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Study says BPA-free plastics still show estrogenic activity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

The majority of commercially available BPA-free plastic materials and products "readily leach chemicals having estrogenic activity (EA)," according to a new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) journal.

Manufacturing sector expands for 19th straight month

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

Mixed signals still plague manufacturing, but according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) February Manufacturing Report On Business, the sector expanded for the 19th consecutive month with a Purchasing Management Index (PMI) rose to 61.4% from 60.8% in January.

Self-healing elastomers stop microcracks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

A rubber tree has inspired researchers to develop a class of self-healing elastomers that can repair themselves autonomously. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT; Oberhausen, Germany) loaded microcapsules with a one-component adhesive of polyisobutylene and placed it inside elastomers made from synthetic rubber. The result is plastics that stop the growth of microcracks that can propagate and lead to spontaneous material failure.

BASF adds PA, PBT compounding capacity in Korea

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 3rd, 2011

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is expanding its footprint in the fast-growing Asian region through addition of capacity for polyamide (PA) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) at its site in Ansan, Korea. The expansion from the current 17,000 metric tons to 30,000 metric tons annual production capacity will be completed by the end of 2011. The plant produces Ultramid PA and Ultradur PBT) compounds.

Customized silicones furnished for medical applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 3rd, 2011

Bluestar Silicones (Anaheim, CA) has launched a customized approach to the manufacture of antimicrobial silicone products which offers OEMs and processors tailored material solutions to meet specific healthcare application needs.

Dickten Masch Plastics wins Manufacturer of the Year award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

Custom thermoplastics and thermoset molder with metal stamping and assembly capabilities, Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP) recently won 2010 a 2010 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award.  The company was nominated by the Waukesha County Business Alliance. DMP won in the large-company category, open to manufacturers with 300-750 employees. The award winners were selected from among 53 total nominees in four size categories, and announced Feb. 24 at a black-tie banquet at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Quanex acquires vinyl extrusion plant from JELD-WEN

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 2nd, 2011

Quanex Building Products Corp. and JELD-WEN have entered into an agreement for the sale, to Quanex’s Mikron operation, of JELD-WEN’s equipment and certain other assets of its vinyl extrusion plant in Yakima, WA, effective March 1, 2011.

Plastics film extrusion: Dornier seeing strong uptake for thick films in E/E applications

By MPW Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

The German manufacturer of equipment for the production of mono- and biaxially oriented films says it is seeing very strong interest from processors in lines for thick plastics films for optical grade applications. For its entire range, the company reports demand is strong now globally, but particularly in India and in the Far East.

Barrier packaging technology now offered in North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

New to North America is a technology for improving the barrier properties of plastics packaging. Developed by German company Cavonic 3D Coating Technologies, the technology is being marketed in North America by Rick Schaffer, former president of injection molding machine maker Netstal Machinery, who now runs his own plastic packaging consultancy called InterTech Rx (Lancaster, MA).

Ventra to invest $3.4 million in Kentucky automotive molding site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2011

Automotive supplier Ventra Plastics (Russelville, KY) will expand its Logan County manufacturing facility, investing nearly $3.4 million and increasing its current employee base of 230 by 25. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Ventra Plastics for tax incentives up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The KEDFA also approved the company for tax benefits up to $60,960 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). 

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