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Westminster Tool wins leadership award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 19th, 2014

Westminster Tool Inc., a precision manufacturer of injection molds based in Plainfield, CT, was presented with the 2014 Leadtime Leader Award at the recent Amerimold 2014 conference and trade show in Novi, MI. This award recognizes one company annually, that "raises the bar in efficiency, quality, innovation, and commitment" in its business model.

Amine catalyst-free PU system reduces cockpit odor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 19th, 2014

What’s claimed to be the first viable amine emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications has been launched by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI).

Calysta Energy, NatureWorks successfully ferment methane into lactic acid

By Karen Laird
Published: June 18th, 2014

Almost a year ago to the day, NatureWorks and Calysta Energy, a company specialized in the development of industrial products from sustainable sources, announced a multi-year collaboration to research and develop a practical, world-scale production process for fermenting methane into lactic acid, the building block for NatureWorks' trademark Ingeo PLA bioplastic. Now, a year into the R&D collaboration, Calysta has announced the achievement of an important milestone: according to the company, it has successfully fermented this abundantly available gas into lactic acid at lab scale.

Plastic bag producer Hilex Poly talks acquisition of paper bag maker

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 18th, 2014

Paper or plastic? Well, with Hilex Poly's acquisition of Duro Bag Manufacturing, a provider of paper bags, the company's answer is now both.

Dow and Ampac team up for new packaging technology

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 18th, 2014

The future of packaging looks to be pretty square, at least when it comes to design.

Dow Chemical's packaging division has partnered up with flexible packaging converter Ampac to bring a new packaging technology to North America. Ampac is now a licensee of Dow's PacXpert packaging technology and is authorized to sell the packages in North America. Ampac will produce packages enabled by PacXpert Technology and will sell the packages to their customer base under the Ampac CubePak name.

Polyurethane technology to cut refrigerator energy use named a Best of the Best LIFE project

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 18th, 2014

The project ENERG-ICE was selected as one of the six 2013 "Best of the Best" Environment and Information projects within the LIFE Environmental Program of the European Commission.

The ENERG-ICE project was led by the Dow Polyurethanes R&D team in Italy in partnership with Cannon Group companies, Afros and Crios, as well as Federchimica, and co-funded by the European Community.

Flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction cut VOC emissions, provide regulatory solutions

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 18th, 2014

New flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction products exhibit up to 90% lower emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than a comparable standard PVC and help manufacturers address other regulatory issues.

 The compounds are based on three innovations from the supplier, Teknor Apex Company:

U.S. demand for wood-plastic composite & plastic lumber to reach $5.5 billion in 2018

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 18th, 2014

Demand in the United States for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is expected to go up 9.8% per year, reaching $5.5 billion by 2018 and creating a market for 2.6 billion pounds of plastic, according to The Freedonia Group.

Aluminum makes its case for lightweighting in pickup trucks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

Spearheaded by the aluminum-heavy Ford F-150 pickup truck, aluminum is poised to dominate this vehicle category by 2025 according to a survey of automakers conducted by market analyst Ducker Worldwide (Troy, MI). By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America are forecast to be aluminum-bodied. The study was commissioned by The Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG).

Resin pricing: Gains seen for some LLDPE film grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2014

The spot resin markets continued cool for the first part of the week (June 9-13), but then activity heated up, particularly for polyethylene film grades, according to The Plastics Exchange. Prices for most PE commodity resins were steady, although strong processor demand for LLDPE, amid limited supply, lifted those prices by as much as $.02/lb, depending on grade. PE producers have consistently resisted the call for price relief and June contracts will likely roll over once again.

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