Extrusion-Film & Sheet

Extrusion basics: Plastics additives—what's in it for me (or for you)?

By Allan Griff
Published: November 16th, 2015

We know that all plastics are not alike (public opinion to the contrary), but too often we accept a supplier's product without knowing what's in it that may help or hinder our operations, and, most importantly, in what form and how much. I'm talking about additives here, not the base resins, which should be selected and specified wisely, too.

Global Plastics Summit: PE, PP capacity coming on strong

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 15th, 2015

In real estate, it's "location, location, location." In plastic resins, it's "capacity, capacity, capacity." At the recent Global Plastics Summit, organized by IHS and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association in Chicago, Nick Vafiadis, Senior Director, Global Polyolefins and Plastics for IHS Chemical, noted that for polyethylene (PE), a 0.03 cent increase per pound is a "reasonable expectation under regional market conditions." He added that ethylene constraints in the first and second quarters of 2016 will ease and PE prices will drop by a nickel.

Rapid expansion: Test facilities in Sweden nearly doubled

By Karen Laird
Published: November 13th, 2015

Swedish size reduction equipment specialist Rapid Granulator, has added a major extension to its testing facilities at its headquarters in Bredaryd, a small town in the southern part of Sweden. The company has constructed an additional 500 square meters of space, almost doubling its existing test area, which takes the total available space to over 1,100 square meters. The extra area as been made suitable for granulators of all sizes. Moreover, most of the test area now also has a ceiling height of nine meters.

Constantia expands presence in Southeast Asia label market with latest purchase

By Kari Embree
Published: November 9th, 2015

Packaging manufacturer Constantia Flexibles Group (Vienna, Austria) has announced its plans to purchase Australian company Pemara Labels Group as it looks to expand its position in the Southeast Asia labels market. Financial details were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to be finalized in the next few months.

European grant assists in development of natural fiber-ABS composite

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 4th, 2015

Elix Polymers has introduced a new generation of natural fiber-reinforced acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin. Elix ECO ABS-NF thermoplastic is said to be highly suited for injection molding applications and specific extrusion processes, delivering a high aesthetical value to the final ABS-NF molded parts. Market applications include automotive and furniture markets.

Bandera's extrusion lines on display at Cambridge Graphene Days

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 2nd, 2015

At the Cambridge Graphene Technology Days, held Nov. 5-6 at Cambridge University, Bandera spa (Busto Arsizio, Italy) will present its plastics extrusion lines for substrate films and foil/sheet with industrial production output up to several tons per hour and dimensions up to 22 m for agricultural applications and 3 m for packaging, converting, printing, lamination or up to 8.5 m for waterproof systems, with multilayer (3 to 9) structure.

Mitsui inaugurates elastomers plant in China

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 29th, 2015

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) officially launched its new manufacturing and sales company for elastomeric olefin and adhesive compounds in China, Mitsui Chemicals Functional Composites (Shanghai) (MFS), with an opening ceremony on October 27th. Capacity at the plant is 11,000 tonnes/year.

GriffsNotes: How polyethylene won the war

By Allan Griff
Published: October 29th, 2015

Back in the summer of 1940, the Nazis had already occupied France and Holland, and Great Britain was next on their list. It wouldn't be so easy—the last time anybody successfully invaded Britain was in 1066—so they started bombing the military facilities and parts of the cities. The British fought back. Outnumbered in planes and pilots (the average pilot age was 20), they kept resisting in the air and from the ground with anti-aircraft guns. They also kept building new fighter planes.

Dow expands product range with new Innate packaging resins

By Kari Embree
Published: October 28th, 2015

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) has launched Innate Precision Packaging Resins, a new range of resins designed to help customers tackle what Dow calls some of today’s most challenging packaging performance gaps. This is the first time the Company has released a major product since Intune—a polypropylene-based olefin block copolymer which was launched at the K 2013 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Constantia Flexibles opens new Competence Center for films

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 22nd, 2015

Constantia Flexibles (Vienna, Austria) has opened its doors to its new, state-of-the-art Competence Center for the research and development (R&D) of polymer films and film laminates for flexible packaging. The Center is located at the company’s second largest production plant in Weiden, Germany.

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