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Processor plans cellulose-based film extrusion for its U.S. facility

By MPW Staff
Published: September 17th, 2010

Films processor and converter Innovia has had good success with its Natureflex compostable films in Europe, where the material has been specified for a number of packaging applications, and now the company's facility in Kansas will begin extruding these for the North American market.

Automotive molder adds ‘ecoskins’ for the iPhone 4 to its repertoire

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 17th, 2010

A British injection molder has been tasked with processing of recycled thermoplastic urethane for use as protective covers for the newest iPhone. Anokimobi, a Brighton, England-based marketer of bespoke promotional and retail products, is heading up sales of the covers.

Canon Communications changes hands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2010

Canon Communications LLC, the parent company of Injection Molding Magazine, Modern Plastics Worldwide, the PlasticsToday.com Web portal, and related digital and print products, plus the Plastec, Medtec, MD&M, and other industry-specific trade shows, has been acquired for $287 million by United Business Media, making it one of the largest business-to-business (B2B) publishing deals this year.

UPDATED: Husky to enter all-electric market at K with preform and medical machines

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Long associated with fully hydraulic, and more recently, hybrid hydraulic and electric technology for injection molding machines, Husky (Bolton, ON) will unveil two new all-electric injection molding systems at the K, with one targeting PET preform molders and the other for medical applications.

Teknor Apex buys DSM’s Sarlink TPV unit

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Custom compounder Teknor Apex has acquired the Sarlink thermoplastic vulcanizate business unit from DSM, with plans to retain its employees and plants and keep selling the product under the Sarlink brand name. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details yet.

Solvent-less powder coating tech recognized with $50k prize

By MPW Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

An Australian materials scientists has been awarded the 2010 Victoria Prize and $50,000 for his development of a coating technology that uses solvent-less powder resins for powder coating, paints, and inks that adhere to plastics. The Victoria Prize recognizes exceptional achievement in science, engineering, or technology.

Names in the News: Borealis’ Löbbert, Kautex’s Farrant, and PPE’s Hayman

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Borealis (Vienna, Austria) announced that Gerd Löbbert has been appointed its executive VP for the company's polyolefins business. He succeeds Lorenzo Delorenzi, who will leave the company and return to Belgium to pursue other career opportunities.

Löbbert joined Borealis in January 2010 as executive VP for base chemicals; prior to Borealis, he held various positions at BASF, specifically in the area of pigments, polymers and additives.

Peering inside pharmaceutical packaging growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) is forecast to increase 5.3% annually to $18.5 billion in 2014. Driving this growth will be recently upgraded regulations and standards that address such issues as barrier protection, infection control, patient drug compliance, drug dispensing errors, and drug diversion and counterfeiting.

Dow adds to roll-fed label offerings with steam-shrinkable film

By MPW Staff
Published: September 15th, 2010

Last year the label converting business unit within Dow Chemical Company introduced its Opticite roll-fed shrink labels that are said to mimic the look and shrinkage of shrink sleeves. The first of these were designed for shrinkage via hot air, but now a new label is offered for packaging lines using steam shrinking.

The standard material for roll-fed shrink applications is bioriented polypropylene (BOPP), but shrinkage of this is limited to about 15%. Dow's films and their high shrink rate could offer a lower-cost option to decoration of crazily contoured packaging.

Treofan plans sale of Belgian BOPP facility

By MPW Staff
Published: September 14th, 2010

One of Europe's largest processors of bioriented polypropylene film, Treofan Group, is in talks to sell its Treofan Benelux SA business in Liège, Belgium, allowing the parent company to focus on a smaller range of specialty BOPP films.

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