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DSM sees big future in regenerative medicine, resorbable plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: May 3rd, 2012

DSM, the Dutch plastics giant, is making a $360 million bet that biomaterials and regenerative medicine will play an important role in future medical care. The acquisition continues a trend at DSM away from commodities and toward specialties, particularly in the life sciences.

Kensey Nash Corp. (Exton, PA) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement in which DSM will acquire all of its stock for $38.50 per share in cash.

Faurecia acquires Ford’s former Saline plant, announces new JV

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 3rd, 2012

Ford Motor Company and Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) have sold ACH's Saline, MI automotive interior trim components operation to France-headquartered global automotive parts supplier Faurecia, with the sale and transfer of the business scheduled to be completed June 1.

BASF acquires Brazil polyamide polymer business

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 3rd, 2012

With the acquisition of the polyamide (PA) polymer business of the Mazzaferro Group, BASF has established its first plastics and polyamide polymers production plant in Brazil, a BASF spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

"Until now we have imported polyamide polymers and compounded polyamide from other regions to supply our South American customers," the spokesperson said.

Polycarbonate film furnishes functionality and finish in auto interiors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2012

To win over consumers, automotive interior designs must feature improved component functionality without sacrificing an elegant, luxurious appearance. Two recent innovations illustrate how materials and process technologies developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Troy, MI) are helping automotive OEMs satisfy this trend.

Out-of-autoclave chassis weighs in at 80 kg

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2012

After nine years and over A$1 million invested, the Australian-designed-and-built FR-1 has become a reality. The one-off, high-performance, concept roadster features a monocoque cockpit chassis molded "out-of-autoclave" at a temperature of only 70°C using an epoxy prepreg with a 200 g/m2, 3k twill carbon-fiber base fabric.

Heinz sells a brand, will use the German factory to produce plastic packaging products

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 2nd, 2012

H.J. Heinz has sold its Sonnen Bassermann brand to Struik Foods Europe. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Heinz will retain ownership of the 431,000-ft2 factory in Seesen, Germany and will use it to manufacture plastic packaging products.

Mexico polyethylene plant to use GE hyper compressor technology

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 2nd, 2012

Petrochemical producers Brazil's Braskem S.A. and Mexico's Grupo Idesa have launched a joint venture to establish a polyethylene complex in Mexico featuring GE hyper compressor technology.

Polycarbonate spreads reach in mobility sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 2nd, 2012

Chinese consumption of polycarbonate (PC) accounted for around 30% of global demand, pegged at around 3.5 million tonnes, in 2011. This was a key reason for Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) relocating its global business for the resin to Shanghai last year. Speaking at a press event at the recent Chinaplas show in Shanghai, business-unit head Michael Koenig detailed some of the initiatives the company is working on to expand the reach of PC, a resin for which demand is growing at 6-7% per annum globally.

One family, many standards

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 1st, 2012

Sabic Innovative Plastics has expanded its Flexible Noryl polyphenylene ether (PPE) resin portfolio with two new extrusion grades—Flexible Noryl WCD883 and WCD933—making it the first portfolio for wire and cable that, according to the company, represents an "end-to-end solution" for customers seeking to comply with U.S., European, and Japanese standards for both AC and DC cables.

TPE resin prices, April 23-27: PE steady/lower; PP down $0.02/lb; spot deals abundant as April closes

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 1st, 2012

Spot resin trading remained challenging last week, as the stream of offers continued to flow at a heavy rate and prices were steady to mostly lower. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that despite price increase nominations, April resin contracts for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) rolled flat.

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