Nexeo forms new distribution joint venture in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 1st, 2012

Nexeo Solutions (The Woodlands, TX) has completed a joint venture with Beijing Plaschem, giving the thermoplastics distributor 30 locations across China. Originally announced in March, the venture, Nexeo Plaschem, will employ more than 120 people.

Yang Zhigang, former chairman of Beijing Plaschem, will be the general manager of the joint venture; and Philip Krichilsky will begin work on November 5 as the VP and general manager, Nexeo Asia.

Rollprint showcases color-changing sealant technology; talks cleanroom certification

By Heather Caliendo
Published: November 1st, 2012

Chicago, IL—"We've been bombarded." That's how Joel Lewis, account manager for Rollprint Packaging, described to PlasticsToday the level of interest at Pack Expo (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago) for the company's new proprietary, patent-pending, color-changing sealant technology for heat-seal applications

Turbo proliferation boosts demand for high heat resins

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 31st, 2012

The number of passenger vehicles with turbocharged engines is expected to increase 80% globally by 2017 according to projections released by Honeywell Transportation Systems (Morris Township, NJ). This change is driven by increased demand for automobiles that deliver fuel efficiency, performance, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

ASA compounds make inroads in auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 31st, 2012

Leading automakers and their suppliers, including Volkswagen (VW), Skoda and Magna, have selected Styrolution's Luran S SPF30 acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) copolymers for various pre-colored applications for automotive exteriors.

The grade utilizes a new ultraviolet (UV) stabilization technology and provides major improvements in color fastness and surface quality for components such as the front grills on the new Golf 7, mirror triangles on the VW Up, and the front grills on the Skoda Yeti.

Overmolding collaboration creates unique water-testing tool

By Doug Smock
Published: October 31st, 2012

Public health authorities around the world now have an all-in-one, cost-effective tool to test water quality thanks to a highly automated approach rooted in an innovative two-shot overmolding process.

After IPO, Berry Plastics focuses on innovation

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 31st, 2012

Pack Expo 2012While there are many large plastic packaging companies at Pack Expo (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago), only one had just announced an initial public offering (IPO), sized at $470 million.

Automated labeling, quality control, and mold tracking nets Plastikos an award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 31st, 2012

Recognition is a great reward for hard work, and the team members of Plastikos Inc., an Erie, PA-based custom injection molder, couldn't be more proud of being awarded the 2012 Manufacturing Success Award from ERP software developer IQMS.

Bioplastics, nanoparticles enhance germ-fighting in hospital garb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 31st, 2012

Nanoparticles, bioplastics, and an enzymatic pre-treatment are being used by Spanish researchers to enhance the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles.

From shrink sleeve film to lap-sealable matte film, ExxonMobil launches several products at Pack Expo

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 30th, 2012

Pack Expo 2012Chicago, IL—"It's an exciting time," Laurie Cardillo, global marketing manager for ExxonMobil Chemical films business, told PlasticsToday.

TPE resin prices, Oct. 22-26: PE steady; PP slips $0.005/lb; Lots of offers, some good bids, few transactions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 30th, 2012

Spot resin prices were mostly steady to slightly weaker as the market approached month-end. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that there was a good flow of spot material as several of offers were simply refreshed with resellers looking to unload uncommitted inventory amid waning demand. October polyethylene (PE) contracts have yet to fully settle.

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