Belgian plastics executive tapped to be next CEO of SPE

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 19th, 2012

The Society of the Plastics Engineers (SPE) has a new CEO, naming Willem (Wim) De Vos, a Belgian plastics executive who graduated with an engineering degree in polymer chemistry to replace Susan Oderwald. Oderwald, who came to the society with trade association but no plastics experience, led SPE from 2004 until the end of 2011.

Kaiser Permanente bans PVC tubing and bags

By Doug Smock
Published: January 19th, 2012

Kaiser Permanente, which spends $1 billion annually on medical supplies, announced this morning that it will no longer buy intravenous (IV) medical equipment made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and DEHP (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate) -type plasticizers.

Foam tanks restrict evaporation in LNG-fueled container ship

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 18th, 2012

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)  has got the thumbs up from shipping classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV; Singapore) for a large container ship fueled not by heavy oil, but environmentally friendlier liquid natural gas (LNG), with plastics playing a key role in containment of the fuel.

Automotive supplier optimism grew as 2011 ended

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 18th, 2012

"Levels of optimism increased while pessimism decreased across all company revenue segments" for the month of December, according to the Supplier Sentiment Index released by the Original Equipment Supplier's Assn. The report, released Jan. 16, showed that supplier optimism increased to 66 from a low of 37 in September. Of the 109 respondents, an average of 58% said they were "somewhat more optimistic," up from 25% in November.

Tale of two bioplastics balance sheets: Exponential growth at Cereplast, the end of the road for Telles

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2012

Bioplastics manufacturer Cereplast has announced a strong set of financial results showing robust growth in 2011. Its annual shareholder review detailed strong growth, fueled in part by the signing of several large distribution agreements, establishment of operations in Europe, and knock-on benefits from the worldwide green legislation movement toward the ban of plastic bags.

Growing materials: thermoformed ‘grow trays’ molding packaging sustainability

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 18th, 2012

Some companies manufacture packaging materials; others prefer to grow crops. However, two companies have combined the two processes for one purpose: growing sustainable packaging.  

Engel offers automation trade-in incentive for its viper line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2012

If any injection molders are on the face regarding an upgrade to their robotics systems, Engel is hoping to supply a gentle nudge with a new incentive program. From now through Dec. 31, 2013, companies can trade-in any brand of linear robot that is a minimum of three years old, and receive a program rebate on a new viper robot from the Austrian supplier of injection molding and automation technology.  

Latch is molded from 50%-filled specialty nylon

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 18th, 2012

A newly developed latching device maintains balance and stability and helps prevent falls for wheelchair users.

Transfer Solutions (Galesburg, IL) applied for a patent on the device, which secures a wheelchair to a fixed object like a bed, toilet, or shower during transfer.

Boost for auto PP compound capacity in Thailand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2012

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and its affiliated Prime Polymer Co. (both Tokyo) are to boost capacity for polypropylene compounds in Thailand to meet growing demands of the automotive materials sector in the region.

BASF and Bayer announce investments in PUR businesses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2012

Two of the world's largest players in the polyurethane market announced investments in their respective businesses to start the week, with Bayer releasing news of a euro 5 million investment in a new technical center for the development of isocyanate production processes on Jan. 16, and BASF broadcasting plans to build a single-train 300,000 tonnes/yr production plant for TDI (toluene diisocyanate) in Germany a day later.

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