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Automatic leak testers make light work of plastic fuel tanks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

A helium leak test system, already established in Japan, is being introduced to North America by FlexControl Solutions LLC, the North American partner of the system's OEM, Yamaha Fine Technologies. Four of the systems already will be installed this summer at the Yazaki facility in Gainesville, Georgia.

Track plastics packaging with tracer-loaded masterbatch

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

A new breed of masterbatch has been designed to help OEMs, brand owners and others track their goods to help resolve security, counterfeiting, liability and other issues, even at the retail store level. Filled with molecular tracers, the masterbatches can be used in both rigid and flexible plastic packaging applications.

Sonoco heralds metalized plastic film, without de-metallization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

 

Plastics processor Sonoco Plastics says it has developed a new printing process to add a metalized mirror-like surface to flexible plastics packaging, without the need to spend money and time on de-metallization. Branding the process Mirrorink, the company hopes its customers will choose it to help attract consumers' attention while also reaping cost savings, improved environmental sustainability and increased speed to market.

China high on Merquinsa agenda

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2011

Specialty thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) supplier Merquinsa (Barcelona, Spain) has opened its first office in China to provide TPU product training, application development and technical sales & marketing support to local users. The Guangzhou operation is headed up by technical sales manager Stephen Xu.

U.S. manufacturing economy heading in the wrong direction

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2011

While the numbers look okay, the trend is definitely showing that manufacturing is slowing down, giving rise to fears of the dreaded "double-dip" recession.

While the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) shows May's numbers remained on the "growing" side of the benchmark, manufacturing definitely slid towards contraction, with May's figures marking the worst slide since 1984.

Installation of infrastructure pipelines eased

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2011

During the recent Chinaplas show in Guangzhou, Borouge (Singapore), introduced a range of polypropylene materials manufactured at its new plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE, specifically developed for the manufacture of non-pressure pipes used in gravity sewage and drainage applications in  infrastructure and industry.

Crack-resistant HDPE adds life to infrastructure pipelines in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 2nd, 2011

With increasing urbanisation and continued economic growth, China is struggling to upgrade its infrastructure while utility companies are keen to adopt new solutions that speed up pipeline renovations and installations to provide a long maintenance free service lifetime. During the recent Chinaplas show in Guangzhou, Borouge (Singapore) demonstrated its new high stress, crack resistant (HSCR) PE100 material specifically designed for difficult installation conditions where it can significantly extend the lifetime of the pipeline systems.

Jute fiber reinforces PP

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 2nd, 2011

Lion Idemitsu Composites chose the venue of Chinaplas in Guangzhou to introduce a long fiber-reinforced PP composite injection molding grade that employs jute as the reinforcing fiber.

The grade does not compromise on physical properties, with  20% jute fiber loading grade comparable in flexural strength and Izod impact strength to a 20% talc-filled grade. Density is 0.99 compared with 1.04 for the talc-filled grade.

Automotive LFT technology makes leap into solar sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 1st, 2011

Long long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT)-polypropylene (PP) compounds are extensively employed in automotive applications. They are now taking on a new challenge in a solar application that requires both non-halogenated flame retardance and colorability.

TPE resin prices, May 23-27: PE down; PP steady; May contract price increases carried over to June

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 1st, 2011

Spot resin trading picked up as the month drew to a close, with offers fairly heavy in the first part of the week, but petering out ahead of the long holiday weekend. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), noted that resin prices were mostly steady to lower and have come off significantly from the historic highs seen earlier in May. Polyethylene's $0.05/lb price increase was never fully implemented and will be attempted again in June.

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