Consumer goods

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.

Chinaplas: Taiwanese styrenic elastomer supplier on expansion drive

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Already among the world's top three styrenic block copolymer suppliers, Taiwan's TSRC Corp. (Taipei) is further augmenting its supply position. Speaking at a pre-Chinaplas press event, Chris Mudd, President and General Manager of group company Dexco Polymers (Houston, TX) outlined the company's expansion plans for the coming years.

PostNet’s Spindel recognizes need to protect IP

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

After reading my blog post from last week, 3D printing is not like making copies, Brian Spindel, president of COO and co-founder of PostNet, and I had a conversation about some of the questions I raised about offering 3D printing. I questioned whether it was feasible to offer that type of service in a business services center along with copying, packing and shipping, given that there is often intellectual property to protect.

Staples partners with 3D Systems to launch in-store 3D printing experience

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

It's catching on fast! Just days after PostNet, a business services retail center that offers copying, printing, packing and shipping, announced that its Minneapolis franchisee, Dave Thorson, has installed 3D printing services in that center, 3D Systems (3DS) announced a partnership with Staples Inc. in a pilot of 3D printing services in two Staples stores in New York City and Los Angeles.

Turning recycled water bottles into Plastic Gold

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 15th, 2014

With a little bit of Grimm magic, the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin was able to weave straw into gold. Here in the real world, designer Florie Salnot is practicing a different kind of alchemy by converting recycled plastic bottles into stunning—I repeat, stunning—pieces of jewelry. Don't believe me? Check out the images in this article.

Salnot collaborates with Saharawari refugees in the Sahara desert in Algeria in the design and production of the jewelry, called Plastic Gold.

NPE 2015 wants to see your high-end recycled products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

Plastics manufacturers that turn recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE 2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, FL. SPI will accept product nominations until Aug. 1, 2014.

Stratasys develops new 3D printing material simulating polypropylene

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 14th, 2014

The science of developing more and better-performing materials for 3D printing just took another leap with the latest material from Stratasys Ltd, a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company just introduced Endur, an advanced simulated polypropylene material for use with all Objet EdenV, Objet Connex, Objet500 Connex3 and Objet 30Pro 3D printers.

3D printing offered at local business services stores could be problematic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 10th, 2014

PostNet Neighborhood Business Center recently announced that its franchise in Minneapolis will become the first to offer 3D printing services as part of a pilot program to evaluate the 3D technology's applications for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

QMilk wins Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Cologne, Germany - QMilk, a young German company that has developed a technology based on casein to produce a 100% biobased textile fiber or granulate, is proving itself a winner. Out of a field of seven nominees, the company triumphed at this year's Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award, winning by an "overwhelming majority," said Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, the organizer of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials at which the award is presented. "QMilk left the competition far behind, eating dust, as it were." [Ed.

Chinese companies can sign up to exhibit at NPE2015 during Chinaplas 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

During Chinaplas 2014, representatives of Chinese companies will have a chance to sign up for exhibit space for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase and secure booth locations immediately, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

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