High-gloss SAN replaces acrylic in auto exterior

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Styrolution Group GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany), the new joint venture between BASF (Ludwigshafen) and INEOS (Lyndhurst, UK), has scored a success at automaker Skoda, with the OEM now using a modified SAN (styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer) material for its vehicle exteriors. The grade in question, Luran HH 120, combines the advantages of classic SAN with improved temperature and weathering resistance.

New pharma film promises big moisture barrier protection

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

A new grade of the Aclar film supplied by Honeywell is said by the company to provide the highest moisture barrier of any thermoformable film for pharmaceutical blister packaging. The film is being marketed to protect sensitive medicines in even the hottest and most humid climates, so that pharmaceutical companies can standardize their packaging with one film that will provide sufficient protection to medicines in all regions of the world.

Injection molder Bianor plans a new facility; already thinking of further investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Bianor will invest more than PLN 16 million (about $5.15 million) in a new plastics processing facility in the Special Economic Zone in Bialystok, Poland. The factory will become operational in mid-2012 and employ about 100. The company already employs about 320, with its customer base including Bosch-Siemens Appliances, Philips and Newell Rubbermaid.

Waste-to-energy proves a viable alternative for non-recycled plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 17th, 2011

Win enough fuel to power six million cars for an entire year: A new study conducted by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University and sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has found that if all the non-recycled plastics currently dumped into landfills each year in the United States were converted to energy using currently available technologies, they could provide at least enough energy to fuel those six million cars for a year, and potentially much more.

Equity investor buying Kobusch-Sengewald from Pregis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 17th, 2011

Protective and specialty packaging processors / converter Pregis Corporation (Deerfield, IL) has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to sell its Kobusch-Sengewald business unit to Sun European Partners LLP for gross proceeds of €160 million. Kobusch-Sengewald is a processor of specialized flexible plastic packaging films for the food, consumer goods, and medical industries, along with semi-rigid and rigid packaging for the high-end food market. It operates six processing sites, with two in Germany, three in the U.K., and one in Egypt. 

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.

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