Plastics & Additives

Five reasons why Chicago will be your kind of town come October

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 19th, 2014

The Medical Design & Manufacturing portfolio of events has its Chicago moment on Oct. 15 and 16, when MD&M Chicago comes to the Schaumburg Convention Center. Showcasing innovations in materials, processing technologies, contract services, and much more specifically for the medical device sector, the exposition is accompanied by conference sessions exploring everything from product design to regulatory matters.

Kydex and Allen Extruders join together as Sekisui SPI

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 19th, 2014

Sekisui Chemical has joined together Kydex and Allen Extruders to form Sekisui SPI.

Sekisui Chemical purchased Kydex, a manufacturer of thermoplastic sheet design, back in 1990. In 2007, the Tokyo-based chemical giant acquired Allen Extruders. Sekisui SPI will be headquartered at Kydex's location in Bloomsburg, PA, with a second location in Holland, MI, where Allen Extruders is based.

Amcor to operate an on-site bottle production facility at Method’s Chicago plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2014

Amcor Rigid Plastics plans to operate an on-site bottle production facility within Method's new advanced manufacturing facility in Chicago. Method, a provider in eco-friendly household, fabric, and personal care products, recently announced that it will build a flagship manufacturing facility in the Pullman Park neighborhood on Chicago's south side.

Chinese-based TPE manufacturer establishes North American headquarters

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 18th, 2014

Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers is American-owned, but the company saw its start thousands of miles away.

"The company began in China because it was the largest TPE market at the time and we continue to see robust demand within this market," a company spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Since the establishment of the business in 2005 in China, Polymax TPE has designated a TPE Research and Development Center for Jiangsu Province and has become one of the top three TPE manufacturers in China, according to the company.

Eastman Chemical expands nonphthalate plasticizer capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

Eastman Chemical Co. has completed a previously announced capacity expansion of its Eastman 168 nonphthalate plasticizers at its manufacturing facility in Texas City, TX. Overall capacity of Eastman 168 has been increased by approximately 15%.

DuPont to increase ethylene capacity to meet packaging demand

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 18th, 2014

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers plans to invest $100 million to increase production capacity of its ethylene copolymers assets at its Texas manufacturing facilities. The company estimates that the by the end of 2015, it will install more than one-third of the investment. The balance of the investment is expected to be completed over the following three years. 

Registration open for SPI's Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

From managing a multigenerational workforce to learning how 3D printing may offer a 'giant step' for short run injection molds, the lineup for the Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando, FL) is looking strong.  

The Business of Plastics Conference, also produced by SPI, will be held during the first three days of the exposition. NPE2015 attendees can now register for the conference as part of the process of registering for the show.

The Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations. Session topics will include:

Bayer Board of Management announces plans to jettison plastics business

By Karen Laird
Published: September 18th, 2014

Bayer's gradual move to position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health has now culminated in the inevitable decision to unload its plastics business. The announcement came Thursday and was made by Bayer A.G.'s Board of Management. 

Eastman copolyester selected for newborn hearing screener

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 18th, 2014

A medical device used to screen the hearing of newborns has undergone a material makeover. Components of the Echo-Screen, which has been on the market for 10 years, originally were fabricated from a PC/ABS alloy. Presumably because of the BPA controversy, which some studies have linked to human health concerns, Natus Medical (San Carlos, CA) established new material requirements for its infant-care products, starting with the Echo-Screen. The company chose Tritan copolyester MXF121 from Eastman Chemical Co.

Full CFRT bodies get boost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

In 2011, Teijin (Osaka, Japan) built a four-seater concept car with a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) body structure. The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kg, merely a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world of mass production applications for carbon fiber composites..

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