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Halogen-free movement extends to colorants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 11th, 2012

Companies in the electrical and electronics sector are working to reduce the halogen content of their products, typically through the usage of non-halogenated flame retardants and polyolefin-based resins for wire encapsulation. Colorant suppliers also believe they can play a role in reducing the halogen content of final products by offering high-purity products of their own that are essentially free of contaminants.

PLAST 2012: Macro Engineering shows off low-shrink extrusion technology

By Karen Laird
Published: May 11th, 2012

While the focus of Canadian film and sheet extrusion systems supplier Macro’s PLAST 2012 presentation was on the food packaging market and the various models of biaxially oriented film lines which it supplies, the company had an extra trick up its sleeve this time, as well: it chose to launch its newest extrusion line for photovoltaic (PV) sheet production at the show in Milan.

Do you know enough about silicone elastomers?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 11th, 2012

As silicone elastomers grow in demand due to new applications in the medical and automotive industries, among others, demand for information on this technology is also increasing. A course is being offered that provides a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, including basic silicone chemistry, types of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving, and applications areas.

California hospital group sets the pace for sustainability programs

By Doug Smock
Published: May 11th, 2012

In 2005, California-based Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) became one of the first, if not the first, hospital group in the United States to stop using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for intravenous (IV) bags, solutions, and tubing.

Today known as Dignity Health, the healthcare organization is a founding sponsor of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and is leading in other sustainability efforts, including several involving plastics.

Starbucks, ConAgra Foods talk packaging sustainability initiatives, challenges at TAPPI 2012

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 10th, 2012

Seattle, WA - As TAPPI attendees sipped on white coffee cups with a green siren logo, Brent Denniston, Starbucks VP of global procurement, said the company is fully aware of the profound effect of its packaging.

NOVA exits styrenics market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2012

Insulating building products supplier PFB Corp. is vertically integrating its expandable polystyrene (EPS) supply via the acquisition of NOVA Chemicals Corp.'s Performance Styrenics business, which includes EPS and Arcel resin products.

Sleeve labels picking up steam

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 10th, 2012

While sleeve labels represent only 15% of the total market for labels globally in 2011, it’s the fastest growing segment in the world, reported William Llewellyn, VP and senior counsel for Alexander Watson Associates, at the recent Sleeve Label Conference held in Cincinnati. “Global growth for all sleeve-label formats is estimated at 6.5%,” said Llewellyn. “Growth in North American and European markets held up well and that is stabilizing at approximately 5% depending on the format.”

Fiber laser process targets medical plastics welding

By Doug Smock
Published: May 10th, 2012

A powerful laser technology originally developed for the telecommunications industry is now targeting plastic welding, and has significant implications for medical markets because it eliminates use of dyes and other additive extractables. It may also expedite the welding of polyolefin elastomers that are bidding to replace polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for intravenous tubing and bags.

Chinese flame retardant leader in expansion drive

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 10th, 2012

The world’s leading supplier of organo phosphorus flame retardants, Jiangsu Yoke Technology Co. (Yixing, China), plans a large-scale expansion of capacity to satisfy demand from end users switching away from brominated products.

PLAST 2012: Ferromatik Milacron launches F 200

By Karen Laird
Published: May 9th, 2012

Milan—Ferromatik Milacron has opted to introduce the newest member of its modular F-series—the F 200—at Plast 2012, this year's largest European tradeshow, which is currently being staged in Milan, Italy.

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