Don’t toss that post-Xmas EPS foam, recycle it

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 29th, 2011

"EPS recycling has reached some level of maturity demonstrating a stable baseline, incremental growth and steady end-use market developments," despite the fact that many are not aware that expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging is recyclable. Last year saw a modest increase in the number of postconsumer pounds recycled based on data received from 58 EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers in 20 states.

Gates-funded 'Extractionator' targets remote areas

By Doug Smock
Published: December 29th, 2011

A unique medical device developed at Vanderbilt University is not quite as cool as a lab on a chip, but it's close.

It has a Schwarzenegger-like name: "The Extractionator".

Japanese Tier I boosts presence in India, China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 28th, 2011

In anticipation of increase levels of offshore automobile production on the part of Japanese OEMs, diversified Tier I manufacturer and Toyota group affiliate Aisin Seiki (Toyota, Japan) is establishing two new parts manufacturing subsidiaries in India.

Polymerupdate Asian resin prices, Dec. 19-23: PE, PP lower; Styrenics rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 28th, 2011

Polypropylene (PP) prices in Asia last week were hammered lower, dropping due to muted regional buying, plentiful availability and softer feedstock costs, according to Polymerupdate. CFR Far East Asia prices of PP injection and raffia fell to $1255/tonne, a steep tumble of more than $60/tonne on the week. In South East Asia, prices of PP injection and PP raffia were assessed down at $1260/tonne CFR while CFR South Asia prices were assessed down at $1330/tonne.

Packaging thermoformer Mullinix acquired by private equity firm

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 28th, 2011

Private equity firm Mason Wells has acquired thermoformed packaging manufacturer Mullinix Packages Inc. from the family of its founder, SPE's 2008 Thermoformer of the Year, George Lueken, who passed away at the age of 82 in June.

Medical Musings: Who has the right stuff for the medical market?

By Doug Smock
Published: December 28th, 2011

Data reported this month by the Society of Plastics Industry shows the importance of focus and specialization in the plastics business. There are 192,132 fewer employees in the plastics industry since 2005, a 22% decrease. The number of establishments has also declined by 8%.

Part of the problem-the economy. In 2008-2009, we saw the worst economic conditions since the 1930s. Some of it was movement of manufacturing to Asia.

TPE resin prices, Dec. 19-23: PE, PP down $0.01/lb; Propylene hits lowest price in 18 months

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 27th, 2011

The resin markets were a bit busier in the second-to-last trading week of the year, as suppliers looked to move moderate volumes of railcars ahead of the holidays and year-end.

Flambeau beefs up blowmolding with Partners in Plastics purchase

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 27th, 2011

Flambeau Inc. has acquired Partners in Plastics LLC (PIP; Sharon Center), a Northeast Ohio based blowmolder serving the healthcare, lawn and garden, agriculture, consumer products, industrial, and fuel tank markets.

Structural-composite car underbody study wins top prize

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 27th, 2011

A multi-year study on the feasibility of a structural-composite underbody for a midsize car was the top paper presented at the 11th-annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), held this fall in Troy, MI.

MedShape announces patent for shape memory polymer

By Doug Smock
Published: December 27th, 2011

MedShape (Atlanta, GA) has been granted a U.S. patent for a shape memory polymer-based technology used in orthopedic applications.

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