Clear Lam Packaging wins flexible packaging achievement award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has won a Silver Flexible Packaging Achievement Award for Technical Innovation for Kar's Second Nature Wholesome Medley PrimaPak package. This is the fourth global award for Clear Lam's PrimaPak technology. The Flexible Packaging Association recognized Clear Lam and a select group of the association's Achievement Award winners at a March 3 ceremony in Naples, FL.

BioAmber starts commissioning activities at world's largest succinic acid manufacturing facility

By Karen Laird
Published: March 4th, 2015

BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, announced that it has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000-MT capacity bio-succinic acid plant located in Sarnia, ON, Canada. It is a significant milestone for BioAmber, and one that the company views as the beginning of a period of rapid growth.

SPE names Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has named Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year. The award will be presented during SPE's Thermoforming Awards dinner, held in conjunction with the 24th SPE Thermoforming Conference.

Clear Lam Packaging settles lawsuit with Frito-Lay

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 4th, 2015

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) and Frito-Lay Inc. (Purchase, NY) have settled a lawsuit related to Clear Lam's PrimaPak technology. The suit was filed in Federal Court in Chicago on Sept. 18, 2014, by Clear Lam against Frito-Lay accusing the food giant of stealing a packaging design for its promotional boxes of Doritos.

3D printing with bioresorbable polymers may result in less invasive, fewer medical procedures

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 4th, 2015

The confluence of 3D printing's customization capabilities with resorbable polymer technology may lead to new breakthroughs in drug delivery. A study presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting, which runs through March 5 in Atlanta, GA, this week, details collaborative work conducted by researchers and engineers who used 3D printing to fabricate bioactive catheters, stents and filaments that can deliver antibiotics and chemotherapeutic medications to a targeted area in cell cultures.

U.S. auto sales: what goes up must come down?

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 3rd, 2015

This question was posed in a recent analyst note by PwC that looked at two possible scenarios for the US car market. The analyst notes that after five straight years of sales growth, most of the industry expects further growth in 2015 and beyond. However, cautions PwC, the fifth straight sales gain in 2014 tied a record and expectations of six, seven or even eight straight years of gains represent a significant break from the trend. "History may be trying to alert us," it concludes.

Inland rebrands to reflect packaging innovation expertise

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 3rd, 2015

Inland (La Crosse, WI) is about more than just labels, which is why the company has rebranded itself to reflect the fact that it has become a leader in advanced packaging technology characterized by growth and expansion into new markets.

Scientific management techniques address skills shortage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 3rd, 2015

Hiring the right employee with the right skill set can be challenging. Just ask any H.R. manager. Now that there is a skills shortage within the manufacturing industry, it's become even more difficult to ensure that the person hired has the skills he or she claims to have. Training is also challenging, and many companies do not have the equipment or in-house curriculum to provide the skill enhancement employees require.

Molder goes back to the future by reinstating original name, renewing focus

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 3rd, 2015

George E. Danis, CEO of Plastic Molding Manufacturing Inc. (Hudson, MA), is proud to announce the company's return to Plastic Molding Manufacturing's original name. All the companies that Danis has acquired over the past five years—ResTech Plastics Molding (Hudson, MA), Northeast Mold & Plastics (Berlin, CT) and True Precision Plastics (Lancaster, PA)—will now operate under their parent corporate name, Plastic Molding Manufacturing. This renewed focus emphasizes Plastic Molding Manufacturing's roots and strengths: plastic molding development, production and service.

Biodegradation-promoting additives for plastics don't work, says study

By Karen Laird
Published: March 3rd, 2015

A new study carried out at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) reveals that the additives touted to promote the biodegradation of polyolefins and PET do not live up to their claim. The study was posted by the American Chemical Society as a "Just accepted" manuscript on Feb. 27, 2015, under the title, "Evaluation of Biodegradation-Promoting Additives for Plastics."

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