Coca-Cola investing $35 million, and eventually much more, in bottle blow molding and filling equipment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Two new lines have been installed at the Thebarton, South Australia facility of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) Australia, with each capable of stretch blow molding plus filling of PET bottles for the company's beverages. Warwick White, managing director at the company, said that this investment in "blowfill" technology is the single largest capital investment in CCA's history.

Report highlights recovery of injection molding machine sales

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

The worldwide injection molding machine market quickly recovered from its collapse in 2009 with a market growth of 14.2% in terms of value in 2010. While countries in Western Europe saw relatively moderate demand growth rates of up to 8%, the booming regions of Eastern Europe, Eastern Asian and Latin America experienced growth rates of up to 27.2%, according to a recent study from market research outfit Interconnection Consulting.

Multi-layer rotomolded fuel tank meets EPA, CARB standards

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 16th, 2011

A fuel tank developed by custom rotational molding and design firm Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (MOD; Ashtabula, OH) has been awarded EPA and CARB (California Air Resources Board) certification for meeting the Agency's stringent Title 40: Part 1060 standard covering fuel vapor permeation from tanks in watercraft, recreational vehicles, lawn and garden equipment and other non-road and stationary equipment.

Custom overmolding cell helps “reshore” pet bowl project

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 14th, 2011

Fido and hiscanine peers were not happy with his pet food and water bowls, and neither were his owners. The work was being handled overseas, quality was poor and the non-slip bottoms fell off, so Fido ended up shoving his bowls all over the room. Also unhappy was the brand owner; shipments arrived with many of the non-slip add-ons not attached as they fell off during shipping. Profit was down too. It approached Vallmar Engineering, which developed a custom automated over-molding system/machine to apply a non-slip polymer to the metal dog bowls.

Cellulose derived nanocrystals plus PLA equal bioplastic nanocomposites

By Tony Deligio
Published: October 13th, 2011

The first nanomaterial from an entirely renewable resource—that advance, nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), was among many material developments announced during the recent 2011 Biopolymers Symposium, showcasing how R&D dollars are chasing the bioplastic/renewable polymer space, which may be small in size relative to traditional plastics but is growing rapidly in applications.

Car interior upscaling through elastomers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2011

In steps to give their car interiors an upscale, first-class look, automakers including BMW, Audi and Saab are turning in increasing numbers to the Elastollan line of aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) with soft-touch finishes from BASF Corporation (Florham Park, NJ), according to the supplier.

High pressure forming plastic film offers increased center console functionality

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2011

Consumers are increasingly looking for vehicles that integrate the newest technologies into the center stack - the console between the driver and passenger seats where many dashboard controls, such as audio and temperature, are located. Automotive designers and engineers are challenging developers of materials and process technology to help meet these requirements and enhance functionality during the driving experience.

New plastic devices target prostate cancer

By Doug Smock
Published: October 12th, 2011

Testing and treatment of prostate cancer is triggering both a huge public debate in the United States and an outpouring of interesting new technology using plastics devices. At the heart of both issues is the extent of the problem.

DIC plans Austrian PPS compounding plant; acquires Solvay's PPS business

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 12th, 2011

Japan's DIC Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) is targeting a full-fledged entry into the European market for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resins through the start-up of a compounding operation in Vienna, Austria by early 2013. In order to establish a presence in the European market prior to this., DIC acquired the PPS compounding business of  Solvay  in September this year.

UPDATED: PTT Chemical plans $150 million investment in bioplastics supplier NatureWorks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 12th, 2011

One of Asia's leading suppliers of polyethylene and petrochemicals, Thailand's PTT Chemical, is investing $150 million in NatureWorks, the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based supplier of the Ingeo brand of polylactic acid-based bioplastics. NatureWorks has been actively searching for a site in Asia for a new facility and now also announced that Thailand is the preferred location for its next Ingeo manufacturing facility.

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