medisize Corp. (Hudson, WI) has commenced full-scale production of a finished injector pen at its Suzhou, China, facility. The customer for this pen is a leader in the development and manufacturing of delivery systems for drug self-administration. The pens are produced in the company's China facility for use in China and other Asian markets, representing a "cornerstone" of the company's recently announced "China for China" strategy.

Resin pricing report: Spot resin trading slightly down after three active weeks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Spot resin trading slowed a bit the week of April 7 from the very rapid rate of the previous three weeks. There was an average flow of fresh railcars, and while all commodity-grade resins can still be readily sourced, national resellers and Houston exporters seem to be successfully working off some of their heavy inventories. Producers are doing their best to keep PE contracts flat in April, while processors are looking for a $0.02/lb decrease. PP contracts are settling down $0.01/lb, the third small decrease in as many months.

Chinaplas: PolyOne launches dual protection light barrier for clear packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — There's a 'clear trend' going on in packaging and as such, PolyOne Corp. is showcasing its OnCap Light Shield additives for clear packaging at Chinaplas 2014 (N1.E41). The additives reportedly absorb both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light before either can reach light sensitive contents such as food or pharmaceuticals, which can help reduce their degradation. 

In addition, the OnCap Light Shield additives can also eliminate the need to have an extra coating or layer. 

Chinaplas: Toshiba unveils lower cost made-in-China all-electric

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2014

The depreciating Japanese Yen has close the dollar price differential of injection machines made in China by Toshiba Machine to within 15-20% of those made by the OEM in Japan. With some processors enticed to shift back to made-in-Japan machines if the correspondng price premium is just 15%, the timeliness of the introduction of an even lower cost machine made by Toshiba in China could not have been better.

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