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Toray Plastics develops new heat-sealable BOPP film

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 16th, 2012

Toray Plastics Inc. has developed a new Torayfan F63W heat-sealable BOPP film with improved bonding for ink adhesion, the company stated.

Franco Chicarella, product manager for the Torayfan polypropylene film division, told PlasticsToday the company developed the new film at the request of its customers who wanted an OPP print web that was compatible with a wider range of the water and solvent-based inks that are commonly used for package printing.

New California facility recycles 2 billion plastic bottles a year

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 16th, 2012

For years, society operated with a cradle-to-grave mentality where products were created, used, and then thrown away. 

Neville Browne believes it's time to bury the cradle-to-grave way of thinking for plastic bottles, and replace it with a cradle-to-cradle approach.

Almac expands pharmaceutical packaging operations in the U.S.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 15th, 2012

The Almac Group has expanded its commercial pharmaceutical packaging operations with a $10 million investment in a new 100,000 sq-ft commercial facility in Audubon, PA.

The Almac Group is based in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and has U.S. operations in North Carolina, California, and Pennsylvania. The company's services include R&D, biomarker discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development and clinical trial supply, as well as packaging.

PE, PP up $0.01/lb; Natural gas hits new contract low; Gas: Crude gap hits record

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2012

Polyethylene and polypropylene each added $0.01/lb reflecting some faith in March contract price increase efforts, but enthusiasm has begun to wane, according to The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Spot plastics trading was about average last week as a steady stream of resin offers flowed, albeit at higher asking prices while demand seemed a little soft. PE producers are generally just seeking to complete their $0.06/lb increase, half of which was implemented in February, although increases of up to $0.10/lb are out there.

Green Matter: Burning life issues

By Karen Laird
Published: March 15th, 2012

Confusion about bioplastics is rife, and very peculiar notions about these materials abound. With sustainability at the forefront of so many business agendas these days—a quick look a the number of sessions devoted to the subject by the NPE and ANTEC this year will show just how prominent a theme this has become—a very brief review of what bioplastics are, and, especially are not, seems in order. 

New designs focus on improved catheter operations

By Doug Smock
Published: March 15th, 2012

Phase One Medical (Hingham, MA) is transitioning from medical R&D to a company that also develops and commercializes new medical devices focusing on catheter technology.

The company added a limited molding capability in 2010 and today announced that Pelham Plastics (Pelham, NH), a contract molder, will produce the company's new Reversus Hemodialysis Catheter.

Glass fiber, nylon combine in zero-permeation CNG tank

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2012

Thanks to the unique combination of an inner liner made with Akulon Fuel Lock polyamide 6 resin from DSM Engineering Plastics (Geleen, The Netherlands) and HiPer-tex high-performance glass fiber from 3B-the fibreglass company (Battice, Belgium), Gastank Sweden AB (Norrfjärden) is now able to manfacture zero-permeation cylinders that meet the very stringent ECE R110 regulation governing the use of Type IV high-pressure CNG cylinders for

Hybrid vehicles are more plastics-intensive: Japanese consultant

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 14th, 2012

The inherent structure of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) drive trains creates extra demand for plastic components employed in auto-electronic and battery components, boosting average usage to 158.6 kg according to Japanese consultant Fuji Keizai (Tokyo). This compares with an average of 144.1 kg for the auto industry as a whole, and an average of 136.9 kg in an electric vehicle (EV).

MWV unveils packaging materials and technologies R&D pilot plant

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 14th, 2012

Packaging giant MWV has opened a pilot plant dedicated to research and development for packaging materials and technologies.

A key component of MWV's Center for Packaging Innovation (CPI), the pilot plant is a 48,000 sq-ft facility located in Eastern Henrico, VA.

In 2010, MWV decided to move the CPI and pilot plant, from Raleigh, NC to the company's headquarters in Richmond, VA. MWV invested more than $13 million in infrastructure and equipment to establish the pilot plant in Eastern Henrico.

PVC steady; PE, PP, PS, and ABS up in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2012

Polypropylene (PP) prices climbed in Asia last week, rising on strength in upstream propylene, according to Polymerupdate. A series of planned regional plant turnarounds helped the buying mood lift as players anticipated a market environment in which product supplies would tighten, with high naphtha costs helping support the increase. On Friday, March 9, propylene prices were assessed up at $1370/tonne FOB Korea in the feedstock markets.

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