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Regional Focus: Molding a global medtech hub in Massachusetts

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 22nd, 2014

Massachusetts is one of the top five medtech hubs in the world in terms of manufacturing and innovation, according to Mark Bonifacio. As the owner of Bonifacio Consulting Services (BCS; Natick MA), a consultancy dedicated to medical manufacturing and outsourcing, and co-founder of Apec, a medtech contract manufacturer that was sold to Helix Medical, Bonifacio knows a bit about the industry. He may be slightly biased given his geographical base, but he's not alone in touting the state's medical device manufacturing credentials.

Week of 3/17 to 3/21: A green themed week and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

While the U.S. was focused on all things green this past Monday in honor of the (boozy) tradition that is St. Patrick's Day, there were also plenty of 'green' themed articles from the PlasticsToday editors and contributors this week. Although, this green was of a different variety — from recycling to energy efficiency to even golf courses.  

For instance, Extrusion Expert and Plastics Engineer Allan Griff attended both the Plastics Recycling conference and associated exhibition and the SPE environmental division conference.

Recycling week in Florida

By Allan Griff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Recycling of plastics is alive and well in Florida, and most everywhere else. The public thinks it's cool to be green, and that recycling is green. That means money to those who are good at buying and selling. There are still issues -- commercial, technical and political -- around the quality and quantity of supply and the separation into streams for maximum value, but it hasn't dampened the enthusiasm. Recycling is in.

Ineos sues Chinese-based Sinopec for intellectual property rights infringement

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

Swiss-based chemical company Ineos has taken legal action against China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia's largest oil refiner, for the misuse of trade secrets in its acrylonitrile business.

Acrylonitrile is used to manufacture a wide range of goods in plastics and carbon fiber. Ineos says that Sinopec has broken a long established technology agreement which, together with trade secret misuse by other Sinopec companies, has enabled development of a series of new acrylonitrile plants without Ineos agreement or consent.

New competitor to plastics? Stonyfield samples edible packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 20th, 2014

Would you like a side of edible packaging with your fries? Sure, that sounds bizarre at the moment, but some believe that give it a couple of years, the concept of edible packaging will have gained some big momentum in the packaging industry.

FDA approves first porous PEEK–based medical device

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

This week, MedShape Inc. (Atlanta) received US FDA 510(k) clearance for its Morphix SP Suture Anchor, which features the company's new Scoria technology, a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) material manufactured with micrometer-scale surface porosity and based on Zeniva PEEK resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Atlanta). MedShape reportedly is the first company to develop and clear through FDA a device containing porous PEEK.

Dew-point control system now standard in Luxor A granule dryers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

Motan-colortronic GmbH (Friedrichsdorf, Germany) has announced that its ATTN automated temperature and dew-point control system is now a standard feature of the company's Luxor A range of dryers.

Synventive Molding Solutions expanding in North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

Synventive Molding Solutions, a business of Barnes Group Inc. and a provider of hot runner systems for the global automotive market, will open new service center in Windsor, Ontario, on April 1st. 

Rogan Corp. adds two-shot injection molding presses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

Rogan Corp. has expanded its molding capacity with the purchase of two new Wittmann Battenfeld two-shot hydraulic injection molding presses. These new presses, designed for efficient two-shot molding, will also increase Rogan's ability to meet the increasing market demand for more complex parts and component assemblies, while controlling costs, the company stated.

SPI looking for Plastics Hall of Fame nominations; presentation proposals for NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 20th, 2014

NPE2015 might be a year away, but there is still plenty to do between now and then. As such, SPI; The Plastics Industry Trade Association is now accepting nominations for living individuals to be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. To be eligible, nominations must be submitted no later than Sept. 26, 2014.

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