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Company launches sustainable grab-and-go packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 6th, 2012

BioMass Packaging has launched a new line of packaging that helps consumers grab sustainability on the go.

PE mixed; PP up $0.02/lb: TPE resin pricing, Feb. 27-March 2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 6th, 2012

Spot plastics markets were busy and commodity grade prices mixed as February transitioned into March. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) reported that February polyethylene (PE) contracts settled with a $0.03/lb increase, while polypropylene (PP) contracts rose $0.165/lb early in the month. March resin prices are nominated to go higher with different levels of increases pegged to PE ranging between $0.03 to $0.10/lb, the latter representing the $0.03/lb not achieved in February plus an additional $0.07/lb.

Gneuss talks increased demand for MRS recycling technology in South America

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 6th, 2012

Monika Gneuss, VP of sales and marketing at Gneuss, told PlasticsToday that the company recently sold four PET recycling lines in Brazil.  

Standardization concepts target component cost cuts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2012

Leading Japanese automakers are embarking on ambitious programs to cut component costs, with significant implications for their parts suppliers.

Nissan Motor (Yokohama), for example, recently announced the introduction of its next-generation vehicle engineering concept, called Nissan Common Module Family (CMF). Nissan vehicles developed under the CMF strategy are slated to enter the marketplace from 2013.

Asahi Kasei licenses long-fiber PP tech into Europe, announces NPE plans

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2012

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc. (Fowlerville, MI) has licensed Germany's Polyplast Compound Werk GmbH (PCW; Eilenberg) to manufacture and distribute its Thermylene brand of specialty chemically coupled glass-reinforced polypropylene (PP), throughout Europe from its three divisions in Eilenburg, Straelen, and Bingen am Rhein, Germany.

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.

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