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World's largest ethylene-from-ethanol plant in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

On line as of September 3, 2010, Braskem's new ethylene-from-ethanol plant in the Triunfo Complex of southern Brazil boasts 200,000 ton/year capacity of green polyethylene, and according to the company, is made possible by technology investments of US$278 million and a well-developed Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry.

Special company finds 'green' machines to mold 'green' products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

When LC Industries—a company with a very special mission—wanted to mold an eco-friendly product line, it wanted eco-friendly production, too. So it acquired its first all-electric injection molding system. LC Industries' mission is to provide meaningful employment for people who are blind.

Active packaging film kills bacteria, extends shelf life for meats and cheeses

By MPW Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed an antimicrobial active-packaging film that destroys microorganisms on the product surface to increase shelf life of products like fresh meat, fish, cheese, and cold cuts. Carolin Hauser, a food chemist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising, developed and tested a new, lacquer-based antimicrobial active film that incorporates a controlled release mechanism.

Dow’s Sustain for wire and cable is PVC and halogen free, satisfies industry standards

By MPW Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

Based on lightweight olefin-based elastomers, a new line of resins comes with four grades targeting non-polyvinyl chloride- (PVC) based and halogen-free wire jacketing and insulation. Dow Chemical's Wire & Cable business unit claims its Sustain line is also the first to meet key sector requirements, UL 62, JCS4509, and HD21.14, on a commercial scale. Sample quantities of the four grades are available for producers of wires, cables, and cord sets for use in personal electronics and appliances.

HR nozzle for side-gated polyolefin applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 1st, 2010

The new Multi Shot Z10440/... from Hasco Hasenclever (Lüdenscheid, Germany) has been designed specifically for side gating and is ideal for articles such as sleeves and cannula tubes. The nozzle has been conceived specifically for application with polyolefins.

Berry to invest $8.8 million in Iowa blowmolding site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Berry Plastics Corp. (Evansville, IN) will invest $8.8 million in its Peosta, IA blowmolding operation, adding equipment, creating 12 new jobs, and expanding the building, with completion slated for the second quarter of 2011. The facility produces injection blowmolded, extrusion blowmolded, and stretch blowmolded bottles for the healthcare, food, and personal care markets.

Silicone molder and extruder expands into thermoplastic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Silicone molding is a growth area these days, in terms of both applications and thermoplastics molders moving into it. However, Sil-Pro LLC (Delano, MN) is going the other way—a silicone molder expanding into thermoplastics molding.

Canada plans Plastics Innovations Forums, pairing researchers with processors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

The Canadian Plastics Industry Assn. (CPIA) will host a series of Plastics Innovation Forums across the country in a bid to put "promising R&D" within reach of smaller Canadian companies. "The industry has to keep moving up the value chain," Mark Badger, CPIA president and CEO said in a release. "We need to shift more production from commodity goods to higher-end products. That means investing in innovation and new technologies."

PEEK seals stop oil leaks on vintage motorcycles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Bruce Argetsinger is a plastics molder, and a flat-track motorcycle racer. Watching riders at tracks replacing brass intake manifold seals with PEEK polymer was more than enough to kick-start a new product line for his company.

Argetsinger is owner/CEO of Mold Threads Inc. (MTI; Branford, CT), so he instantly knew that  PEEK polymer, which is made by Victrex, was the best material for the job. He molds a number of complex parts from this high performance polymer. In about the same instant, he also knew he could injection mold the seals at a much lower cost.

Mold-Masters acquires PET partner ABBA

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Hot runner supplier Mold-Masters (Georgetown, ON) has acquired PET components company partner, ABBA Systems, and announced a new brand called MasterPET, shifting away from the iPET brand it launched with ABBA in September 2009 during Drinktec.

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