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Plastic packaging: Portola wins Kroger’s caps business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 14th, 2011

Plastic closure molder Portola has been awarded 100% of the milk closure business of supermarket chain Kroger. Officials at the processor would not reveal exact details as to the size of the contract but did say this is a multi-million dollar deal for Portola.

Earthquake prompts Suzuki site rethink

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Suzuki Motor Corp. (Hamamatsu, Japan) plans an investment of 50 billion yen ($635 million) in a new technical center for the development and engineering of motorcycles and next-generation environmental vehicles, and a new plant for the assembly of motorcycle engines, both located in Japan.

Plastics compounding: Johns Manville plans more glass fiber capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Glass fiber supplier Johns Manville (JM) announced plans to expand its current fiber production capacities at its facility in Trnava, Slovakia. Company officials would not disclose many specifics about the extent of the new capacity but did say that the fibers help the company prepare for growth in key emerging applications in transportation and infrastructure.

Methanol-to-olefins plant in China to make coal-based PP a reality

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

A Chinese firm has selected a Honeywell subsidiary's technology in what will be the first commercial-scale installation of its advanced methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process for the production of petrochemicals from coal and natural gas, with initial plans for 295,000 tonnes/yr of ethylene and propylene production. Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company Ltd.

Plastics score industry first in orthopedic surgery device

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Rather than use established materials foamed rubber and metal, medical devices and instrumentation manufacturer Tri-Medics LLC chose an autoclavable grade of polyphenylsulfone for its Bender adjustable positioning triangle for orthopedic trauma surgery.

Zebrafish provide fast-track test screen for medical-use plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio), which are already widely utilized in drug development studies, can now be applied in a new fast-track test to screen plastics and polymers in medical devices for toxicity. Microtest Laboratories (Agawam, MA) has introduced the technology for plastics, noting that the Zebrafish embryos are highly susceptible to toxins.

Healthcare changes mean better devices needed for less money

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Cost reductions are coming to healthcare, as any casual observer of the changes in the U.S. and Europe can see. Aging populations, in many countries supported by fewer people in the workforce, are forcing governments to re-think how much they can afford to spend to keep their citizens healthy.

LMA adds three presses to start captive molding of its medical devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Concerns about protecting its intellectual property as well as the opportunity to keep a better control of costs has prompted medical device manufacturer LMA International to bring the injection molding for its LMA Airway products in-house. This first stab at captive molding is underway with three presses from machine manufacturer Engel.

NatureWorks invests in PLA plant, plans additional injection molding grades, lactide intermediates

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2011

Bioplastic supplier NatureWorks LLC (Minnetonka, MN) says a "major" capital investment at its Blair, NE manufacturing facility will broaden its processing capabilities allowing it to produce additional grades suited to the injection molding and fiber/nonwovens markets.

Names in the news: Husky, EcoLogic, and Pallmann

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 12th, 2011

Su Taylor is the new VP human resources and organizational development for injection molding machine, tooling, and hot runner supplier Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Bolton, ON). Taylor, who also becomes a member of Husky's executive team, replaces Jim Reid, who had held the position since 2008 but has decided to pursue opportunities outside the company, according to Husky.

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