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Cintas eco-apparel uses 15 million plastic bottles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 29th, 2012

Cintas Corp., the nation's largest uniform supplier, stated it has helped eliminate more than 15 million plastic bottles from the waste stream by repurposing plastic waste in its eco-apparel product line.

The company, which manufactures corporate uniforms and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, and more, said it has also reduced water use, packaging, and chemical waste, which is all part of the company's green initiatives.

Green Matter: Phthalate-free newest buzz in PVC

By Karen Laird
Published: May 29th, 2012

Last week, I received a press release that stated that “Georgia Gulf Corporation’s commitment to developing renewable materials to help end-use customers meet their sustainability goals took another step forward with the recent announcement of an agreement to collaborate with green chemistry company Segetis, Inc. to offer a new flexible vinyl compound based on Javelin technology bio-plasticizers from Segetis.”

Foster hikes capacity; Foster, Putnam split

By Doug Smock
Published: May 29th, 2012

Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT) has brought on line a 50-mm twin-screw Leistritz extruder to boost compounding capacity for custom pre-colored polymers used in Class I medical applications. The new line will be used to optimize pigment dispersion of challenging colors and polymers, and maximize throughput to reduce costs.

Burmese auto industry may get a boost

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 28th, 2012

Myanmar, or Burma according to some, has featured heavily in the news of late on account of its recent advances in democratization and the impending easing of some trade and investment sanctions. It could soon be the next hottest investment destination in Asia, although a decrepit infrastructure is in dire need of upgrading.

Composite bogie down on weight

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 27th, 2012

A composite bogie frame made of woven glass fabric and epoxy promises to bring about a 30% weight saving compared with conventional steel frames, corresponding to a 635 kg weight reduction per carriage. The bogie frame was developed by Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI; Gyeonggi-do, Korea), and manufactured by KM Co. (Gunsan, Korea).

Sumitomo plans TPO, EVA production in Saudi Arabia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 25th, 2012

Sumitomo Chemical's joint venture in Saudi Arabia—Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh)—has received the green light from its owners to construct new production assets in the Gulf, including plants for thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), and low-density polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (LDPE/EVA).

Polyamide wins CARB certification for small fuel tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 25th, 2012

A blowmoldable, polyamide 6 has been awarded a CARB (California Air Resources) Executive Order (EO) for use in small-engine fuel tanks. The EO will allow manufacturers and users of small-engine fuel tanks to avoid the lengthy and expensive testing process needed to confirm adherence to the stringent requirements for all off-road equipment sold in the state of California.

Delphi to acquire leading connector manufacturer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2012

Delphi Automotive (Troy, MI) has entered into exclusive negotiations and has made a binding offer to acquire the Motorized Vehicles Division (MVL) of FCI Group (Versailles, France), a business that is currently one of its key suppliers.

Lightweight door panels incorporate natural fiber

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 24th, 2012

The German subsidiary of Johnson Controls in Burscheid is supplying a series of innovative door panels, seat structures and instrument clusters for the new BMW 3 Series.

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No Hollywood ending for plastic bags in L.A.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 24th, 2012

Los Angeles made history this week and it's not for any reasons related to Brad Pitt or Kim Kardashian. 

As we reported earlier, the L.A. City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, which made L.A. the largest city in the nation to ban plastic bags.

Once this law is enacted, consumers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.

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