Consumer goods

California finally has another first: Statewide plastic bag ban!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2014

Congratulations California! The State Legislature and Governor have successfully managed to P-O an entire industry by passing the first statewide ban on plastic bags. I'm not sure just how many plastic bag manufacturers there are in California, but close to 100 companies listing plastic bags as their product of manufacture were named in the Southern California section of the Thomas Register when I checked it out.

Latest 3D simulation software version debuts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 31st, 2014

3D CAE simulation solutions provider CoreTech System (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has released its latest iteration of software: Moldex3D R13.0.

Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano appoints new CEO

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Masterbatch producer Sukano AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland) has announced the appointment of Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. De Braaf, who has served the company since March 1, 2014, as Head of Sales, was unanimously elected to this new position by the Board of Directors of Sukano AG. In addition to his new tasks as CEO, he will continue to head the sales team.

Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

Bayer MaterialScience dreams of expanding range of CO2-based plastics

By Karen Laird
Published: August 26th, 2014

When in 2009 Bayer MaterialScience started exploring ways to make it possible to use CO2 as a raw material to make plastics, it named the project "Dream Reactions." The researchers working on the project knew that CO2 could be used to replace, at least in part, the use of oil - the trick was finding the catalyst that would make this 'dream' reaction come true.

Faced with hydraulic fluid leakage issues, a bicycle shock absorbers maker turns to a proprietary PTFE

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Shock absorbers are crucial components in higher-end bicycle suspension systems. They increase rider comfort, but also help keep one or both wheels in contact with the ground to improve control and traction. These performance enhancements are especially beneficial for riding over rough terrain, such as mountain biking.

Non-profit molding company profits the disabled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive members of society; to have a good job and contribute their talents in whatever ways they can. Parents of developmentally disabled children are no different. But in 1965, there were not many options for young people. That's when a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities founded Coarc, a not-for-profit organization and a much better alternative to being placed in an institution.

Is Walmart’s push for more Made In the USA altruism or is it about the money?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

We've heard a lot this summer about Walmart's push to find more manufacturers in the USA who can supply the giant retailer with products consumers are craving. The company is looking to invest $50 billion of these 'Made in the USA' goods on Walmart's shelves. And it seems that U.S. manufacturers are flocking to supplier events to get in on Walmart's newfound love for products made in the USA.

Custom and proprietary molder of K’NEX Construction Toys attends Walmart’s 2014 U.S. manufacturing summit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 21st, 2014

Walmart is continuing its search for 'Made in the USA' products, and on August 14, the giant retailer held a U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO. Walmart executives, industry experts, suppliers, and component manufacturers gathered for two days to discuss Walmart's commitment to spending an additional $50 billion on investing in American-made products.

3D printing and additive manufacturing industry expected to quadruple in size in four years

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

Wohlers Associates Inc., an independent consulting firm providing technical, market, and strategic advice on developments and trends in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing, expects worldwide revenues in that industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. According to the Wohlers Report 2014, the company's annual publication on the subject, the industry grew to an estimated $3.07 billion in 2013. By 2020, Wohlers Associates forecasts revenues from all products and services in the industry to exceed $21 billion.

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