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Expansion binge, then the recession—and now, they predict, a bright future

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2010

With €300 million of capital injected into it, Europe's largest PET supplier, La Seda de Barcelona Group, says it is financially stable and ready to invest, including in its own package processing business unit, Artenius PET Packaging Europe (APPE), the former Amcor Europe PET business.

Singapore consumer association finds harmful chemicals galore in Chinese toys

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 17th, 2010

A test of 50 toys recently conducted on behalf of the Consumer Assn. of Singapore (CASE) by local testing firm Insight Laboratories found that 23 of them (46%) failed chemical toxicological tests and were found to contain higher than permitted levels of phthalates, lead, or both. Singapore currently does not have a test standard for toy safety so U.S. and international regulatory standards were adopted.

PEEK pushes PC out of plasma cooling-chamber application

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2010

Victrex PEEK (polyetheretherketone) has replaced polycarbonate (PC) in a cooling jacket for the aluminum nitride plasma chamber that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) uses for its new accelerator-based Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). The technology creates pulsed neutron beams for scientific research and industrial development.

Dow sees bright future for polyolefin-based encapsulant, targets EVA

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 17th, 2010

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) is launching a line of polyolefin-based encapsulant films for photovoltaic (PV) modules, after adding a new production line at its Findlay, OH manufacturing plant for the new product in response to growing demand for PV specialty films.

E-Beam plans 90,000-sq-ft expansion, addition of second electron-beam accelerator

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Contract electron-beam processing company E-Beam Services Inc. (Lebanon, OH) is more than doubling its polymer-crosslinking capacity in response to growing demand for enhancement of materials and advanced sterilization for healthcare and plastic products manufacturers. The company will expand its Lebanon, OH electron-beam processing facility to 90,000 ft2 and install a second electron-beam accelerator, with completion projected for Q2 2011.

Could corn-derived chemical replace BPA in polycarbonate and epoxy resins?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) now offers a corn-derived chemical that it says is a potential alternative to the petroleum-based bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics and other applications. Isosorbide, which will be sold under ADM's line of Evolution Chemicals, can be marketed as "safe and renewable," according to ADM. BPA has come under consumer attack, retail bans, and regulatory examination for its alleged health impacts and "estrogen-mimicking" activity.

P&G opts for Braskem’s sugarcane PE

By Matt Defosse
Published: August 16th, 2010

Products associated with three of the world's most recognizable brand names soon will be packaged into high-density polyethylene based on ethylene derived from sugarcane. Procter & Gamble will introduce the new packaging starting in 2011.

New capacity for C-P Flexible

By MPW Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Though still running strong, an almost 20-year-old film laminating line needed a helping hand to meet increased demand. As a result, food packaging processor C-P Flexible Packaging added another line from Davis-Standard to its arsenal.

Label converters offered new ‘Lyte’ options

By MPW Staff
Published: August 16th, 2010

Using two of the industry's largest trade shows as launch pads, the films processing business unit of plastics and chemicals supplier ExxonMobil Chemical next month will introduce two new oriented polypropylene (OPP) film grades for pressure-sensitive label applications. Marketed under the Label-Lyte moniker, the labels are designed to comply with EU directives limiting the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) during manufacture.

Recycled content verified for decking: "We're the first," says Trex

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 13th, 2010

Verification of recycled content is important to today's consumers, particularly with all the unsubstantiated claims with regard to recycled content. One company just announced that it's the first wood-alternative decking manufacturer to receive verification of recycled content.

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