Materials

Polyamide plant targets auto applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne) has taken its new plant for polyamide (PA) plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The 90,000 tonnes/year will primarily serve the automotive industry.

Problems with automotives have roots in the OEMs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 2nd, 2014

What a difference a few millimeters make. Lately, we've heard GM apologizing for the tragic deaths and injuries of GM vehicle owners over an ignition switch problem that caused the vehicles to shut down - and air bags failing to deploy - on 2.6 million vehicles. GM CEO Mary Barra announced the firing of some high-level executives and engineers including Ray DiGiorgio, the switch engineer who'd designed the new switch but failed to put a new part number on it, and Gary Altman, a development engineer.

U.S. demand for cups & lids projected to reach $10 billion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2014

The growing foodservice industry is driving demand for cups and lids, with demand estimated to expand 4.4 percent per year to $10.0 billion in 2018, according to The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. 

New technology helps reduce the amount of PET in Mrs. Dash packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 2nd, 2014

The Mrs. Dash bottles have undergone quite a makeover, but you might not notice it right away.

A new packaging technology reduced the weight of a Mrs. Dash bottle by more than 25 percent. This in turn saves the brand B&G Foods, the owner of Mrs. Dash, an excess of 200,000 pounds of PET resin, along with a double-digit profit percentage.

Toray Plastics selects Michael Brandmeier as new president and CEO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 1st, 2014

Richard Schloesser, president and CEO of Toray Plastics America and adviser to the Toray Industries' board of directors, has retired and is succeeded by Michael Brandmeier, effective on Tuesday. Schloesser joined the company in 1990 and had been president and CEO since 2008. Brandmeier most recently served the company as executive VP and COO. He will continue to be a member of the Board of Directors. The two have worked side by side at Toray for nearly two decades.

MonoSol chooses Indiana for new facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 1st, 2014

Water-soluble film manufacturer MonoSol has broken ground for its new production facility in Portage, IN, which the comapny said will feed the growing global demand for all water-soluble film products. It will be constructed in three phases with the first phase scheduled to be operational in late 2016, generating an approximate 15 percent capacity increase over MonoSol's current global production levels. The final phase will be complete by the end of 2020. When fully operational, the plant will create at least 150 new jobs and hiring will commence mid-2015 for the 2016 opening.

June Manufacturing ISM Report flat; May GDP drops 2.9%

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 1st, 2014

Manufacturing appears to be flat month-over-month after the Institute for Supply Management's June Manufacturing Report On Business shows PMI (Purchasing Management Index) decreased to 55.3%, down 0.1% from May's reading of 55.4%. While the report shows that manufacturing remains on the "expansion" side of the equation (above 50 is an expansion while below 50 indicates a contraction), the industry isn't exactly booming.

The Plastics Scorecard gives one of the world's most valuable materials a bad grade

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 1st, 2014

The Plastics Scorecard, a new report just released by Clean Production Action, is subtitled, "Evaluating the Chemical Footprint of Plastics," which immediately indicates that this isn't going to be a plastics-friendly report.

Plastics Scorecard measures chemical footprint of PVC/DEHP-based medical IV bags

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 1st, 2014

The stated goal of the Plastics Scorecard v.1.0, released today by Clean Production Action, is "to inform the selection of safer plastics by businesses and catalyze manufacturers to reduce the number and volume of chemicals of high concern (CoHCs) in manufacturing processes and products." The authors want to encourage the use of safer chemicals, as Clare Goldsberry notes in her blog post, "

Thumbs up! 3D-printed finger cots support the assembly process at BMW

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 1st, 2014

Occupational health and safety has been further enhanced on the assembly floor at BMW through  the use of customized flexible finger cots fabrication from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) using 3D printing.

Manufactured in-house at BMW and customized to the shape of individual worker's fingers, the orthotic device is worn over the thumb to provide protection against excessive strains on the thumb joints when carrying out assembly processes such as insertion of rubber plugs into bodywork.

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