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Monopolymer package targets hospital recycling

By Doug Smock
Published: March 5th, 2012

TEQ (Huntley, IL) is announcing development of a sterile barrier system (SBS) using a proprietary blend of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in combination with a breathable HDPE thermoplastic lidding material developed by DuPont. The result is a monopolymer package that is more easily recycled, according to TEQ.

Names in the News, March 5: Sumitomo Demag, Plastics Color Corp., S&E, and Emerald Polymer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2012

Tetsuya Okamura will become senior VP of Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) Ltd. Japan, effective April 1. This role comes in addition to his existing position as CEO of injection molding machinery manufacturer Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH with headquarters in Schwaig, Germany, Okamura will now have full responsibility for the Plastics Machinery Business of Japanese parent company Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI).

Manufacturer of sustainable UV-curable coatings seeks to replace plastic laminate films

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 5th, 2012

An Ecology Coatings Inc. spokesperson told PlasticsToday its EcoQuik UV curable coating products are capable of replacing laminate films for overprint protection on labels and packaging.

PP, PE, PS, PVC up; ABS flat; Polymerupdate Asian resin prices, Feb. 27-March 2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2012

Polypropylene (PP) prices firmed in Asia last week, on the back of bullish crude and naphtha values coupled with week-on-week gains in propylene, according to Polymerupdate. The startup of cracker turnaround season across Asia is expected to trigger a climb in regional prices of olefins while tightening spot availability. PP raffia and injection molding prices rose to $1390/tonne CFR Far East Asia, a week-on-week rise of $20/tonne.

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.

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