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Editorial: Getting past the “lazy kids with bad attitudes pose huge challenge for the plastics industry” talk

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 27th, 2011

Of course they do pose a huge challenge because as we all know, the next generation is truly lazy and stupid, even more so than we were in the eyes of our parents and they were in the eyes of our grandparents.

So, it's good to get that bit of nonsense out of the way. The youngsters generally have a different outlook on things anyway, thank goodness. Just for the sake of argument, let's assume the kids in school now, soon to graduate and enter the working world, are neither particularly dumb nor particularly lazy.

Skydex’s twin-sheet thermoformed TPU sheet sets up shop in Kabul

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

The company's technology has been so effective and the need so great that Skydex Technologies (Centennial, CO), which outfits soldiers with protective products made from twin-sheet thermoformed thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs), has opened a regional marketing and sales office in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skydex has formed a partnership with Parks Global Solutions LLC (PGS) in Kabul to better supply its impact mitigation, blast-limiting, and vibration-attenuation products for military and commercial applications.

Active packaging plus layer multiplier equals film with immeasurable performance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Active packaging and microlayer extrusion come together in the new "active microlayer" film technology where layer multiplication is applied not only to the barrier polymer but also to active components such as oxygen absorbers or desiccants.

TPE resin pricing, April 18-22: PE, PP up $0.01/lb; April contracts jump $0.06 and $0.15/lb respectively; branded prime PP $1-plus

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Polyethylene (PE) buyers confirmed a $0.06/lb rise in April contracts, while most polypropylene (PP) buyers endured a $0.15/lb jump, as rising energy and feedstock prices worked their way through to resin contracts. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange noted that resin market activity slowed some from the fervent pace seen during the first half of the month, but resin prices resumed their upward trek amid light spot offerings and continuously rising energy and feedstock costs.

Talent Talk: PlasticsToday's weekly jobs and business blog

By Paul Sturgeon
Published: April 26th, 2011

Warning: Reader discretion advised. Some readers may find this blog objectionable, because it highlights certain positive elements of the economy. If good news doesn't fit with your perceptions of reality, then you should stop reading now.

Bioplastics supplier Solegear enlists compounders in U.S. to expand market presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Canadian bioplastics developer and supplier Solegear has enlisted two plastics compounders, one each in California and Georgia, to help support production of its Polysole brand of bioplastics and Traverse brand of bioplastic-based composites.

The Hedging Corner: Wary about hedging the cost of your resins? You’re in good company

By Tom Langan
Published: April 26th, 2011

Resins comprise roughly half the cost of manufacturing plastics products, so it's smart business to control resins costs. Hedging is and should be an integral part of commodity cost control, resins included.

Names in the News: PPE Inc., CertiPUR-US and Portola

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Plastics Process Equipment Inc. (PPE; Macedonia, OH), which claims to offer "the world's largest variety of accessories for the plastics industry", has moved to its new West Coast facility in Las Vegas, NV, from its former facility in Chino, CA. The Chino facility occupied 24,000 square feet whereas the new Vegas site offers almost double that-47,000 square feet-which PPE says will help it deliver products even faster. UPS shipping is overnight back to the Chino/Los Angeles area.

Get smart on smart plastics during new conference

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2011

Dashboards without switches and buttons, flexible solar cells or medical diagnostics systems integrated in plastic products: "smart plastics", ones in which function is worked into the material, will help these potential applications become reality. The combination of plastics technology, mechatronics and design not only allows for new product ideas, but also opens up enormous market potential.

Packaging market reconfigures after decade of consolidation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 25th, 2011

More than half of the top 50 packaging companies have been eliminated or changed ownership over the past decade.  What does that mean to the plastics industry segment? As the consolidation of the packaging industry increases, the industry has witnessed a rise in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity.

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