The battle over “green” plastics continues in the building & construction industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

This week, David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, took the opportunity to rake the plastics industry over the coals while SPI and other plastics industry groups held their "fly-in" in Washington, D.C.

Auto industry globalization: Tier I production reaches Laos

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Japanese Tier I Toyota Boshoku (Kariya) is perhaps the first auto-related company to invest in a production facility in the impoverished Southeast Asian country of Laos. In April this year, the company started the manufacture of automobile seat covers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Production capacity is 200,000 units/year.

Where the wild wearable things are

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 18th, 2014

I've been to many conferences in my day and, let's be honest, I don't often come away saying, "Wow!" Well, there were more than a few wow moments at Wearable Tech LA: Where Entertainment and Health Meet Wearables, which was held in Pasadena, CA, on July 17, 2014. From the most incredible implantable device I've ever seen to a hip hop band jamming with fans across the world sending them their heartbeats via smartphone, this was one rocking event.

Nevermind the zombies, here comes the antibiotic apocalypse

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 14th, 2014

Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, warns the World Health Organization, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill. The misuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of superbugs that have developed a resistance to the once-lethal drugs. Meanwhile, no new class of antibiotic has been discovered since the 1980s.

Survey says: Plastics professionals embracing news delivered digitally

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

The news landscape continues to evolve and as a result, more and more readers across all types of industries are consuming news digitally.

And it's no different for plastics professionals.

PlasticsToday recently completed its annual reader survey, receiving responses to a variety of questions from more than 1,000 plastics professionals. One of the key figures is good news for trees - 74% of the audience prefers reading industry news digitally versus print.

Medical manufacturers association applauds "patent troll" bill

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 11th, 2014

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA; Washington, D.C.) has submitted a letter in support of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2014, which was approved on July 10, 2014, by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), the subcommittee approved the draft by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 6.

President Obama tells companies to pay suppliers faster

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 11th, 2014

A new initiative was launched on Friday, July 11 by the Obama Administration to ensure that small businesses get paid more quickly, and several dozen large companies have signed on. The new program called SupplierPay is a "private sector" counterpart of the government's QuickPay program launched in 2011 that pays small business contractors before larger ones. Under QuickPay, the federal government is required to pay small contractors quickly - within two weeks.

Can you change your recycling habits in 30 days?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

It's said that changing a habit takes 30 days. So taking that idea to heart, Dow packaging and speciality plastics has launched a new awareness campaign called Recycle Rally - A 30 day Recycling Challenge. This campaign challenges users to make recycling part of their every day routine, while offering information, tools and tips to help people become a better recycler. 

The complexities of following the supply chain

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2014

Another hearing is coming up on the GM ignition switch recall. Being called to testify before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection is Rodney O'Neal, the CEO and president of the big automotive components supplier Delphi.

Polymer sensor reveals human feelings by measuring goose bumps

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 7th, 2014

As if advertisers and social media sites didn't know enough about us already, the better to target their messages, South Korean researchers have developed a polymer sensor that measures goose bumps on human skin in an attempt to determine an emotional state. The research could lead to ever more personalized advertising, music services, maybe even a personal message from Mark Zuckerberg to soldier on, depending on how you're feeling.

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