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Adventures in thermoforming PLA

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 19th, 2010

It seems that last month's SPE Thermoforming conference drew more than one person skeptical of the many claims surrounding the "green" revolution. Common sense, scientific data, and more reliable information could help processors sort fact from fiction.

TPE North American resin pricing, Oct. 11-15: PE and PP lower; producers fight for October contract increases

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 19th, 2010

Overview: Commodity resin trading activity slowed last week as market pricing came under pressure, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Overall spot demand was sluggish as processors sought to limit inventory build out, buying minimal resin in anticipation of lower prices. Resellers that are looking to unload uncommitted material generally seem willing to deal on price for improved volumes.

At ‘new’ molder, 35 tons of plastic each day for closure molding

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 18th, 2010

What began as a small unit within a leading closure moldmaker, which needed a service provider for sampling and pilot-run production, has grown into a leading injection molder of closures for the carton packaging industry—think Tetra Pak—and for PET bottles.

Total-ly new HDPE grade aimed at stretch blowmolding applications

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 18th, 2010

Its official introduction happens next week at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, but Total Petrochemicals already has shared some details on a new grade of high-density polyethylene that can be processed on stretch blowmolding machinery at rates comparable to those achieved with PET.

The plastics supplier (Brussels, Belgium) will introduce to the trade show audience its new SB 1461 grade of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is formulated to run at better than 1700 bottles/cavity/hour rates, on Sidel's stretch blowmolding (SBM) machinery.

A. Schulman acquires Brazilian compounder and additive supplier

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 18th, 2010

A. Schulman Inc. (Akron, OH) has acquired Brazilian masterbatch additive producer and engineered plastics compounder Mash Compostos Plasticos (São Paulo), calling the South American country "a key market" in its overall growth strategy. On April 30, A. Schulman's acquisition of ICO Inc. included two facilities in Brazil. Joseph M. Gingo, A. Schulman chairman, president, and CEO, noted the importance of Brazil for his company going forward.

REVISED: PLA applied for thermoformed yogurt cups

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 18th, 2010

Clear Lam Packaging Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has developed a polylactic acid (PLA) based plastic for Stonyfield Farm's multipack yogurt cup created on Arcil form, fill, and seal machines from France.

Anduro opts to BOPP from Latin America rather than China

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 18th, 2010

Bioriented polypropylene film bags have retained their popularity as the packaging of choice for food, animal feeds, lawn and garden materials and other consumer products that require a combination of product protection and high-end graphics.  About 18 months ago, Anduro Manufacturing entered the BOPP bag manufacturing business to solve the issues that plagued the industry:  long lead times for raw materials and shipping schedules from the Pacific Rim countries which made timely delivery impossible.

Increase in demand for caps & closures good news for molders and moldmakers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 17th, 2010

Plastic caps and closures dominate the market and U.S. demand for caps and closures is forecast to increase 4.0% to $9.5 billion in 2014, reaching 275 billion units. That's the good news for those that serve this industry. Plastic caps and closures, which comprised 79% of unit demand in 2009, will post above-average unit and value advances, reflecting continued inroads by plastic containers into numerous markets. Plastic cap and closure demand is supported by the long-term shift in the consumer packaging mix away from glass and metal containers to plastic alternatives.

Wittmann Battenfeld open house: Focus on connecting technology

By Rob Neilley
Published: October 16th, 2010

Last week Wittmann Battenfeld opened the doors at its U.S. headquarters in Torrington, CT and about 150 molders got a close look at the technical synergies the two merged companies are offering the molding sector some two years after they first connected. The main theme, fittingly, was "Connecting Technology."

Toray Plastics (America) debuts advanced compostable bio-based films

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 15th, 2010

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. (www.torayfilms.com), a manufacturer of precision-performance polyester and polypropylene films, will be introducing it new Ecodear® advanced compostable bio-based films at Pack Expo in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2010. Ecodear is made with polylactic acid (PLA) resin. The new, thin bi-axially-oriented Ecodear films include a metallized heat-sealable film that provides moisture and oxygen barrier protection and a clear film for use as an inner seal layer or a printweb.

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