Plastics & Additives

Dow and Ampac team up for new packaging technology

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 18th, 2014

The future of packaging looks to be pretty square, at least when it comes to design.

Dow Chemical's packaging division has partnered up with flexible packaging converter Ampac to bring a new packaging technology to North America. Ampac is now a licensee of Dow's PacXpert packaging technology and is authorized to sell the packages in North America. Ampac will produce packages enabled by PacXpert Technology and will sell the packages to their customer base under the Ampac CubePak name.

Aluminum makes its case for lightweighting in pickup trucks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

Spearheaded by the aluminum-heavy Ford F-150 pickup truck, aluminum is poised to dominate this vehicle category by 2025 according to a survey of automakers conducted by market analyst Ducker Worldwide (Troy, MI). By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America are forecast to be aluminum-bodied. The study was commissioned by The Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG).

Resin pricing: Gains seen for some LLDPE film grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

The spot resin markets continued cool for the first part of the week (June 9-13), but then activity heated up, particularly for polyethylene film grades, according to The Plastics Exchange. Prices for most PE commodity resins were steady, although strong processor demand for LLDPE, amid limited supply, lifted those prices by as much as $.02/lb, depending on grade. PE producers have consistently resisted the call for price relief and June contracts will likely roll over once again.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions touts optimized supply chain at MD&M East

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 17th, 2014

Over the course of my 16+ years covering the medical manufacturing supply chain, countless component suppliers have told me that they're not sure of the final application for which their part is being used. It's not something you're likely to hear from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Torrance, CA), unless, of course, their customer has asked them not to share any information with nosy journalists.

World's first thermoplastic composite wheel: polyetherimide/carbon fiber combination

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

Sabic, Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) and other industry partners are working to further advance the development of the world's first thermoplastic composite wheel. The wheel leverages the properties of Sabic's polyetherimide (PEI) resin and Kringlan's three-dimensional composite design capabilities to create a material solution that can be used to replace heavier traditional materials, such as metal and aluminum alloy.

Cleveland State University receives grant to expand additive manufacturing research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Cleveland State University's Washkewicz College of Engineering and Rapid Prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) have partnered in a workforce development effort, and received a $293,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents in support of the college's Workforce Development Equipment and Faculty Program in Additive Manufacturing.

RAPID 2014: A showcase for innovation and creativity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, provided an introductory overview at RAPID 2014 of all the latest and greatest in 3D printing innovations, and encouraged attendees to visit those companies exhibiting at the show to see for themselves these exciting new products.

Italian biorefinery project Matrìca inaugurated: New green chemistry complex officially open

By Karen Laird
Published: June 16th, 2014

The official inauguration of the first of the green chemistry plants at the new Matrìca complex took place on Monday at Porto Torres, on the island of Sardinia. Matrìca is a 50:50 joint venture between Versalis, the leading Italian manufacturer of petrochemical products, and Novamont, a major Italian manufacturer of bioplastics sector.

IVD test platform named best in show at Medical Design Excellence Awards

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 13th, 2014

Keeping it simple is a complicated process, but it can also be rewarding. The AtomoRapid in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test platform from Atomo Diagnostics (Sydney) is a case in point: Not only did it receive a gold award in the IVD category of the Medical Design Excellence Awards, which were announced in New York City on June 11, 2014, it was also named best in show. Why? At least partly because the company engineered out inconvenience and potential user error from the device.

Carbon fiber from lignin for cost-effective advanced composites

By Karen Laird
Published: June 13th, 2014

It may sound like something straight out of Rumpelstiltskin, but in Sweden, they're serious: two research institutes have joined forces to develop and market carbon fiber that is spun from trees. 

Innventia, a research institute focusing on innovations based on forest raw materials and Swerea SICOMP, one of Europe's leading research institutes in the field of polymer fiber composites, have announced a road map for the project, the target of which is to have the new product ready for market by 2025.

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