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Retrofit extrusion control upgrade

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 17th, 2012

A new control system retrofit kit allows management of an entire extrusion line via modern HMI-Software and a 19-inch touch screen. The TEC 4s from High Tech Extrusion group, developed in cooperation with Siemens, can be installed new or retrofitted onto Theysohn Extruders.

Non-bottle rigid plastic recycling up to 72%

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 17th, 2012

You could say good news about plastics recycling came out of The American Chemistry Council (ACC) earlier this week. The group released a new report showing a large increase in the collection and recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics in the U.S.

It's easy to think about recycling plastic bottles or aluminum cans, after all, I remember when I was a kid and my school celebrated Earth Day, we all taught which beverages to put in the recycled bin, while we are wore our t-shirts with the earth symbol on it.

Producers lay out plastics' role in reducing emissions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 16th, 2012

Earlier in February, the American Chemistry Council (ACC, Washington, DC) submitted written comments on a federal proposal to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in passenger automobiles and light trucks, showing how plastics could contribute to improving fuel economy standards proposed for 2017 and later model year light-duty vehicles.

Clear Lam develops new barrier film structure applying plant-based plastic

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 16th, 2012

Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., a manufacturer of rigid and flexible packaging, has created a new film structure made partially from plant-based plastic, which is being used for all varieties of Lactalis' Precious Sticksters branded cheese sticks.

Clear Lam chief marketing officer Roman Forowycz told PlasticsToday the company developed the renewable material to address a growing market demand for more sustainable packaging.

TPE resin prices, Feb. 6-10: PE up $0.01/lb; PP up $0.02/lb; Price increases drive down exports

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 16th, 2012

Spot resin trading activity improved and offering volumes increased, although at higher prices in last week's resin market according to spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE). TPE noted that a larger percentage of opportunities were completed as buyers came to terms with elevated resin costs. Continued strength in monomer costs is also supporting the market, helping allow polyethylene (PE) producers renew their effort to implement a $0.06/lb increase that did take hold in January.

MFG.com to establish a “one-stop shop” for packaging with online marketplace

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 16th, 2012

MFG.com, an online marketplace for the manufacturing industry, has launched a packaging marketplace in an effort to help companies get products to the market faster.

Mitch Free, founder and CEO of MFG.com, told PlasticsToday he believes the packaging industry is fragmented and complex, and what was once regionalized has now become a global competitive market where sourcing innovation and efficiency take precedence.

DSM Engineering Plastics' Asian HQ move progresses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 15th, 2012

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard, the Netherlands) has relocated its global headquarters to Singapore. The company, which has development, sales and manufacturing facilities located in The Netherlands, USA, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Belgium and Russia, has moved a number of its key functions to Asia in order to underline its commitment to the Asian market which is expected to represent the major share of the company's growth in the coming years.

Update: Amcor to add corks to its PET wine bottles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 15th, 2012

Amcor Rigid Plastics seeks to put a cork in its PET wine bottles. The producer of plastic packaging is developing PET bottles with both synthetic and natural corks.

"Both types of corks are commonly used in the wine industry," Yi Jiang, market development manager for Amcor, told PlasticsToday. "The corks maintain the traditional wine experience and can ensure smooth conversion to PET on the customer's filling line with minimal changes."

Bluestar centralizes manufacturing, launches new LSR grades, process technology

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 15th, 2012

New grades, a new manufacturing site, and a novel approach to liquid silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding that gives the molder, not the material supplier, control over the material's curing; those were the announcements made by Bluestar Silicones on the first day of MD&M West (Feb. 13-15; Anaheim Convention Center; Anaheim, CA).

Blood therapy devices eye PC-to-copolyester switch

By Doug Smock
Published: February 15th, 2012

Some manufacturers of blood therapy and management equipment are exploring conversion from polycarbonate to copolyester compounds in an apparent effort to avoid contamination from bisphenol A (BPA), a feedstock used to make polycarbonate.

Eastman Chemical Co. announced at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West (MD&M West) trade show in Anaheim, California, that it is launching Eastman Tritan copolyester for blood therapy surgical and blood management devices. 

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