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Braskem, BASF, Corbion Purac and more at Smithers Rapra’s Biopolymers Symposium 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

Corbion Purac, ecosVC, Green Blue, the Vancouver Aquarium, Unisource Global, and BASF will headline the agenda for the 9th annual Biopolymers Symposium. Biopolymers 2014, scheduled for May 12-13 in at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, will cover current industry drivers; advances in sustainable feedstocks; innovation in resins and monomers; biopolymers and compostable packaging's role in zero waste; innovations in processing and performance and much more.

The molding process is a science and an art at Winzeler Gear

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 19th, 2014

Is the molding process a science or an art? At Winzeler Gear, you don't have to separate the two. The company blends both in order to design and manufacture high precision high-tolerance molded plastic gears for the automotive, lawn and garden and office automation industries.

From the gallery of Fashion Gear Art to a distinctive new machine design and the walls of its facility in Chicago, you see the influence of modern art, fashion, design, and contemporary engineering in all aspects of the business.  

A real world glimpse at 3D printing hype

By Dave Franchino
Published: March 18th, 2014

As the 3D printing hype reaches a fever pitch, you're starting to hear a few more naysayers quietly chime in that all this talk of a revolution might be just a bit overblown. As a mechanical engineer and the head of a product design firm, I've had a front row seat to 3D printing for the last 20 years. There is little doubt that additive manufacturing processes have completely revolutionized product design and development. And, in certain situations, they hold tremendous promise for manufacturing.

Global plastic packaging company Coveris appoints new CEO

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 18th, 2014

Plastic packaging company Coveris has appointed Gary Masse as CEO, effective April 14, 2014.

The company calls Masse "a seasoned, results-driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector." He most recently served as CEO of Precision Partners Inc., a $500 million engineering and manufacturing company. Masse succeeds Jack Knott, who will remain involved with the company as a non-executive director on the Coveris board.

Want to learn more about 3D printing?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 18th, 2014

3D printing is not new, but the range of possibilities for this technology continues to expand, as PlasticsToday has covered extensively. No longer used only for prototypes or patterns in industry, 3D printing is increasingly being used to manufacture parts in a wide variety of industries.

S&E Specialty Polymers expands current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

S&E Specialty Polymers has expanded its current tolling capabilities to 15 million lb per year. The company says it is equipped to handle a customer's tolling needs in a variety of polymers including PVC, PVC alloys, Low Smoke Zero Halogen, TPOs, TPRs and flame retardant & UV based concentrates.

Construction serves as an indicator for stabilizers market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2014

Stabilizers are indispensable for many products made from plastics and rubber as they ensure safe processing and prevent premature aging and weathering. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has to be treated with stabilizers. The market research institute Ceresana has just published a new study regarding the market for these additives and the research firm anticipates plenty of change on the horizon.

Week of 3/10 to 3/14: Cool wearable medical devices slideshow and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 14th, 2014

The global market for wearable devices is growing. And some of the technology is just pretty darn cool, which is one reason Senior Editor Norbert Sparrow decided to create a slideshow to highlight this innovative sector.

Five keys to capturing (and keeping) new business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 14th, 2014

We keep hearing from the automotive industry that there is a shortage of moldmakers. Yet, moldmakers keep wondering where all the business is? Surely, if there's a shortage of moldmakers, there must be more business out there.

ColorMatrix's Joule RHB is approved for PET food contact applications in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 12th, 2014

ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of PolyOne Corp., announced that its patented Joule RHB liquid infra-red absorption technology is now approved for use in PET beverage packaging in China. ColorMatrix claims that adding this technology to bottle preforms enables improved recyclability and reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared with reheat-free PET resin for substantial production cost savings.  

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