Consumer goods

IMDA symposium to feature keynote speaker Mike Ferrari

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 25th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association announced Mike Ferrari of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC, as its keynote speaker at its 2014 IMDA Symposium and Exhibit, October 22-23, 2014. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Chicago North Shore Hotel & Conference Center in Skokie, IL. The theme for the 2014 Symposium is "IML/IMD - Concept to Completion: How IMDA Awards are Won."

Andiamo Luggage uses new extrudable polycarbonate designed for enhanced scratch-resistance

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 25th, 2014

A billion people worldwide travel annually, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). That number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030.

But there's no reason to expect travel to get any easier—on travelers or on their luggage—in years to come.

Andiamo Luggage LLC and Bayer MaterialScience developed an extrudable polycarbonate grade intended to help keep suitcases looking good, even after extensive travel. Makrolon ET MS240 is designed to provide significantly better surface protection.

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.

ABCO Tool & Die's 'visionary' business strategy provides a clear path to growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

When ABCO Tool & Die Inc. started in business nearly 40 years ago, the company was your typical mold builder. However, it then received an opportunity from one of the major manufacturing companies in the state of Massachusetts: Polaroid.

Continental Structural Plastics acquire Magna’s composites operations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP the world's largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounder and manufacturer, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

A new biorefinery will use palm oil to produce olefins and specialty chemicals

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 16th, 2014

A new collaboration will result in a 240,000 MT metathesis biorefinery in Malaysia. It will produce renewable, high-performance olefins and specialty chemicals that can be used in multiple end-products, including engineered polymers, as well as lubricants, surfactants, and detergents.

Elevance Renewable Sciences, a specialty chemicals company based in Woodridge, IL, began a new venture with Genting Plantations Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd (GIB). Elevance is a developer of specialty chemicals produced from natural oils.

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

Q&A with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Process Systems about sustainable tubing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

Brand owners have a lot on their plate these days. The food safety regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex - especially for multinational manufacturers. New and pending regulations seek to prevent contamination scenarios with heavy contingency planning and robust reporting structures. Additionally, the industry is self-regulating the exposure of edible goods to certain chemicals of concern.

Walmart ups commitment to buy more ‘Made in USA’ with first-ever open call for suppliers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

If you want 'Made in the USA,' you have to ask for it. And if you're the giant retailer Walmart, when you ask, people respond. On July 8, Walmart held its first-ever open call event for Made in the USA products, opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters to pitch their products to Walmart's senior leaders and merchants.

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