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Slack regional demand drags down plastics prices across Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 19th, 2011

Prices for most commodity plastics fell across Asia in the past week as slack regional demand, coupled with a fall in the price of some key feedstocks, gave plastics suppliers little ground to push for price increases. Holidays in China and India contributed to the demand slowdown.

Medical Musings: A 2012 forecast for medical products

By Doug Smock
Published: October 19th, 2011

Plastic processors want to know: Where is the medical device market headed in 2012?

A good place to start that investigation is a forecast released this month by the Cleveland Clinic, one of the foremost American medical institutions. A list of breakthrough devices and therapies was selected by a panel of Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists and unveiled during Cleveland Clinic's 2011 Medical Innovation Summit.

Castor oil-derived polyamide finds way into fuel line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 18th, 2011

Fluid transfer system supplier Hutchinson SRL (Rivoli, Italy) has specified a renewably sourced Zytel RS polyamide grade derived partly from castor oil from DuPont (Wilmington, DE) based on PA1010 for the production of fuel lines used with both diesel and biodiesel. The long-chain nylon was chosen in preference to competitive grades of PA12 on the basis of its superior temperature resistance and long-term aging performance in biodiesel.

TPE resin prices, Oct. 10-14: spot PE mixed, PP down $0.04/lb; October contract prices to fall

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 18th, 2011

Spot polyethylene (PE) prices were mixed, with blowmolding grades steady while others shed from $0.01/lb to $0.02/lb, and polypropylene (PP) continued its slide, falling another $0.04/lb. Lower resin prices and plentiful spot material brought good trading activity and higher transacted volumes to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). TPE believes commodity resin contracts will settle lower in October, with PP likely to fall $0.14/lb along with polymer grade propylene (PGP) contracts.

Purac stakes out major bioplastics role; medical apps eyed

By Doug Smock
Published: October 17th, 2011

In a move to give customers security of supply, and to mirror the success it already has achieved in Europe, lactic acid supplier Purac (Gorinchem, Netherlands) is building a $20.8 million manufacturing facility in the United States to support its growing resorbable polymers business.

The company currently operates a plant for biomedical polymers in the Netherlands.

High-gloss SAN replaces acrylic in auto exterior

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Styrolution Group GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany), the new joint venture between BASF (Ludwigshafen) and INEOS (Lyndhurst, UK), has scored a success at automaker Skoda, with the OEM now using a modified SAN (styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer) material for its vehicle exteriors. The grade in question, Luran HH 120, combines the advantages of classic SAN with improved temperature and weathering resistance.

New pharma film promises big moisture barrier protection

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

A new grade of the Aclar film supplied by Honeywell is said by the company to provide the highest moisture barrier of any thermoformable film for pharmaceutical blister packaging. The film is being marketed to protect sensitive medicines in even the hottest and most humid climates, so that pharmaceutical companies can standardize their packaging with one film that will provide sufficient protection to medicines in all regions of the world.

Injection molder Bianor plans a new facility; already thinking of further investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Bianor will invest more than PLN 16 million (about $5.15 million) in a new plastics processing facility in the Special Economic Zone in Bialystok, Poland. The factory will become operational in mid-2012 and employ about 100. The company already employs about 320, with its customer base including Bosch-Siemens Appliances, Philips and Newell Rubbermaid.

Waste-to-energy proves a viable alternative for non-recycled plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 17th, 2011

Win enough fuel to power six million cars for an entire year: A new study conducted by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University and sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has found that if all the non-recycled plastics currently dumped into landfills each year in the United States were converted to energy using currently available technologies, they could provide at least enough energy to fuel those six million cars for a year, and potentially much more.

Equity investor buying Kobusch-Sengewald from Pregis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Protective and specialty packaging processors / converter Pregis Corporation (Deerfield, IL) has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to sell its Kobusch-Sengewald business unit to Sun European Partners LLP for gross proceeds of €160 million. Kobusch-Sengewald is a processor of specialized flexible plastic packaging films for the food, consumer goods, and medical industries, along with semi-rigid and rigid packaging for the high-end food market. It operates six processing sites, with two in Germany, three in the U.K., and one in Egypt. 

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