Plastics & Additives

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.

Plastic air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

A recently-introduced hybrid sports car features the world's first high-heat plastic air intake manifold (AIM) with integrated charge air cooler (CAC). The engineering plastic used in this application is a high temperature-resistant polyamide (PA) 46 from the Stanyl Diablo range of DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

IAPD announces 2014 scholarship recipients

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

With the new school year fast approaching, the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) announced that 12 recipients have been awarded a 2014 IAPD Scholarship through the IAPD Charitable Foundation. Annual IAPD scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

IAPD member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program for polymer sciences, are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.

PVC pipes as shark repellant

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 21st, 2014

I follow a number of plastics-related news feeds, all of which contain a steady stream of articles and blog posts about plastic pollution in marine environments. So, when I came across a story about a marine scientist who wants to put plastic in the ocean, it immediately caught my attention.

Polycarbonate rear window 35% lighter than glass version

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 20th, 2014

With the automotive industry focused on hitting future fuel economy and emission targets, the Ford Motor Company has revealed a drivable multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) with polycarbonate (PC) glazing from Sabic's Innovative Plastics business. This solution reportedly realizes a 35% weight reduction compared to the same window on a 2013 model year Ford Fusion production vehicle.

Intertape Polymer Group launches new polyolefin shrink film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 18th, 2014

Intertape Polymer Group, a North American packaging manufacturer, has introduced its newest cross-linked polyolefin shrink film called ExlfilmPlus GPL (Global Performance Lite).

IPG began producing polyolefin shrink film in 1993. Over the past 20 years, the company has been shrink wrapping products throughout the world with films produced at its manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Portugal.

Large vertical press delivers process flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

For overmolding of organic sheets and tapes, and in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) processes, if often makes sense to work with gravity according to machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria). "This reduces the effort in the handling of parts and the fixation of insert parts in the mold, and also facilitates manual intervention," it notes.

SeaWorld uses Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle technology for new packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 17th, 2014

Last time PlasticsToday covered SeaWorld and plastics was when the company announced it would remove plastic shopping bags at all of its theme parks. This time around the company has somewhat embraced plastics, or more specifically, bioplastics. 

Elasto Sweden to add medical-grade TPE production line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Elasto Sweden is building a new production line for its medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) at its facility in Åmål, Sweden. Part of the Hexpol TPE group (Eupen, Belgium), Elasto plans to invest in high-quality twin screw technology, advanced raw material controls, and supporting auxiliary and testing equipment. The new line is expected to come on stream in 2015.

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