Not a wrap: BPA in packaging controversy enduring

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 2nd, 2012

While working on the BPA piece with out sister publication Packaging Digest, it was another reminder of how sometimes it's all just a matter of perspective.  

BPA in packaging: Market outlook, PC alternatives, ongoing lawsuits

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 2nd, 2012

One of the strengths of polycarbonate is its toughness, combined with transparency, and a high-temperature resistance. But despite that toughness, polycarbonate has taken a major hit when it comes to packaging demand.

Companies strive to prove purity of medical plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: July 2nd, 2012

There's a growing focus on extractables in healthcare supplies and equipment as concerns grow about endocrine disruption and other health issues, particularly for infants, which could result from chemicals leaching from plastic.

There's a growing list of materials that appear to be winners and losers, and in between a group of materials that want to make sure they emerge on the right side of the ledger.

PVC elastomers take on EV charging challenge

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2012

Two new PVC elastomer compounds from Teknor Apex Company (Pawtucket, RI) reportedly provide manufacturers of charger cable for electric vehicles (EVs) with more cost-effective alternatives to other elastomers in both insulation and jacketing.

TCI rebuilds after Katrina, finds success in plastic packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 29th, 2012

When Hurricane Katrina swept over New Orleans, it destroyed two warehouses owned by Transportation Consultants, Inc. (TCI).

TCI was founded in 1983 by Jack Jensen Jr. when he recognized the need for trucking and warehousing in New Orleans. What began as a one-truck shop has evolved into a company with several U.S. locations.

Why reshoring?

By Bill Tobin
Published: June 29th, 2012

I was at a client's subcontractor in Mexico. The room was the size of a basketball court. There were probably 10 huge rotating tables each with a dozen workers sitting at the various stations: cutting tubing to length, solvent-welding tubes to connectors, coiling the product, etc. You could get a contact high off the hexane in the air. I'd been told the job had been relocated from the States to take advantage of low wages.

Portola Packaging shuts down cosmetics closure and container manufacturing unit

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 29th, 2012

Portola Packaging will shut down its Portola Tech International cosmetics closure and container manufacturing unit to focus on its beverage closure and bottle business.

Portola Packaging Chief Financial Officer Glenn Fish told PlasticsToday the cosmetics closure and container unit represented less than 10% of sales for the company.

Small Erie molder makes big impact on healthcare recycling

By Doug Smock
Published: June 29th, 2012

American hospitals generate more than 400,000 tons of plastic and other packaging waste every year, and the percentage recycled is close to zero.

Cavity pressure transducers: how many and where should they go?

By Robert Gattshall
Published: June 28th, 2012

As more and more molders begin to understand the benefits of cavity pressure transducers, more questions will arise regarding how many transducers are actually required in a mold. This question has more than one answer and depends on what you want to accomplish with the technology.

Names in the news: Wittmann Battenfeld, Teknor Apex, Clariant, Songwon, Tech Mold and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2012

Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. has established a new scholarship in the name of its founder,  Werner Wittmann. The Werner Wittmann Scholarship Program will provide a graduating senior from the Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT with $1000 a year for four years of the student's college career.

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