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Rhodia forms partnerships for transportation lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 28th, 2012

Rhodia Engineering Plastics (Paris La Défense) has entered into two partnerships to promote the use of polyamide-based thermoplastic composites in lightweighting for the automotive and marine sectors.

Packaging facelift: health & beauty manufacturers adopt sustainable packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 28th, 2012

Several health and beauty manufacturers are giving their packaging a green makeover.

NeoCell's product line is now packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles.

The natural supplement and skin care supplier implemented this change across its entire line of products.

Green Matter: Plastics drive automotive weight loss

By Karen Laird
Published: March 28th, 2012

At the annual international VDI “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” conference held in Mannheim, Germany this week, it was very clear that the role played by plastics in this industry has not only undergone a fundamental change over the past several years, but that it will continue to gain significance in the years to come. 

Locomotives get lightweighting treatment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 28th, 2012

Lightweighting is a priority in the automotive sector but now the railroad industry is also thinking more seriously about weight reduction programs for diesel trains in order to reduce fuel consumption, costs and carbon dioxide emissions. At the 2012 JEC trade fair, Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) presented a newly developed sandwich material based on the Baypreg polyurethane spray system that is well suited for diesel engine enclosures.

Momentive debuts epoxy system, opens application development center

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, OH) is debuting a new, more efficient epoxy system for mass producing lightweight carbon-fiber structural components at the JEC Europe 2012 Composites Show, March 27-29 in Paris.

The new system, a combination of Epikote Resin 05475 and Epikure Curing Agent 05443, enables direct infusion of carbon fiber material using industrial-scale high- or low-pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) process equipment, with curing in less than five minutes.

Amcor expands multilayer PP bottle capacity in U.S. and Canada

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced a significant expansion of its extrusion blow molded PP bottle capacity in the Midwest, Southwest, and Canada.

The "multi-million-dollar" expansion at production facilities in Batavia, IL, Fort Worth, TX, and Brampton, ON, enables Amcor to shift its manufacturing footprint closer to key customers as well as improve logistics and reduce transportation costs, the company stated. The company did not disclose financial details of this expansion.

TPE resin prices, March 19-23; PE slips $0.01/lb, PP falls $0.04/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Spot resin prices were lower last week amidst very good trading activity, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). March polypropylene (PP) contracts were up $0.05/lb bringing the 2-month total to $0.215/lb, with the price hikes described as being strictly cost-push while demand has wavered. After securing half the $0.06/lb price increase in February, polyethylene (PE) producers have mostly sought to implement the balance of the increase in March.

Avantium, Danone partner to produce biobased PEF bottles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 27th, 2012

Biotechnology developer Avantium has partnered with drinks manufacturer Danone for the development of biobased bottles for Danone's global bottled water business.

Polyimide tubing responds to growing catheter specialization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Putnam Plastics (Dayville, CT) is introducing clear polyimide tubing for medical applications that require visual monitoring, UV transparency or imaging transmission.  Unlike traditional dark, amber polyimide which has limited options for pigmenting, clear polyimide also allows for a wide range custom colored tubing options.

High-capacity IV bag-making machine has small footprint

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Kiefel (Hampton, NH) has developed a high-capacity machine called the IV Express to produce IV (intravenous) bags with integrated filling.

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