Materials

Material companies to offer customer centers at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

At NPE2015, several raw material suppliers plan to offer "Customer Service Centers" where they can connect with processors, designers, OEM/brands and other business professionals in facilities nearby the exhibit floor.

Westlake Chemical completes acquisition of PVC producer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

Westlake Chemical has closed its acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.

Say cheese? New whey-based thermoformable barrier coating under development

By Karen Laird
Published: July 31st, 2014

As far as growth is concerned, the packaging industry has nothing to worry about. Sustainability, however, is another story. And while the need for greener packaging represents a significant market opportunity, solutions that deliver the requisite performance at a competitive price are still thin on the ground.

A dominant technology in the packaging market is thermoforming, yet although, for example, bio-based trays have been around for a number of years, in general, they fail to meet the barrier properties required for sensitive food products.

Researchers who discovered bacteria-resistant polymers receive award to find out why they work

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 31st, 2014

In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom discovered a group of new materials capable of repelling bacteria. Precisely why bacteria steer clear of this material, however, is not known. Now, the scientists have each won a prestigious research award worth a combined £2 million ($3.4 million) to solve the mystery. There is a lot at stake: bacteria-resistant polymers could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections acquired through implanted medical devices.

The nation's capital bans PS foam containers

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 30th, 2014

Washington D.C. believes it has a big problem. This time around it's not about crime or corrupt politicians, but rather polystyrene foam containers.

Starting in January 2016, food and beverages that are packaged in PS foam will no longer be permitted for carryout use. A ban on many other disposable foodservice products that are not "compostable or recyclable" will start in 2017.

NinjaFlex makes its mark in 3D printer materials market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2014

Fenner Drives, a 103-year-old company that specializes in the manufacture of tensioners, idler pulleys, chain sprockets, UHMW belt and chain guides, and more solutions for critical applications, put its engineering expertise in urethanes to work in the 3D printing industry. NinjaFlex, an innovative thermoplastic elastomer 3D printer filament, provides a super elastic, highly durable material that is catching on in the industry.

Styrolution adds three new grades to its Zylar portfolio

By Karen Laird
Published: July 30th, 2014

Styrenics giant Styrolution has launched three new products in its Zylar range of transparent impact modified methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymers. Characterized by water clear transparency, high flowability, good chemical resistance and customizable toughness, the new grades further expand the existing Zylar portfolio, which ranges from the extremely impact resistant Zylar 960 to the medium-impact grades Zylar 550 and now also Zylar 650.

Six key questions to ask when sourcing flexible medical device packaging

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 29th, 2014

The time to begin thinking about medical device packaging is when an application for FDA approval is being prepared for submission, says LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer in the flexible packaging industry. Since package development takes time and is required for FDA approval, considering packaging late in development will only further delay time to market. LPS shared with PlasticsToday six important questions medical device OEMs should ask to determine the most appropriate and least expensive package for a given product.

DSM to capitalize on appetizing food packaging market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 29th, 2014

Richard Pieters, president of DSM engineering plastics Americas, told PlasticsToday that the Dutch-based company sees a bright future for the North American food packaging industry.

"It's driven by consumer preference, with plenty of growth forecasted in the next coming years," he said. "Food packaging is a highly innovative industry and we want to be a part of that."

Cannon installs second, energy-efficient vacuum assisted injection foaming system for Haier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 29th, 2014

Haier, a global manufacturer in cold appliances, is proving its success with the addition of a second 16-fixture foaming and polymerization line for China refrigerators, featuring the innovative Vacuum Assisted Injection (V.A.I.) method from Cannon S.p.A. in Italy. The second line was installed at Haier's Qingdao, China, facility reinforcing the commercial success of this innovative technology that was first launched in September 2011.

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