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S&E Specialty Polymers hits comeback trail

By Doug Smock
Published: March 17th, 2011

S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, MA, is rebounding from a near fatal crisis through application of a technical focus and investments in more efficient processing equipment.

Compression molded closure needs no liner for aseptic beverages

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 17th, 2011

Plastics processor Portola Packaging Inc. announced its development of a new type of plastic closure for aseptic beverage packages. Roy Robinson, VP of business development at Portola, told PlasticsToday that Portola is working with several brand owners on commercializing the technology, which is suitable for both for both low- and high-acid aseptic beverage packages.

Pepsi to launch 100% bio-based PET bottle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

PepsiCo has used bio-based raw materials, including switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks, to create what it's calling the world's first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based renewable resources.

Upstream, suppliers work to produce ethylene by dehydration of ethanol

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

One of the salient points emerging in all of the discussions about bioplastics is that brand owners and plastics processors are keen to lower their carbon footprint, be more environmentally conscious and in general do the right thing, but the new materials need to be cost-competitive and offer sufficient mechanical properties, and be available in sufficient quantities.

Thermoplastic gets the call in mini wind turbine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has specified a thermoplastic from supplier BASF for use in molding the small wind turbine used in the OEM's PIQO Series of small wind turbines. These compact wind power stations are being marketed to industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, hospitals and other municipal buildings as well as private homes.

Biotech firms partner for biobased route to nylon precursor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

Biobased succinic acid manufacturer BioAmber has signed a licensing agreement with Celexion LLC for technology relating to production of nylon component adipic acid and other chemical intermediates. BioAmber has successfully applied its succinic acid purification process to adipic acid, and it will now work with Celexion to use its succinic acid know-how, infrastructure, partnerships, and customer base to accelerate the development of biobased adipic acid.

Fancy a Mango Mist with your shampoo, madam?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

In a "celebration of the harmonious coupling of color found in nature," Ampacet  (Tarrytown, NY) introduced a series of masterbatches especially targeted at multi-layer blowmolded packaging structures used in the for cosmetic, personal care, and household product arenas.

Berry Plastics invests $5 million in new line following site expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

After completing a 29,000-ft2 addition to its facilities in Daviess County, Berry Plastics Corp. announced that it is investing $5 million on a new production line. The plant is located near the city of Odon. The expansion, which is receiving tax abatement incentives from the county, is expected to create up to five new jobs.

Delphi optimizes cooling, insulates barrels to cut CO2 in molding facilities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

Delphi Automotive's conservation efforts at its European operations have prevented more than 16,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted since the program started in 2008, with more than 7000 tonnes avoided in 2010 alone, as the program reached its highest efficiency ever. The new efficiency benchmark is thanks in part to optimization of injection molding machines' cooling systems and barrel insulation.

Electriplast conductive plastic passes auto OEM tests

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

The electrically conductive resin ElectriPlast has passed all testing for use in the upcoming 2012 model of an unidentified European OEM, receiving UL approval while also satisfying tensile strength and shielding requirements, according to the Tier One supplier making the parts. Pending final approval, Electriplast-based components would hit showroom floors this fall as part of the unnamed 2012 model-year vehicle.

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