Chinese electric car employs extensive plastics for lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2012

The Chinese-built Roewe E50 electric vehicle was in the spotlight at the recent Shanghai International Industry Fair 2011 on Shanghai Motor's booth, underscoring the benefits of lightweight design solutions from Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany).

New technology combats drug fakes

By Doug Smock
Published: February 21st, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week launched an investigation into fake vials of Avastin cancer-fighting that were sold to at least 19 doctors and clinics. The bogus vials vials did not contain the active ingredient in Avastin. The FDA Web site is loaded with examples of other fake prescription medications.

Syringes prefilled with medications are said to be particularly susceptible to counterfeiting. 

Polyurethane solutions bring weight savings, rigidity on road and rail

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 21st, 2012

Polyurethane materials for lightweight yet rigid designs are the focal point of Bayer MaterialScience’s (BMS; Leverkusen, Germany) exhibit at Stand P 14 at the JEC composites fair this coming March 27 - 29 in Paris.

Korean additive supplier's focus turns to auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 20th, 2012

Songwon Industrial Co. (Ulsan, Korea) is by its own reckoning the global number two supplier of polymer additive behind German giant BASF (Ludwigshafen) and it is demonstrating its intent to move up to focus more intensively on specific industry segments to meet tough application needs at the upcoming international VDI Conference Plastics In Automotive Engineering in Mannheim, Germany (March 21-22.

Pre-filled drug packaging area planned

By Doug Smock
Published: February 20th, 2012

Nypro Healthcare (Clinton, MA) is expanding its finished product and assembly business to include integration of pre-filled drugs into combination products.

"Our customers have been asking us for the last 10 years what more we can do for them, and this service is an idea we have been developing for the past two years," said Jason R. Durkin, global director, finished product assembly and packaging for Nypro Healthcare said in an interview at Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West last week in Anaheim, California.

Synthetic mineral fiber compound plays its part in vehicle lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 19th, 2012

French automotive plastics component producer Mecaplast (Monaco) reports that it can make significant weight reductions in injection molded TPO parts by partially replacing talc filler with Hyperform HPR-803i, a synthetic mineral-based reinforcing fiber from Milliken (Spartanburg, SC).

High impact strength, low heat release fly well in aerospace applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 19th, 2012

Boltaron 9815E PVC/acrylic thermoplastic alloy offers greater impact resistance than competitive 65/65-rated sheets made from the same resins, making it an ideal material from which to thermoform high-performance interior components of commercial, military and private aircraft, according to Adam Mellen, director at the product's supplier Boltaron (Newcomerstown, OH).

Retrofit extrusion control upgrade

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 17th, 2012

A new control system retrofit kit allows management of an entire extrusion line via modern HMI-Software and a 19-inch touch screen. The TEC 4s from High Tech Extrusion group, developed in cooperation with Siemens, can be installed new or retrofitted onto Theysohn Extruders.

Non-bottle rigid plastic recycling up to 72%

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 17th, 2012

You could say good news about plastics recycling came out of The American Chemistry Council (ACC) earlier this week. The group released a new report showing a large increase in the collection and recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics in the U.S.

It's easy to think about recycling plastic bottles or aluminum cans, after all, I remember when I was a kid and my school celebrated Earth Day, we all taught which beverages to put in the recycled bin, while we are wore our t-shirts with the earth symbol on it.

Producers lay out plastics' role in reducing emissions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 16th, 2012

Earlier in February, the American Chemistry Council (ACC, Washington, DC) submitted written comments on a federal proposal to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in passenger automobiles and light trucks, showing how plastics could contribute to improving fuel economy standards proposed for 2017 and later model year light-duty vehicles.

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