New bale grading specs seek to improve recycled PET quality

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 27th, 2015

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) has developed new bale quality grading specifications for postconsumer polyethylene terephthalate (EPT) bales. Designed to provide incentives to suppliers to improve recycled PET quality, the "grades" are defined based on the PET fraction of an incoming material load.

Husky announces cost-saving barrier solution

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 27th, 2015

Husky Injection Molding Systems announced the beginning of a phased launch approach of its PET preform barrier module, built on its HyPET HPP5 platform, which was introduced in 2014

Bayer MaterialScience introduces biobased PU for fashion and footwear

By Karen Laird
Published: April 27th, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions for textile applications under the Impranil eco name. The new products boast a renewable content that can reach up to 65% due to the use of bio-succinic acid, which Bayer MaterialScience is sourcing from industrial biotechnology company BioAmber.

Valve gate cascade molding simulation integrated into Moldflow

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 26th, 2015

Italian hot runner specialist HRSflow (San Polo di Piave) has developed a solution in collaboration with Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) to simulate the gradual opening and closing of its FLEXflow valve gate nozzles with Autodesk Moldflow, thus predicting pressure reduction and the associated clamping force reduction.

Electronics recycler reshoots old 3D movies into 3D printer filament

By Karen Laird
Published: April 26th, 2015

GreenDisk, a 22-year-old recycler of electronic media for the software, music and movie industries headquartered in Issaquah, WA, celebrated Earth Day this year with the creation of a new company called reShootz. Taking advantage of the burgeoning demand for sustainable raw materials, reShootz will develop and market 3D printer filaments using a dedicated stream of recycled plastics derived from discarded CDs and DVDs.

Angela Merkel among guests at chemical giant BASF’s 150th anniversary bash

By Karen Laird
Published: April 26th, 2015

During a festive event held at the BASF Feierabendhaus in Ludwigshafen (Germany), chemical giant BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary in style with such high-profile attendees as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer. The two politicians congratulated BASF on achieving this milestone in official speeches addressing an audience consisting of more than 1,000 guests from government, business, science and society.

UK bioplastic manufacturer leads major sustainable chemicals program

By Karen Laird
Published: April 24th, 2015

Biome Bioplastics, a bioplastic manufacturer based in Southampton, UK, has begun a major $4.5-million, three-year development program to progress successful biobased chemicals research through to industrial-scale production. The project has the potential to significantly accelerate the global bioplastics market with the production of novel target materials, including a fully biobased polyester.

How 3D printing will shatter the medtech supply chain

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 24th, 2015

Make no mistake: 3D printing is a disruptive technology, one of the most transformative processes we have seen in a long time that will fundamentally change manufacturing from top to bottom. How it will affect the supply chain in medical manufacturing is a topic that Jim Joyce, Specialist Leader - Supply Chain Practice, Deloitte Consulting (Boston), will address at the forthcoming BIOMEDevice Boston event. He recently shared some insights in advance of the conference and exhibition with PlasticsToday.

Another shameless Chinese knockoff: Land Rover is the latest victim

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 24th, 2015

It seems that Jaguar Land Rover is in a tizzy (actually reports say they are "furious") over the release of a new Chinese crossover called the LandWind, which looks oddly identical to the Range Rover Evoque crossover. Could it be that China has copied the exact design of the Range Rover Evoque? How could it be?

Thermoforming giant Jack Elmer Pregont dies at age 85

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Jack Elmer Pregont, founder of Prent Corporation, one the largest thermoforming companies in North America, died April 17, 2015, at age 85. According to his obituary in the Herald Tribune, Pregont's "interest in plastics started in the basement of his parents' baker where he designed and made cake decorations." His career took him to Janesville (WI) Paper Box and then to Parker Pen, where he "developed the skills to achieve his life's dream of owning his own company."

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