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Unilever leverages the advantages of 3D-printed injection molds for prototype parts

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 20th, 2015

Using 3D printing (aka Additive Manufacturing) to create core and cavity sets is catching on in a big way among one of the large, multi-national consumer goods companies. The Italian division of Unilever has managed to cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys' PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process.

New University of Calgary study finds Bisphenol A replacement is less than safe

By Karen Laird
Published: January 13th, 2015

In a study published Monday, January 12, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers in Deborah Kurrasch's lab at the University of Calgary have provided evidence that both BPA and a much-used alternative, BPS, cause alterations in brain development leading to hyperactivity in zebrafish.

Zebrafish are a widely accepted biomedical model for understanding embryonic brain development. About 80% of the genes found in people have a counterpart in zebrafish, which have very similar developmental processes as humans.

Start-up recycler QCP building circular polymer plant at Chemelot

By Karen Laird
Published: January 12th, 2015

If all goes according to plan, the Netherlands will boast a brand new plastics recycling plant that is due to start up operations by the end of 2015. Called QCP, short for Quality Circular Polymers, the company was established in April 2014 by Huub Meessen and Marc Houtermans, with the backing of a number of strategic investors. QCP's plant will ultimately produce high-quality raw materials, with a focus on PP and PE, derived from industrial and household plastic waste for the plastics industry. The project involves a total investment of 75 million euros ($88.42 million).

Top 10 plastics stories of 2014

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 31st, 2014

As we say goodbye to another year, while looking ahead on what's on the horizon (hello again, NPE), it's always a good time to reflect on the year that was. From the Aston Martin recall due to counterfeit plastic material to the talk of Lego embracing bioplastics, the most-read articles covered the gamut and the globe.

So here they are, the top 10 most-read articles of 2014 on PlasticsToday.

Plastic Molding Technology invests in new equipment

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 30th, 2014

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. recently invested in new, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to improve productivity and increase production flexibility. The new presses include three 55-ton all-electric Toshiba presses that replace eight machines that were over 15 years old.

P&G's 2014 sustainability report highlights plastic packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 29th, 2014

P&G recently released its 16th annual sustainability report, which detailed projects and goals that are reducing the environmental footprint of the company. The report highlights P&G reaching its waste reduction goal six years early and its pulp certification goal a year early, and growing to 70 as the number of global facilities now delivering zero manufacturing waste to landfill.

Bioplastics in 2014: the 'green' year that was

By Karen Laird
Published: December 22nd, 2014

All considering, 2014 was not at all a bad year - at least in terms of bioplastics innovations and applications, that is.

Breyer launches new extrusion system for laminate tube producers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 19th, 2014

The market of seamless cosmetic tubes today offers all kinds of designs of tubes for the cosmetics industry, and as a result, it expects high flexibility from the production and the operators. Main reason: the tube design changes often in order to stand apart from the crowd. In other words, "packaging sells."

Teijin outsources phosphorus flame retardant manufacture to Taiwan's Chitec

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 15th, 2014

Teijin Limited (Tokyo) has kicked off mass production of its new FCX-210 phosphorus-based flame retardant began at a 1000-tonnes/year plant operated by Taiwanese additives manufacturer chemical manufacturer Chitec Technology (Taipei).

Kraiburg expanding North American TPE production with new plant in Georgia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 10th, 2014

Construction work on a new production and administration complex for Kraiburg TPE Americas has started in Buford, Georgia. The company is investing $15 million in a new production facility for hydrogenated styrene block copolymer (HSBC) thermoplastic elastomers and an office that will form the hub of US business activities.

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