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Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

Google and Novartis eye multibillion-dollar diabetes monitoring market, for starters

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

Suddenly, Google Glass and the ever-expanding universe of wearable devices that monitor everything from fitness levels to vital signs seem obsolete.

World Cup stadiums let in the light with engineered thermoplastic roofing

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 16th, 2014

Giving attendees of World Cup games a clear view of the action meant providing a lot of natural light.

The Arena da Baixada (pictured), in Curitiba, Brazil, has long been the home of the Atlético Paranaense soccer team, and went through significant renovations in advance of 2014 World Cup games with Spain, Honduras, and Russia.

Dow packaging executive named as one of 'Forty Women to Watch Over 40'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Karen Carter, global marketing director for Dow's packaging and specialty plastics business and a 20-year employee of Dow, was recently named to the Forty Women to Watch Over 40 List for 2014. Carter was selected from more than 500 nominations for her leadership contributions to business innovation, passion for excellence and commitment to community service, the company stated.

A new biorefinery will use palm oil to produce olefins and specialty chemicals

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 16th, 2014

A new collaboration will result in a 240,000 MT metathesis biorefinery in Malaysia. It will produce renewable, high-performance olefins and specialty chemicals that can be used in multiple end-products, including engineered polymers, as well as lubricants, surfactants, and detergents.

Elevance Renewable Sciences, a specialty chemicals company based in Woodridge, IL, began a new venture with Genting Plantations Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd (GIB). Elevance is a developer of specialty chemicals produced from natural oils.

The inside story on the hands-free crutch that keeps Harrison Ford up and about

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, you might have seen photos of Harrison Ford with an odd-looking contraption growing out of his knee plastered all over newspapers and websites. The veteran actor broke his leg on the set of the new Star Wars Episode VII that is being shot at Pinewood Studios in London. Shortly after his accident, he was spotted walking around the city on a leg crutch.

Fluoro-LSRs deliver processing efficiency for fuel-resistant auto components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Building on its elastomer technology in fluoro liquid silicone rubber (F-LSR), Dow Corning Corporation (Midland, MI) is introducing two new Silastic brand F-LSRs to expand design options and provide processing efficiency for fuel-resistant automotive components.

Full Belly Farm receives reusable packaging award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Replacing card­board boxes with 2,000 reusable plas­tic totes earned Full Belly Farm, a cer­ti­fied organic farm in Cal­i­for­nia, an Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award from the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion.

Spot resin trading pushing prices higher; PE by $.01-.02/lb, and PP by a full $.02/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Commodity resin trading was very busy for the week of July 7-11, more than making up for the slow start to the month, according to The Plastics Exchange. Spot prices for both polyethylene and polypropylene rose amid a spate of cracker outages triggering Force Majeure declarations for both ethylene and polyethylene from certain plants. Although resin offers began to flow nicely early in the week, some were taken off the table while others remained available but at higher asking prices.

Plastic bag usage increases in the UK

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 15th, 2014

New data by the United Kingdom's Waste & Resources Action Program (Wrap) shows that customers of UK supermarkets used 8.3 billion plastic bags in 2013. This represents an increase of 3.2% compared with 2012 (8.1 billion), and a decrease of 32% compared with 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting on this subject first began.

The overall number of bags (which include reusable bags) issued by supermarkets in 2013 totaled 8.8 billion. This compares to 8.5 billion bags in 2012 and 12.4 billion bags in 2006.

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