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California bag ban faces August 31 deadline for passage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

Update: The California state senate sent the proposed bag ban to defeat last night by a vote of 20-14, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Solar’s prospects push DuPont to EVA and polyvinyl fluoride startups

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

DuPont has started ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) production at its Chinese joint venture Beijing Hua Mei Polymer Company Limited, with plans to market the EVA produced there under the Elvax brand. DuPont says the joint venture will supply a broad range of specialty EVAs targeting market segments like packaging, adhesives, wire and cable, footwear, renewable energy, and electronics.

TPE North American resin pricing, August 23-27: PE and PP up; September contract increases put forward

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

Market overview: The spot resin markets were relatively slow for the second week in a row, in stark contrast to the frenetic trading seen in first half of August. Spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that there was a steady stream of demand, but added that spot supplies have been drying up ahead of contract price increases, which are slated to take effect for September.

MLS Analytical now distributing Teledyne Tekmar instruments

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2010

A partnership formed between Teledyne Tekmar Co. (Mason, OH), part of Teledyne Technologies Inc. and MLS Analytical will allow MLS to distribute Tekmar's VOC and TOC analytical instruments in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Northern Illinois.

Good help key to globally competitive manufacturing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2010

Ahead of labor, materials, and energy costs, a new report states that access to talented workers capable of supporting innovation are the key factor driving global competitiveness at manufacturing companies. The 2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, a research report from Deloitte's Global Manufacturing Industry group and the U.S.

Risk control tops agenda for medical devices

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 30th, 2010

That's the view of Clariant Masterbatches (Muttenz, Switzerland), which was presenting its package of dedicated products and support designed to help customers' control risk in medical device manufacture and pharmaceutical packaging at the recent Medtec China show in Shanghai. (The Medtec show is organized by PlasticsToday owner Canon Communications.)

Robots cleared for Class 100 cleanroom use

By IMM Staff
Published: August 30th, 2010

Anodized aluminum coverings, a protective outer coating, and specially sealed joints allow a new line of robots to be safely cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and be used in applications where biocontamination control is required, including Class 100 cleanrooms. The Denso VP-G2 six-axis articulated aseptic robots have 432 mm of reach of and a 200-mm diameter footprint. Other features include a payload capacity of 2 kg, repeatability of ±0.02 mm, and standard cycle time of 0.99 second.

Following molders into medical

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2010

Hot runner supplier Ewikon’s major focus over the past year has been to expand and optimize its range of hot runner products for medical applications. The result is a broad range of hot runner technology specifically targeted to meet the demands of the medical industry for both high-volume disposables or the production of precision components where safety is a major consideration.   

Extruded Spectar sheet builds a better flood barrier

By Tony Deligio
Published: August 27th, 2010

Sand and extruded copolyester sheet combine for a flood wall that can go up more quickly and withstand water better than the hand-filled sand bags they're aiming to replace.

ACC’s running tab of positive indicators slips to 12 out of 20

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2010

After a week of disappointing economic indicators, including sobering home sales and durable goods reports, as well as a downward revision to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter, the American Chemistry Council's Economics and Statistics Group's running tab of positive indicators slipped by one to 12 out of 20. The ACC continues to fly a yellow-green banner to signal continued caution.

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