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NatureWorks and BioAmber make AmberWorks; Lanxess announces BioAmber plasticizer investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

AmberWorks, the new U.S.-based bioplastics joint venture created by polylactic acid (PLA) producer NatureWorks and bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber, combines the strengths of both these companies to form an entity tasked with developing a new family of bio-based compounded polymer solutions.

Bend me, shape me

By Karen Laird
Published: February 23rd, 2012

Once again, Arkema is setting the bar to new heights for polyphthalamide (PPA)- based materials, with the launch of a new "ultra-flexible" Rilsan HT grade that comes close to matching the flexibility of polyamide extrusion grades. As the most flexible grade in the PPA material class, the new material opens up new opportunities for cost-effective alternatives to metal, rubber or fluorinated polymers in tubing assemblies.

Work force development is more than old “tool shop” mentality

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2012

R&D/Leverage is bridging the gap between work force development and innovation, providing opportunities for bright, creative minds.

Purac completes new 75,000 tonnes/yr lactide plant in Thailand

By Karen Laird
Published: February 22nd, 2012

Purac has successfully started up its new 75,000 tonnes/yr lactide plant in Thailand. Construction of the EUR 45 million state-of-the-art plant, located at the existing Purac site in Thailand, was recently completed, and the new plant is currently undergoing commissioning. Already, several batches of high quality PURALACT lactides have been produced and shipping to customers is scheduled to start in the very near future.

Chinese electric car employs extensive plastics for lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2012

The Chinese-built Roewe E50 electric vehicle was in the spotlight at the recent Shanghai International Industry Fair 2011 on Shanghai Motor's booth, underscoring the benefits of lightweight design solutions from Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany).

New technology combats drug fakes

By Doug Smock
Published: February 21st, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week launched an investigation into fake vials of Avastin cancer-fighting that were sold to at least 19 doctors and clinics. The bogus vials vials did not contain the active ingredient in Avastin. The FDA Web site is loaded with examples of other fake prescription medications.

Syringes prefilled with medications are said to be particularly susceptible to counterfeiting. 

Polyurethane solutions bring weight savings, rigidity on road and rail

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2012

Polyurethane materials for lightweight yet rigid designs are the focal point of Bayer MaterialScience’s (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany) exhibit at Stand P 14 at the JEC composites fair this coming March 27 - 29 in Paris.

Korean additive supplier's focus turns to auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 20th, 2012

Songwon Industrial Co. (Ulsan, Korea) is by its own reckoning the global number two supplier of polymer additive behind German giant BASF (Ludwigshafen) and it is demonstrating its intent to move up to focus more intensively on specific industry segments to meet tough application needs at the upcoming international VDI Conference Plastics In Automotive Engineering in Mannheim, Germany (March 21-22.

Pre-filled drug packaging area planned

By Doug Smock
Published: February 20th, 2012

Nypro Healthcare (Clinton, MA) is expanding its finished product and assembly business to include integration of pre-filled drugs into combination products.

"Our customers have been asking us for the last 10 years what more we can do for them, and this service is an idea we have been developing for the past two years," said Jason R. Durkin, global director, finished product assembly and packaging for Nypro Healthcare said in an interview at Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West last week in Anaheim, California.

Synthetic mineral fiber compound plays its part in vehicle lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 19th, 2012

French automotive plastics component producer Mecaplast (Monaco) reports that it can make significant weight reductions in injection molded TPO parts by partially replacing talc filler with Hyperform HPR-803i, a synthetic mineral-based reinforcing fiber from Milliken (Spartanburg, SC).

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