Extrusion-Film & Sheet

Plastic bag usage increases in the UK

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 15th, 2014

New data by the United Kingdom's Waste & Resources Action Program (Wrap) shows that customers of UK supermarkets used 8.3 billion plastic bags in 2013. This represents an increase of 3.2% compared with 2012 (8.1 billion), and a decrease of 32% compared with 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting on this subject first began.

The overall number of bags (which include reusable bags) issued by supermarkets in 2013 totaled 8.8 billion. This compares to 8.5 billion bags in 2012 and 12.4 billion bags in 2006.

Addivant receives FDA approval for its Weston 705 liquid antioxidant

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

Consistent innovation is something that many industries struggle to achieve. Oftentimes, companies will innovate sporadically and under duress. But Peter Smith, president and CEO of Addivant, does not believe that is the case for the present-day additive market.

New strategies required for the global BOPET film industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

Commodity bi-oriented polyester (BOPET) film producers have seen their position weaken, according to a new report from PCI Films Consulting. New film extrusion capacity linked to a slowdown in demand has forced film pricing and margins to rock bottom levels. As a result, global film producers have had to take a long hard look at their business models.

Extrusion company Gneuss girds for growth

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 9th, 2014

Extrusion equipment manufacturer Gneuss (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany) recently broke ground on a building that will add 2400 sq m of production and administration space. The facility is being built on part of a 13,000-sq-m parcel of land that the company purchased earlier this year adjacent to its existing site. Gneuss is also adding a floor to the current administration building, which will result in 700 sq m of new space. The combined expansion will increase production capacity for extruders, filtration systems, and measurement sensors by 50%, according to the company.

Walmart ups commitment to buy more ‘Made in USA’ with first-ever open call for suppliers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

If you want 'Made in the USA,' you have to ask for it. And if you're the giant retailer Walmart, when you ask, people respond. On July 8, Walmart held its first-ever open call event for Made in the USA products, opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters to pitch their products to Walmart's senior leaders and merchants.

Albéa expands presence in China with new facility in Suzhou

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Albéa, a manufacturer of packaging for beauty, personal care, oral care and pharmaceutical products, opened a new facility in Suzhou, near Shanghai. This new facility is the only Albéa site to house the complete scope of the group's core offerings: tubes, cosmetic rigid packaging (mascaras, lipgloss, compacts, bottles) and dispensing systems - each in a dedicated building. The company says the site offers customers faster speed to market, flexibility and supply chain efficiency.

Nano-acrylic-elastomer combination delivers clear vision in motorcycle racing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2014

Round seven of the 2014 World Superbike Championship took place at Misano in Italy June 22, where Tom Sykes notched his third double victory of the 2014 World Superbike Championship series. The British world champion 2013 from the Kawasaki official team rode his superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R equipped with a new windshield made of ShieldUp PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) sheet from Altuglas.

Names in the News: Nordson Corp., Asaclean, Teknor Apex Co., and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Nordson Corp. has appointed Regis Machinery (Sales) Ltd. as its agent in the United Kingdom and Ireland for its extrusion dies product lines, it was announced by Andrei Stapinoiu, managing director of Nordson EDI Europe. 

Regis Machinery will provide sales and support services for Nordson EDI Europe's range of flat dies and related systems for film, sheet, extrusion coating, and fluid coating. The company has long provided representation for Nordson's Kreyenborg line of pumps and screen changers and its BKG line of pelletizers.

Plastic bag producer Hilex Poly talks acquisition of paper bag maker

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 18th, 2014

Paper or plastic? Well, with Hilex Poly's acquisition of Duro Bag Manufacturing, a provider of paper bags, the company's answer is now both.

Yes, Ben, there really is a great future in plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2014

Most of us who've been in the plastics industry for at least the last two decades have probably heard this comment many times: "Did you see The Graduate?"

Yes, we've either seen that iconic movie that helped to put the plastics industry on the map, or we've heard about it. Dustin Hoffman plays the young man Ben, who's just graduated from college, and can't seem to decide on what to do with his life. At a party, Mr. McGuire pulls Ben aside and tells him that his future lies in just one word: Plastics.

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