Materials

Plastic packaging gaining momentum in Mexico

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 16th, 2014

Of the three North American countries, Mexico is forecast to have 
the highest percentage of growth in both the short- and mid-term for the packaging market. In fact, Smithers Pira estimates that Mexico is expected to gain on average 3.1% per annum over the next four years to 2017.

PE and PP contracts record back-to-back decreases for the first time since 2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 16th, 2014

The commodity resin markets continued their streak of hyperactivity; the flow of fresh railcars has been rapid and falling prices are encouraging processors to procure material, according to The Plastics Exchange in its look at the week of Dec. 8-12. PE contracts decreased $.03/lb in November and should see a decline of $.04-.05/lb this month; barring an unforeseen event, they will likely find further pressure in the first quarter.

Dow Chemical looks to grow its adhesives portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 16th, 2014

Dow Chemical announced an increased commitment to growth and innovation to its adhesives portfolio for the packaging, textiles and hygiene markets.

The company says that this commitment, which the company is marketing under the theme Science that Connects, means that customers and other key stakeholders will see stronger engagement across value chains, new and differentiated products, enhanced technical support, and thought leadership regarding critical aspects such as sustainability and regulatory compliance across all geographies.

Teijin outsources phosphorus flame retardant manufacture to Taiwan's Chitec

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 15th, 2014

Teijin Limited (Tokyo) has kicked off mass production of its new FCX-210 phosphorus-based flame retardant began at a 1000-tonnes/year plant operated by Taiwanese additives manufacturer chemical manufacturer Chitec Technology (Taipei).

New elastomers from Shin-Etsu combine skin-like feel with toughness

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2014

You could be in for a good scare at NPE2015 if you visit the booth of Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (Akron, OH; #W787), a supplier of silicone materials to a swathe of industries, including medical technology. The company will feature its recently introduced Select-Skin RTV elastomer series at the show, a skin-like material with tough performance properties that can be used to frightening effect to fabricate masks for movies, animatronic skins for use in theme parks, and other forms of entertainment. The material's properties are also desirable in orthopedic applications.

Elopak plays one-upmanship game with Tetra Pak

By Karen Laird
Published: December 15th, 2014

In the world of beverage cartons, two of the major players hail from Scandinavia: the first, Tetra Pak, is Swedish; the second is the Norwegian company Elopak. The companies, who engage in a perpetual game of anything-you-do-I-can-do-better, have both put great effort into the development of "green" packaging, introducing redesigned cartons that combine convenience with an improved environmental profile.

How today's polymers research is enabling tomorrow's medical technology breakthroughs

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 15th, 2014

An inexpensive resorbable polymer that could replace far more costly medical materials in current use, a sensor-laced plastic that stretches and feels like human skin and could give users of prosthetics a sense of touch, and a squid-based thermoplastic are among recent research projects that could have a far-reaching impact on medical technology in the years ahead.

World's plastics associations renew commitments to find solutions to marine litter

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 15th, 2014

Plastic associations are trying to send a message loud and clear: they are working on finding solutions to marine litter. At the 25th annual Global Meeting on Plastics and Sustainability, held in Manila, Philippines (Dec. 8-10), executives from plastics associations met to discuss solutions to plastic waste management and marine debris.

Mazda co-develops bio-based engineering plastic; no painting required for exterior vehicle parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 14th, 2014

Mazda Motor Corporation (Hiroshima, Japan) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Tokyo) have jointly developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior parts for automobiles without the need for painting.

Heraeus Medical licenses platform polymer technology to further its regenerative orthopedics strategy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 12th, 2014

Heraeus Medical GmbH (Hanau, Germany), a developer and manufacturer of biomaterials and medical products, has entered into an agreement with Locate Therapeutics (Nottingham, UK) to license intellectual property related to its TAOS (Targeted, Orchestrated Signaling) technology in orthopedic applications. TAOS is a proprietary polymer platform that can be applied to a number of medical applications.

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