Materials

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

Dow packaging executive named as one of 'Forty Women to Watch Over 40'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Karen Carter, global marketing director for Dow's packaging and specialty plastics business and a 20-year employee of Dow, was recently named to the Forty Women to Watch Over 40 List for 2014. Carter was selected from more than 500 nominations for her leadership contributions to business innovation, passion for excellence and commitment to community service, the company stated.

The inside story on the hands-free crutch that keeps Harrison Ford up and about

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, you might have seen photos of Harrison Ford with an odd-looking contraption growing out of his knee plastered all over newspapers and websites. The veteran actor broke his leg on the set of the new Star Wars Episode VII that is being shot at Pinewood Studios in London. Shortly after his accident, he was spotted walking around the city on a leg crutch.

Fluoro-LSRs deliver processing efficiency for fuel-resistant auto components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Building on its elastomer technology in fluoro liquid silicone rubber (F-LSR), Dow Corning Corporation (Midland, MI) is introducing two new Silastic brand F-LSRs to expand design options and provide processing efficiency for fuel-resistant automotive components.

Full Belly Farm receives reusable packaging award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Replacing card­board boxes with 2,000 reusable plas­tic totes earned Full Belly Farm, a cer­ti­fied organic farm in Cal­i­for­nia, an Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award from the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion.

Plastic bag usage increases in the UK

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 15th, 2014

New data by the United Kingdom's Waste & Resources Action Program (Wrap) shows that customers of UK supermarkets used 8.3 billion plastic bags in 2013. This represents an increase of 3.2% compared with 2012 (8.1 billion), and a decrease of 32% compared with 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting on this subject first began.

The overall number of bags (which include reusable bags) issued by supermarkets in 2013 totaled 8.8 billion. This compares to 8.5 billion bags in 2012 and 12.4 billion bags in 2006.

Lumber from trees may be a material of the past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 15th, 2014

It's summertime and you might be sitting out on your deck reading your online PlasticsToday NewsFeed on your laptop or iPad or iPhone, thinking that this past winter was pretty hard on that wooden deck and railing. Maybe you're chiding yourself for not getting out the sealant or the paint and taking on that nasty chore of beautifying and protecting your deck.

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

Standardized recycling labels seek to eliminate confusion at the bins

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

Have you ever walked up to a trash bin and a recycling bin and felt confused on what goes where? Even if you work with plastics in some shape or another on a day-to-day basis, the answer is probably yes. But don't feel sheepish; you're not the only one.

The confusion at recycling bins inspired Michelle "Mitch" Hedlund to think of an innovative idea that could change the recycling game for good. While working in the sustainability field, she would meet with various companies and each one had the same issue: recycling was not working.

Breaking news on catheter hubs

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 11th, 2014

Dendritic discharge patterns in a polymer may look stunning, as the image here attests, but if you're making a catheter hub, as opposed to a random act of art, it can lead to catastrophic device failure. Cambridge Polymer Group (CPG), a contract materials research lab headquartered in Boston, MA, recently shared a case study of a customer whose catheter hubs were cracking during the manufacturing process. The group determined that the sterilization technology used by the manufacturer was causing the problem and found a solution.

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