Published: March 9th, 2014
A family of liquid thermoplastic resins can be transformed into practical parts and components using processing technologies normally associated with thermoset resins, such as resin transfer molding (RTM). Arkema, the supplier of the materials, says application has commenced on a commercial basis in 2014, where their lightweight, cost-effective and recyclable nature is being exploited.
Published: March 6th, 2014
What's in a name? Well, for Winkler Plastics, you could say everything. The company recently rebranded itself as Nuconic Packaging.
"We rebranded the name to reset the stage for growth," Nuconic Packaging CEO Alan Franz told PlasticsToday. "We wanted to have a name that differentiated ourselves from other competitors and formulated a name that was internally derived of being 'New - NU,' of our primary product 'CONtainers,' and made of PlastIC.'"
Published: March 5th, 2014
According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.
Published: March 5th, 2014
Following a strong year in 2012, the North American robotics market recorded its best year ever in 2013 in terms of robot shipments, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA). A total of 22,591 robots valued at $1.39 billion were shipped to companies in North America in 2013, beating the previous record of 20,328 robots valued at $1.29 billion shipped in 2012.
Published: February 27th, 2014
Walk into any grocery or retail store and you'll see the shelves lined with packaging that utilizes the in-mold labeling (IML) process. IML has become an important component of many companies' branding and sustainability strategies. Despite the progress in IML applications, technology and materials, it remains a niche in the overall label market globally. That was the message of Corey Reardon, president & CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, in his address to attendees at the annual IMLCON/IMDCON in Phoenix last week.
Published: February 24th, 2014
Thick-gauge thermoformed plastics can be used for medical applications such as MRI and blood analysis equipment and CT and PET scanners. The technology produces durable, lightweight parts with antiabrasion properties, crisp features, and fine surface detail. Moreover, some vendors can thermoform parts as large as 9 X 13 ft, expansive enough for even the largest MRI covers, and options now include embedding antimicrobial materials and twin-sheet thermoforming.
Published: February 20th, 2014
The sound was faint but unmistakeable: Jimi Hendrix's version of the "Star Spangled Banner" wafted through the ballroom to rally NPE 2015 exhibitors to their seats. The space draw for NPE 2015 had officially begun at the Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, FL.
Published: February 17th, 2014
Toyota Australia's decision to cease manufacturing in 2017 will likely mean the complete demise of the Australian automotive industry if radical new thinking is not undertaken by all industry stakeholders. So says a statement from the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers(Melbourne, Australia). And at least one party claims generous subsidies may have contributed to the industry's downfall by "dulling incentives to improve productivity, seek export opportunities, and diversify into other industries."
Published: January 31st, 2014
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference recently concluded and the association claims it generated a note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global.
Published: January 30th, 2014
Eastman Chemical Co. plans to showcase a new technical platform, packaging and device offerings at MD&M West (Feb. 11-13) in Booth 2515.
The company recently annouced it is expanding its medical packaging portfolio with Eastalite copolyester, the company's first opaque offering. The company says that Eastalite is a sustainable alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for opaque rigid medical packaging.