Extrusion-Film & Sheet

Metallocene PP material targets foam, large thermoforming applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2015

Japan Polypropylene (JPP) has launched a high melt strength polypropylene (PP) resin dubbed Waymax which consists of a reactor-produced long chain branched (LCB) material based on proprietary catalyst and polymerization technologies.
According to the supplier, existing LCB-PPs are primarily produced via "post-reactor" modification and have some drawbacks such as fish-eye and recyclability. JPP, however, has succeeded in introducing LCB structure into the polymer chain using a metallocene catalyst.

Plastics reduce weight aloft, differentiate airline brands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2015

As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes.

Raw material shortages, spiraling prices threaten German plastic packaging producers

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Last week, the European Plastics Converters Association, headquartered in Brussels, issued a warning to the effect that an extremely undesirable situation was developing with regard to the force majeure declarations by some of the leading polymer suppliers to the European market.

Engineering resins? Asaclean purging compounds can take the heat

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, when Japan's Asahi Kasei Chemicals introduced the Asaclean purging compound for molders and extruders, it earned numerous accolades for its technology, which is now sold in more than 60 countries. The company hasn't rested on its laurels, as Joe Galluci explained to PlasticsToday from the company's booth at NPE2015. Galluci is National Sales Manager for Sun Plastech Inc. (Parsippany, NJ), a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei that manufactures and distributes the purging compound.

GriffsNotes: Six NPE2015 business resources to use now (even if you didn't attend the show)

By Allan Griff
Published: April 3rd, 2015

Trade shows such as NPE2015 are not just spectacular events, like an eclipse or comet, that show up for a brief moment and then disappear. On the contrary, they have echoes. Exhibitors prepare for them, printing brochures and priming their sales force, so that even after the last machine is re-crated and sent off to its new owner, and the last box of giveaways is packed (or recycled), the echoes remain. Here is some advice on how to hear those echoes and make the most of them.

PolyOne launches reSound NF reinforced materials for sustainable lightweighting

By Karen Laird
Published: March 19th, 2015

At this year's VDI "Plastics in Automotive Engineering" conference on March 18 and 19 in Mannheim, Germany, PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) announced the development of its new natural fiber-filled reSound NF reinforced materials. Developed for advanced applications in transportation, these materials contain a minimum of 30% biobased content, and are in current evaluations at several key automotive OEMs.

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: 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.

Berry Plastics and Klöckner Pentaplast agreement provides single-source packaging services

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2015

Berry Plastics (Evansville, IN) and Klöckner Pentaplast Group (Gordonsville, VA) have entered into a marketing alliance to offer innovative form, fill and seal packaging services to the food, consumer, pharmaceutical and medical markets. Klöckner Pentaplast manufactures forming films used to produce trays, while Berry Plastics manufacturers nonforming lid stock films using various sealant chemistries.

Arkema's new Plastistrength 566 acrylic process aid benefits building and construction products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 13th, 2015

PVC as a polymer material is ubiquitous. It is, in fact, the third most used resin behind polyethylene and polypropylene and, therefore, according to Jason Lyons, R&D Manager of polymer additives at Arkema (King of Prussia, PA), it's a material worth taking a new look at in terms of properties. PVC is a material that consists of many ingredients in its formulation, and traditionally the molecular weight of PVC has a value less than 100k, Lyons explained to PlasticsToday.

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