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Conference speakers, attendees discuss the future of flexible packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 8th, 2012

Seattle, WA - Almost half of attendees at the 2012 TAPPI PLACE Conference believe materials will be the next source of innovation in flexible packaging. 

"There's quite a bit of innovation in material," Brad Rogers, director of advanced research at PepsiCo, told TAPPI PLACE attendees. "But equipment also plays a key role."

Chinese machinery manufacturers continue expansion despite broader economy’s “slowdown”

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 8th, 2012

Only in China can GDP growth rates approaching 10% suggest a slowdown, but after its most recent peak in 2007, when the economy expanded by a blistering 14.7%, the Chinese economy proceeded to yo-yo over the next four years, falling to 9.6% in 2008 and 9.2% in 2009, before jerking upwards to 10.4% in 2010, and subsequently dipping once more to 8.7% growth in 2011.

Green Matter: Metabolix marches on

By Karen Laird
Published: May 8th, 2012

If there’s one company that’s been making the headlines one way or another this year, it’s Metabolix, a bioscience company founded in 1992 and which has since that time developed into one of the driving forces behind the commercial exploitation of PHA polymers in the U.S.

Advancing labor costs prompt interest in automation in China

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 8th, 2012

Chinese labor costs continue to skyrocket so it came as no surprise to see machinery vendors aggressively promoting automation solutions at the recent Chinaplas.

Homebuilding market on the mend

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 8th, 2012

After a long drought, homebuilding is slowing picking up, which is good news for a lot of plastics businesses including material (WPC and vinyl) producers, as well as machinery makers.

Reflecting the overall economy in general, the housing market has had its fits and starts. However, it is expected to move in a slow, gradual upward path in 2012, according to economists participating in an April 25 National Assn. of Home Builders (NAHB) construction forecast webinar on housing and the economic outlook.

Korean suppliers targets commercial POE/POP supply in 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 8th, 2012

SK Global Chemical (Seoul, Korea) will commence production of Nexlene metallocene-based polyolefin plastomers (POPs) and polyolefin elastomers (POEs) from early 2014.

FAST-Houston develops monolayer, molded fluoropolymer containers

By Doug Smock
Published: May 8th, 2012

The FAST Group of Houston, Texas, has developed a new fluoropolymer technology for producing thin-walled, monolayer fill-and-finish biopharmaceutical packaging.

A collaborative team was created consisting of representatives from the FAST Group, a material supplier andprocess equipment suppliers to develop economically-acceptable, high-purity, collapsible containers for the packaging of valuable materials, such as biopharmaceuticals and electronics.

NPE2012 hot runner rundown: The age of hot runner systems is upon us

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 7th, 2012

The demand for hot runner systems has increased with the move toward greater efficiencies, higher productivity, and reduced scrap. That’s pretty much the word from the hot runner systems manufacturers that proliferated NPE. It also shows that molders and their mold suppliers continue to try to get a good handle on the variabilities that impact processing and ultimately affect the bottom line.   

Durex expands custom cartridge-heater capabilities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 7th, 2012

Durex Industries, a designer and manufacturer of heaters, temperature sensors, and controls, announced an expansion of its custom cartridge heater capabilities with the introduction of its new advanced Magnum family of cartridge heaters.

NyproMold carves out high-tech tooling niche

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 7th, 2012

While technology is one key, including the new CT-Scanning offered by the company and presented at NPE, NyproMold explains what makes a successful mold manufacturing company.

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