Want to know the plastics industry 2014 color(s) of choice?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 14th, 2014

Anaheim - Last year, those in the fashion industry were either appalled or thrilled by the announcement that the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid. For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

California implements new flammability standards; Chemtura Corp. sues the state

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 22nd, 2014

California has adopted a new flammability standard through a controversial regulation (Technical Bulletin 117) that will allow manufacturers to make furniture and baby products that do not contain flame retardant chemicals. The revised regulation went into effect on Jan. 1, when manufacturers can begin making products to the new standard. They have a year to complete the transition and must be in full compliance by Jan. 1, 2015.

Oyster shells provide reinforcement in non-halogenated flame-retardant compound

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 22nd, 2014

Polypropylene (PP) thermoplastic composites based on renewable oyster shell fillers have been flame-retarded using "commercially viable" Exolit AP non-halogenated flame retardants supplied by Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). The compounds were developed by Eurostar Engineering Plastics (Fosses, France).

Simona America acquires Laminations Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 9th, 2014

Simona America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Simona AG based in Kirn, Germany, has acquired Laminations Inc., with headquarters and operations in Archbald, PA.

Laminations is a U.S. manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and fluoropolymer sheet products and lining laminates. Simona America is a producer of polyolefins and PVC sheet and rod products, and supplies the North American market primarily through its authorized distributor network.

Small wood-plastic composite pellets facilitate processing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 22nd, 2013

Size matters when it comes to wood-plastic composites (WPCs), or so says bioscience company Green Dot (Cottonwood, KS). The company has introduced a smaller pellet size suited for injection molding and sheet extrusion that, it claims, makes the material easier to process than other WPCs and results in better-quality products using existing equipment. Because they are uniform in size and shape, Terratek WPC pellets can be processed without extensive mold modifications. And since lower melt temperatures can be used and cycle times are reduced, production costs can be lowered.

Wood-Plastic Composite Conference will feature latest developments in WPC granulates

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 12th, 2013

Wood flour and cellulosic fibers act as filler or reinforcement in plastics and lead to increased stiffness and strength as well as lower shrinkage and warpage. Moreover, their use leads to shortened cycle times. All this reportedly reduce production costs and the environmental footprint.

Global Plastics Summit: U.S. demand for PVC will grow with construction

By Heather Caliendo
Published: November 7th, 2013

Chicago - With the shale gas boom driving North American PE projects, Steve Brien, global business director for IHS, said that there will be excess ethylene.

"Whether that goes into PVC or another derivative, I can't tell you," he said at the Global Plastics Summit, sponsored by IHS and SPI. "But PVC producers want to get their hands on that ethylene molecule."

Plastics market expected to reach 508.6 million tons by 2016

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 31st, 2013

A new report from Axis Research Mind claims that the plastics market is expected to reach 508.6 million tons by 2016 primarily supported by the segments (rigid/flexible plastics), resins (thermoplastics/thermoset) and end-users such as food and beverage packaging, building and construction plastics, healthcare and more.

Green Matter: Bayer MaterialScience underscores commitment to ‘science for a better life’

By Karen Laird
Published: October 31st, 2013

Antwerp, Belgium - Speaking at a Media Round Table conference held at Bayer's Antwerp site, Patrick Thomas, chairman of the board of management at Bayer MaterialScience, discussed the importance of sustainability and social responsibility - within the context of economic viability. "People, planet and profit - it has to be all three," he said.

K 2013: Light stabilizer perfect for PC construction sheet applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 27th, 2013

All new chemistries for plastic additives that turn out being successful products come along rarely these days but Japanese supplier Adeka is confident that its latest development will prove to be a blockbuster given the targeted nature of its mission. ADK STAB LA-1000 is a high molecular weight (1,000) triazine UV absorber whose focus is on light stabilization of polycarbonate (PC) sheet cap layers.

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