Plastics & Additives

Resin pricing: All spot commodity PE resins now up $.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

The resin markets continued to experience above average activity and most spot plastics prices climbed further for the week of July 21-25, according to The Plastics Exchange. Polyethylene, hampered by production issues, was highly sought and HDPE was the busiest of the bunch. Polypropylene demand was also hot, but the lack of spot supply, at least at transactional prices, limited completed deals. Export interest remained heightened, but aside from the natural Latin American markets, scarce and high priced Houston offers disabled opportunities to other regions.

Six key questions to ask when sourcing flexible medical device packaging

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 29th, 2014

The time to begin thinking about medical device packaging is when an application for FDA approval is being prepared for submission, says LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer in the flexible packaging industry. Since package development takes time and is required for FDA approval, considering packaging late in development will only further delay time to market. LPS shared with PlasticsToday six important questions medical device OEMs should ask to determine the most appropriate and least expensive package for a given product.

Carbon fiber wheels propel Tour de France winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Hexcel Composites (Duxford, Cambridge) had a helping hand in the efforts of Vincenzo Nibali during his winning ride in the 2014 Tour de France. The rider's bike wheels were manufactured by Corima (Loriol-sur-Drôme, France) using Hexcel's carbon fiber composites.

Composite rocket promises low-cost launches

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

US Aerospace company Rocket Lab (Los Angeles, CA) is developing a world-first launch vehicle to deliver satellites into orbit cheaper and faster than ever before. The vehicle will make extensive use of carbon composites.

Durable goods orders in June increased $1.8 billion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that new orders for manufactured durable goods (those lasting three years or more) increased $1.8 billion or 0.7% to $239.9 billion. This increase, up four of the last five months, followed a 1.0% May decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased to 0.8%.

Machinery orders were up following two consecutive monthly decreases, led the increase, $0.9 billion or 2.4% to $373.3 billion.

Thermoplastic-compatible carbon fiber production commences; focus on auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

At the end of June, SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) started production of thermoplastic-compatible polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibers at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland. The new production start-up will initially service orders from the automotive industry.

New study looks at the role plastic films play in global food production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2014

In order to feed a global population, which is expected to top nine billion people by 2050, the world must reduce food waste and the distribution of food needs to be improved and food production increased. At the same time, agriculture faces challenges due to changing economic and environmental trends including climate change, biofuel expansion, slowing agricultural yields, rising meat demand and ever increasing calorie intake from a growing global middle class. It is estimated that by 2050, about 70% of the global population will be urban, compared to 50% today.

IMDA symposium to feature keynote speaker Mike Ferrari

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 25th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association announced Mike Ferrari of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC, as its keynote speaker at its 2014 IMDA Symposium and Exhibit, October 22-23, 2014. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Chicago North Shore Hotel & Conference Center in Skokie, IL. The theme for the 2014 Symposium is "IML/IMD - Concept to Completion: How IMDA Awards are Won."

Andiamo Luggage uses new extrudable polycarbonate designed for enhanced scratch-resistance

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 25th, 2014

A billion people worldwide travel annually, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). That number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030.

But there's no reason to expect travel to get any easier—on travelers or on their luggage—in years to come.

Andiamo Luggage LLC and Bayer MaterialScience developed an extrudable polycarbonate grade intended to help keep suitcases looking good, even after extensive travel. Makrolon ET MS240 is designed to provide significantly better surface protection.

New antioxidant biomaterial prevents medical implant failure, promotes healing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 25th, 2014

When a foreign material is put inside the human body, you will always get an inflammatory response to some degree, says Guillermo Ameer, professor of biomedical engineering in McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Chicago). "A problem with commonly used plastic materials, in particular, is that in addition to that inflammatory response, oxidation occurs," he adds.

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