Materials

Single-use medical device manufacturer Vygon buys enteral nutrition company

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2014

A manufacturer of single-use medical devices, Vygon (Ecouen, France) has announced the acquisition of Medwin, a company based in southwest France that is specialized in enteral nutrition pumps and related accessories. The purchase will allow Vygon to expand its portfolio of enteral nutrition products. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

DSM to debut new polyamide at Fakuma

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2014

DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore) will introduce new high performance polyamides at the Fakuma plastics processing exhibition being held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 14 to 18. The company will also be demonstrating how its materials have been used in some of the latest application innovations to be introduced to the market. DSM is on stand 4408 in Hall B4.

California finally has another first: Statewide plastic bag ban!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2014

Congratulations California! The State Legislature and Governor have successfully managed to P-O an entire industry by passing the first statewide ban on plastic bags. I'm not sure just how many plastic bag manufacturers there are in California, but close to 100 companies listing plastic bags as their product of manufacture were named in the Southern California section of the Thomas Register when I checked it out.

Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano appoints new CEO

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Masterbatch producer Sukano AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland) has announced the appointment of Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. De Braaf, who has served the company since March 1, 2014, as Head of Sales, was unanimously elected to this new position by the Board of Directors of Sukano AG. In addition to his new tasks as CEO, he will continue to head the sales team.

Owl-inspired bio-fan produced from innovative bio-compound from Akro-Plastic

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Ziehl-Abegg (Kuenzelsau, Germany), a manufacturer of fans for ventilation and air conditioning applications and the company behind the "bionic bio-fan," has partnered with Akro-Plastic GmbH (Niederzissen, Germany) to develop a polyamide 6.10–based Akromid S compound to meet the specific requirements of the blades of the bionic fan.

Granula shows off new test specimen for color masterbatches at Fakuma 2014

By Karen Laird
Published: August 28th, 2014

When it comes to color, getting it right can be a challenge. Adding color will always affect the polymer being processed, although the way in which it does so will vary from plastic to plastic, and even from color to color. Converters are faced with choices such as using higher doses of weaker masterbatches, which facilitates an even dispersion throughout, or small quantities of a stronger masterbatch, which can offer cost advantages. Wall thickness, color, transparency, and application are all factors that affect the choice of a masterbatch. 

How2Recycle Label now offering funding for companies to use its label

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is now offering funding for use of the How2Recycle Label, an on-package recycling label aimed at providing clear and consistent recycling instructions to consumers. The funding is supported by StopWaste and the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). [Click here for PlasticsToday's coverage of the How2Recycle Label]. 

Lignin may emerge as versatile feedstock for carbon fiber, engineering plastics

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 27th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding two projects to develop alternative routes to carbon fiber as detailed in reports here and here.

Agr International to display quality control products for containers at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

Agr International will feature its products for quality management and process control for the packaging industry at Pack Expo in Chicago. Products that will be featured include:

Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system, a unique product that interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution management and defect detection for PET bottles while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot works to be the 'ultimate' lightweighting tool. 

How much is in the cup?

By Allan Griff
Published: August 27th, 2014

One of my favorite proverbs goes:

The optimist says the cup is half full, the pessimist says half empty, but the engineer asks, "How much is in the cup?"

I just read about a recent confirmation that "liquid styrene" may be a carcinogen. Not surprised, but not worried either.  What worries me more is that people will add "poly-" to this material and see this news as reinforcement of their fear and loathing of polystyrene, especially foam polystyrene food/beverage packaging.

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