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Kuraray adds D-S extruder, Cloeren feedblock to R&D lab for barrier-film development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2011

Kuraray's Research and Technical Center in Pasadena, TX has installed a Davis-Standard cast coextrusion film-and-sheet pilot line for its EVAL group to test and develop film structures from seven to 21 layers using a Cloeren NanoLayer feed block.

Sonoco promotes paper over plastics for biodegradable plant pots

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 18th, 2011

Despite the many advances made in the past few years by bioplastics, it will not surprise plastics processors that paper remains a powerful competitor in many applications in which biodegradability is advantageous. A recent example of this stems from Hartsville, SC where packaging processor Sunoco is promoting its ReadyGrow paper plant pots as a sustainable alternative to plastic plant pots. However, the paper pots' durability is derived in large part from their oxo-biodegradable plastic lining.   

Recycled plastic spheres replace concrete in sustainability tour de force

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 18th, 2011

Make better use of plastic recylate, reduce weight and carbon emissions during shipping, and reduce the time and energy required during construction: these are some of the sustainable highlights realized by a new blowmolded application that makes use of the skills of plastics processor Meredith-Springfield. 

Priced to sell, polyethylene from Iran is making the rounds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2011

Iran sits atop the second-largest oil and gas reserves globally. As in much of the oil-rich Middle East, the government there has decided to use its crude oil strength to help advance its stake in the petrochemical industry. According to plastics pricing service ChemOrbis, one indication of this at present are the numerous and relatively low-cost Iranian PE offers this month in Italy, Turkey, China and Egypt.

West Pharma gearing up for molding of syringe systems

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2011

Contract medical device injection molder and manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. is adding clean room and injection molding capacity to help it meet demand for one of its customer's syringe systems, the Daikyo Crystal Zenith syringe system. The systems are molded using Daikyo's proprietary Crystal Zenith-brand cyclic olefin polymer.

Managing resin-buying risks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2011

Plastics film extrusion: Equity investor acquires Britton Flexibles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2011

Equity investor Sun Capital Partners continues its hot streak of acquiring flexible packaging processors. This time, Sun European Partners LLP, the European adviser to Sun Capital Partners Inc., has acquired flexible plastic packaging processor Britton Flexibles Ltd. from the Direct Principal Investments division of HSBC. 

In Memoriam: Ed Steward, co-founder of American Kuhne Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2011

The manufacturer of single-screw extrusion systems lost one of its co-founders on Saturday, April 9, with the passing of Ed Steward at the age of 61, following a heart attack.

Matrixx to set up post-consumer PET, HDPE recycling operation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2011

Matrixx Resource Holdings Inc. (Houston) has created a joint-venture company to trade and recycle post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, as well as their high-density polyethylene (HDPE) caps, and sell the recycled products. The joint venture is developing a proprietary equipment design and process that will eliminate the human component in the sorting process for a more efficient and cost-effective system.

RTP reports progress in engineered PLA compounds

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 14th, 2011

"Can we get bio-content into high performance engineered products?," asked Mark Bennick, Technology Manager at the Singapore operation of RTP Company (Winona, MN). Judging from his presentation at the recent 3rd International Conference for South & Southeast Asia on Innovations in High Performance Engineering Plastics in Singapore the answer is yes.

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