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Green packaging projected to grow

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 19th, 2011

U.S. demand for green packaging-composed of recycled content, reusable, and degradable packaging-is projected to increase 3.9% yearly to $14.7 billion in 2014, consuming 58 billion lb of material, according to a new report, "Green Packaging," from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, OH-based industry market research firm.

Hilex Poly settles T-shirt bag IP suit with Sigma Plastics subsidiaries

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2011

Hilex Poly Co. LLC (Hartsville, SC) has settled two lawsuits with Sigma Plastic Group subsidiaries regarding its E-Z-Open intellectual property. Omega Plastics Corp. (Lyndhurst, NJ) and Omega Extruding Corp. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) have purchased a license from Hilex Poly to utilize the technology as part of the settlement.

TPE North American resin prices, Jan. 10-14: PE mixed; PP up $0.01/lb; propylene contracts settle $0.17/lb higher

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2011

Market overview: The spot resin markets continued to experience heightened trading activity in the face of steep price increase nominations. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that material offerings were heavy last week, with overall spot prices mixed. Numerous processors entered into the market, but generally sought low volumes of material, as they wait and see how contract prices ultimately settle.

Nissei debuts vertical hybrids

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2011

Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. (Nagano, Japan) offers processors a total of 19 machine configurations in its all-new TNX Series of hybrid vertical-injection molding machines debuting this month.

Maquiladoras evolving into high-tech operations

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 17th, 2011

Mexico used to be the place where manufacturing was down-and-dirty, with big demand for semi-skilled or unskilled blue-collar laborers. Collectron International Management Inc. (Nogales, AZ) is helping change that image. Collectron was the original “Shelter Program” provider, having coined the term and developed the model some 40 years ago, according to Maria Elena Rigoli, president of Collectron.

Engineered plastics' global demand back on the rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2011

The global market for engineered plastics will exceed 20 million tonnes by 2015, fueled by restored health in most end-use markets, and in particular, the automotive sector. Global Industry Analysts' (GIA) new report on the engineered plastics market notes that Europe and Asia-Pacific will account for a majority share of the global market for the materials, with a continued shifting of global production bases to lower-cost Asian countries.

New nucleating agent already seeing use in commercial polyethylene products

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 17th, 2011

Officially introduced at the K show last October by Milliken, Hyperform HPN-20E already has made its way into commercial use, according to officials at the firm. Processors of extruded films, blowmolded bottles, and injection molded closures all are taking advantage of the new additive to help cut their cycle times and drive productivity improvements.

UK processors can trial energy-saving dryer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2011

The ETA Plus from Motan Colortronic—the latest iteration of its ETA energy-saving technology—offers processors up to 60% in energy savings compared to standard dryers. Want proof? The company's Chesterfield Tech Centre in the UK is now fitted with an ETA Plus dryer for customer trials and demonstrations.

Plastics packaging: Bericap opens closure molding facility for Southeast Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2011

Plastics processor Bericap, one of the world's largest injection molders of plastics closures and caps, has opened an injection molding facility in Singapore to help it better serve its customer base in Southeast Asia. Until this facility came online, those customers had been supplied from Bericap's production facility in China or others in the company's organization. Bericap says the new Singapore facility will be "the nucleus for further expansion of sales and production facilities in Southeast Asia."

Plastics packaging: M&H adds photo-realistic imagery to tube processing

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 17th, 2011

More than two years of development work are paying off at plastics packaging processor M&H. The company now is able to offer its customers, many of them suppliers of cosmetics or personal care products, plastic tubes printed with photo-realistic imagery.

For the processor, as well as its customers, the printing technology offers three main benefits: the quality of the image is improved, no labels are needed, and recycling is eased (as there is no label). Plastic tubes often are decorated with dry offset printing rather than labels, but the quality of the graphics is limited.

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