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Bioplastic demand spurs global growth in lactic acid production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2011

Growth in polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics is driving demand for lactic acid in industrial applications with expansions in that sector now outstripping growth in the food and beverages market. In fact, industrial applications for lactic acid are forecast to consume more than half of the world's lactic acid production in the near future, according to a Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA) report.

Turkey’s plastics conversion to double over next four years

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2011

Conversion of plastics in Turkey will double from year-ago levels over the next four years, rising from an estimated 6.5 million tonnes/yr in 2009 to 11.3 million in 2013 and 13 million by 2014. In part to accommodate this increasing demand, domestic upstream petrochemicals output is set to rise as well, with a $3 to $3.5 billion refinery set to open in 2015, according to a Research and Markets' Turkey Petrochemicals Report.

Plastics pricing: What a way to start the New Year, with PS and PE prices up

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 10th, 2011

Just check the current poll at Plasticstoday.com and you can see that plastics pricing is near the top of processors' concerns, along with pricing pressure from customers -and that second concern often stems from customers' reluctance to pick up the tab for increases in plastics prices. Maybe the worries are justified, based on the first week of 2011, which saw prices increase for two of the largest volume plastics.

UAE plastic bag-free by 2013?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 9th, 2011

His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment & Water of the United Arab Emirates, chose the inauguration of ArabPlast, the Gulf region's key plastics industry trade event, on Saturday January 8th to announce that the country was on track to achieve the goal of becoming free of plastic bags by 2013. At present the UAE consumes 20 billion bags, out of the global figure of 500 billion bags according to organisers of ArabPlast show.

Outgoing senator adds fuel to plastic versus wood pallet debate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 7th, 2011

It’s round two for the plastic versus wooden pallet battle as Christopher Dodd (D-CT) closed out his 30-year career in the U.S. Senate by firing off a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg—the latest salvo in the saga pitting the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) against Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Co. LLC). iGPS, headquartered in Orlando, FL, is operator of the world’s first pallet rental service to provide all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags, according to the company.

Polymera reshores equipment for new wood-plastics composites operation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 7th, 2011

The future of wood-plastic composites is bright, and Polymera Inc., a newly formed company, hopes to be a part of that future. Polymera announced that it has acquired state-of-the-art WPC manufacturing systems and a 160,000-ft2 facility in Hebron, OH, near Columbus.
   

Manufacturing continues on growth track

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

The December Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management shows that activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in that month for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month. The ISM surveys the nations supply executives each month to analyze activity. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for December stood at 56.0, up 0.4% from November, showing continued growth even though it’s a small uptick. With 50 as the benchmark, numbers above 50 indicate growth, while numbers below 50 show a contraction.

Gearless extrusion: Medical tubing line highlighted at MD&M show

By MPW Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

At the MD&M show next month in Anaheim, CA, one of the exhibitors, a manufacturer of plastics extrusion lines, will run one of its new machines. What makes it special? The extruder does not require a gearbox and so works well in clean rooms or other controlled environments.

Sheet shows tool surface pressure variations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2011

A new surface pressure indicating sheet from Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) is said to improve yields and reduces defects in the injection molding process by minimizing flash, shorts, and burns, among other defects. The primary purpose of Mold-Align is to indicate mold face planarity. When placed between mold halves that are compressed together, the material instantaneously changes color revealing how pressure is being distributed between the mold faces.

Energy savings aplenty at Intek; consumption slashed 17% in one year

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 6th, 2011

Management and staff at plastics extrusion processor Intek are bearing down on energy use at their two facilities as part of a four-year program to reduce power consumption by 25%, or 1.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh). But after the success achieved in just the first year, they may have to raise the bar even higher.

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