MR&P scouts medical plastics acquisitions in China

By Doug Smock
Published: October 26th, 2012

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P) is actively scouting acquisitions, particularly in Asia, Board Member Andy Cantwell said in an interview this morning with PlasticsToday.

HDPE foam blends target auto application

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 26th, 2012

High melt-strength (HMS), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) may play a role in automobile lightweighting if development work at Tosoh Corp. (Tokyo) proceeds to plan.

Tosoh has found that blending this HMS HDPE with polypropylene (PP) and foaming the blend can enable higher foaming ratio to be achieved and hence lower weight. Door trim applications are seen as one potential outlet for the blend.

Medical device costs are rising less than overall inflation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2012

Medical devices aren't the cause of fast-rising medical costs.

That's the message from the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), which released a study reporting that prices for medical technology over the last 21 years have grown at less than half the rate of overall prices in the economy and only one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services.

Mainstreaming IML requires supply chain collaboration

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 25th, 2012

At the recent IMLCON produced by AWA Alexander Watson Associates, I gave a keynote address that looked at what it will take to mainstream in-mold labeling into packaging applications. In addition to some of the often mentioned obstacles to this technology in North America such as lack of IML label suppliers and the large number of SKUs that brand owners carry, the long and complex supply chain seems to be a big hurdle for adoption of IML.

Saved by the bottle: UK Coca-Cola provides update about London 2012 recycling initiative

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 25th, 2012

Coca-Cola in Great Britain knew it had taken on a huge challenge of Michael Phelps' record-breaking proportions.

When the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) committed to a zero-waste-to-landfill target, Coca-Cola made a pledge to recycle all soft drinks bottles that were disposed of at Olympic and Paralympic venues and return that waste into new bottles within six weeks.

PEEK replaces titanium in cervical implants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 25th, 2012

SpineNet (Winter Park, FL) has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its new SpineNet ACC anterior cervical cage made of Zeniva polyetheretherketone (PEEK) rods from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA (Alpharetta, GA).

Coca-Cola GM of PlantBottle packaging talks new partnerships, future growth

By Heather Caliendo
Published: October 24th, 2012

It's hard for Scott Vitters, GM of the PlantBottle packaging platform, to contain his excitement about the future for the Coca-Cola PlantBottle packaging.

Q&A with Fraunhofer ICT’s Frank Henning, keynote speaker Lightweighting AutoPlastics 2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 24th, 2012

Frank Henning is convinced that the pressure North America's car manufacturers are facing to build more efficient vehicles will force them to catch up and adopt many technologies that are already utilized in Europe today. "We will see highly automated composite manufacturing technologies in both of these markets," Henning said.

Metal replacement at Fakuma: PolyOne, BASF, EMS, Evonik, DuPont, and Sabic

By Karen Laird
Published: October 24th, 2012

Fakuma 2012Friedrichshafen, Germany—At the booths of the materials producers last week at the Fakuma, metal-to-plastics replacement revealed itself as one of this year's dominant themes.

PolyOne announces Spartech acquisition, record earnings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 24th, 2012

PolyOne has entered into an agreement to acquire Spartech, a global producer of plastic sheet, compounds, and packaging, in a deal valued at approximately $393 million, including the assumption of Spartech's net debt of $142 million. Stephen D.

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