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Is edible packaging the next competitor to plastic?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 5th, 2012

Sometimes new innovations sound more like a plot from a Science Fiction movie. For instance, one Harvard scientist is hoping people will take their package and eat it, too. 

Harvard scientist David Edwards, who also developed inhalable chocolate, inhalable caffeine and a tuberculosis vaccine in the form of a spray, has developed a new edible packaging technology that allows individuals to eat and transport food without plastic. Called WikiCells, the packaging encloses food and liquid in an edible membrane.

Clariant expands pre-approved line of additives, masterbatches for medical

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2012

Clariant has expanded its Mevopur line of dedicated masterbatches and additives for the medical and pharmaceutical sector. Making the announcement at the recent MD&M West event in Anaheim, CA, Carmella C. Fitzgibbons, head of regional services for Clariant Materbatches' medical and pharmaceutical business, told PlasticsToday that regulation of the medical industry is changing, and "[Clariant] has to work with companies to make sure they understand."

Oxo-biodegradable plastics in the spotlight

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 2nd, 2012

Environmental Products Inc. (EPI) has launched a new line of products to meet a growing demand for oxo-biodegradable plastics, a company spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Packaging partnership to serve recycled plastic resins to restaurant industry

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 1st, 2012

Havi Global Solutions (HGS) has partnered with sustainable plastic resins manufacturer NextLife, to provide FDA-approved post-consumer recycled (PCR) polypropylene and polystyrene resins to the quick-service restaurant (QSR) and food service markets.

TPE resin prices, Feb. 20-24: PE flat, PP down: N.A. resin prices sprint ahead of global markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2012

The spot resin markets were active and prices steady to a penny lower last week, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). It is once again late in the month and PE contracts remain unsettled, as producers have not backed away from their second attempt at a $0.06/lb price increase, citing high ethylene costs. Resin supply is currently ample and demand is a bit soft.

Asian resin prices, Feb. 20-24: PP, LDPE, ABS down; HDPE, LLDPE, PS up; PVC flat

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2012

Polypropylene (PP) prices in Asia slid last week due to sluggish regional buying trends and a decrease in feedstock propylene values, according to Polymerupdate. On Feb. 23, Asian propylene was assessed at $1330/tonne FOB Korea, down sharply. In the downstream PP markets, PP injection and raffia prices fell to $1370/tonne CFR Far East Asia, a week-on-week slide of about $20/tonne. PP sellers polled by Polymerupdate confirmed that buying pulse had failed to lift despite the price decline.

UK converter launches removable in-mold label

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 1st, 2012

Systems Labelling, a UK-based converter, has developed a completely removable in-mold label that can be taken off during the recycling process or by the consumer after use.

Stephen Lloyd, director of marketing and business development for Systems Labelling, told PlasticsToday the patent-pending R-IML will "revolutionize" the in-mold labeling market by facilitating the production of food-grade rPP.

Citadel sold to private equity firm

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2012

Citadel Plastics (West Chicago, IL), the owner and operator of Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI) and The Matrixx Group Inc. has been acquired by middle-market private equity firm, Huntsman Gay Global Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Huntsman Gay did state in a release that Citadel's current management team will continue to lead the company and retain an ownership stake in the business.

Medical Musings: Focus tightens on scaffold plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: March 1st, 2012

One of the Holy Grails of tissue engineering is development of a safe bioasorbable material that can be engineered to meet specific implant demands.  

Several polymers are bioabsorbable, but lack the ability to be compressed for device delivery and then resiliently expand at the intended biological site. Or they lack sufficient porosity to promote adequate cellular ingrowth and proliferation.

Carbon fiber-composite automation takes center stage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2012

At this year's JEC show, Dieffenbacher (Eppingen, Germany) will focus on progressive line concepts for the production of lightweight car body parts for the automotive industry.

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Automation processes are key to carbon fiber-composite adoption in autos.

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