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Changing of the guard at Mack Molding: 40-year plastics veteran Ray Burns retires

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 11th, 2014

After four decades in the plastics industry, Ray Burns, President, Mack Molding, Southern Div., is calling it a day. Mack announced that he will be retiring effective September 1, 2014. Bryan Campbell, who has been managing the plant at the company's headquarters in Arlington, VT, will fill his position. The company made the announcement at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East conference and exhibition in New York City.

What's on your mind, Watson?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 11th, 2014

After securing a place in pop history (and in Trivial Pursuit) by besting two legendary champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy, IBM's Watson is tackling more profound challenges, notably in healthcare.

SPI to feature Zero Waste Zone at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 11th, 2014

In 2013, SPI announced an organization-wide mantra to move the plastics industry toward "zero waste." Initiatives include a website dedicated to the plastics recycling marketplace, the hiring of a director of recycling and the Operation Clean Sweep program.  

Strange bedfellows? Ford and Heinz team up on tomato-based bioplastic for vehicles

By Karen Laird
Published: June 11th, 2014

While at first sight, cars and tomatoes may not have much in common, the collaboration between Ford and H.J. Heinz is less outlandish that would appear. Every year, Heinz uses more than two million tons of tomatoes to produce its best-selling product: Heinz Ketchup. And every year, the company ends up with a lot of tomato waste. Hence, researchers were looking for innovative ways to recycle and repurpose the peels, stems and seeds left over from making ketchup.

Myers Industries will sell off Lawn & Garden and acquire Scepter Corp.

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 11th, 2014

Polymer products maker Myers Industries, Inc. (Akron, OH) has started the process of selling off its Lawn & Garden Segment even as it acquires Scepter Corp. and significantly expands its Material Handling Segment.

The Lawn & Garden business sells under several brand names.

Saint-Gobain assists YouthBuild Schenectady on its first LEED Gold home renovation

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 11th, 2014

Saint-Gobain partnered with YouthBuild Schenectady on the renovation of a home at 843 Emmett St. in Schenectady-the non-profits' first gut-rehab home in Schenectady. The home remodel was designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

Hydrogen storage tanks next on composite agenda

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 10th, 2014

Various companies have developed thermoplastic composite gas tanks for compressed natural gas- (CNG) powered vehicles including the likes of Gastank Sweden AB (Norrfjärden) with its zero-permeation cylinders that meet the very stringent ECE R110 regulation, and Covess (Berbroek, Belgium).

Solvay builds case for metal replacement at MD&M East

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 10th, 2014

Although replacing metals with plastics in the medical device space has been a hot topic in the business-to-business media for some time, the switch has yet to be made in countless applications. "The healthcare sector, relatively speaking, has been a fairly late adopter," says Dane Waund, Global Market Manager, Healthcare, Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA).

Sidel launches carbonated drinks option for its PET bottle base

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 10th, 2014

Sidel has developed a carbonated soft drinks (CSD) version of its StarLite PET bottle base. Sidel's StarLite is a uniquely shaped base that the company claims increases the overall resistance and stability of PET bottles. It can also reportedly reduce the amount of PET material needed to produce the finished bottle.

Value-added biobased building blocks from lignin come within reach

By Karen Laird
Published: June 10th, 2014

A research project led by a British bioplastics developer, Biome Bioplastics, has demonstrated the feasibility of extracting organic chemicals from lignin for the manufacture of bioplastics.

Lignin is a complex hydrocarbon that helps to provide structural support in plants and trees. As a waste product of the pulp and paper industry, lignin is a potentially abundant and low-cost feedstock for the high performance chemicals that could provide the foundation for the next generation of bioplastics.

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