Additive improves thermoforming, foaming properties of PP

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 3rd, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) has kicked off marketing efforts for a new modifier for polypropylene-based resins. The additive, dosed in small amounts, reportedly enhances the processing and foaming properties of polypropylene (PP) resins.

Itself based on PP resin, the modifier reportedly boasts excellent compatibility with PP base resins, while it does not adversely affect the external appearance of molded parts. Further, it is said to be heat resistant, low in density and low in cost.

Say cheese? New whey-based thermoformable barrier coating under development

By Karen Laird
Published: July 31st, 2014

As far as growth is concerned, the packaging industry has nothing to worry about. Sustainability, however, is another story. And while the need for greener packaging represents a significant market opportunity, solutions that deliver the requisite performance at a competitive price are still thin on the ground.

A dominant technology in the packaging market is thermoforming, yet although, for example, bio-based trays have been around for a number of years, in general, they fail to meet the barrier properties required for sensitive food products.

Summertime and the grass is green! But how is the lawn & garden market?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The lawn and garden market always springs to life about April or May in many parts of the country, and that's when sales of garden tractors and equipment, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and other helpful tools for landscape maintenance, lawn care and gardening see a strong boost in sales. However, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA), the lawn and garden business could be better.

Medical thermoformer Nelipak expands U.S. footprint with Flexpak acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

Nelipak Corp. (Cranston, RI) announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Debond Corp. (dba Flexpak Corp.). The business will be owned by Nelipak and operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging.

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.

Thermoforming Technology Group acquires Lyle Industries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Consolidation in the thermoforming machinery sector continues with the announcement by Thermoforming Technology Group LLC (TTG) that it has acquired Lyle Industries of Beaverton, MI, one of the leading thermoforming machinery manufacturers in the United States. Thermoforming Technology Group is the parent company of Brown Machine LLC and EPCO LLC, which were acquired in January 2008.

Cereplast assets acquired by Trellis Earth Products

By Karen Laird
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Trellis Earth Products, a leading maker of bioplastic bags and food service disposables headquartered in Portland, OR, will pay $2.6 million for substantially all of Cereplast's assets including production equipment, patents, inventory, and trademarks, plus pay certain contract cure costs, as part of Cereplast's Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings. Cereplast's petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy was approved at the end of March by an Indiana bankruptcy court. Now, United States Bankruptcy Judge Basil H.

Myers Industries will sell off Lawn & Garden and acquire Scepter Corp.

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 11th, 2014

Polymer products maker Myers Industries, Inc. (Akron, OH) has started the process of selling off its Lawn & Garden Segment even as it acquires Scepter Corp. and significantly expands its Material Handling Segment.

The Lawn & Garden business sells under several brand names.

Global competitiveness through local value

By Patrick Gerard
Published: June 6th, 2014

"The year 2030: The long-standing division of the world in the three markets of Europe, America and Asia is dissolved. There is a fully integrated world market with globalized product segments."

PendaForm expanding Bluffton, IN thermoforming plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 6th, 2014

PendaForm Co., formerly Fabri-Form, is expanding its Bluffton, IN, facility that is anticipated to add 50 new jobs and potentially up to $4 million new investments to the Wells County, IN economy. Work began earlier this year and is expected to be in full production later this year.

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