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The How2Recycle Label: Coming soon to a package near you

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Sometimes the name for a new product or initiative doesn't explain well what it actually offers. This is not the case for the How2Recycle Label, which, as you can tell by the name, aims to offer a straightforward way of communicating to consumers how to recycle packaging.

Five ways Obamacare will fundamentally change medical device manufacturing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Guest commentary from Claudio Bellini, Executive Vice President, COSMED USA

Spearheading the next wave of medical technology will be a drive to design streamlined, smarter, and more personalized devices that are less invasive than existing products and that allow for simplified remote care. For patients and providers alike, raising the bar in this way will change the healthcare equation, delivering savings across the board by decreasing hospitalization times, reducing readmissions, and improving recovery times.

Progressive Components expands Z-Series line

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Progressive Components announces its new Z-Series Bar Locks, giving mold designers a standard "off-the-shelf" solution for alignment of large molds and multi-plate sequencing tools. Z-Series Bar Locks deliver the maximum amount of guidance and support for the minimum amount of machining required.

Bar Locks provide long-term precision registration of plates, and for long-lasting durability and wear resistance, they feature Z-Series proprietary treatments, engagement ramp geometry and particle rings on the guiding surfaces.

Baerlocher introduces stabilizers for DCOIT containing PVC coatings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Baerlocher, a producer of additives for the plastics industry, has launched new liquid mixed metal stabilizers for PVC coatings protecting against microbiological degradation. The new stabilizers named Baerostab UBZ 635 XLP RF and Baerostab UBZ 782 XLP RF trigger a chemical challenge associated with DCOIT and thus enables the industry to manufacture PVC products that comply with the latest EU regulations on biocides.

Resin pricing: Spot resin activity ended May with a bang

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2014

Coming off the only slow week of the month, spot resin activity surged to end May with a bang, according to a report from The Plastics Exchange. For the last week of May, better spot availability for certain previously scarce resins, such as LDPE, aided the higher transaction volumes. Spot polypropylene prices shed a half-cent as did most polyethylene grades, sans still snug LLDPE, which again held firm.

Manufacturing heading in the right direction, according to ISM’s May report

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 3rd, 2014

After correcting its original report due to a software programming error, the Institute for Supply Management released its Manufacturing Report on business for May. The May Purchasing Managers Index registered 55.4%, an increase of 0.5% from April's reading of 54.9%, indicating an expansion in manufacturing for the 12th consecutive month.

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.

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