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Plastic technology contributes to sub-one-ton electrical sports car

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 28th, 2012

The performance data of the Lotus Elise-E lightweight electrical sports car that Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) presented at the recent Car Symposium in Bochum, Germany are impressive, as is its extensive usage of performance plastics. The vehicle weighs just 950 kg, has a power of 150 kW, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The top speed is limited to 200 km/h.

Ultra Purge starts production in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 28th, 2012

Ultra Purge producer Moulds Plus International is opening its first Latin American location in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. In order to be more efficient and supply material faster to the customers of Brazil, Ultra Purge will be manufactured and warehoused at the company's Iperó site, about 70 miles from the city of São Paulo.

SC Johnson expands its line of concentrated cleaner refills

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 28th, 2012

In a move to offer consumers a green choice, SC Johnson has expanded its Mini line of concentrated cleaners that can be used in refillable bottles.

Germany's Gerresheimer targets major US plastics growth

By Doug Smock
Published: February 28th, 2012

Gerresheimer, a $1.5 billion/yr processor of glass and plastic packaging and other devices for the global pharmaceutical and medical market, is targeting major growth in the United States.

Tubing extruder overcomes nylon shortage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 27th, 2012

For more than a year, a nylon-12 tubing supply shortage has put a glitch into extruder processors, but now NewAge Industries, a tubing extruder in Southampton, PA, says it has plenty to meet demand from its customers. The company "has worked diligently" with its partners to obtain materials and finished tubing, and now has an ample supply of nylon-12 tubing at a time when many companies are still scrambling to source and manufacture the product.

Should plastics expect the LeBron treatment in Orlando?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 27th, 2012

So, the NBA All-Star weekend wrapped up Sunday night. The events and games are entertaining and all, but I found myself watching the events a little more closely than usual. Could it be because my team is no. 1 in the West? Or maybe it's because All-Star weekend was held at the very same city the plastics industry will invade come April.

Medical demands spur mold innovations

By Doug Smock
Published: February 27th, 2012

Advanced mold technology for medical applications will be one of the highlights at NPE 2012 (Orlando, FL; April 1-5).

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.

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