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The GCC plastics industry says it will grow through diversification

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 1st, 2014

There's no doubt that the Mideast Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes the states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are paying close attention to the development of U.S. shale production.

Years of cheap raw materials helped the region become a major exporter of plastics. But some say the abundant U.S. shale gas development is presenting new challenges to the GCC petrochemical industry. 

New carbon-fiber technology results in lighter, stronger metal replacement compound

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

A new generation of carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide compounds has been introduced as a structural metal replacement material by Lehvoss North America (Pawcatuck, CT), a subsidiary of Lehmann & Voss (Hamburg, Germany).

Canadian Plastics Industry Association launches pilot flexible film recycling project

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 1st, 2014

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) will work with the Promenade Shopping Center on a pilot project for the collection and recycling of polyethylene (PE) flexible film. The Promenade already had an established recycling and organics program, which consisted of gathering materials such as paper, containers and food waste are collected and diverted from landfill.

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. 

Resin pricing for March 24-28: Active week for spot resin markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

The spot resin markets saw their most active week of the month, according to The Plastics Exchange. Railcars of both PE and PP were plentiful with generic prime and offgrade well represented. While sentiment weighed heavy, most prime grades of polyethylene and polypropylene managed to hold steady price-wise. There were, however, several instances of discounts afforded by sellers to enable transactions. Houston traders, many of whom felt obligated to buy material from favored producers in Feb and March, still have plenty of material on hand as exports remain very difficult.

China PX plant protests spill over into Guangzhou

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Protests against the construction of a paraxylene (PX) plant in Maoming city in China's Guangdong province on Sunday have spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou. Several hundred protesters gathered in solidarity with residents of Maoming in their opposition to the plant and to denounce police brutality in quelling the demonstration over the weekend.

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Sonics & Materials celebrates 45 years of ultrasonic welding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Supplier of plastics welding systems Sonics & Materials Inc. (Newtown, CT) celebrated its 45th anniversary on March 20 with a gala luncheon in the company of local, state, and federal officials. The festivities included remarks from Governor Dannel Malloy, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra, and a representative from Senator Richard Blumenthal's office.

The long arm of REACH: How the EU regulation affects the plastics industry

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

The EU REACH regulation, an acronym that stands for the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances, is understandably perceived by companies to be a chemicals regulation. In fact, it has a much broader scope, says Scott Sagamang, Business Development Manager for REACH Services at TUV Rheinland of North America. "This law applies to plastics as well as articles imported into the European Union," he says. Articles is the term used in the regulation, and is euro-speak for an array of finished products including toys, furniture, and sporting goods.

IoPP to hold packaging seminars during EastPack

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will develop and host packaging education seminars June 10, 2014 during HBA Global Expo, EastPack and Pharmapack North America at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

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