PET foam offers lightweighting options

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 26th, 2013

At the upcoming JEC Composites Show in Paris (March 12-14), BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will introduce for the first time a structural foam based on PET (polyethylene terephthalate). The new material, with the trade name Kerdyn, offers lightweighting opportunities in a variety of market segments, including automotive.

More than a decade of data for plastics packaging M&A in new report

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 26th, 2013

Thomas E. Blaige, chairman & CEO of Blaige & Co., told PlasticsToday that plastic business owners should start exploring options to help grow and become more successful in the competitive marketplace.

"The playing field is changing," he said. "There could be more risks by doing nothing; they need to go beyond their comfort zone."

Mobile medical device market will double this year

By Doug Smock
Published: February 26th, 2013

One of the hot new markets for plastics in medical applications will be mobile and wireless devices that provide ongoing remote monitoring of patient health.

The total value of the mobile medical application market is expected to double this year from the $720 million achieved last year, according to Adrienne Lovink, VP of consulting and business development at the Millenium Research Group (Toronto).

SPI’s Carteaux touts heightened collaboration, advocacy for plastics

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 26th, 2013

Anaheim, CA—True to its new mission statement, Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington, DC), stressed the trade group's commitment to end-of-life solutions for plastics during a Western Region trade luncheon held the same day SPI appointed a leader to its new recycling initiative.

Green Matter: Purac uses sampling strategy to promote high-performance PLA

By Karen Laird
Published: February 26th, 2013

Hoping to accelerate the market introduction of its PLA resins, Purac, the Dutch-based manufacturer of biobased chemicals and biobased monomers for bioplastics, is now offering samples of its Puralact lactide-based PLA to potential customers for testing and product evaluation purposes.

Long-glass-fiber compound boasts cost benefits

By Stephen Moore
Published: February 25th, 2013

Asahi Kasei Plastics  (Fowlerville, MI) has developed a new long-glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) featuring improved impact performance and a reported 20% cost savings compared to traditional long-glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene.

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.

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