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Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

Sealed Air uses Cardia compostable films for new PakNatural biodegradable cushion bags

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Sealed Air will use Cardia compostable films for its new PakNatural biodegradable cushion bags. The PakNatural biodegradable cushion bag is a moldable cushioning bag made from renewable materials that is certified biodegradable and compostable. 

KOPLAS 2015 to showcase plastic technology innovations in South Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

"Plastics, Join the World" is the theme of KOPLAS 2015, which will be held from March 10 to 14 at the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea. Organized by Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, the event is designed to showcase innovations and technologies shaping the plastics industry in South Korea and beyond.

Bayer MaterialScience dreams of expanding range of CO2-based plastics

By Karen Laird
Published: August 26th, 2014

When in 2009 Bayer MaterialScience started exploring ways to make it possible to use CO2 as a raw material to make plastics, it named the project "Dream Reactions." The researchers working on the project knew that CO2 could be used to replace, at least in part, the use of oil - the trick was finding the catalyst that would make this 'dream' reaction come true.

Sugar a potential raw material for carbon fiber

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 26th, 2014

 More details have emerged regarding the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding for development of carbon fibers based on bio resources.

North American auto supply chain performance: challenges and opportunities for OEMs and suppliers

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 25th, 2014

According to a recent analyst note by PwC Autofacts, global auto production growth forecast at 4.1% (CAGR) for the next seven years means parts suppliers may begin to face growing gaps between installed capacity and demand.

Plastics continue to dominate the caps & closures market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

The U.S. demand for caps and closures is projected to advance 4.0% per year to $11.1 billion in 2018, with unit demand exceeding 300 billion, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. Gains will be driven by an acceleration in container unit growth relative to that of the 2008-2013 period, the continued popularity of single serving containers, and greater use of costlier product types, such as dispensing and child-resistant closures (CRCs).

Names in the News: Conair, Meredith-Springfield, Engel and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

The Conair Group has appointed Partners Plastics Equipment to represent its full line of plastics auxiliary equipment in New England. The firm is headed by Ed Freier and Fred Charpentier.  The agency, which was founded by Freier, serves customers in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The territory is managed by Conair Regional Manager Roger Hultquist.

Faced with hydraulic fluid leakage issues, a bicycle shock absorbers maker turns to a proprietary PTFE

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Shock absorbers are crucial components in higher-end bicycle suspension systems. They increase rider comfort, but also help keep one or both wheels in contact with the ground to improve control and traction. These performance enhancements are especially beneficial for riding over rough terrain, such as mountain biking.

Industrial automation equipment/robotics seeing strong growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 25th, 2014

It looks like 2014 is going to be a banner year for the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market, after two sluggish years. Two reports reveal that 2014 is off to a healthy start as the global market for industrial automation equipment is gaining strength. IHS Technology reports that two factors account for this: strengthening economies and technological innovations, both of which are expected to boost demand.

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