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DuPont launches amine-free antistat for film at NPE2012

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Orlando, FL— DuPont has created a new amine-free antistat for BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) and PP (polypropylene) film for the food packaging industry.

The new biobased product is featured at NPE2012, along with other biobased additives resulting from the recent acquisition of Danisco.

NPE2012: Kautex touts rapid prototyping for packaging applications, R&D operations

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Orlando, FL— Kautex Machines Inc. discussed with PlasticsToday at booth (#1751) its rapid prototyping for packaging applications, which includes a patent-pending shell insert system.

Through rapid prototyping and simulation, Kautex can produce a blowmolded sample within 48 hours from receiving the 3D CAD drawing, said Chuck Flammer, VP sales at Kautex.

Traditionally this process takes about six weeks, Flammer said.

"We believe it is a competitive advantage," he said.

Conair finalizes large order with Balcas at NPE

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 3rd, 2012

Conair secured an order worth $250,000 during NPE's first day, signing off on plans to work with wood products supplier Balcas, which is ramping up a production site in Kildare, Ireland for a polymer-coated medium density fiberboard (MDF) product. In February, Balcas signed an agreement with Eastman Chemical Co. to supply coated molded and trim products into Europe using Eastman's Cerfis technology.

Melamine foam improves ride in old trams

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2012

The tram system in Bonn, Germany dates back to the 1970s, and although the rolling stock is somewhat long in the tooth, it's structurally sound according to the city's municipal works: hence the decision to upgrade them with the latest technology including sound insulation foam fabricated using a flexible, open-cell foam made from melamine resin.

ASA/PA blend is a light-stable solution for colored interior parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2012

An ASA/PA (acrylonitrile styrene acrylate/polyamide) blend has found its way into an insert employed the center console in Renault's new Zoe electric vehicle. Terblend S NM-31 from Styrolution (Frankfurt, Germany) features superior UV stability, which makes the pre-colored material particularly suited for light-colored interior parts.

Japanese engineering plastics supplier sets up shop in Detroit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2012

Japanese engineering resins supplier Polyplastics (Tokyo) plans to set up a wholly owned sales and marketing subsidiary in Detroit, Michigan, which will commence operations in July this year. The company is targeting business development at Japanese automakers with operations in the U.S. as well as at U.S. companies with manufacturing operations in Asia.

Orlando looks like a winner for NPE2012

By Doug Smock
Published: April 2nd, 2012

Everything seems to be coming up roses at the opening of NPE2012 in Orlando, FL.

NPE2012: Husky targets medical systems business

By Doug Smock
Published: April 2nd, 2012

Husky Injection Molding Systems (Bolton, ON), which has been fine-tuning its go-to-market approach, says that the medical business will play an increasingly important role.

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.

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