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EPA proposes rule to require electronic reporting for chemical information

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule to require electronic reporting for chemical information submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Electronic reporting will increase the speed with which EPA can make information publicly available, increase accuracy, and provide the public with quick and easier access to chemical information, according to the EPA.

Chinaplas preview: Low smoke, non-halogen compound to debut at Chinaplas

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2012

PolyOne Corporation (Avon Lake, OH) is to launch a new ECCOH offering at Chinaplas 2012 in Shanghai on April 18. Designated ECCOH 1025/1C, this new polymer solution is part of the Company's ECCOH family of Low Smoke and Fume, Non Halogen (LSFOH) materials.

Chinaplas preview: Electronics thinnovation generates demand for high-heat resins

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 16th, 2012

Electronics industry trends towards miniaturization, integration, or "thinnovation" coupled with the move towards cloud computing will mean areas such as the server market will depend increasingly on reflow soldering assembly technology, which can involve peak temperatures of up to 250°C.

The required power supplies to drive servers can also easily reach 500 Volts. Consequently, plastic compounds employed in these applications will need to meet stringent electrical and thermal performance requirements, as well as superior mechanical characteristics.

Chinaplas preview: DSM augments Asian technical capabilities

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 16th, 2012

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard, the Netherlands) recently established the a Performance Materials Research Center in Shanghai to carry out fundamental material research and thereby augment its expertise in areas such as polymer processing, flame retardance, and mechanical properties. These expertise form the basis for development of new and sustainable products, as well as being essential for resolving complex technical problems according to the company.

Chinaplas preview: China's solar policy drives performance resin opportunities

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 16th, 2012

Domestic demand elevated China to the third biggest solar module market globally in 2011 and China's 12th Five-Year Plan targets increasing photovoltaic (PV) installations further to 10-15 GW by 2015, and 50 GW by 2020.

ExxonMobil Chemical makes metallocene polyethylene push at NPE2012

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 16th, 2012

"Right now, North America is in the driver's seat for polyethylene," stated Jeffrey Beck, global marketing manager polyethylene (PE) at ExxonMobil Chemical. Beck's comment in an interview with PlasticsToday at NPE2012 reinforced how beneficial the natural gas boom, and the prolific amounts of cheap ethane it has made available to petrochemical producers in North America, has been, and how it has changed the dynamics of global polyolefin supply.

Collaboration results in winning part for Tier 1 automotive molder

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2012

Industrial Molds Group, a mold manufacturer specializing in precision molds with multiple complex actions, was pleased when its customer, MPC Inc., a Tier 1 molder of automotive components for global OEMs, won the ‘Single Part’ award in the Society of the Plastics Industry’s International Plastics Design Competition. The award was presented at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL on April 5, where Industrial Molds had a booth to showcase its capabilities.

Petainer serving PET kegs to the beverage market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 16th, 2012

Plastic packaging manufacturer Petainer has developed PET kegs for the beverage market.

The new lightweight beverage containers are 100% recyclable, a Petainer spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Boeing’s James Griffing to serve as SPE president

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2012

James S. Griffing, a technical fellow at The Boeing Company, is the new president of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), succeeding Russell C. Broome, it was announced at ANTEC 2012. At ANTEC 2013, Griffing will be succeeded by the new president-elect, Jon Ratzlaff, who is a technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.

How should the plastics packaging industry celebrate Earth Day?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 16th, 2012

Earth Day takes place Sunday, April 22. How do you plan to celebrate it?

Okay, I know Earth Day may not have the same appeal as Easter or 4th of July where families and friends come together for food and bonding, but Earth Day does help to serve as an important reminder that a small change can make a big difference in reducing waste.

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