Plastic film recycling reaches 1 billion lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 25th, 2013

The recycling of plastic film increased by 4% to reach 1 billion lb annually in 2011 for the first time, according to a report by Moore Recycling Associates, on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

The category of plastic film includes plastic bags, product wraps and commercial shrink film and the report stated that the recycling of plastic film has grown 55% since 2005. 

Sepro seizes greater small machine automation share, boosts staff

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 25th, 2013

Anaheim, CA—Coming off its best year ever, automation supplier Sepro America LLC (Pittsburgh, PA) announced the addition of two new regional sales managers, effectively doubling its staff as its recent push into the smaller robot market gains traction. "[Sepro] sees a lot of growth potential here on the West Coast; that's why we added [Paul Rudzinski and Lorne Burke]; customer-driven demand," explained Jim Healy, VP sales and marketing for Sepro America.

European suppliers launch road show to defend PVC use in hospitals

By Doug Smock
Published: February 25th, 2013

European PVC producers will actively participate in several professional medical events starting with the annual meeting for the Society of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Recovery Nurses March 6 in Denmark.  

Intertech adds two presses, central chiller in response to reshored business

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 25th, 2013

Fueled by a booming customer that's seeking to reshore 70% of its manufacturing from China, Intertech Plastics (Denver, CO) has completed $2 million investment in its plant, boosting capacity with two new Husky injection molding machines and a Thermal Care central chiller after growing revenue by more than 75% in 2012.

New TV series to focus on sustainable packaging, but is there a catch?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 25th, 2013

While some of Hollywood's best and brightest were out hobnobbing with other industry folks at the 2013 Oscars, it appears that actor Martin Sheen was focused on packaging.

In-mold decoration creates durable badge for Chevrolet

By Stephen Moore
Published: February 24th, 2013

The famous bowtie emblem of GM's Chevrolet brand has received a makeover with the application of in-mold decoration (IMD) in the 2013 Traverse model to generate a jewel effect. Processor Eimo Technologies (Vicksburg, MI) worked with fluoropolymer-based film supplier Soliant Films (Lancaster, SC) to perfect the process.

FDA guidance on 'human factors' triggers new medical designs

By Doug Smock
Published: February 22nd, 2013

One of the hot topics at MD&M West last week in Anaheim, CA was recent guidance from the Food & Drug Administration on application of human factors and usability engineering to medical device design.

Increased demand equals cleanroom expansion, new machines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 22nd, 2013

Diversified Plastics Inc. announced the completion of its latest facility expansion, a 10,000-sq-ft addition to its cleanroom. This brings the company’s total to approximately 53,000 sq ft. The Company added cleanroom molding in 2009 to serve medical customers. According to Annette Lund, VP of the employee-owned company, in an interview at MD&M last week, the medical molding business has grown exponentially over the past four years, necessitating the expansion. Medical molding and filtration products now represent about 20% of Diversified’s business.

Manufacturing saw strengths, weaknesses in 2012; 2013 off to a good start

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 22nd, 2013

Manufacturing in 2012 was sort of like the opening sentence of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .” It was tough to figure out just what was happening and where manufacturing was headed.

The automotive industry was a major bright spot in 2012, and of course medical (in spite of the device tax in the ACA) and packaging (food, beverage, consumer goods, and just about anything else that goes in a package) remained strong.

Arburg develops injection molding machines tailored for packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 22nd, 2013

German injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg is targeting the packaging industry with new electric and hybrid Allrounder Alldrive and Hidrive machines.

Bearing a "P" for packaging, Arburg says the two high-performance machine series offer high-productivity optimization for increased performance and reduced energy consumption. 

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