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Free webinar explores "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion"

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 21st, 2014

PlasticsToday will host a free webinar, "Ten (11) Key Principles of Extrusion," on May 12, 2014. During the one-hour presentation, extrusion expert Allan Griff will explore such topics as:

Sheet molding compound route reduces vehicle weight with acceptable cycle time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2014

Owens Corning (Toledo, OH) has debuted a multi-end roving designed for epoxy sheet molding compound (SMC) systems in automotive applications.
In combination with such systems, ME1510 glass reinforcement reportedly enables improved mechanical properties. ME1510 is said to feature superior strength and flexural modulus, fast impregnation and excellent process characteristics in SMC, allowing up to 63 percent glass fiber content1.

Sinea buys Gneuss system for recycling business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2014

Sinea, a manufacturer of plastic packaging and caps for Latin American markets and recycler of postconsumer bottles to produce flakes, sheets, and thermoformed containers, has acquired a PET extrusion system from German company Gneuss (Bad Oeynhausen). This technology allows mixed reclaim material to be processed and taken directly from the wash line through sheet extrusion. The system comes with an FDA letter of no objection (LNO) allowing the sheet to be used for food packaging.  

Market success and industry recognition for breakthrough PET catalyst technology

By Karen Laird
Published: April 24th, 2014

Studies on antimony trioxide, the heavy metal catalyst often used in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), have long demonstrated the relative safety of the catalyst. Its migration into food and beverages packaged in PET occurs--when it does occur--at very low levels. Unfortunately, though, it is a suspected carcinogen. So when UK-based Catalytic Technologies Ltd.

Chemicals pegged Middle East's fastest growing industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2014

A changing global feedstock mix and increased competition from the United States have validated decisions made by Middle East petrochemical producers to continue investing in new technology, according to business analysis group IHS. Industry is also diversifying its feedback mix and expanding product portfolios to include more high-value intermediates, says the group. These and related topics will be discussed at the IHS Forum in Dubai on April 27 to 29, 2014.

Chinaplas: Dow Chemical brings its Pack Studios concept to Shanghai

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China -  Dow Chemical launched Pack Studios Shanghai, its collaborative concept that aims to accelerate the development of packaging innovation, during Chinaplas 2014.

Currently, the company has four Pack Studios centers around the globe - Freeport, TX; Horgen, Switzerland; São Paulo, Brazil; and now in Shanghai. Each center features a collaboration room, laboratory facilities for material development, and fabrication and testing equipment to validate packaging applications. 

Chinaplas: Milliken talks China’s packaging trends; announces U.S. capacity expansion

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Shanghai, China — Walk into any convenience store chain in China and you'll be greeted with plenty of packaged food options in all types of shapes and sizes. And while years back that concept seemed somewhat unheard of, as the middle class expands, the demand for packaged food is only going to increase.

At Milliken's booth (#N2C41) in Chinaplas, PlasticsToday sat down with company representatives to talk about what's popular in packaging for the Chinese market and also doing business in the country.

Magna to manufacture class-A carbon fiber composite body panels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2014

 Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has been awarded a contract to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles.
Group company Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to the point where it can now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

Sanner reports record sales in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Europe's economic doldrums aren't infecting Germany's Sanner (Bensheim), a maker of plastic packaging and components for the medical device and pharmaceuticals sector. The company has announced that sales grew a healthy 10% in 2013 to reach €55 million, setting a new sales record. The results validate decisions made prior to 2013 to tweak its branding and invest in its operations, according to the company.

Unilever expands use of MuCell technology from Zotefoams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2014

Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at a minimum 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever. The MuCell technology for extrusion blow molding (EBM) was created in close collaboration with two of Unilever's global packaging suppliers, Alpla and MuCell Extrusion. It represents a breakthrough in bottle technology by using gas-injection to create bubbles in the middle layer of the wall to reduce bottle density and the amount of plastic required.

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