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UK converter launches removable in-mold label

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 1st, 2012

Systems Labelling, a UK-based converter, has developed a completely removable in-mold label that can be taken off during the recycling process or by the consumer after use.

Stephen Lloyd, director of marketing and business development for Systems Labelling, told PlasticsToday the patent-pending R-IML will "revolutionize" the in-mold labeling market by facilitating the production of food-grade rPP.

Citadel sold to private equity firm

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2012

Citadel Plastics (West Chicago, IL), the owner and operator of Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI) and The Matrixx Group Inc. has been acquired by middle-market private equity firm, Huntsman Gay Global Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Huntsman Gay did state in a release that Citadel's current management team will continue to lead the company and retain an ownership stake in the business.

Medical Musings: Focus tightens on scaffold plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: March 1st, 2012

One of the Holy Grails of tissue engineering is development of a safe bioasorbable material that can be engineered to meet specific implant demands.  

Several polymers are bioabsorbable, but lack the ability to be compressed for device delivery and then resiliently expand at the intended biological site. Or they lack sufficient porosity to promote adequate cellular ingrowth and proliferation.

Carbon fiber-composite automation takes center stage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 1st, 2012

At this year's JEC show, Dieffenbacher (Eppingen, Germany) will focus on progressive line concepts for the production of lightweight car body parts for the automotive industry.

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Automation processes are key to carbon fiber-composite adoption in autos.

Transcatheter heart valves use nylon, UHMWPE

By Doug Smock
Published: February 29th, 2012

Plastics are playing a critical role in new artificial heart valves that prop open diseased valves and can be inserted with a catheter that is snaked through arteries, a procedure called transapical aortic valve implantation.

Upbeat and optimistic, Bayer reports record 2011 sales; plastics pinched by higher feedstocks

By Karen Laird
Published: February 29th, 2012

According to the financial news released this morning by the Bayer Group, the year 2011 was a very successful one, despite the fact that the global economic recovery ran out of steam towards the year end. The company reported an increase in sales of 4.1 % to EUR 36,528 million, with net income soaring 89.9 % to EUR 2,470 million. EBIT was up a substantial 52%, to EUR 4,149, from EUR 2,730 million in 2010.

Multivac to launch new thermoforming machine designed for the fresh meat industry

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 29th, 2012

Packaging machinery manufacturer Multivac is launching a new thermoforming machine specially tailored for the fresh meat industry.

The R 515 is laid out for specific die formats and it features the same advantages of Multivac's R 535 high performance model, the company stated. The R 535 is designed for food, medical device, and consumer goods manufacturers.

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.

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