Advanced Decorative Systems explores third dimension for brand differentiation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2015

At the recent IMDCON (In-Mold Decorating Conference), attendees heard much about advances in this technology. It was mentioned that perhaps the terminology for IMD should be changed to in-mold durables, given that much of what is called decorating has moved into what Marshall Paterson, Vice President, New Technology/Global Development Manager, Advanced Decorative Systems (ADS; Millington, MI ), calls the "third dimension."

Aurora Plastics introduces weatherable PVC/acrylic alloy capstock, low-density cellular foams

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 12th, 2015

Aurora Plastics Inc. (Streetsboro, OH), a manufacturer of rigid and foam PVC, has introduced a highly weatherable PVC/acrylic alloy capstock designed to withstand the effects of long-term weathering, even in dark colors. The new product is suited for a variety of demanding applications including outdoor trim, windows, decks, siding fencing and railings.

Arkema expands PEKK production to satisfy demand for composites, 3D-printing applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2015

French chemicals company Arkema (Colombe) has announced that it will increase production capacity of its new Kepstan polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) in France and the United States to meet growing demand for the material in carbon-fiber composites and 3D printing applications.

Now showing: 296 short films about medtech innovation

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 11th, 2015

Being both an avid cinephile and long-time reporter covering the medical technology supply chain, I was rather excited to read about an online medtech film festival in the Scope blog published by the Stanford School of Medicine. My mind raced. Would it include a Tales from the Endoscope Crypt short directed by David Cronenberg? The classic ER episode directed by Quentin Tarantino? Of course not. It turned out to be a far more scholarly undertaking, and maybe that's for the better.

Compact extrusion die from DSS punches above its weight

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 11th, 2015

A compact modular extrusion die for blown film and tubing applications from Dual Spiral Systems (DSS; Mississauga, ON, Canada) is 50% shorter and lighter compared with the company's traditional multilayer system. Other advantages of the DSS Compact Coex die include faster heat-up time, lower residence time, faster purges and material changeovers and a 60% reduction in energy consumption, according to DSS.

Plasticizing systems innovator Paul Colby passes away

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2015

Paul N. Colby, a plastics industry leader in the design and production of screws, barrels and front-end components for plasticizing systems, died on March 7. He was 86.

Colby built Spirex Corp. (Youngstown, OH) from a small screw company with his wife Illene in 1978 into an internationally recognized business, when it was acquired by Xaloy Corp. (now Nordson Xaloy) in 2009. That same year, he was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.  

Injectable plastic could be life saver in remote locations

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 11th, 2015

A new injectable polymer developed by researchers at the University of Washington (UW; Seattle) could strengthen blood clots and save countless lives on the battlefield, in rural areas and anywhere else where immediate medical treatment may not be available.

Following an injury, PolySTAT could be injected into the patient on site to staunch bleeding until he or she can receive proper medical care. Unlike other clotting treatments that require refrigerated or frozen blood products, a syringe loaded with the polymer could be carried inside a backpack for emergency use.

Koplas: Korean rotomolder pursues expanded offshore presence

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 11th, 2015

A welcome sight at a trade show that is traditionally dominated by injection molding machinery and auxiliaries was Rototec Diamond Co. Ltd. (Cheongju, Korea), a rotational molding processor with regional ambitions. Speaking to PlasticsToday at the Koplas Show in Seoul, Director Mi Kyeong Kim detailed the company's recent expansion drive and offshore initiatives.

China's like a big roach motel: Once you get in, you can't get out

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 10th, 2015

Twenty years ago, when the glamour of manufacturing in China was taking the USA by storm, a long-time moldmaker told me that everyone who was heading off to China for the cheap wages and high profits to make their products would live to regret it. He told me that in spite of customers asking him about making molds in China, his absolute refusal was a stand for the United States and for U.S. mold manufacturing.

Sabic and Elopak join forces on second-generation renewable coatings for cartons

By Karen Laird
Published: March 10th, 2015

Elopak will soon become the first company to launch beverage cartons with second-generation renewable coatings on the European market, thanks to a unique partnership with Sabic.

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