Unilever expands use of MuCell technology from Zotefoams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at a minimum 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever. The MuCell technology for extrusion blow molding (EBM) was created in close collaboration with two of Unilever's global packaging suppliers, Alpla and MuCell Extrusion. It represents a breakthrough in bottle technology by using gas-injection to create bubbles in the middle layer of the wall to reduce bottle density and the amount of plastic required.

Plastics industry M&A proves to be hot market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 8th, 2014

Ask just about any investment bank or financial firm about the plastics industry with respect to M&A and they paint similar pictures: it's hot! While some reports show that transaction volume was down in 2013 from 2012, overall plastics industry players remain attractive to those looking to get into the plastics market.

Petainer uses PET for new line of jars

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plastic packaging supplier Petainer has launched a new PET jar, which can be supplied as a fully blown jar or as a PET wide mouth preform. 

SPI and ANSI release new plastics machinery safety standards

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released two recently revised American National Standards and a new American National Standard on plastics machinery safety. 

Italian machinery sector holding on, in spite of everything

By Karen Laird
Published: March 24th, 2014

Assocomaplast, the Italian trade association for manufacturers of plastic and rubber processing machinery, has presented the figures for 2013, showing that this sector is holding steady, despite what the association called "the lasting weakness in the domestic market."

Plastics machinery shipments up 8 percent in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.

TI Automotive opens fuel tank molding plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

Automotive fluid systems supplier TI Automotive (Auburn Hills, MI) has inaugurated its newest fuel tank systems production facility in Guangzhou, southern China. The 67,000-square-foot facility is TI Automotive's second fuel tank production facility within China and produces blow-molded plastic fuel tanks for Nissan, Toyota, Peugeot Citröen and Qoros.

Week of 3/10 to 3/14: Cool wearable medical devices slideshow and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 14th, 2014

The global market for wearable devices is growing. And some of the technology is just pretty darn cool, which is one reason Senior Editor Norbert Sparrow decided to create a slideshow to highlight this innovative sector.

Currier Plastics adds value with 3D printing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2014

Seeing the value in new technology is often a daunting challenge for molders and moldmakers. That has been the case with 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) technology. As 3D printing has become an increasingly larger part of the overall manufacturing process in plants worldwide, more molders are adopting this technology for its value-added benefits.

Weight-reducing, space-saving turbocharged air duct boosts engine performance

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 10th, 2014

A turbocharged air duct which meets the needs for better engine response as well as improved fuel economy and reduced emissions has been developed by Röchling Automotive (Mannheim, Germany) and is now in the production phase at the Tier I for utilization in the 2011 Audi Q5 2.0L TDI.

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