Green Dot partners with Bixby International to develop bioplastic sheet

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2015

Bixby International (Newburyport, MA), a custom thermoplastic sheet extruder and laminator, and Green Dot (Cottonwood Falls, KS), a full-service bioplastics company, have teamed up to focus on renewable/biodegradable products in textiles, wood-filled composites, natural fiber-reinforced sheet and elastomeric film and sheet.

Time for a reality check on the medical device tax

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 6th, 2015

If you have been following the debate swirling around the medical device excise tax, as I have, you might have been startled by some recent headlines trumpeting that large medical device manufacturers have continued to see their profits increase, despite the 2.3% tax on the sale of certain medical devices. This is quite a contrast with what many in the medical device industry have pilloried as a job killer and stake in the heart of medical innovation. So, what gives?

Elastomer products supplier Qure Medical expands EU footprint with acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 6th, 2015

A supplier of elastomer products to medical device manufacturers, Q Holding Co. (Twinsburg, OH) has acquired UK-headquartered Silicone Altimex (Nottingham), which provides cleanroom-produced silicone tubing and associated products to the medical, pharmaceutical and technical sectors. Q Holding does business under the Qure Medical name.

The financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Explosion rocks Huntsman facility in Uerdingen, Germany

By Karen Laird
Published: August 6th, 2015

A nitrogen tank exploded at Huntsman’s white pigment factory at the Uerdingen ChemPark site in Germany, at approximately 2 p.m. CET Wednesday. Huntsman safely and deliberately shut down the affected operations. The incident is currently under investigation.

Fifteen people received medical assistance either on site or in hospital. Two people remain hospitalized for observation. There were no fatalities.

DuPont Automotive survey: Aluminum, multi-material solutions head lightweighting strategies in auto industry

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 5th, 2015

Aluminum heads the list of materials that the auto industry is turning to in order to meet 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards according to the annual Wards Auto survey, sponsored by DuPont Automotive. 33% of respondents cited this material compared to 32% in the 2014 survey. Meanwhile, multi-material solutions proponents fell slightly for 21% to 19% of respondents. Engineering plastics and advanced high-strength steel comprise the second tier of material strategies.

GriffsNotes: Extrusion and the decline of the Roman Empire

By Allan Griff
Published: August 5th, 2015

The ancient Romans knew all about lead, a byproduct of silver mining. They knew the chemistry needed to get metallic lead, a soft and easily melted metal that could be worked into sheets and pipes. Their name for lead was plumbum, from which the word plumber and the chemical symbol Pb are derived. Lead pipe usage increased as civilization developed over the next two millennia, and well into the 20th century—look up Joseph Bramah, an Englishman who invented the hydraulic press to make lead pipe in 1797.

Tetra Pak: Environment is big factor in consumers’ purchasing decisions

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2015

According to the results of a global survey carried out by Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) among some 6,000 consumers across 12 different countries, more than three-quarters of those questioned claimed that environmentally sound packaging has an influence on the beverage brand they buy.

Study shows how light impacts rPET quality

By Kari Embree
Published: August 5th, 2015

Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI; Holland, OH), a global leader in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) package development, recently published a whitepaper that found post-consumer bottles exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light prior to recycling has a negative impact on the physical properties for the next generation of recycled PET (rPET) bottles.

Mold monitoring helps protect your valuable assets

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 5th, 2015

Do you know where your molds are, Mr. OEM? You should! Molds are one of the most valuable assets OEMs own, Sujit Sheth, General Manager at AST Technology (Löhne, Germany), a provider of real-time mold monitoring systems, told an audience at Plastics-In-Motion, an automotive conference held earlier this summer. Monitoring these assets, knowing where they are, how they are performing, the number of cycles they have run and the maintenance that has been performed is critical to preserving and protecting these assets.

EPA ozone rule threatens U.S. manufacturing, jobs, SPI tells President Obama

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2015

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) has joined a long list of signatories to a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on July 29 urging him to reject a new, overly-burdensome National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to put forth in the coming weeks. The new NAAQS would be among the most expensive regulations in U.S.

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