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Plastic continues to grab market share from glass in drug packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

The market for glass pharmaceutical bottles will decrease as plastic bottles and blister packs continue to replace glass in oral drug packaging applications, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Overall U.S. demand for drug packaging products will increase 4.9% per year to reach $22.1 billion in 2018, adds the business research company.

DSM to capitalize on appetizing food packaging market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 29th, 2014

Richard Pieters, president of DSM engineering plastics Americas, told PlasticsToday that the Dutch-based company sees a bright future for the North American food packaging industry.

"It's driven by consumer preference, with plenty of growth forecasted in the next coming years," he said. "Food packaging is a highly innovative industry and we want to be a part of that."

Cannon installs second, energy-efficient vacuum assisted injection foaming system for Haier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 29th, 2014

Haier, a global manufacturer in cold appliances, is proving its success with the addition of a second 16-fixture foaming and polymerization line for China refrigerators, featuring the innovative Vacuum Assisted Injection (V.A.I.) method from Cannon S.p.A. in Italy. The second line was installed at Haier's Qingdao, China, facility reinforcing the commercial success of this innovative technology that was first launched in September 2011.

Carbon fiber wheels propel Tour de France winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Hexcel Composites (Duxford, Cambridge) had a helping hand in the efforts of Vincenzo Nibali during his winning ride in the 2014 Tour de France. The rider's bike wheels were manufactured by Corima (Loriol-sur-Drôme, France) using Hexcel's carbon fiber composites.

Composite rocket promises low-cost launches

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

US Aerospace company Rocket Lab (Los Angeles, CA) is developing a world-first launch vehicle to deliver satellites into orbit cheaper and faster than ever before. The vehicle will make extensive use of carbon composites.

battenfeld-cincinnati makes several upgrades to its alpha extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

After 12 years and more than 750 units sold, battenfeld-cincinnati has made several updates to its standardized single screw extruders for technical profiles and small pipes.

In contrast to its predecessor models, the revised alpha extruders are now equipped with a new compact drive system, which the company says offers the benefit of small dimensions and substantially reduced oil requirements. Due to the smaller drive unit and a redesigned sub-structure, the extruder can reportedly save more space.

Integrated 3D printing and injection molding speeds time to market for medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 28th, 2014

Accelerating time to market is high on the priority list of most manufacturers. Medical device OEMs are no different, but, in addition to the design and manufacturing challenges that all companies must overcome, they also must satisfy FDA requirements.

Durable goods orders in June increased $1.8 billion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that new orders for manufactured durable goods (those lasting three years or more) increased $1.8 billion or 0.7% to $239.9 billion. This increase, up four of the last five months, followed a 1.0% May decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased to 0.8%.

Machinery orders were up following two consecutive monthly decreases, led the increase, $0.9 billion or 2.4% to $373.3 billion.

Summertime and the grass is green! But how is the lawn & garden market?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The lawn and garden market always springs to life about April or May in many parts of the country, and that's when sales of garden tractors and equipment, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and other helpful tools for landscape maintenance, lawn care and gardening see a strong boost in sales. However, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA), the lawn and garden business could be better.

Medical thermoformer Nelipak expands U.S. footprint with Flexpak acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

Nelipak Corp. (Cranston, RI) announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Debond Corp. (dba Flexpak Corp.). The business will be owned by Nelipak and operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging.

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