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NPE2012: Applications expand for 3M's glass bubbles

By Doug Smock
Published: April 2nd, 2012

One of the  exhibits that catches your eye when you walk into the North/South Hall at NPE2012 (Orlando, FL; April 1-5) is a fish tank with floating PVC fisherman's boots.

Dow Chemical to cut 900 jobs, close plants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2012

The Dow Chemical Co. will close several plants and plans to lay off about 900 workers worldwide in response to weak demand in Europe.

Actions will include closing certain manufacturing plants in Europe, North America and Latin America, as well as canceling a selection of capital projects and implementing workforce reductions, the company stated.

Dow anticipates that it will save approximately $250 million annually from these actions.

NPE2012 underway

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2012

The Society of the Plastics Industry formally opened NPE2012 in Orlando on Monday, April 2, after a full "Super Sunday" of activities on April 1. While the show halls were readied, SPI put on a brandowner super session during the day with 75th anniversary celebration and hall-of-fame banquet that evening. Watch the day one slide show.

ABS-rich PC blend brings weight, cost savings

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2012

The latest model Audi Q3 employs a low-cost blend of PC and ABS in which the ratio of ABS is higher than in standard grades for an interior tray component. Two specific colors were designed to meet Audi requirements, truffle beige and soul.

Feng Ping announces U.S. expansion at NPE2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2012

China-based, U.S.-owned and -managed Feng Ping Tooling (booth #58033) is using its first stateside exhibition to announce the opening of a new U.S.-based business. Speaking on Sunday April 1 before NPE2012 show open, brothers and Feng Ping founders James and John Fiocchi told PlasticsToday that the new operation will occupy a 10,000-sq-ft space adjacent to their original box enclosure business in Lake Bluff, IL.

Nypro runs four demos at NPE2012

By Doug Smock
Published: April 1st, 2012

Global precision plastic injection molder Nypro (Clinton, MA) is participating in four technology demonstrations at NPE 2012 (Orlando FL) this week.  Four demonstrations at NPE are the most in recent memory for Nypro at

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Chinaplas 2012 breaks record for booked space

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2012

Not much is certain in the global economy these days, or the plastics sector for that matter, but one thing you take for granted: Chinaplas will keep growing. The 2012 event will set a new record in terms of scale, covering a total area of 210,000 sq m, up 10% from 2011's edition in Guangzhou. A big part of that growth: new exhibitors, with more than 400 first-time exhibitors setting up space Chinaplas 2012 in Shanghai.

FDA won’t ban BPA in food packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food, it was announced Friday.

The agency said that petitioners did not present compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions on BPA.

The National Resources Defense Council petitioned the FDA to ban BPA as a food additive, including all uses in food or beverage packaging, to "protect consumers from the health effects of BPA."

Vaupell and Trexel Announce Collaborative Agreement on MuCell

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 30th, 2012

Like nearly all transportation industries, the aircraft industry’s goal is to reduce the weight of aircraft to save on fuel costs and extend the mileage range. This week, at the Aircraft Interiors (AI) Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Vaupell, a global supplier of plastic interior assemblies to OEMs and Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers, announced a partnership and collaboration agreement with Trexel to develop and advance its MuCell microcellular foam molding for weight reduction in aircraft interiors.  

UPDATED: Milacron under new ownership

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2012

Plastics machinery and industrial fluids manufacturer Milacron LLC has been acquired by CCMP Capital Advisors LLC from Avenue Capital Group, the private equity firm that bought the plastics stalwart out of bankruptcy in June 2009.

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