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Solvent-less powder coating tech recognized with $50k prize

By MPW Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

An Australian materials scientists has been awarded the 2010 Victoria Prize and $50,000 for his development of a coating technology that uses solvent-less powder resins for powder coating, paints, and inks that adhere to plastics. The Victoria Prize recognizes exceptional achievement in science, engineering, or technology.

Names in the News: Borealis’ Löbbert, Kautex’s Farrant, and PPE’s Hayman

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Borealis (Vienna, Austria) announced that Gerd Löbbert has been appointed its executive VP for the company's polyolefins business. He succeeds Lorenzo Delorenzi, who will leave the company and return to Belgium to pursue other career opportunities.

Löbbert joined Borealis in January 2010 as executive VP for base chemicals; prior to Borealis, he held various positions at BASF, specifically in the area of pigments, polymers and additives.

Peering inside pharmaceutical packaging growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) is forecast to increase 5.3% annually to $18.5 billion in 2014. Driving this growth will be recently upgraded regulations and standards that address such issues as barrier protection, infection control, patient drug compliance, drug dispensing errors, and drug diversion and counterfeiting.

Dow adds to roll-fed label offerings with steam-shrinkable film

By MPW Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Last year the label converting business unit within Dow Chemical Company introduced its Opticite roll-fed shrink labels that are said to mimic the look and shrinkage of shrink sleeves. The first of these were designed for shrinkage via hot air, but now a new label is offered for packaging lines using steam shrinking.

The standard material for roll-fed shrink applications is bioriented polypropylene (BOPP), but shrinkage of this is limited to about 15%. Dow's films and their high shrink rate could offer a lower-cost option to decoration of crazily contoured packaging.

Treofan plans sale of Belgian BOPP facility

By MPW Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

One of Europe's largest processors of bioriented polypropylene film, Treofan Group, is in talks to sell its Treofan Benelux SA business in Liège, Belgium, allowing the parent company to focus on a smaller range of specialty BOPP films.

Grace builds polyolefin catalyst tech with Synthetech acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

W. R. Grace & Co. (Columbia, MD) is buying Sythetech Inc. for $19.2 million, augmenting its capacity for specialty single-site and polypropylene (PP) catalysts. Synthetech, which is a manufacturer fine chemicals that specializes in organic synthesis, biocatalysis, and chiral technologies, also has some business in the pharmaceutical sector. Greg Poling, VP W. R. Grace & Co.

Switch bottles faster with BottleSwitch

By MPW Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

Stretch blowmolding machine manufacturer Sidel has developed what it claims will be a much more efficient way for processors to change molds on the company's machinery. The company says its new system enables processors to switch molds in less than a minute per mold.

Sidel says it has patented its quick format changeover system. The initial goal is to improve blowmolder flexibility by reducing the mold changeover time. Another benefit is that processors need not invest in storage silos or intermediate palletization.

TPE North American resin pricing, Sept. 6-10: PE, PP steady; September $0.05/lb contract increase proposed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin market quieted over the holiday-shortened week, as limited buyer interest was greeted by an average flow of fresh offers. After rising in early September, commodity resin prices held steady across the board, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). TPE CEO Michael Greenberg noted that after heavy summer buying to restock inventories, buyers have started pulling out of the market.

CAM-do solution boasts broad feature slate

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 14th, 2010

Now in its 18th rendering, EZ-CAM from EZCAM Solutions Inc. (New York, NY) brings a broad set of product improvements to the toolmaking scene, including a new curve machining wizard, high-speed machining strategies, and new features such as pencil milling added to the 3D machining wizard.

Toray jumps into metallized PET breach

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 13th, 2010

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. responded to the global metallized PET shortage with its Torayfan PC3, an advanced metallized polypropylene film, which the company says “delivers twice the moisture barrier and three times the oxygen barrier of previous generations of Torayfan metalized OPP.” It is also ideal for metalized PET and foil replacement in tri-laminations.

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