Catheter market grows, shifts to TPU

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2011

The global market for urological catheters is projected to surpass $3.0 billion by 2017, with an emphasis on materials technology to manage critical catheter-related issues such as thrombosis. That focus is pushing the market to shift towards using Carbothane, a family of aliphatic, polycarbonate-based thermoplastic polyurethanes supplied by Lubrizol, exploiting its improved strength, enhanced softness, and retention of large internal diameter, while displacing vinyl, silicone, and latex rubber.

Global efforts to tackle marine debris stepped up

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 30th, 2011

The plastics industry started to address the high profile issue of marine debris in a structured way through a gathering of global plastics industry associations at the K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany late last year. In March this year, a Joint Declaration on Marine Litter was inked at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii. Since then, 53 plastics associations worldwide have signed up to the Declaration , whose primary objective is to 'Contribute to solutions by working in public-private partnerships aimed at preventing marine debris.'

Corrugated pipe processor ADS plans more investment in the Midwest

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2011

Only days after it announced it would build a new facility in Iowa, corrugated plastic pipe processor ADS (Hilliard, OH) says it will invest $10 million at its facilities in the Midwestern U.S. Operations in North Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa all will benefit from the largess.

Product Watch: Novatec introduces PLC control system for centralized conveying systems, makes touchscreen standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 29th, 2011

Plastics auxiliary equipment manufacturer Novatec (Baltimore, MD) has begun marketing its new Novatec FXS (FlexXpand) programmable logic controls (PLC) to help processors keep track of plant-wide operations. In other news from the company, it has made touchscreens the standard interface on every NovaWheel model of resin dryer.

Flambeau’s latest addition provides new direction

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 29th, 2011

It's been said that a company is either growing or going away, but it's never standing still. Flambeau Inc., a member of the Nordic Group of Companies, has held to that adage throughout its successful 64-year history.

Names in the News: Awards and accolades for Intek Plastics, IQMS and Fischer/Unitec; SPE names plenary speaker

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 29th, 2011

Window and door supplier Anderson Corp. has given custom plastics extruder Intek Plastics (Hastings, MN) its Supply Chain Award in the sustainability category for successfully decreasing its electrical consumption by more than 1 million kilowatt hours (17% of its total consumption) in 2010, and reducing its material scrap by 24% in the same period. Steve Kirby, vice president, supply chain services for Andersen, presented the award to Intek's energy steering committee earlier this month. 

A. Schulman to close Nashville plant, invest in Akron site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 29th, 2011

A. Schulman Inc. (Akron, OH) will close its Nashville, TN compounding plant, as part of what it describes as its ongoing effort to replicate its European engineered plastics business model in North America by eliminating commodity capacity in the U.S. and shifting its focus to more profitable technical compounds. Four production lines at the Nashville facility will be shut down and roughly 60 jobs will be eliminated. A.

Dana secures grant for battery cooling development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2011

Dana Holding Corp. (Maumee, OH) has secured a $2 million grant from the Canadian Province of Ontario for the ongoing development and manufacture of lithium-ion battery cooling technologies required for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.  The grant will further support Dana's efforts to provide solutions that help automakers advance alternative-energy capabilities.

Stand-up pouch earns #2 recycling symbol and approval from Trex

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2011

How many years have stand-up pouches been touted as the next big thing in packaging? They are a nice mix of rigid and flexible package, can be used for sensitive foods and beverages, are very lightweight, kids like them, they pack easily...the list goes on, but the fact is they have remained a niche player in the packaging world. With its new No. 2 Pouch, Ampac hopes it can push these niche products to a more mainstream role.

The role of the molding machine in the manufacturing process? A starring one on center stage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2011

Once the part and mold have been designed and the material has been selected, it is time to make parts. But even if you've done everything right to this point, too many things can still go wrong. Much of the success or failure that is experienced at this point in injection molding is related to the selection of the molding machine, notes Mike Sepe, The Materials Analyst of Injection Molding Magazine fame and the host of our 6-part Injection Molding Expert webinar series.

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