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Bioplastic film update: Lakeside chooses Mirel; Biodegradable versus “standard-but-sustainable”; Free webinar to answer your questions

By Matt Defosse
Published: February 24th, 2011

There is rapid growth in the market for extrusion of bioplastic film, with consumers' interest in sustainability helping push the trend. Where the trend is not moving quickly enough for some governments, legal decisions are being made to propel the transition from petrochemicals to plastics based on renewable materials.

Plastic additives: Non-phthalate plasticizer expansion complete at Eastman, coming at Oxea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 24th, 2011

Alternatives to phthalate plasticizers for polyvinyl chloride are in demand, and suppliers are reacting swiftly. This week, plastics and chemicals supplier Eastman announced it had completed expansion of its capacity for these additives, and Germany's Oxea says it is expanding capacity at an existing line while also starting construction on a new one. Plasticizer demand globally adds up to about $9 billion per annum, according to some published estimates, with the fastest growth for these non-phthalate products.

Tech Molded Plastics invests, expands, impresses senator

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 23rd, 2011

On Feb. 22, newly elected U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) visited Tech Molded Plastics Inc., a custom molder in Meadville, PA, to tour the company’s high-tech operation and discuss economic and political conditions that triggered the recession. Scott Hanaway, president and CEO of Tech Molded Plastics, had a lot to show the senator.

Russian plastics giant dips toes into WPC market

By MPW Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2011

One of the largest plastics suppliers in Russia is now installing a new extrusion line for wood/plastics composites. Next month the line is to begin production of WPC profiles for decking and other building applications.

Plastics pricing: PET prices up all over the globe, PS sails higher in Europe

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2011

Plastics processors in need of polyethylene terephthalate are forced to pay more for the material as feedstock process climb, driven by a mixture of demand and some outages. For processors in Europe, polystyrene prices also are climbing as demand has steadily risen and is expected to continue climbing into March. Adding to the pricing pressure for PS is the upheaval in the Middle East which has sent crude oil prices to top, briefly at least, $100/barrel.

Purac and Indorama plan PLA bioplastic plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2011

Purac and Indorama Ventures PLC are discussing plans to build a 10,000-tons/yr polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Thailand, utilizing Purac's lactide with plans to expand to 100,000 tonnes/yr of production. The lactide monomers for the PLA bioplastic would be sourced from Purac's production plant in Rayong, Thailand, as well as other Purac sites.

Plastics extrusion: Gear pump repairs, minus the Swiss customs clearance

By MPW Staff
Published: February 23rd, 2011

Business is easier and faster for processors requiring repairs of their gear pump from Maag Pump Systems. The merger last year of Switzerland's Maag with pelletizing machinery manufacturer Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH means that, starting now, processors can avoid sending the pumps to Switzerland—and through laborious Swiss customs—and now can instead have them repaired or serviced at Automatik's facility in Germany.

Quickparts acquired by 3D Systems

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 22nd, 2011

Quickparts (Atlanta, GA), a provider of custom-designed parts using a variety of technologies ranging from rapid prototyping to plastic injection molding, announced that it has been acquired by 3D Systems Corp. (Rock Hill, SC).

TPE resin pricing, Feb. 14-18: PE up, PP down, propylene falls $0.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 22nd, 2011

Market overview: Spot resin trading was swift last week, as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) moved in opposite directions thanks to shifts in their respective spot monomer costs.

SRG to open new Mexican molding site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 22nd, 2011

SRG Global Inc. has broken ground on an injection molding, top coat, chrome-plating, and assembly plant in Irapuato, Mexico. The company estimates that the initial phase of the project will cost between $25 and $35 million, with the facility expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

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