Think plastic bag bans are only about bags? Think again.

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 17th, 2012

More cities around the world are starting to put into practice some sort of plastic bag ban or tax. Type in 'plastic bag ban' in Google and you're likely to receive more than 2000 articles.

In general, it's the same argument told in different ways and languages. Some view the polyethylene bags as an environmental eyesore that finds its way onto beaches, walkways, the side of highways, trees, etc. They believe a plastic bag ban or tax can help stop the proliferation of plastic bags.

Old Tacoma company now building plastics equipment

By Doug Smock
Published: September 17th, 2012

There's a new manufacturer of plastics processing equipment in the United States, but don't bother looking for it at any upcoming trade shows.

Globe Machine Manufacturing Co., which has been in business since 1917,  is now designing and building carbon composite forming presses in a 140,000-square-foot factory on the Tacoma, WA tideflats.

Huntsman in epoxy resin expansion

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 16th, 2012

Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, TX) has gained approval for its plan to boost production capacity for specialty epoxy resins following approval of expansion plans at its McIntosh, AL facility. The resins are used in demanding applications that require superior physical properties such as aerospace components, oil and gas exploration, and high-performance composite parts.

The week that was: Highlights and the top 10 most-clicked articles for Sept. 10-13

By Tony Deligio
Published: September 14th, 2012

Our Medical Channel Editor, Doug Smock, took a detour into automotive this week, composites to be precise, reporting from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE; Troy, MI). In some ways, the advanced materials have been the-next-big-thing in automotive since the 1950s, but Doug reported on several advances and investments that point towards a true acceleration in the market.

San Francisco plastic bag ban ruled valid by judge

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 14th, 2012

Superior Court Judge Teri Jackson has rejected arguments from plastic bag manufacturers and upheld a San Francisco ordinance that would ban plastic bags in retail locations and food establishments in the city.

Businesses will be required to charge a 10-cent fee for paper or compostable plastic bags they provide to customers.

The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, which claimed that the city had banned plastic bags without conducting an environmental review.

Names in the news: Polymer Solutions, EDI, Kuraray, Pallmann

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2012

Independent testing laboratory Polymer Solutions Inc. (PSI; Blacksburg, VA) announced four new staffers. Brandon Jeffery has joined PSI as a gas chromatography chemist, a role involving data analysis, sample preparation, method development, method validation, report writing and instrument maintenance. Jeffery has a M.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a B.S.

Bioresorbable polymers push new boundaries

By Tony Deligio
Published: September 14th, 2012

Available for more than 40 years, bioresorbable polymers remain a focus of research in industry and academia, with some potentially groundbreaking developments in the pipeline. 

Plasticum develops lightweight over cap for aerosol market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 14th, 2012

European plastic packaging injection molder Plasticum Group has developed a lightweight 65-mm over cap for customers in the technical aerosol market.

The cap, called Sunshine, was created due to a demand in the market for cost-effective, eco-friendly, but still high quality over caps, a company spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Crowd-funded, American molded iPhone case cracks growing market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 14th, 2012

Inventor and entrepreneur Mike Kane, CEO and co-founder of CellPig, solved a big problem for the masses of cell phone users: fallen iPhone fatalities. Users can now purchase the cellhelmet molded from TPU that offers protection for their iPhone4/4S.

Green Matter: New study clears the air for bioplastics in landfills

By Karen Laird
Published: September 14th, 2012

Although Ingeo, the biopolymer produced by NatureWorks LLC is perfectly compostable, the reality is that products made from this biopolymer also end up in landfills. The question that has been dogging NatureWorks for a number of years now is: what does its product do under landfill conditions?

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