Lots of parts—and 190 tons of scrap—produced by NPE exhibitors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

All plastic processing plants produce scrap along with their parts, and NPE this year was no exception. With injection molding machines and blow molding equipment running all day for nearly more than four days, producing a variety of parts—some of them quite large—scrap was to be expected. At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor. That was twice as many exhibitor than at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling, SPI announced.

First commercial bi-oriented HDPE bottle debuts in Italy; 50% lighter

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 19th, 2015

The first product packed with bi-oriented bottles injection stretch-blow molded (ISBM) from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is now available on the supermarket floor at Italian chain UNES. The grade was supplied by France’s Total and used to package a refill bottle containing dishwashing liquid.

Sinking spirits: New U-boat cocktail-in-a-bottle does the trick

By Karen Laird
Published: April 17th, 2015

For decades, the U-boat, a cocktail drink that can sink the unwary, was available only in select restaurants and pubs. The reason was simple: In its classic form, a U-boat is prepared by filling a schnapps glass with high-proof spirits and dropping this into a glass with soda. Cocktails made in this way, known as bomb shots, were therefore impossible to order in clubs, bars or similar types of hostelries where drinks are dispensed only in bottles.

Amcor wins Italian design award for sports beverage bottle

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Amcor Rigid Plastics (Ann Arbor, MI), one of the world's leading manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and healthcare industries, has won a 2014 Golden A' Design Award in the A' Design Award & Competition, an international design contest held annually in Como, Italy. Amcor captured the packaging design award for its innovative redesign of the PROfit Sports Drink container from Ecuador's Toni, one of the largest food and beverage producers in Central America.

Milliken's hyper-nucleating agent improves performance of plastic drug bottles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2015

A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin hyper-nucleated with Hyperform HPN-20E achieves a 30% improvement in moisture and oxygen barrier performance compared with conventional HDPE. The technology developed by Milliken (Spartanburg, SC) for over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutraceutical bottles was introduced at NPE2015 in Orlando, FL, last week.

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

All indications are that this year's NPE event, which begins on March 23 in Orlando, FL, will be the largest in its history: More exhibitors, more international participation, and more attendees (although we won't know the latter for certain until the final tally). That's a lot of ground to cover.

To get you started, PlasticsToday has assembled a slideshow in advance of the event, highlighting what we consider to be five must-see exhibits at NPE2015.

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015: Rikutec

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

You should stop by the booth of industrial blowmolding machine manufacturer Rikutec Richter Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Altenkirchen, Germany) for what you won't see. Rikutec currently is involved in the construction of the world's largest blow molder for a customer on the Arab peninsula. The GBM S10.000 LD machine has a clamping force of 6,000 kN (600 t) and will produce above-ground water tanks with a capacity of up to 10,000 liters. Now, that's a conversation starter, right?

Five must-see exhibits at NPE2015: IceTech

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 19th, 2015

Although a necessary part of manufacturing, cleaning technologies for molding and extrusion systems is not a sexy topic. So, how do you get eyeballs at a show like NPE2015, where companies have set up entire production cells, when you're hawking cleaning products? Easy: Display a glorious Harley plastered with polyurethane packaging foam, a notoriously difficult material to remove.

Trexel President and CEO Steve Braig re-appointed to U.S. Manufacturing Council

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 18th, 2015

Trexel Inc. (Woburn, MA) announced the re-appointment of Steve Braig, President and CEO, to the U.S. Manufacturing Council by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker for 2015 and 2016. Braig previously served in the 2013-2014 term in a leadership role as Co-Chair of the Tax, Trade and Export Growth Subcommittee. During that term he traveled to Washington, D.C., twice to meet with members of Congress to share the committee’s ideas on improving the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

HDPE production forecast to rebound in North America; Western Europe in decline

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 5th, 2015

Global demand for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is expected to grow 4.2% on an average annual basis through 2022, with Asia Pacific remaining the largest consumer of the material, says market research firm Ceresana (Constance, Germany). North American exports of HDPE will rebound during the study period, whereas Western Europe increasingly will become an importer because of the closure of production sites and lack of capacity increases, according to Ceresana, which has just published the third edition of its global HDPE market study.

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