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New product delivers microbial defense against a range of bacteria in plastic packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

Aragonite Enterprises has launched a new performance enhancer for the plastics industry. Incorporating a patented ion process technology from CMS Technology, the company is now supplying microbial controlling performance mineral and masterbatches produced with its renewable and sustainable performance mineral.

Ceresana releases study on the entire ethylene value chain in the U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 24th, 2014

The U.S. single-handedly processed 25 million tons of ethylene in the past year. As such, market research firm Ceresana has analyzed the entire ethylene value chain in a specific region, namely the U.S.

Berry Plastics acquires Rexam healthcare business

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 24th, 2014

Berry Plastics Group Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the U.S., Mexico, and India portions of Rexam's Healthcare Containers and Closures (C&C) business. Berry Plastics has also made a binding offer to purchase the French portion of Rexam's C&C business, pending completion of the required consultation process with the works council in France. It is reported that Berry Plastics would pay approximately $135 million for both transactions. The deal is expected to close in Q2 of 2014.

TPO automotive skin plant starts up in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 23rd, 2014

A new production line for interior film skins fabricated from thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) went into operation in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, eastern China in October last year. The new production capacity is being added in response to the steady growth in demand in the Chinese automotive industry for high-quality TPO films.

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.

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