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QMilk wins Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Cologne, Germany - QMilk, a young German company that has developed a technology based on casein to produce a 100% biobased textile fiber or granulate, is proving itself a winner. Out of a field of seven nominees, the company triumphed at this year's Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award, winning by an "overwhelming majority," said Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, the organizer of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials at which the award is presented. "QMilk left the competition far behind, eating dust, as it were." [Ed.

Four key inputs medical device OEMs want from contract molders

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 9th, 2014

Contract molders who want to do business with medical device companies need to know a few things about their customers' expectations. It's a whole new competitive world out there, as Harry Hamme explained at Engel's Medical Day event in Corona, CA, yesterday. Molding a part to spec on time and on cost is just the start. You also need to be a true partner with a creative streak.

Are you dismissing digital marketing? Why the decision to rethink this is critical to your future success.

By Mary Scheibel
Published: April 9th, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, like in the past, reaching the right people with the right message is paramount to success. Whether we're looking to establish a dialogue with an OEM engineer or a Tier-One buyer, creating a meaningful connection remains that all-important first step.

Self-healing plastic developed

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 9th, 2014

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany) and Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) have developed a novel polymer network that heals itself at relatively low temperatures. The healing process is very quick and can be repeated as often as necessary.

Romaco Group sells FrymaKoruma to newly formed ProXES

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

The Romaco Group is selling its stake in FrymaKoruma AG (Rheinfelden, Switzerland) and FrymaKoruma GmbH (Neuenburg) to a new umbrella corporation within the Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG Frankfurt). 

Demand for lidding films for ovenable applications continues to grow

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 8th, 2014

With schedules showing no sign of slowing down, more people are reaching for packaged food thanks to its convenience. As such, the trend for food on-the-go continues to open up new opportunities for packaging companies. The latest example of this is the expansion of the LumiLid brand from Toray Plastics.

Resin pricing for March 31-April 4: Buyers and sellers both came to play

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

The spot resin markets ended the first quarter with a bang and continued to be very active as April began on Tuesday, according to The Plastics Exchange. Buyers and sellers both came to play, yielding perhaps the highest weekly volume so far in 2014. Spot polyethylene prices eased a half-cent and polypropylene slid a penny amid a healthy flow of bulk railcars and packaged inventory offerings. PE contracts were steady in March and while nominated to increase $.06/lb in April, should roll flat at best and a decrease could even be justified.

Chinese companies can sign up to exhibit at NPE2015 during Chinaplas 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

During Chinaplas 2014, representatives of Chinese companies will have a chance to sign up for exhibit space for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase and secure booth locations immediately, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

Lightweight vehicle design: how low can you go?

By Karen Laird
Published: April 7th, 2014

That is the question automakers everywhere are wrestling with, as was amply demonstrated at last week's VDI Engineering Plastics Conference. Aesthetics, safety, economics, and material availability were just a few of the concerns that were raised in connection with lightweighting, during the discussion on the best strategies to employ. Just how light can vehicles become, and how to achieve this, without compromising on quality?

DME introduces SmartSeries temperature control module

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2014

Need more flexibility in your hot runner systems? DME Co., a manufacturer of mold technologies, has expanded its SmartSeries hot runner temperature controller product line. The addition of the TSM15 module gives molders greater flexibility and control of their hot runners.

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