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Elkhart Plastics launches new line of proprietary DEF tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 25th, 2014

Elkhart Plastics manufactures several thousand DEF tanks each month and is excited to announce the addition of proprietary DEF tanks to its existing rotomolding capabilities.

"Adding proprietary DEF tanks, spill trays, and valve and venting systems to Elkhart Plastics' already extensive customizable offerings is a great way for our company to meet existing clients' needs, budgets, and timelines while reaching previously untapped clients and markets," said Jack Welter, CEO of Elkhart.

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 25th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Netstal features medical molding application at Fakuma

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

Summer is winding down, alas, and since 2014 is not a K year, some of you can look forward to trooping off to Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing in Friedrichshafen, Germany, come October. Exhibitors have started sharing information about what they will be presenting at the sold-out event, and it's no surprise that medical applications will be prominently featured, as they afford companies with an opportunity to show their technical expertise and ability to meet rigorous customer requirements.

Motan-Colortronic seeks to conquer the Brazilian market with quality and service

By Karen Laird
Published: August 25th, 2014

With the opening of its new Brazilian site, Germany-based global auxiliary equipment maker Motan-Colortronic is not only talking the talk, but is walking the walk. "Up to now, our customers in Brazil and elsewhere in South America have been supported through sales partners and our other subsidiaries in Europe. With this new office, our customers now have the advantages of a local subsidiary within an international network," says Beat Amrein, joint CEO of Motan-Colortronic do Brasil ltda with Jefferson Macdeo. Both managing directors have a 20% stake in the company.

MEDevice San Diego highlights medtech innovation

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

The MEDevice San Diego Conference & Technology Showcase returns for a fourth time to California's second largest city in September with a two-day educational program that explores a host of issues of deep importance to medical device manufacturers and developers. The event will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on Sept. 10 and 11.

In-Mold Decorating Association announces parts competition winners (slide show)

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA), a trade association representing molders, printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, and others committed to the development and growth of in-mold labeling and decorating products, technologies and markets, recently announced the winners of its annual parts competition. The 2014 IMDA awards will be presented to the winners at the 2014 IMDA Symposium dinner on October 22, 2014, at the DoubleTree Chicago North Shore Hotel & Conference Center in Skokie, IL.

DSM to showcase packaging solutions at Pack Expo 2014 aimed to help reduce food waste

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Royal DSM, the global life sciences and material sciences company, will showcase its portfolio for flexible food packaging at Pack Expo International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago). Part of the portfolio includes DSM's polyamide 6 (Akulon) and thermoplastic copolyester for thin film (Arnitel) for flexible food packaging. DSM says that the products help customers to provide better solutions to the world's rapidly changing food packaging needs, meeting the demand for food safety and reduced food and packaging waste.

Chemophobia on Yahoo

By Allan Griff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

The article "Why Ramen Noodles Could Cut Your life Short" appeared prominently on the Yahoo site on August 14 and it is the most blatant and scientifically-wrong chemophobic rant that I've seen in a long time, and I see many. Styrofoam contains BPA? Noodles are high in saturated fat?: https://www.yahoo.com/health/why-ramen-noodles-could-cut-your-life-short-94747327572.html

Misfit Medical Lead Matthew Diamond on the transformative power of digital health

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Despite the remarkable technological advances in medicine of the last few decades, the practice of healthcare continues to lag behind many other industries, says Matthew Diamond, MD, PhD, Medical Lead at wearable technology company Misfit (San Francisco, CA). Recording and storing reliable patient data, which can be easily done through the use of digital health and wearable devices, is a missed opportunity, he adds.

Non-profit molding company profits the disabled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive members of society; to have a good job and contribute their talents in whatever ways they can. Parents of developmentally disabled children are no different. But in 1965, there were not many options for young people. That's when a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities founded Coarc, a not-for-profit organization and a much better alternative to being placed in an institution.

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