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Catheter cap tackles hospital-acquired infections

By Doug Smock
Published: March 19th, 2012

The battle to reduce hospital infection rates continues with the effort now including newly designed medical devices as well as stronger and more widely used antimicrobial agents.

One interesting example is a method of disinfecting IV tubing end connectors that was granted a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Notice of Allowance for a patent application earlier this month.

UPDATED: Out-of-autoclave prepregs find use in Airbus key component

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 19th, 2012

Advanced Composites Group (Warwickshire, UK) has scored commercial success with its MTM 44-1 Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) epoxy resin-based prepregs being adopted by GE Aviation to manufacture the outer and mid-section fixed trailing edge panels for the Airbus A350 XWB wing. Advanced Composites will be rebranded as Umeco effective April 2 this year. The new brand will be officially launched at JEC Europe 2012 in Paris, to be held 27 to 29 March, 2012.

Processor makes "World’s Greatest" cut

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 16th, 2012

When executive producer Gordon Freeman, of the ION Network’s ‘World’s Greatest’ TV show called Robinson Industries, he was looking for a company to fill their segment on material handling. What they found was one of the oldest thermoforming and structural foam molding companies in Michigan. 

Taghleef Industries wins 2012 Sustainability Award

By Karen Laird
Published: March 16th, 2012

Emulating last year’s success, Taghleef Industries, a major producer of packaging films made from renewable resources (PLA bio-based resin), has been awarded a 2012 Sustainability Award by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). 

When it comes to the U.S. manufacturing economy, they’re still trying to put lipstick on this pig

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 16th, 2012

Each month or two, surveys from various associations roll in and lately the spin has been the same: things are booming for manufacturers. Manufacturing is expanding, increasing and growing.  That might be true if you only read the first sentence or two of these reports. So when it comes to reporting on these manufacturing surveys and analysis, it pays to read the fine print. 

Toray Plastics develops new heat-sealable BOPP film

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 16th, 2012

Toray Plastics Inc. has developed a new Torayfan F63W heat-sealable BOPP film with improved bonding for ink adhesion, the company stated.

Franco Chicarella, product manager for the Torayfan polypropylene film division, told PlasticsToday the company developed the new film at the request of its customers who wanted an OPP print web that was compatible with a wider range of the water and solvent-based inks that are commonly used for package printing.

New California facility recycles 2 billion plastic bottles a year

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 16th, 2012

For years, society operated with a cradle-to-grave mentality where products were created, used, and then thrown away. 

Neville Browne believes it's time to bury the cradle-to-grave way of thinking for plastic bottles, and replace it with a cradle-to-cradle approach.

Almac expands pharmaceutical packaging operations in the U.S.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 15th, 2012

The Almac Group has expanded its commercial pharmaceutical packaging operations with a $10 million investment in a new 100,000 sq-ft commercial facility in Audubon, PA.

The Almac Group is based in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and has U.S. operations in North Carolina, California, and Pennsylvania. The company's services include R&D, biomarker discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development and clinical trial supply, as well as packaging.

PE, PP up $0.01/lb; Natural gas hits new contract low; Gas: Crude gap hits record

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2012

Polyethylene and polypropylene each added $0.01/lb reflecting some faith in March contract price increase efforts, but enthusiasm has begun to wane, according to The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Spot plastics trading was about average last week as a steady stream of resin offers flowed, albeit at higher asking prices while demand seemed a little soft. PE producers are generally just seeking to complete their $0.06/lb increase, half of which was implemented in February, although increases of up to $0.10/lb are out there.

Green Matter: Burning life issues

By Karen Laird
Published: March 15th, 2012

Confusion about bioplastics is rife, and very peculiar notions about these materials abound. With sustainability at the forefront of so many business agendas these days—a quick look a the number of sessions devoted to the subject by the NPE and ANTEC this year will show just how prominent a theme this has become—a very brief review of what bioplastics are, and, especially are not, seems in order. 

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