Featured Articles

Keeping tabs on sustainable packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 23rd, 2012

Packaging material consisting of agricultural crop waste, plastic derived from sugarcane...it seems like packaging sustainability articles are growing by the day.

I recently came across a sustainable packaging story, which despite the company's claim that the product contains hardly any plastic content, will still interest our readers. After all, it's always good to know about new packaging technologies and products.   

Eco-friendly plastic packaging aims to offer a sweet alternative

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 20th, 2012

With more companies placing a greater focus on packaging sustainability, sugar cane is making it easier to go green.

AT&T joins Procter & Gamble and Heinz in an effort to use plastic derived from sugarcane.

Medical Musings: PVC is headed for a much greener future

By Doug Smock
Published: January 20th, 2012

PVC is under heavy fire again - and this time the shots are coming from major corporate customers, not public health researchers. Kaiser Permanente, a huge West Coast health provider, is banning use of PVC in tubing and bags and P&G is replacing PVC packaging in toothbrush containers with PET, which is more easily recyclable.

New reinforcing fiber finds auto application in Japan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2012

Synthetic mineral reinforcing fibers developed by Milliken (Spartanburg, SC) will debut this year in the rear tail gate of a 2013 model Japanese hatchback vehicle. Hyperform HPR-803i can replace talc in filled PP compounds, bringing density reductions and improved scratch resistance.

Japanese-Indian JV takes on polyamide for air coolers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2012

A leading Tier I parts supplier in India has chosen Zytel Plus Nylon from DuPont (Wilmington, DE) for use in three hot- and cold-side charge air coolers used on four vehicles of a major Indian auto OEM spanning passenger car, utility vehicle, and light commercial vehicle segments.

Modified clays used to create transparent films with strong barrier, UV properties

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 19th, 2012

The new Industrial Coating and Packaging (ICAP) consortium will use modified clay plastic technology to help food stay fresher.

Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) stated the consortium is set up by its Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) group and industry partners.

Belgian plastics executive tapped to be next CEO of SPE

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2012

The Society of the Plastics Engineers (SPE) has a new CEO, naming Willem (Wim) De Vos, a Belgian plastics executive who graduated with an engineering degree in polymer chemistry to replace Susan Oderwald. Oderwald, who came to the society with trade association but no plastics experience, led SPE from 2004 until the end of 2011.

Kaiser Permanente bans PVC tubing and bags

By Doug Smock
Published: January 19th, 2012

Kaiser Permanente, which spends $1 billion annually on medical supplies, announced this morning that it will no longer buy intravenous (IV) medical equipment made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and DEHP (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate) -type plasticizers.

Foam tanks restrict evaporation in LNG-fueled container ship

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 18th, 2012

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)  has got the thumbs up from shipping classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV; Singapore) for a large container ship fueled not by heavy oil, but environmentally friendlier liquid natural gas (LNG), with plastics playing a key role in containment of the fuel.

Automotive supplier optimism grew as 2011 ended

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 18th, 2012

"Levels of optimism increased while pessimism decreased across all company revenue segments" for the month of December, according to the Supplier Sentiment Index released by the Original Equipment Supplier's Assn. The report, released Jan. 16, showed that supplier optimism increased to 66 from a low of 37 in September. Of the 109 respondents, an average of 58% said they were "somewhat more optimistic," up from 25% in November.

Syndicate content

© 2011 UBM Canon | please visit these other sites

UBM Canon | Design News | Test & Measurement World | Packaging Digest | EDN | Qmed | Appliance Magazine | Powder Bulk Solids | Canon Trade Shows