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. 

Hydraulic-assisted drive promises to almost double fuel economy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2013

Forget about hybrid or electric drive. One day internal-combustion engine vehicles may be receiving a power boost from hydraulics. This could potentially save 45 percent on fuel consumption in urban traffic according to the system's developers, Peugeot Citroën and Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart).

Small turbo engines don't deliver on fuel economy claims: Consumer Reports

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2013

The use of small turbocharged engines to realize improved fuel economies compared with normally aspirated engines is seen as a boon for engineering plastics usage given the higher temperatures prevalent in the engine bay. But they may not in fact deliver on their promise if findings by Consumer Reports are true.

Nampak Plastics looks to lightweight the milk industry

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 21st, 2013

Nampak Plastics, a UK producer of plastic milk bottles, says it has created the world's lightest four-pint high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle.

The bottle, which comes in a 32g four-pint, represents a 20% material savings on the standard four-pint version found in most supermarkets today, which weigh about 40g, according to Nampak. This lightweight bottle is currently undergoing trials with a number of Nampak's customers.

Green Matter: Thailand sees global bio-hub ambition coming within reach

By Karen Laird
Published: February 21st, 2013

Back in 2003, Thailand saw an opportunity, and decided to take it. The country already had an established plastics industry, plus cheap and abundant sources of feedstock from its agricultural industry, and it decided to take a gamble on bioplastics. Today, Thailand is on the fast track to become the bioplastics hub of the ASEAN region - within another three years, if it's up to Science and Technology Minister Worawat Uea-apinyakul. How did they do it?

Arkema launches hydrophilic elastomer for catheters

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2013

Riding the wave of accelerating use of thermoplastic elastomers in medical tubing applications, Arkema is launching a new flexible, hydrophilic Pebax grade.

Hydrophilic Pebax MV1074 SA 01 MED polymer is described as suitable for use in minimally invasive devices that are exposed to bodily fluids for less than 30 days, such as surgical tubing. It is a polyether block amide copolymer that is USP VI certified and is said to offer excellent high moisture absorption properties for device components in wet environments, such as catheters.

Next Generation Films adds Varex blown film lines to accommodate growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 20th, 2013

Next Generation Films is adding two high-output Varex blown film lines from Windmoeller & Hoelscher to accommodate an increasing demand for 3-layer roll stock. One line is currently being installed, while the other line is scheduled for a May 2013 installation.

The 3-layer Varex now being installed has a 110-inch working width, grooved feed extruders (90.30/120.30/90.30D), Optifil P2 gauge control system, Multicool air ring and a 27.5-inch Maxicone C die.

Asaclean plans new high-temperature purging compound, announces office move

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 20th, 2013

On the heels of a "very strong 2012" and 2013 that "started even better", Asaclean Sun Plastech Inc., manufacturer of Asaclean purging compound, is hoping to maintain momentum with the planned launch of four new products this year. Asaclean VP Joe Serell told PlasticsToday at Plastec West 2013 (Feb.

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