Technical training is easy; learning requires motivation

By Bill Tobin
Published: January 22nd, 2013

There have been a few blogs on the problems with implementing Scientific Molding, the resistance to which has been called Pushback. When I teach it's a common problem. When the folks believe in what is taught it's a force multiplier - things get done more efficiently, profits go up, and costs go down. Pushback comes from multiple causes.

Hybrid foam targets hybrid vehicles; offers battery protection

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 21st, 2013

Sekisui Plastics (Osaka) plans to commence molding of polystyrene-polyethylene hybrid foam-based components at a new plant in Thailand starting this March. The foam products are used in automobiles and as packaging materials for electronic products and appliances.

Bioplastic copolymer is foamed to treat bladder disease

By Doug Smock
Published: January 21st, 2013

A foamed bioplastic is being developed in Germany as a drug carrier for treatment of common diseases of the urinary bladder such as overactive bladder. The bioplastic is made of a copolymer of derivatives of lactic and glycolic acids. Both are often made from sugar beets.

Strong Japanese automaker sales in North America Prompt Mitsui to up PP compounding capacity

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 20th, 2013

A strong automotive market in North America has prompted Japan's Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) to expand compounding capacity for polypropylene automotive grades at its affiliate Advanced Composites, Inc. (Sidney, OH). The 14,000-tonnes/yr expansion slated for the fourth quarter of 2013 will follow immediately after a previously announced 28,000-tonnes/yr boost scheduled for the third quarter of 2013. Overall capacity will thus reach 268,000 tonnes/yr across two sites in Ohio and Tennessee.

Netstal’s hybrid Elion combines speed, efficiency

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2013

Modular design, hybrid empowered energy efficiency, and injection speeds that allow molders to minimize material use and reduce cycle times have helped Netstal's market launch of its Elion 3200 go "exceptionally well", according to the Swiss machinery manufacturer.

Plastic bag bans are bad for your health

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 18th, 2013

There's finally incontrovertible proof that plastic bag bans are bad for your health. That should be very disturbing news to all of those who have managed to force people into using reusable grocery bags via plastic bag bans and taxes.

U.S. demand for plastic film to rise 1.8% annually through 2016

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2013

Demand for plastic film in the U.S. is projected to grow 1.8% annually to 15.9 billion lb in 2016, according to the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

This demand is reflected in the advantages of plastic film versus other packaging materials, along with opportunities in film products such as pouches for drugs and medical products, and in modified atmosphere packaging for food.  Demand will also benefit from film's use in manufacturing, shipping and building construction.

Could biodegradable packaging be good for the environment and the waistline?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 18th, 2013

Earlier this week, the Northern India Himachal Pradesh High Court ordered a ban on the sale of junk food in non-biodegradable packaging, the Times of India reports.

The court had previously called on a committee to report on junk food, which found that "it is obvious that junk food items are those, which are low in fiber but tasty, contain high calorific value, large amount of refined flour and high amount of fat and preservatives."

Wittmann Battenfeld plans complete medical cell for PLASTEC West

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2013

Wittmann Battenfeld USA (Torrington, CT) will present a complete operating medical molding cell at PLASTEC West (Anaheim CA, Feb 12-14), which is held in conjunction with MD&M West. The exhibit is part of a two-year-old effort by the company to increase its West Coast business.

Fuel efficiency tops agenda at automakers; gasoline engine downsizing the key

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2013

Ninety-two percent of industry executives polled in KPMG's annual Global Automotive Executive Survey this year rated fuel efficiency as the number one criteria when it came to consumer purchase decisions, followed by safety innovations (78%), ergonomics and comfort (77%) and environmental friendliness (71%). Use of alternative fuel technologies came in sixth (62%) after vehicle styling (64%).

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