Extrusion-Film & Sheet
Published: December 9th, 2013
Compounder S&E Specialty Polymers LLC (Lunenburg, MA) has developed two new SEBS product lines, the TufPrene 2200 Series, a standard filled material available in 30 to 90 Shore A hardnesses, and the unfilled TufPrene 2000 Series. Both compounds can be color matched to specific customer requirements.
Published: December 6th, 2013
The week after a holiday break, in this case, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., can be rather sluggish. But that was not so in the world of plastics. In fact, Euromold, the international trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, took place this week.
Published: December 5th, 2013
Canadian-based Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. has developed a new high speed coextrusion line for producing biaxially-oriented (biax) sausage casings.
The line can be configured to produce coextrusion casing structures up to 11-layers using nylon, PE and EVOH. It can also be extended to allow processing of structures with PVdC. It produces casings with width calibers of 80 to 120 mm and thickness ranging from 40-50 microns. The line operates at speeds up to 170 m/min.
Published: December 2nd, 2013
Global plastics processing machinery demand is expected to increase 6.9% annually through 2017 to $37.1 billion. A healthier sales climate, resulting from accelerations in fixed investment spending and growth in the production of plastic goods, will spur gains, according to a new study The Freedonia Group, a market research firm.
Analyst Zoe Biller states: "Packaging will remain the largest single market for plastics processing machinery, accounting for more than one-third of all 2017 sales, followed in size by consumer/institutional products and construction."
Published: November 27th, 2013
Kaiser Permanente is using advanced strategic sourcing practices to convert to DEHP-free and PVC-free products in line with a PVC-free policy made official in January, 2012. The strategy is also yielding signfiicant cost savings, even though the greener alternates are often more expensive.
Published: November 25th, 2013
JM Eagle, the world's largest maker of plastic pipe according to the company, said in a release that it would immediately appeal the Nov. 14 jury verdict in a lawsuit brought by "a former disgruntled employee" who alleged that the company made false claims in relation to its production of PVC pipe he claimed to be substandard. The appeal will be based on the fact that the jury was not permitted to see all of the evidence.
Published: November 22nd, 2013
Work is on the rise in China, but it doesn't involve humans. On a recent trip to China, our Automotive Editor and Asia-Pacific Correspondent Stephen Moore read in the local China Daily that Zhejiang Province, a manufacturing hub that neighbors the commercial capital of Shanghai, would invest a "staggering $82 billion over the next five years to encourage manufacturers to adopt more robots; this in order to overcome the short supply and high cost of labor that currently prevails in the coastal areas of China."
Published: November 20th, 2013
Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. told PlasticsToday that the number of sales inquires the company received at K 2013 was higher than at the K 2010 event.
Published: November 19th, 2013
A Minnesota plastics fabricating company is taking a few pages out of the metals, and even wood assembly, playbooks to make plastics enclosures that fill a rapidly growing niche for low-volume applications, particularly in the medical market.
Published: November 15th, 2013
Clear Lam Packaging's PrimaPak packaging system is launching at a regional East Coast retailer. Developed for John B. Sanfilippo & Son's Flavor Tree brand, the Limited Edition Premium Dark Chocolate Pretzels will be sold throughout the holidays.