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FKuR closes distribution agreement with Clariant for North America

By Karen Laird
Published: August 6th, 2014

Global specialty chemicals leader Clariant and bioplastics specialist FKuR have announced that they have entered into a distribution agreement with immediate effect. Under the agreement, Clariant Masterbatches will market, sell and distribute FKuR's full line of biodegradable and bio-based products in North America, a product portfolio comprising FKuR's Bio-Flex PLA blends, Biograde, cellulose blends, Fibrolon, woodfiber reinforced compounds, Terralene compounds based on I'm Green PE and and Terramid compounds based on Vestamid Terra polyamides.

Banning plastic bags breeds theft in California stores

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2014

California has long led the nation in plastic bag bans, so it only stands to reason that it might soon lead the nation in shoplifting as well. According to an article written by Beatriz Valenzuela, a journalist for the Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram, shop keepers and store owners have to watch shopper more closely now that plastic bags have been banned.

Hot melt adhesive offers bonding solution for PP parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 5th, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) is  stepping up efforts to develop applications for a recently-developed polyolefin-based hot melt resin. Already, the company has found success in applications in the auto sector, including bonding of interior and exterior components molded from PP with other materials, and the new focus will be on sectors such as appliances and household fittings.

Plastic Technologies to bring Japanese PET bottle technology to the U.S. market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2014

Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI) has entered into a representation agreement with Toyo Seikan Co., Ltd., Tokyo. PTI will be the exclusive U.S. agent responsible for the sales and licensing of several new Toyo Seikan PET bottle processing technologies for packaging applications.

Resin pricing: PE prices jumped a nickel and PP sprinted $.06/lb higher in July

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 5th, 2014

Spot resin trading remained robust, capping off a very busy July, according to The Plastics Exchange. Prices for both polyethylene and polypropylene continued to march higher, building on an already strong month of gains. Although there was a small flurry of railcar offers, they were mostly made available from resellers that already committed to the resin and had held out shipping disposition to maximize margins in this rising market.

Genomatica targets biobased nylon intermediates in third development program

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2014

Genomatica today revealed that major nylon intermediates are the focus of its third publicly-disclosed development program. The aim of the nylon intermediates program is to deliver biobased processes for the production of the nylon building blocks hexamethylenediamine, caprolactam and adipic acid (HMD, CPL and ADA). These three chemicals, with a total market of over $18 billion per year, are used primarily in the production PA 6 and PA 6,6.

EU phthalate flap pushes industry to innovate

By Karen Laird
Published: August 5th, 2014

When in 2012, Denmark announced plans to ban DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP phthalates; the industry was caught by surprise.

It was a move that was, at the time, by many viewed as a political stunt. Ole Grøndahl Hansen, director of the PVC Information Council Denmark, pointed out that the consumption of the phthalates in question, known as 'low phthalates,' were already declining fast and 'were on their way out in the EU.' "So why make this noise? It's annoying," he said.

Singapore company brings 3D bioprinting to the masses

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 5th, 2014

Singapore-based Bio3D Technologies has introduced what it describes as an affordable 3D printer that is capable of printing with biological and synthetic materials. For example, researchers—or, one day, DIY enthusiasts—could print cell-infused scaffolds using a machine that can be leased for as little as $2390, according to 3DPrint.com. If the company's claims are accurate, the Life Printer X is, indeed, a revolutionary device.

HASCO introduces new products for better molds

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

The new HASCO thermal insulating sheets Z1215 for external insulation prevent heat from escaping from heated injection and compression molds. They have been specially developed for molds that are subject to a high level of thermal stress.

HASCO Worldwide celebrates 90th anniversary with ride of a lifetime

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

HASCO Worldwide, a manufacturer of precision mold components, is celebrating 90 years in business with an open house at HASCO America Inc. in Fletcher, NC. HASCO, headquartered in Germany, manufactures mold bases, mold components, and hot runner systems to serve mold makers globally.

The open house will be held Friday, September 12, at 2 PM with a facility tour and technical presentations, and will allow visitors to see the company's newest components, as well as meet the people of HASCO America. Food and beverages also will be served.

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