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Plastics & sustainability: With bag ban as backdrop, processors consider extended producer responsibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

Sixty CEOs and other top executives from some of Europe and North America's leading food and beverage convenience and service packaging companies met last month in Barcelona, Spain to talk trash, specifically the trash created when their products are not properly disposed. The meeting, organized by trade groups representing the convenience and foodservice packaging industry, was held as EU legislators debated a continent-wide ban or tax on thin plastic shopping bags.

Repsol increasing capacity to profit from demand for photovoltaics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

Integrated petrochemicals and plastics supplier Repsol says it will invest in its Puertollano, Spain site to increase the production capacity there of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA). The new production unit will be able to produce 15,000 tonnes/yr, with the possibility to achieve vinyl acetate (VA) contents exceeding 35%. Puertollano also is home to the Puertollano Photovoltaic Park, the fourth largest photovoltaic power station in the world.

New TPE grades make life tough for TPVs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

A new line of thermoplastic elastomers has been introduced, designed to help processors move away from thermoplastic vulcanizates in applications including automotive parts, appliances, electrical products, healthcare and packaging goods and construction components. The TPEs are said to be better in performance and price.

Urbanization drives Borouge business in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2011

The latest China census figures show that urbanization of the population of 1.34 billion is progressing at an annual rate of about 1%.  That approximates to a movement from rural to urban areas of around 10 million people each year, placing increased demands on goods, infrastructure and construction, energy and water, and presenting society with a major sustainability challenge.

Feng Ping makes push into automotive and two-shot molds, molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Shortly after expanding into the adjacent mirror-image warehouse, China-based American-owned injection molder and moldmaker Feng Ping (Feng Gang, China) has also expanded the markets it serves and process technologies it offers, winning multiple customers in automotive and adding two-shot injection molding and moldmaking.

Quarterly MAPI report adjusts 2011 projections downward

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 3rd, 2011

In its quarterly economic forecast released on May 19, the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 2.7% in 2011 and by 2.9% in 2012. The 2011 forecast represents a downgrade over the previously estimated 3.2% growth. The 2012 forecast is also down slightly from the 3% growth anticipated in the February 2011 quarterly report.

Roberts, Milacron make push for predictive machinery maintenance

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Hired into a newly created position in October of last year as president of Americas Aftermarket Service for Milacron Plastics Technologies Group LLC (Batavia, OH), Dean Roberts describes his portion of the plastic machinery equipment manufacturer's business as entailing "the customer experience", and ultimately, being about a lot more than spare parts.

Blowmolding roundup: News from Magplastic, Krones and Graham Engineering Corp.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Three blowmolding machinery suppliers, three different items to report: Magplastic has developed a stretch blowmolding machine versatile enough to form bottle sized from 40ml to 2 liters. Krones makes SBMs too but its announcement regards a new secondary packaging option to help consumers carry stretch blowmolded PET bottles while also saving on plastic consumption. From the extrusion blowmolding world there is Graham Engineering sharing news of a sale of an accu head machine to Ireland.

As demand in China stalls, LLDPE film grade prices head south

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2011

Poor demand from China is leading to an increase in the supply of linear low-density polyethylene supply in other markets, many already sitting on their own oversupply, so that prices for the material are dropping.

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.

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