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Milliken to launch new additive for the nucleation of HDPE at Pack Expo

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 16th, 2014

Pack Expo 2014 (Nov. 2-4; Chicago) is looking like a promising show for new products. For example, Milliken & Co. will launch a nucleator for injection molding high density polyethylene (HDPE) at Pack Expo in booth #10513. The company says the new polymer additive allows packaging manufacturers to achieve increased levels of productivity and performance and a reduction in material waste. Milliken will also showcase clear polypropylene (PP) featuring its Millad NX 8000 clarifier for thermoformed, blow molded and injection molded plastic packaging.

Bogus or bonafide? Finally, a definitive investigation of the claims of oxo-degradability

By Karen Laird
Published: September 16th, 2014

Organic Waste Systems (OWS), based in Gent, Belgium, and IKT-University Stuttgart have announced they are embarking on a multi-client project, which, they say, is designed to settle once and for all, the longstanding acrimonious controversy about oxo-degradable plastics. Are they biodegradable? Or are they not?

Arburg to host its first-ever “Packaging Days” event

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 16th, 2014

German injection molding manufacturer Arburg is planning an event centered on packaging at its headquarters in Lossburg, Germany on November 5-6, 2014. The company anticipates speakers and guests from all over the world are expected to attend the international packaging technology two-day conference, which will focus on innovations, trends and current market developments.

Bayer expands TPU facility in India

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Bayer MaterialScience (NMS; Leverkusen) is planning to increase its production capacities in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu India to meet continued growth in demand for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)  elastomers. With the addition of a second TPU production line, the annual capacity of Cuddalore site will increase to 6,000 tonnes from the current 2,500 tonnes. Installation is scheduled by the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Shipments of primary plastics equipment totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The U.S. plastics machinery market looked pretty strong for Q2. 

Shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming equipment) for reporting companies totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2, according to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI. This was slightly below the strong total of $300.3 million in Q1 of this year, but it represented a gain of 10% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013. For the year to date, the total value of primary equipment shipments is 10% ahead of last year.

SPI to recognize Innovation in Bioplastics Award winner at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The SPI Bioplastics Council announced Monday that NPE2015 will also host, for the first time, the winner of the 2015  Innovation in Bioplastics Award.

SPI and its Bioplastics Council have been receiving submissions for the 2015 Innovation in Bioplastics Award since officially opening the competition earlier in September. 

Parx Plastics launches biomimetic solution for antimicrobial plastics in mass production

By Karen Laird
Published: September 15th, 2014

Rotterdam-based Parx Plastics has announced the launch of its first ready to use Saniconcentrates for manufacturers in Europe and the U.S. to safely create self-sanitizing products with an antibacterial property of up to 99% within 24 hours.

The technology developed by Parx Plastics is the world's first antimicrobial solution without toxins or chemicals. It does not use chemicals such as Triclosan or heavy metals such as silver, nor does it use biocides, Nano-particles, quaternary salts or any other harmful substances.

Implant-grade silicone gel delivers softness, cohesive strength via crosslink technology

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Applied Silicone Corp. (Santa Paula, CA), a global supplier of long-term implantable silicones, has introduced a high-strength, responsive silicone gel for the implantable medical device market. The Dual Matrix Gel System incorporates crosslink technology to produce a silicone gel with fracture resistance, cohesive strength, and adhesion. The Dual Matrix technology consists of two crosslinked networks working in tandem to retain a balance of softness and cohesive strength.

German RepRap adds 3D printer with extra-large build space to product line

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 15th, 2014

German RepRap (Feldkirchen, Germany) will introduce a new large-build-volume 3D printer at the forthcoming Euromold trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. The professional series printer—the company has not yet decided on the product's official name—uses fused filament fabrication technology, aka fused deposition modeling, and boasts a build tray measuring 1000 X 800 X 600 mm. Suited for producing model or functional prototypes as well as mold prints, it is intended for users who want to print large objects or a number of smaller ones in parallel.

KraussMaffei Berstorff sees the plastic profile market recovering in Europe

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 15th, 2014

"We are noting an improved project situation both in the established markets in Central and Eastern Europe, but also from up-and-coming markets such as South America and the Near and Middle East," noted Peter Oswald, head of product management at the Munich-based company.

Oswald also noted stronger demand for complete systems. In addition to providing individual machines, the company has been developing complete extrusion systems for processing PVC into window profiles, as well as for processing polyolefin for technical profiles.

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