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Green Chemistry award winners promote plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 20th, 2011

Sustainable chemicals and plastics dominated the winners of the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, including a bioplastic made with the help of E. coli and an acrylic paint that utilizes recycled water bottles.

Plastics pricing: Falling ethylene prices drag down Asian PE markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 20th, 2011

The price for spot purchases of ethylene in Asia has fallen by about $50/ton in the past week and by as much s $150/tonne since the beginning of the month. With supply abundant, prices may remain muted for some time, translating to good news in the region for processors of polyethylene.

Medical plastics: Gerresheimer doubling size of medical molding facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 20th, 2011

Gerresheimer, a $1.4 billion/yr processor of glass and plastic packaging and other devices for the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, announced it will double the plastics processing area at its facility in Horsovsky Tyn, Czech Republic, a site where the company molds inhalers, insulin pens, lancing devices and various diagnostic systems. The expansion also will boost the site's workforce.

Plastics packaging: Berry claims Rexam’s closures biz for $360m

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 20th, 2011

Plastics packaging processor Berry Plastics has grown from a small Indiana shop into a global player in the packaging industry, and with its most recent purchase it adds another name to its long string of acquisitions. Berry has acquired the beverage and specialty closures business of Rexam PLC, for $360m in cash.

Egg shells contribute to leather-like interior feel

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 19th, 2011

Recreating the feel of high-grade semi-aniline leather using synthetic leather is somewhat of a holy grail for auto interior designers. Nissan Motor (Tokyo) believes it has gone some way towards achieving this objective with its Sofilez skin material used in the Nissan Fairlady 370Z which debuted in 2009.

DAK acquires Wellman PET plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2011

DAK Americas (Charlotte, NC) will boost its annual polyethylene terephthalate (PET) capacity by 950 million lb (430,000 tons) by acquiring the PET business of Wellman Inc. for $185 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities. The deal is DAK's second North American PET acquisition this year.

“Pod” plus reusable container looks to replace single-use bottles for household cleaners

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 17th, 2011

Nypro announced a four-company joint venture to produce a reusable bottle for multiple consumer products that promises to save 90% in plastics, oil and CO2 emissions. In making the announcement, Nypro said that the reusable bottling system is designed to "revolutionize" the way consumers purchase and use liquid-based products for household use or personal consumption.

Plastics compounds: Teknor Apex goes global with rigid vinyl compounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2011

The supplier of custom and standard compounds has long offered ones for flexible vinyl applications in the U.S. and rigid ones through its Teknor Apex Asia Pacific subsidiary. During the Plast-Ex show in Toronto, Canada, June 21-23, the company will formally announce the availability of a new range of rigid PVC compounds to processors globally.

New officers for Italy’s Assocomaplast, better results for the members

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 17th, 2011

During its annual assembly earlier this month, the members of As­socomaplast, Italy's trade association for manufacturers of plastics and rubber processing machinery, equipment and molds, elected new officers, voted to fund a global marketing program for Italian machinery, and talked about its members' cumulative sales figures for the first quarter of the year. So far, so good in 2011 for Italy's machine makers.

Fireproof PPE beads expand foam application sphere

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2011

Automotive and electronics are top of the list for potential applications of a new expanded bead grade of modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) recently developed by Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp. (Tokyo).

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