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CNG tanks set for plastic makeover

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 27th, 2012

3M (St. Paul, MN) and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Oklahoma City, OK) plan to collaborate in designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad portfolio of compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks for use in all sectors of the United States transportation market. Currently the fuel tank on a CNG vehicle is its most expensive single component. The new plastics-intensive CNG tanks developed through the 3M and Chesapeake partnership will reportedly reduce costs while increasing performance.

Polyurethane solutions bring weight savings, rigidity on road and rail

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 27th, 2012

Polyurethane materials for lightweight yet rigid designs are the focal point of Bayer MaterialScience's (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany) exhibit at Stand P 14 at the JEC composites fair this coming March 27 - 29 in Paris.

Refillable and reusable plastic packaging gaining traction

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 24th, 2012

Nigel Pritchard, group chief executive at Petainer, told PlasticsToday he believes refillable PET bottles are the most environmentally sustainable form of beverage packaging.

Specialist plastics packaging company Petainer has developed a refillable PET bottle manufactured with more than 25% post-consumer recycled PET plastic. The company claims it has the same performance characteristics as a refillable bottle made entirely from virgin material.

Octal partners with Renewable Choice for sustainability analysis

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 24th, 2012

Octal believes in full transparency when it comes to sustainability. In fact, the company stated transparency is simply a good business practice.

Rogan triples cleanroom molding capability

By Doug Smock
Published: February 24th, 2012

Rogan Corp., a 78-year-old injection molder based in Northbrook, IL, is tripling the size of its clean room molding capability in a drive to build its medical business, particularly for elastomeric components.

"If the projection of growth in the overall economy is 2% then the projection for growth in medical is 9% and we want to be a part of that," Rogan President Jim Ritzema told Plastics Today in an interview.

PVC, ABS, PS, and LDPE up; LLDPE mixed; PP and HDPE down in Asian resin pricing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

Polypropylene (PP) prices adjusted downwards in Asia last week, slipping as the buying momentum in key markets like China was not as robust as had been anticipated, according to Polymerupdate. Also supporting the price slip was a steep drop in propylene values, which dropped to $1360/tonne FOB Korea on Thursday. PP injection and raffia prices dropped to $1380/tonne CFR Far East Asia, down $20/tonne on the week.

TPE resin prices, Feb. 13-17: PE and PP flat; ethylene ends 8-straight weeks of increases

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

The spot resin markets saw rather average trading last week, as railcar offers, both Generic Prime and Offgrade, flowed at a consistent clip and prices were generally unchanged.

Molded peristaltic pump is inexpensive, micro

By Doug Smock
Published: February 23rd, 2012

Two German companies are commercializing an inexpensive injection molded micro pump for a variety of medical applications such as laboratory analyses.

Drum tumbler offers flexible material mixing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

A new single-drum tumbler was designed to turn unused corners of the customer's facility into a productive place to mix materials. The single material drum tumbler from IMS Company (Chagrin Falls, OH) now converts into a double tumbler with the addition of a rear leg set and a second drum holder instead of requiring the customer to buy a second drum tumbler when their mixing needs increase. 

NatureWorks and BioAmber make AmberWorks; Lanxess announces BioAmber plasticizer investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

AmberWorks, the new U.S.-based bioplastics joint venture created by polylactic acid (PLA) producer NatureWorks and bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber, combines the strengths of both these companies to form an entity tasked with developing a new family of bio-based compounded polymer solutions.

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