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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.

Plastics recycler to open research center focused on closed-loop recycling

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 24th, 2012

Plastics recycling company SirNaik LLC has invested $10 million in a 200,000-ft2 facility dedicated to closed-loop recycling of post-consumer plastics.

The facility, called the Green Research Center, will house a variety of recycling processes and is scheduled to open Fall 2012 in West Virginia.

Metallic glass inserts eyed for 'lab-on-chip' microfluidics

By Doug Smock
Published: May 24th, 2012

Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have been in the news because of Apple's research into their potential in consumer electronics devices such as iPads.

They also have significant potential to create injection mold inserts with nanoscale features.

This is a plastics website. Why go heavy on metal?

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 24th, 2012

 

Frequent visitors to the Automotive/Mobility Channel at PlasticsToday might have noticed that this week non-plastic materials have featured heavily. We’ve talked advanced high-strength steel (AHSS), magnesium, aluminum and even an efficient process for casting high temperature nickel and titanium alloys.

LED lighting concept proven through prototyped acrylic light pipe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2012

A prototype of a light pipe that illuminates an integral subassembly for the 2013 Dodge Dart center console cup holder was taken from tool design to finished parts in the space of three-and-a-half weeks by Urgent Plastic Services (UPS), part of rapid prototyping and low-volume specialist 3-Dimensional Services Group (Rochester Hills, MI).

L.A. bans plastic bags

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 23rd, 2012

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to phase out single-use plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, according to reports. After a year, retailers can charge 10 cents for paper bags. The city's program would be modeled after bag bans in other California cities.

Ethylene, petrochemical prices plunge globally

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2012

Ethylene prices are in free fall around the globe, pushed lower on falling natural gas and petroleum, as well as weak downstream demand. Pricing service ChemOrbis said spot ethylene values have lost $45/ton on CFR Northeast Asia basis the first two trading days of this week and more $100/ton compared the week prior. Going back the start of May, ethylene prices are off $255/ton, according to ChemOrbis.

Russian fluoropolymer producer establishes operations in the U.S.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 23rd, 2012

HaloPolymer Holding, a Russian manufacturer of fluorinated products, has set up operations in the U.S., establishing the first foreign office for the company.

The U.S. headquarters, HaloPolymer Trading, Inc., is located in Houston, TX while its warehouses are in Houston and New York, NY.

HaloPolymer CEO M.V. Doroshkevich told PlasticsToday the opening of the office is a strategic move aimed at expanding its customer base.

TPU with a memory opens up new application areas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 23rd, 2012

A new shape memory polymer based on a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) has been released with the ability to "remember" its original shape when heated to a certain temperature.

Mold cavity fingerprints nab device counterfeiters

By Doug Smock
Published: May 23rd, 2012

"Fingerprints" specific to a particular mold are now being used to help identify medical device counterfeits.  

At the heart of the approach is a patented Fingerprint technology from a Swiss company called AlpVision that enables companies to track and authenticate mass produced products manufactured in a mold with a scanner or an iPhone.

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