Thermoforming

Chinaplas: PolyOne launches dual protection light barrier for clear packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — There's a 'clear trend' going on in packaging and as such, PolyOne Corp. is showcasing its OnCap Light Shield additives for clear packaging at Chinaplas 2014 (N1.E41). The additives reportedly absorb both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light before either can reach light sensitive contents such as food or pharmaceuticals, which can help reduce their degradation. 

In addition, the OnCap Light Shield additives can also eliminate the need to have an extra coating or layer. 

In-Mold Decorating Association kicks off 2014 competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) announced the kick off of its 2014 Awards Competition, and will begin accepting entries on May 1, 2014. This represents the eighth annual competition sponsored by IMDA, and recognizes the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold durable products. The 2013 winner of the gold award for Best Part Design is pictured.

Breyer sells PET film extrusion lines to Middle East customer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2014

Breyer Co. (Singen, Germany) has announced that it recently received a new order for two PET film extrusion lines from a company in the Middle East that has been a loyal customer for many years. The customer is keenly interested in producing quality film and packaging and stated that Breyer's ThermoFlex concept and processing know-how will make this possible in a cost-effective manner.

SPE looking for entries in Students Part Competition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division is looking to engage the younger generation with its second annual Student Parts Competition. SPE is encouraging students to collaborate on a potential thermoformed application specified by SPE. The submission deadline is August 15. 

Week of 3/17 to 3/21: A green themed week and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

While the U.S. was focused on all things green this past Monday in honor of the (boozy) tradition that is St. Patrick's Day, there were also plenty of 'green' themed articles from the PlasticsToday editors and contributors this week. Although, this green was of a different variety — from recycling to energy efficiency to even golf courses.  

For instance, Extrusion Expert and Plastics Engineer Allan Griff attended both the Plastics Recycling conference and associated exhibition and the SPE environmental division conference.

Plastics machinery shipments up 8 percent in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.

Winkler rebrands as Nuconic Packaging, adds new machinery and employees

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 6th, 2014

What's in a name? Well, for Winkler Plastics, you could say everything. The company recently rebranded itself as Nuconic Packaging

"We rebranded the name to reset the stage for growth," Nuconic Packaging CEO Alan Franz told PlasticsToday. "We wanted to have a name that differentiated ourselves from other competitors and formulated a name that was internally derived of being 'New - NU,' of our primary product 'CONtainers,' and made of PlastIC.'"

Managing costs key to greater growth and profitability

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 6th, 2014

What are the costs of making your product? If you don't know you probably should find out if you want to grow your business and be more profitable. aPriori, a provider of enterprise product cost management software solutions, recently announced the release of its latest platform, aPriori 2014r1, which enables users to better predict product costs in complex global manufacturing environments and supply chains.

Chinaplas returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

Despite progress in applications, IML is still a niche

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 27th, 2014

Walk into any grocery or retail store and you'll see the shelves lined with packaging that utilizes the in-mold labeling (IML) process. IML has become an important component of many companies' branding and sustainability strategies. Despite the progress in IML applications, technology and materials, it remains a niche in the overall label market globally. That was the message of Corey Reardon, president & CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates, in his address to attendees at the annual IMLCON/IMDCON in Phoenix last week.

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