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.'"
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.
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.
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.
Published: February 24th, 2014
Thick-gauge thermoformed plastics can be used for medical applications such as MRI and blood analysis equipment and CT and PET scanners. The technology produces durable, lightweight parts with antiabrasion properties, crisp features, and fine surface detail. Moreover, some vendors can thermoform parts as large as 9 X 13 ft, expansive enough for even the largest MRI covers, and options now include embedding antimicrobial materials and twin-sheet thermoforming.
Published: January 31st, 2014
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference recently concluded and the association claims it generated a note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global.
Published: January 30th, 2014
Eastman Chemical Co. plans to showcase a new technical platform, packaging and device offerings at MD&M West (Feb. 11-13) in Booth 2515.
The company recently annouced it is expanding its medical packaging portfolio with Eastalite copolyester, the company's first opaque offering. The company says that Eastalite is a sustainable alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for opaque rigid medical packaging.
Published: January 28th, 2014
Berry Plastics says that when the company started more than three decades ago, it had a goal of becoming a leading manufacturer of injection molding packaging in the U.S. That vision has been realized and exceeded and today, Berry Plastics is comprised of four divisions: engineered materials, flexible packaging, rigid closed top and rigid open top.
And while the company is oftentimes seen as a North American packaging provider, the company is actually quite global.
Published: January 27th, 2014
Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding and thermoforming equipment) improved in the third quarter of 2013. Aaccording to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $3,276 million in Q3.
Published: January 23rd, 2014
Even though it's been 20 years since McDonald's was sued over hot coffee burns, the memory of the lawsuit still linger in many people's mind. Whether you believe the lawsuit was justified or look at it as a citizen taking advantage of the American legal system, the reality is that coffee accidents still happen. Each year in the U.S., about 150,000 hot liquid scald cases require medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association. Hot liquid scalds continue to affect the three high-risk groups: young children, older adults and people with special needs.