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Acrylic magnesium nanocomposite advances hydrogen as fuel source

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

To replace gasoline as a fuel, hydrogen would have to be safely and densely stored, and while not possible now it might be in the future thanks to a newly developed acrylic-magnesium nanocomposite. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed the new polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and magnesium compound as a pliable nanocomposite that can absorb and release hydrogen at modest temperatures without oxidizing the metal after cycling.

Earthquake also deals blow to Japanese auto, supplier plants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

As the nation of Japan faces the catastrophic effects of Friday's tragic earthquake and resulting tsunami, the country's automotive industry also began taking stock of the damage and disruption to operations. According to a news release from Honda Motor Co., damage was widespread in the Tochigi area where the company has a number of operations.

Honda has confirmed the death of an R&D associate at Honda's Tochigi R&D Center, who was killed when a wall collapsed in a cafeteria. The associate was a 43-year-old male, said the release, which didn’t name the man.

Berkshire Hathaway buys up Lubrizol for $9.7 billion in cash

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has spent $9.7 billion in cash to acquire Lubrizol Corp. in one of the investment funds' largest deals ever. Paying $135/share, Berkshire Hathaway priced Lubrizol's stock at a 28% premium over its March 11 closing price, with the purchase price 18% higher than Lubrizol's all-time highest-ever close.

DME expands online molding resources with launch of YouTube channel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

Using social media for B2B activity is becoming increasingly more popular for companies promoting their products and services. It’s also an educational tool. DME Company, a manufacturer of mold technologies, recently expanded its online resources for molders and moldmakers with the launch of an educational YouTube channel that provides easily searchable videos that demonstrate new technologies, techniques and tips to help viewers maximize efficiencies and reduce costs in molding and mold making applications.

Masterbatch aims to help medical device processors using COCs and Tritan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

At Clariant, the marketing effort for its most recent development is targeted at processors of medical devices and packaging, specifically those who work with materials such as the Tritan copolyester from Eastman Chemical and Topas cyclic olefin copolymer.

Plastics packaging: Conference leads off with Heinz’s reason for switching to Coke’s PlantBottle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

Last month, condiments brand owner Heinz announced it would specify The Coca-Cola Company's plant-based plastic bottle to package its ketchup in the U.S. and then expand its use worldwide. At an upcoming conference scheduled for this June in NYC, Heinz's VP for packaging R&D/innovation will explain his company's reasons for the transition to the non-traditional material.

Telles transitions to commercial phase for PHA bioplastic in 2011

By MPW Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Telles says its Mirel bioplastic business will enter the commercial phase in the middle of 2011, with the company's Clinton, IA commercial manufacturing facility to reach its designed annual production capacity of 110 million lb by the middle of 2013.

MWW Automotive and Harmony sign collaboration deal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

MWW Automotive and Harmony Systems and Services (Piqua, OH) have reached an agreement to combine their design, injection molding, assembly and extrusion capabilities to supply the automotive market. MWW Automotive, a design, engineering, and manufacturing firm, will collaborate with Harmony, a plastics molding, extrusion, and assembly company to expand production of automotive injection and extruded products to MWW's automotive and industrial customers.

In matchmaking role, Sierra pairs excess capacity with companies in need

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 11th, 2011

Many processors have some excess machine time they would like to sell, but the sales team's focus is on finding customers for products, not machine time. Helping to match excess machine and assembly capacity with potential customers is Sierra Manufacturing Services, a recently formed business started by Bruce Kozak, who has experience in the plastics processing machinery industry with Milacron, Cannon and Spirex, as well as a stint in financial services with Morgan Stanley.

Blowmolding: Nissei ASB reaches milestone with PET container machine

By MPW Staff
Published: March 11th, 2011

Blowmolding machinery manufacturer Nissei ASB Co. introduced the ASB-70DPH one-step injection stretch blowmolding machine in 1986 and now, 25 years later, is set to cross a milestone with the scheduled delivery of its 1,000th machine. Delivery in the second quarter of this year is to Novatex North America, the Ashland, OH-based manufacturer of baby bottles and bottle nipples, pacifiers, and other infant care products.

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