Plastics & Additives

FDA approves first porous PEEK–based medical device

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

This week, MedShape Inc. (Atlanta) received US FDA 510(k) clearance for its Morphix SP Suture Anchor, which features the company's new Scoria technology, a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) material manufactured with micrometer-scale surface porosity and based on Zeniva PEEK resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Atlanta). MedShape reportedly is the first company to develop and clear through FDA a device containing porous PEEK.

The molding process is a science and an art at Winzeler Gear

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 19th, 2014

Is the molding process a science or an art? At Winzeler Gear, you don't have to separate the two. The company blends both in order to design and manufacture high precision high-tolerance molded plastic gears for the automotive, lawn and garden and office automation industries.

From the gallery of Fashion Gear Art to a distinctive new machine design and the walls of its facility in Chicago, you see the influence of modern art, fashion, design, and contemporary engineering in all aspects of the business.  

Plastic packaging recycling continues to grow in Canada

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 19th, 2014

For the third year in a row, the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada has increased. An additional 10% of plastic packaging was recycled in 2012 compared to 2011 as reported by Moore Recycling Associates Inc.

Japan hosts plastics event in 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

Held every three years, the International Plastic Fair Japan will welcome more than 700 exhibitors to the Makuhari Messe from October 28 to November 1, 2014. Upwards of 43,000 visitors are expected to attend to learn about new developments in materials, molding equipment and related parts and ancillary systems, metrology equipment, semifinished and finished parts, and more.

Release agent-free production of PU foamed interior components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

Because reactive polymers such as polyurethane (PU) exhibit extremely strong adhesion to metallic materials, appropriate measures are required in order to remove foamed articles from the mold without damaging them. Up until now, these measures - such as external release agents - have created a number of disadvantages.

Composites, eco-friendly materials deployed in Hyundai concept car

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 18th, 2014

Lotte Chemical Corp. (Seoul, Korea) is applying its carbon fiber-reinforced composites technology and eco-friendly materials in Hyundai’s Intrado concept car unveiled on March 4th at the Geneva Motor show.

Global plastic packaging company Coveris appoints new CEO

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 18th, 2014

Plastic packaging company Coveris has appointed Gary Masse as CEO, effective April 14, 2014.

The company calls Masse "a seasoned, results-driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector." He most recently served as CEO of Precision Partners Inc., a $500 million engineering and manufacturing company. Masse succeeds Jack Knott, who will remain involved with the company as a non-executive director on the Coveris board.

Resin pricing for March 10-14; prices for both PE and PP shaved $.01/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

The spot resin markets picked up a little, but transacted volumes remained below average, according to The Plastics Exchange. Sluggish demand has contributed to an accumulation of unsold offers and it is weighing on prices. Spot polypropylene shed a cent early, polyethylene then peeled off a penny as the week wore on. Spot pricing to patient processors has also seen a slight decline due to resellers shaving margins as they compete for orders to improve their monthly tally.

New alternative decking, roofing and more in the news

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 17th, 2014

With spring just around the corner, building products makers are hoping that homeowners will begin looking to upgrading their homes after a long, hard winter. The latest building and construction products introduced by some of the biggest names in alternative decking, railing and roofing products industry promise to make homes more attractive with less maintenance. And many of these products are made with a percentage of recycled materials, making them attractive from an environmental standpoint. 

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S&E Specialty Polymers expands current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

S&E Specialty Polymers has expanded its current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year. The company says it is equipped to handle a customer's tolling needs in a variety of polymers including PVC, PVC alloys, Low Smoke Zero Halogen, TPOs, TPRs and flame retardant & UV based concentrates.

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