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FusionFx produces random color effects in molded parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 25th, 2015

Ampacet Corp. (Tarrytown, NY), a global supplier of masterbatch compounds with manufacturing operations in 17 countries, has introduced FusionFx, four color palettes that use proprietary technology to produce a random flow of color effects. These effects enable designers to literally create one-of-a-kind products that celebrate individual expression and the raw beauty found in nature's imperfections, says the company.

WRAP kicks off recycling campaign

By Kari Embree
Published: September 25th, 2015

UK environmental charity Waste & Resources Action Program’s (WRAP) Recycle Now has launched a new campaign to help consumers deal with the confusion they encounter when it comes to recycling plastics.

The ‘Recycle Plastic – Fantastic!’ campaign, part of WRAP’s recently re-launched Recycle Now campaign, runs until the end of November and its objective is to support local authorities, brands and retailers to increase consumer’s knowledge of the different types of plastic packaging that can be recycled.

Berlin Packaging buys Vivid in its fifth acquisition since 2010

By Kari Embree
Published: September 2nd, 2015

North American hybrid packaging supplier Berlin Packaging (Chicago) has announced its deal to buy Vivid Packaging (Cleveland, OH), a supplier of rigid packaging that does business in 25 states, as well as Canada and Mexico. This is Berlin Packaging's fifth acquisition since 2010, which makes the company the largest U.S. packaging supplier in its class.

Three new recycled polymer grades from Axion Polymers

By Karen Laird
Published: August 25th, 2015

As the market for both recycled and engineering plastics continues to expand, UK-based Axion Polymers, one of the most advanced plastics recycling facilities in Europe, offers the best of both worlds. The company has announced the launch of three new Axpoly polymer grades recycled from end-of-life automotive and WEEE resources. Development and the introduction of the new ABS, PE and PP grades came on the heels of the company’s further investment in its refinery plant to increase extrusion capacity and improve melt filtration technology.

Graham Packaging breaks ground on Kentucky blowmolding facility

By Kari Embree
Published: August 25th, 2015

Graham Packaging (York, PA), a manufacturer and designer of blowmolded plastic containers used to package a variety of consumer projects, broke ground on a new facility in Bowling Green, KY.  The $31.5 million facility will be the company's fourth Kentucky location, with one plant in Lexington and two in Florence. Combined they employ a total of 230 people in the state.

Amcor to consolidate two Chicago-based plants

By Kari Embree
Published: August 12th, 2015

Australia-based global packaging leader Amcor Ltd. is consolidating two of its manufacturing facilities in the Chicago area. The Des Plaines, Ill., rigid plastic packaging plant will be phased into the existing Itasca, Ill., plant as a result of changing customer needs. The transition will take place over the course of the next 12 months where the Des Plaines employees and equipment will be relocated to the Itasca site. The company said they don’t anticipate any negative impact to employees’ positions during the consolidation.

LiquiGlide partners up with paint packaging manufacturer Pact Group

By Kari Embree
Published: August 11th, 2015

LiquiGlide Inc. (Cambridge, MA) is back in the news again with another exclusive agreement with Australia-based sustainable packaging manufacturer Pact Group Holdings, but this time it’s for paint. By implementing the patented breakthrough slippery coating technology, Pact Group, which converts primarily plastic resin and steel into packaging, will explore innovative new paint packaging solutions that will allow consumers to use more of the paint they purchase while reducing the environmental impact associated with residual paint.

P&G Fabric Care to make 230M bottles a year from recycled plastic

By Kari Embree
Published: July 23rd, 2015

Procter & Gamble Fabric Care (P&G; Cincinnati, OH) is rolling out a new environmental initiative which will see 230 million bottles of flagship brands, such as Ariel, Dash, Lenor and Unstoppables, made out of post-consumer recyclate (PCR). This marks the fourth environmental action in a period of just eighteen months and is a continuation of P&G Fabric Care's efforts towards environmental sustainability.

Betting on the biodegradable bead

By Karen Laird
Published: June 11th, 2015

Since the 1990s, when cosmetic manufacturers started using plastic microbeads as abrasives in facial and body scrubs, and other personal care products, users of these products have been rinsing plastic microspheres down the drain with careless abandon. A single container of a personal hygiene product can contain 300,000 or more microbeads. Their small size—approximately 0.5 microns—allows them to pass through the filtration systems of typical water treatment plants and flow into the rivers and other freshwater bodies.

Deck out your outdoor space with shopping bags

By Kari Embree
Published: June 4th, 2015

With summer steadily approaching, several homeowners may be gearing up to tackle an outdoor deck project just in time to enjoy the warm weather and fire up the barbeque.

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