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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Published: December 15th, 2014
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.