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FDA prepares decision on BPA ban in food packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 12th, 2012

I went to purchase a plastic coffee mug the other day, and as I looked at the various selections, one caught my eye. Highlighted all throughout the packaging was, "made from durable, BPA-free plastic."

Soon, we might be seeing the BPA-free label on not just select items, but on all of food and beverage packaging.

It was recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will make a decision by the end of this month on whether to the ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage packaging.

MIT spinoff develops wireless, implantable lab-on-a-chip

By Doug Smock
Published: March 12th, 2012

The future of drug delivery may be a programmable, wirelessly controlled microchip implanted in a patient's body.

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology conceived the idea 15 years ago, helped form a company called MicroCHIPS to explore commercialization, and recently announced results of a successful in-body test.

Toray in global carbon fiber push; receives Japanese government support

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 10th, 2012

Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo) has announced plans for a significant boost in production capacity for carbon fiber. Facilities will be added at four of the company's global locations, boosting capacity by 6000 tonnes annually to 27,100 tonnes/yr by March 2015.

Medical Musings: Hospital purchasing kicks into high gear

By Doug Smock
Published: March 9th, 2012

Hospitals and other health care organizations long known for weak purchasing practices are starting to adopt world-class procurement strategies, creating a new, more cost-competitive landscape for medical devices.

Typical of the concerns by suppliers is this statement from a financial document filed two weeks ago by West Pharmaceutical Services, a major medical molder and consumer of plastics:

EDI acquires Premier Dies in slot-coating deal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 9th, 2012

Extrusion Dies Industries (EDI) has augmented its slot coating and flat polymer extrusion dies with the purchase of fellow Chippewa Falls, WI company, Premier Dies Corp. EDI is a portfolio company of Bertram Capital, which acquired it in late 2010.

Borealis launches random copolymer PP for rigid packaging applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 8th, 2012

Borealis has introduced its high-flow random copolymer polypropylene (PP) RJ901MO to the rigid packaging market.

The company said the material can be used for thin-wall packaging and houseware applications, such as storage boxes, CD and DVD cases. The grade is manufactured using Borealis' proprietary Borstar technology.

Specialty in vivo plastics fuel Biomerics' expansions

By Doug Smock
Published: March 8th, 2012

Biomerics (Salt Lake City, UT), which announced completion of a cleanroom expansion earlier this week, will expand even further this year, a company official tells Plastics Today in an interview.

New name, new CEO, new non-food-based path to bioplastics

By Tony Deligio
Published: March 8th, 2012

Manufacturers of bioplastics, biofuels, and biochemicals have a new non-food-derived feedstock option for their products. Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, is commercializing a patented technology that converts cellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars and lignin. In addition to the new name, the company formally introduced its new CEO, longtime the industrial biotech veteran Philippe Lavielle. Lavielle replaces Virdia's co-founder, Eran Baniel, as CEO, with Baniel now acting as Virdia's VP of business development.

Carbon fiber body-in-black wins design accolade

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 7th, 2012

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle weighing just 500 kg thanks to an all-carbon structure has come out tops in the automotive category of the JEC Innovation Awards Program recognizing excellence in composite design and application.

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Body-in-black car body pushes new limits to lightness.

DME marks 70th anniversary by helping inventors bring innovations to market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 7th, 2012

DME Company is celebrating the milestone of its 70th anniversary by helping inventors reach their own milestones in a program the mold technology supplier describes as "bringing great inventions to market that solve customers' challenges."

"[DME] doesn't shy away from ideas that originate outside our facilities," said Dave Lawrence, DME president. "No matter where an idea comes from, we're eager to make it happen if it solves a customer's challenge."

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