India advances in aerospace composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 31st, 2013

The upcoming Aero-India show in Bangalore, from 6th to 10th February 2013 will feature a smorgasbord of composite solutions from Hexcel Composites Ltd.  (Cambridge, UK) including prepregs, fabrics, resins, honeycombs and adhesives. Hexcel already has a track record of shipments of these products to customers including Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), National Aerospace Lab (NAL), Indian Space Research Organisation, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and TATA Advanced Materials.

Plastics, guns, and disruptive technology

By John Clark
Published: January 30th, 2013

For those of us in and around the plastics industry, additive manufacturing (AM), popularly known as 3D printing, is hardly breaking news. It's something we've been covering for a while because while it's not molding or any other sort of traditional plastics processing, it most certainly is a way to make things using plastics, and it carries the promise of being a hugely disruptive technology.

KraussMaffei, Netstal announce expanded Russian presence at Interplastica

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2013

KraussMaffei Group is expanding its Moscow office, increasing the number of sales and service staff, while opening an additional service center in St. Petersburg. The company has more than 20 sales/service engineers and technicians in country with all three brands—KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff, and Netstal—under one roof at the branch office in Moscow.

Silicone sacks TPE in football headsets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2013

Forced to perform over a season that extends from sweltering August heat to frigid January cold, football coaches' headsets have plenty to endure before their users continually tear them off, spike them, or worse (think Gatorage shower). The abuse and environmental stress took a toll on the thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) that had been used in the headband, temple pad, and boom areas.

Amcor talks $20 million expansion in Orlando

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 30th, 2013

Amcor Rigid Plastics recently relocated from an existing 168,000 sq-ft plant near the Florida Turnpike to a new, leased 500,000 sq-ft facility within the Airport Industrial Park of Orlando, FL.

This $20 million expansion is for the production of hot- and cold-fill PET bottles for beverages such as sports drinks and orange juice, along with HDPE pharmaceutical containers. The new expanded facility will eliminate the need for three offsite warehousing sites.

DNA-studded plastic film delivers vaccines safely

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2013

A plastic film tattooed with DNA coding may be used to replace traditional vaccines for diseases such as HIV.

The effectiveness of DNA coding for viral proteins has been tested successfully in rodents, but no effective delivery mechanism for humans was known.

Bayer highlights flexibility of rigid polyurethane systems

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 30th, 2013

While the material polyurethane may normally be associated with foam, it has a much more diverse array of uses when coupled with various processing techniques, as evidenced by the presence of Bayer MaterialScience LLC at the recent Composites 2013 exhibition in Orlando, Florida. From filament winding to long-fiber injection molding, polyurethanes can be processed in a variety of ways to meet the many needs of manufacturers serving a broad range of markets according to Bayer.

IBS Report: Residential building on upswing, remodeling improving

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 29th, 2013

Las Vegas—With home prices rebounding and the outlook for 2013 appearing brighter, the International Builders’ Show (IBS), held in Las Vegas Jan. 22-24, was expecting an estimated 50,000 attendees. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which sponsors the annual event, noted in a release that the number of metropolitan areas on the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index rose for a fifth consecutive month to 242 in January. This is up from 201 markets listed as improving in December, and includes entrants from 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Premium brand, recycled bottle for Nestlé Waters

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 29th, 2013

Nestlé Waters North America's newest bottled water, Resource spring water, which is packaged with 50% recycled PET, is now available to retailers across the U.S. The bottle is offered in 700mL and 1L single-serve bottles and six-packs.

The company conducted a trial launch of this product in 2012 in Southern California. Joe Wiggetman, general manager for Resource, said the bottles performed well to-date and delivered the margins that retailers were looking for in the bottled water category.

TPE resin prices, Jan. 21-25: Spot prices mixed; January contracts closing higher: PE adds $0.04/lb, PP soars $0.15/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 29th, 2013

Spot resin trading was brisk, offers flowed at an elevated rate and prices were mixed, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Rising monomer costs are supporting producers' January price increase efforts and sending contract prices higher in January. However, TPE reports that spot resin prices have been unable to keep up, as demand languishes and supplies grow.

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