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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.

PP challenges engineering plastics in real-life E/E applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 14th, 2011

Often when specifying a particular grade for use in a redesigned or upgraded product, it comes down to the question of "What did you use last time?" Needless to say, this may not be the best choice according to Mark Lewis, general manager at Perrite (Johor, Malaysia), a division of Vita Thermoplastic Compounds Malaysia.

A. Schulman boosts capacity in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2011

A. Schulman is adding a fourth production line to its 2010 Brazilian acquisition, Mash Compostos Plasticos, boosting annual capacity at the plant by 8 to 10 million lb to a total annual capacity of approximately 22 million to 24 million lb.  Mash, which was acquired on Oct. 18, 2010, is a masterbatch additive producer and engineered plastics compounder. Founded in 2004, Mash's Sao Paulo plant was re-certified in 2009 to ISO 9001:2008.

Plastics supplier news: Styron changing name to Trinseo

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2011

Until June 2010 they were business units within Dow Chemical, then these took life of their own as an independent business called Styron. But now, so no one mistakes the company as "just" the world's largest supplier of styrenics, the name is changing again, this time to Trinseo.

Nypro gets its mojo working with Habitat for Humanity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2011

Not only does contract injection molder Nypro Packaging have a good mojo working in its own organization, but it also has opted to cooperate with another top outfit, Habitat for Humanity, to share this positive energy within the communities where it is located.

Plastics extrusion: Medical device engineers look to bump tubing for catheters and more

By Shana Leonard
Published: April 14th, 2011

The proliferation of minimally invasive procedures has prompted engineers and extruders alike to push the boundaries of medical tubing development. As a result, catheter diameters have shrunk dramatically to enable better navigation of the device through the narrow and tortuous anatomy of the body. But while decreasing the diameter at the distal end of a catheter is beneficial, it can be problematic at the proximal end of the tube, which must often accommodate luers, extension tubes, or other medical devices.

Single-stream recycling facility reclaims formerly landfilled plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

Plastic film and rigid plastics that were once landfilled will now be recycled at Waste Management's new single-stream Philadelphia Material Recovery Facility (MRF), which is itself  part of the company's broader sustainability initiative to increase the amount of recyclable materials it recovers from approximately 8 million tons to more than 20 million tons by 2020.

Infinity bolsters clean room investment with new Engels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

In the darkest days of the great recession in 2009, custom injection molding company Infinity Plastics Group built out its own cleanroom, investing $2 million in the venture. That bold decision has paid dividends and continues to fuel further growth for the company and its Infinity CleanRoom Solutions business, which recently installed two new Engel e-motion all-electric molding machines.

Heat-resistant bioplastic catches frame maker’s eye

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2011

The Biofront brand of high-heat bioplastic, developed and supplied by Japan's Teijin Ltd., has been specified by Boston Club Co. Ltd. for its Japonism series of eyeglasses. Starting this May, these eyeglasses will be available at retail stories in Japan.

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