Plastics & Additives

The battle over “green” plastics continues in the building & construction industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

This week, David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, took the opportunity to rake the plastics industry over the coals while SPI and other plastics industry groups held their "fly-in" in Washington, D.C.

DuPont and Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion develop new perforation resistant thermoformable film

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

A collaboration to improve the efficiency, performance and sustainability of packaging applications between Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, has resulted in a material and cost-saving medium barrier 9-layer film for thermoforming applications.

Meredian Inc. and DaniMer Scientific merge under Meredian Holdings Group Inc.

By Karen Laird
Published: July 24th, 2014

Leading PHA producer Meredian Inc. and DaniMer Scientific, an international corporation focusing on the development of sustainably produced, renewable and biodegradable resources, have announced that they have merged under Meredian Holdings Group Inc.

Strong expansion projected for European biodegradable plastic market

By Karen Laird
Published: July 24th, 2014

Regulatory measures, growing R&D investments in bioplastics by public and private sectors and growing environmental awareness among consumers throughout the European Union are combining to create an environment in which biodegradable plastics can flourish, says a recently published report by TechSci Research, a global research based management consulting firm. In "Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019," researchers forecast a robust CAGR of around 12% during 2014-19 for the biodegradable plastics market in Europe.

Ultrasonic machining process makes light work of composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 24th, 2014

Researchers at Loughborough University (Leicestershire, UK) have developed a device that they say could revolutionize the way cutting, drilling and milling of composite materials is accomplished. It involves a technique called ultrasonically-assisted machining (UAM), which uses a specially designed piezoelectric transducer working in tandem with a traditional turning, drilling or milling machine.

New line of injection molded thermoplastic components to compete with metals

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 23rd, 2014

A new line from Piper Plastics is said to bridge the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. The new material, called Kyron Max, allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals.

Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.

Teknor Apex unveils polymer-neutral strategy for medical market at MEDTEC China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 23rd, 2014

PVC or not PVC? If that is the question, Teknor Apex (Singapore) says it has the answer for customers in the medical sector. The compounder has restructured its product portfolio to offer medical device designers and manufacturers an expansive range of raw material options, an approach that it is calling a polymer-neutral medical market strategy. The company will introduce the concept at MEDTEC China, which returns to Shanghai in September 2014.

Slippery coating inside plastic packaging enables viscous liquids to slide easily

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 22nd, 2014

A new technology seeks to change the way liquids move within packaging. LiquiGlide makes slippery coatings for plastic surfaces that enable viscous liquids to easily slide. The technology is targeting plastic containers for sticky consumer packaged goods such as ketchup and mayo to lotion and even glue.

Slow growth for Europe’s flexible packaging market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Due to a declining demand in a number of national markets, including France and Italy, and the continuing lack of significant inflationary pressures, growth for Europe's flexible packaging market is slowing to 1.3% in both value and volume terms in 2013, down from 2.1% and 1.8% respectively in 2012.

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