Leave it to Merck to create an effect

By Karen Laird
Published: October 14th, 2015

Rotomolding news tends to be rather far and few between. So if there are developments to report, we take care to do so. Because there is more to rotomolding than large hollow items—think recycling bins and water storage tanks— alone. These days, the technology is increasingly being used as a cost-effective alternative for the production of, for example, decorative parts for toys or sports products—a development which is being helped along by the growing range of decorative applications now available to rotational molders.

Innovations in iPad housings, louvers and bridge construction earn awards in IAPD plastics design contest

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 9th, 2015

For decades, the plastics processing industry has known that new applications abound for those who are innovative and creative. The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD; Overland Park, KS) announced the recent winners of the third annual IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition, selected during IAPD's 59th Annual Convention and Plastics Showcase in San Diego, CA. Four finalists—three in the Corporate Division and one in the Collegiate Division—were selected to present their applications to convention attendees.

First bio!CAR conference hailed as a success

By Karen Laird
Published: October 7th, 2015

A conference devoted entirely to bioplastics, biocomposites and cars? To bioplastics Magazine and the Germany-based nova-Institute, it sounded like a concept that couldn’t miss. Now, after the dust has settled and the reviews are in, it seems as though they were right.

Millennials are driving alternative wine packaging formats: Sileni Nano

By Kari Embree
Published: October 6th, 2015

Sileni Nano, from New Zealand winery Sileni Estates, has launched its award-winning wine in single-serve, shatterproof packaging. Touted as the ideal partner to your event, festival and outdoors lifestyle, Sileni Nano comes in a 100% recyclable, all-in-one wine bottle with a clip-on plastic drinking cup—the first of its kind in the marketplace.

Millennials are driving alternative wine packaging formats: Xo, G

By Kari Embree
Published: October 6th, 2015

Italian American television personality and journalist Giuliana Rancic has launched an all new, cutting-edge wine brand XO, G with packaging that comes together in a snap.

Millennials are driving alternative wine packaging formats: Wine Pouch (R)evolution

By Kari Embree
Published: October 6th, 2015

The creative agency Reverse Innovation (Milan, Italy) and Gigante, a high quality Italian winemaker from Friuli Venezia Giulia region, have developed a graphic and structural pack that aims to appeal to a demanding audience called Wine Pouch (R)evolution. The result is an innovative design that cleverly and elegantly emulates the classic “Bordeaux” bottle by means of an intriguing play of solid areas and empty spaces, emphasized by the contrasting opaque and gloss surfaces of the materials used.

Millennials are driving alternative wine packaging formats

By Kari Embree
Published: October 6th, 2015

Demand for wine packaging in the U.S. is forecasted to reach $2.9 billion in 2019, with an increase of 4.4% annually, according to a recent report from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Growth will benefit from steady favorable gains in domestic wine consumption and production and increases in disposable personal income among millennials. Another contributing factor is that in the U.S. wine is becoming a common staple during meals at home rather than a beverage ordered out at restaurants or special events.

Hasco, Stratasys partner to advance low-volume injection molding

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 3rd, 2015

It's been a long road to bring mold manufacturers to the point where they use 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to bring real value to their business, but it's finally taking hold. Hasco (Lüdenscheid, Germany), an innovative moldmaker with a global footprint, and Stratasys Ltd. (Eden Prairie, MN), a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing systems, announced that Hasco has developed a rapid, cost-efficient method of producing low volumes of injection molded prototypes by integrating Stratasys 3D printing with its K3500 quick-change mold system.

Pack Expo: SPI gives preview of its exclusive packaging report

By Kari Embree
Published: September 28th, 2015

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) held a press conference on the first day of Pack Expo Las Vegas to discuss details of its upcoming report “Plastics Market Watch: Plastics in Packaging.”  Patty Long, Senior Vice President of Industry Affairs, and Kyra Mumbauer, Senior Director of Global Regulatory Affairs, were the featured speakers.

Nypro Healthcare earns supplier of the year award from global medical device company BD

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 25th, 2015

Nypro Healthcare (Clinton, MA), a business unit of Nypro, a Jabil Co., that develops and manufactures diagnostic and medical devices and pharmaceutical products, recently received the 2014 BD Global Award for Partnership Supplier of the Year. An international supplier of medical devices headquartered in Franklin Lakes, NJ, Becton Dickinson and Co. (BD) presented the award to Nypro Healthcare in recognition of its world-class capabilities and performance beyond the customer-vendor relationship, said Nypro in a news release.

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