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Value Plastics builds new Colorado facility to meet growing demand from medtech sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2014

With two medical device manufacturers announcing last week that they would be shutting down operations in the United States and moving jobs to Mexico, it's refreshing to hear that Value Plastics has broken ground on a new facility in Colorado.

India's coming age: Will a seismic political shift finally deliver on the country's full economic potential?

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2014

For decades India has promised but not quite delivered. A corrupt political system, bureaucratic inefficiencies, masses of red tape, and protection afforded to local firms has hobbled economic growth in the world's largest democracy with the world's second largest population.

Online game educates about recycling

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 2nd, 2014

It's safe to say that most Americans are fairly clueless on how to recycle packaging. According to research released by the Ad Council, only 52% of Americans say that they are "very" or "extremely" knowledgeable about how to properly recycle. Additionally, only 38% say they are "avid recyclers," recycling as much as possible and willing to go out of their way to do so.

Names in the news: Nordson, Teknor, Elevance Renewable Sciences and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 2nd, 2014

Nordson Corp. has appointed Vitaly Ryzhiy to be regional sales manager for the company's polymer processing product lines. Ryzhiy will be responsible for sales activities across Russia for the Nordson BKG Extrusion Dies Industries, and the Kreyenborg, and Xaloy brands. These include a wide range of melt processing components, including underwater pelletizing and drying systems, flat extrusion and coating dies, melt filtration systems, gear pumps, melt valves, and screws and barrels for extrusion and molding.

FDA tackles opportunities, challenges of 3D-printed medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 2nd, 2014

The incredible potential of 3D printing to transform the medical manufacturing space has not escaped FDA's attention.

Dow Solar Shingles availability expands

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 2nd, 2014

Dow is continuing to expand the availability of its Powerhouse Solar Shingles in 2014. Dow Chemical's Dow Solar business this year made the Solar Shingles available for the first time in Florida, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Canadian Energy was named to be its distributor in Canada.

The Solar Shingles are designed to be handled and nailed into place much like standard asphalt roof shingles. Unlike standard shingles, these use integrated photovoltaic cells to transform sunlight into electricity that helps power the home.

MoldTrax releases MT6 software for faster tracking of mold performance, maintenance

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2014

MoldTrax, developer of software designed specifically for tracking the performance and maintenance of molds and dies, just got bigger, faster and stronger with the release of MoldTrax6 (MT6). New features developed for this unique documentation software system include improved "inventory monitoring" that allows the user to quickly see how many parts are left in stock; two new FastTrax Reports include inventory tracking and maintenance alerts.

DME presents at Amerimold, showcases new products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2014

DME Company will offer attendees of the Amerimold 2014 Conference some tips on mold venting at the upcoming show in Novi, MI, June 11-12. DME Product Engineer Bob Salhaney will participate in a technical conference on "Demystifying Venting Options: What Approach Matches What Problem?" The technical session will take place from 10 to 10:45 am on June 11, and will review areas to consider when assessing venting effectiveness and offer strategies for optimal venting.

Metabolix highlights PLA modification using PHA at PLA World Congress

By Karen Laird
Published: June 2nd, 2014

At last week's third PLA World Conference in Munich, Germany, many of the presentations addressed the challenges of modifying PLA such that improved properties are obtained that will make a broader ranges of applications within reach.

Sabic inks metallocene PE JV with Korea's SK Global

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 1st, 2014

Sabic and Korean petrochemical company SK Global Chemical (Seoul) have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement that will see the partners invest a total of $595 million in metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene production assets employing SK's Nexlene process technology.

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