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SPI's campaign to help New Zealand quake victims seeks funding

By Rob Neilley
Published: March 4th, 2011

The SPI's response to a call for earthquake relief help from the Plastics New Zealand association, specifically for portable toilets, has made real progress, and SPI now is appealing to the U.S. plastics industry to help fund the effort.

Larger PET wine bottles take flight

By MPW Staff
Published: March 4th, 2011

Consumer interest in beer bottled in PET has been, yes, pretty flat, but plastics’ use in wine packaging is truly starting to take flight. Proof positive comes out of the blowmolding facilities of Amcor, which has begun supplying 1L bottles to Societe de Vin Internationale LTEE, a Canadian supplier of alcoholic beverages.

Blowmolding tech pushes plastic fuel tanks into hybrids

By MPW Staff
Published: March 4th, 2011

A new manufacturing process allows hybrid-electric vehicle manufacturers to replace current steel designs with quieter, lighter, low-emission plastic tanks, pushing plastic into a market space that it previously couldn't serve. TI Automotive says the product is made possible by its Tank Advanced Process Technology (TAPT), which is based on traditional blowmolding, but with several tooling enhancements.

Buckeyes No. 1, and not just in hoops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 4th, 2011

The Buckeye state can claim at least two top rankings at this time, plastics and NCAA men's college basketball.

Study says BPA-free plastics still show estrogenic activity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

The majority of commercially available BPA-free plastic materials and products "readily leach chemicals having estrogenic activity (EA)," according to a new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) journal.

Manufacturing sector expands for 19th straight month

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

Mixed signals still plague manufacturing, but according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) February Manufacturing Report On Business, the sector expanded for the 19th consecutive month with a Purchasing Management Index (PMI) rose to 61.4% from 60.8% in January.

Self-healing elastomers stop microcracks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

A rubber tree has inspired researchers to develop a class of self-healing elastomers that can repair themselves autonomously. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT; Oberhausen, Germany) loaded microcapsules with a one-component adhesive of polyisobutylene and placed it inside elastomers made from synthetic rubber. The result is plastics that stop the growth of microcracks that can propagate and lead to spontaneous material failure.

BASF adds PA, PBT compounding capacity in Korea

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 3rd, 2011

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is expanding its footprint in the fast-growing Asian region through addition of capacity for polyamide (PA) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) at its site in Ansan, Korea. The expansion from the current 17,000 metric tons to 30,000 metric tons annual production capacity will be completed by the end of 2011. The plant produces Ultramid PA and Ultradur PBT) compounds.

Customized silicones furnished for medical applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

Bluestar Silicones (Anaheim, CA) has launched a customized approach to the manufacture of antimicrobial silicone products which offers OEMs and processors tailored material solutions to meet specific healthcare application needs.

Dickten Masch Plastics wins Manufacturer of the Year award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

Custom thermoplastics and thermoset molder with metal stamping and assembly capabilities, Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP) recently won 2010 a 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award.  The company was nominated by the Waukesha County Business Alliance. DMP won in the large-company category, open to manufacturers with 300-750 employees. The award winners were selected from among 53 total nominees in four size categories, and announced Feb. 24 at a black-tie banquet at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

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