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Reva Medical accelerates development of thin-strut bioresorbable plastic stents

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 27th, 2014

Reva Medical (San Diego, CA) is fast-tracking development of its Fantom family of thin-strut bioresorbable scaffolds made from a proprietary desaminotyrosine polycarbonate polymer. Fantom scaffolds reportedly achieve a 50% reduction in thickness compared with the company's ReZolve platform without a decrease in radial strength. They also result in manufacturing efficiencies. As a result, Reva will discontinue funding ReZolve-related projects, other than to follow patients in the Restore CE Mark trial, and focus entirely on the Fantom project.

Precision Engineered Products polishes off acquisition of Connecticut Plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

Precision Engineered Products LLC (Attleboro, MA), a manufacturer of medical and surgical devices and precision metal and plastic components, has completed the acquisition of plastic machining company Connecticut Plastics (Wallingford, CT).

Tesco picks recycled PET for egg packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 27th, 2014

Eggs are typically packaged in paper and molded pulp or polystyrene foam. But UK-based retailer Tesco decided to test out something new to package its eggs: recycled PET.

The company said that during the last eight weeks, it has tested out a new type of plastic egg packaging in Scotland and Northern Ireland in nearly 200 stores. The packaging, which is made from recycled plastic bottles, has the potential to save more than a million eggs from going to waste each year.

Chinaplas 2014 provides more details about sustainability events

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

The plastics and rubber industries are working to transform itself to embrace greener manufacturing methods, technologies and products and taking sustainability at the heart of their corporate governance, in attempts to achieve considerable cost and resource savings as well as to fulfill social responsibility.

New survey claims to dispel foodservice packaging recycling myths

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 27th, 2014

There's a common perception out there that most packaging material is not recyclable and is destined to spend eternity in landfills. Another perception is that one's local community does not accept foodservice packaging. Well, a new survey commissioned by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) finds widespread but varied acceptance of foodservice packaging by material recovery facilities.

SPI and ANSI release new plastics machinery safety standards

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released two recently revised American National Standards and a new American National Standard on plastics machinery safety. 

Names in the news: Solvay, Plastics Color Corp., Emerson Industrial Automation, Polymera

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

Emerson Industrial Automation, a business of Emerson, recently announced the appointment of Joseph Dillon as President of Branson Ultrasonics Corp. In his new role, Dillon has responsibility for overseeing the worldwide operations of Branson - a provider of customer focused solutions for plastic joining, ultrasonic metal joining and precision processing. Branson has more than 1,800 employees and 70 sales and service centers throughout the world.

Joe Dillon is succeeding Ed Boone who has been appointed as VP of Supply Chain for Emerson Asia Pacific, Hong Kong.

MIM specialist ARC Group adds 3D printing capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 27th, 2014

ARC Group Worldwide Inc., one of the largest Metal Injection Molding (MIM) operations in the world, announced that its 3D Material Technologies, LLC (3DMT), has purchased two EOS M 280 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) industrial 3D printers from Electro Optical Systems GmbH, for the company's Colorado production facility.

Ashley Nichols, general manager of 3DMT, stated, "EOS laser-sintering is a leading technology for aerospace and medical components, which make the 3D printers a strategic fit for our existing business."

Available materials limit vast medical potential of 3D printing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 27th, 2014

The medical applications of 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing, were a hot topic on day one of BIOMEDevice Boston, reports Chris Newmarker, Senior Editor at sister brands MPMN and QMED.

Invista starts work on China polyamide project

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Invista (Wichita, KS) has started construction of a 150,000-tonnes/year polyamide (PA) 66 plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. The company is also constructing a  hexamethylene diamine (HMD) monomer plant there. The polymer and monomer plants are expected to start up in 2015.

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