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AutoCAD will run native on Mac, plus iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 5th, 2010

Software maker Autodesk this fall is introducing a new AutoCAD for Mac version of its well-known pro design/engineering package, as well as AutoCAD WS, an app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, indications of how increasingly decoupled we are from our workstations, and perhaps that Apple has increased its share of the overall computing market recently.

Rhodia furthers its green research with Chinese University

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

Specialty chemicals and polymer supplier Rhodia says it has signed a memo of understanding with Ecole Normale Superieure of Lyon, France, the French National Center for Scientific Research, and the East China Normal University of Shanghai to reinforce their collaborative research on "green" chemistry.

What’s up? Degradable plastics’ acceptance, says research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 3rd, 2010

The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm, rightly notes that the degradable plastic industry “has been on the verge of commercial success for decades.” However, limitations such as their expense, lack of availability in large quantities, and performance drawbacks kept them lagging behind petroleum-based resins and limited to niche markets. This situation began to change in the early 2000s, as OEMs, retailers, and consumer groups became more interested in environmentally friendly products.

AkzoNobel’s Soliant paint film business completes phase one of Americas expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

AkzoNobel's Soliant unit has finished the first phase of its Americas Region headquarters expansion program, adding a design studio, product development lab, and additional offices for customer support by renovating 20,000 ft2 of its Lancaster, SC facility.

Medical plastics demand to expand at 5%, highest growth rates in TPEs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

The U.S. medical plastics market is expected to reach almost 3.5 billion lb of demand by the end of 2010 and will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 5%, consuming about 4.4 billion lb, by 2015. Those findings from BCC Research's new report "Medical Plastics", which focuses on medical plastics converted via injection molding, extrusion, film casting, solvent casting, blow molding, and thermoforming.

PAC takes state senator on green tour

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

When it comes to investing in the green technology needed to create green jobs and safeguard the environment, small businesses in the U.S. are doing their part, as this manufacturer demonstrated during a recent visit by its state senator.  

Oxo-biodegradable plastic compound used to mold closures

By MPW Staff
Published: September 3rd, 2010

Closure molders have taken plenty of steps already to try to limit the environmental impact of their products, the class throwaway part. Shorter necks have greatly reduced closures' weight. Now, a U.S. company has opted for a material that helps the closures to biodegrade.

Nine votes ultimately defeat California BPA and bag bans

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

Debating late into the night on August 31, the California state senate ultimately narrowly voted against two separate bans that would have had far-reaching effects on the plastics industry in the state, and ultimately across the U.S. A total of seven votes decided the outcome of the proposed plastic bag ban bill, AB 1998, while a bill that would have outlawed BPA in cups and bottles intended for children fell only two votes shy of passage.

How does my PET package impact recycling streams? Test it

By MPW Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

The PET recycling story is a success story, with consumers generally very well traned to associate the "1" on the package with the thought, "This plastic can be recycled." Rarely, though, is a PET package "just" PET. Labels, closures, additives, and more can hinder recycling and even create a PR nightmare for brand owners.

Survey of public’s impressions on manufacturing reveals paradox

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2010

Some 78% of Americans have a strong view of the significance of manufacturing, seeing it as very important to the country's economic prosperity, while 76%, indicate that manufacturing is very important to the standard of living in the U.S. Contrast that with the fact that 55% think the long-term outlook for American manufacturing will be weaker moving forward, with only 30% of respondents saying they would encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing career.

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