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Reason could be taking center stage in the plastic bag ban debate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2014

We in the plastics industry see way too many headlines about plastic bag bans throughout the United States. So imagine how surprised I was when I read this article in Time magazine's Aug. 5 edition online: "Your Whole Foods Tote Could be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."

How Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing learned to stop worrying and love Tijuana

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2014

When Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing Inc. (Rochester, NH), a contract manufacturer of single-use medical devices, began looking into moving some activities out of country, Mexico and China were immediately ruled out. The company initially set its sights on Costa Rica. Yet, a couple of weeks ago the company announced that it was opening a facility in Tijuana, Mexico. Therein lies a story that CEO Adam Prime shared with PlasticsToday.

Michael Crowell named executive director of CertiPUR-US foam certification program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2014

Polyurethane foam industry veteran Michael Crowell has been named executive director of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam and its CertiPUR-US program. He succeeds Robert Duffy who is retiring.

Study: global PVC demand to grow 3.2% annually through 2021

By Tim Somheil
Published: August 11th, 2014

Global demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to increase about 3.2% per year until 2021, according to market research organization Ceresana.

PVC is a key product of the chemical industry and, along with polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Approximately 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed globally in 2013.

Packaging provider Sidel targeted by fraud attempts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Swiss packaging provider Sidel released a statement that several of its customers, suppliers and key partners have recently been the target of Internet-based fraud attempts. They received fake e-mails or phone calls from so-called Sidel employees, requesting or providing business sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, banking details and/or invoice information with the objective of using this information to divert payments from the pre-agreed payment methods.

Different fraud techniques were used in recent cases:

Vietnamese company installs the first 2,000 mm pipe extrusion line in Vietnam

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Co. (Haiphong, Vietnam) will be the first pipe manufacturer in Vietnam to produce large PE pipes with external diameters of up to 2,000 mm. The company ordered a complete pipe extrusion line, which is to be delivered in spring 2015 from battenfeld-cincinnati. In 2011, Tien Phong had already decided to acquire a turnkey PE pipe extrusion line, including a die with an innovative cooling system. This equipment served the company well and as a result, the customer chose a die with internal cooling again this time.

PLLA-based wound dressings conform and adhere to irregular body surfaces

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2014

Nanosheets made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) show tremendous potential for use in wound-dressing applications. The materials can cling to the body's most difficult-to-protect contours and keep bacteria at bay. 

Hydraulic seals tested on Arburg machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 10th, 2014

The reliability of a hydraulic injection molding machine often comes down to how well the seals perform. They must endure literally millions of molding cycles. Leading machine builder Arburg GmbH (Loßburg, Germany) turns to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Stuttgart, Germany) for the polytetrafluoroethylene- (PTFE) based seals employed in its machines, which incidentally are also molded by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions on Arburg machines.

Sony to market proprietary recycled plastic material to third parties

By Karen Laird
Published: August 10th, 2014

When Sony resolved to do something about reducing the amount of virgin, oil-based plastics it used to manufacture its products, it soon became apparent that the company was not one for half measures. Next to reducing the amount of plastic used and introducing recycled plastic in new products, Sony decided to develop its own recycled plastic. The result was SoRPlas: Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic.

Originally made by Sony for Sony, the material has proved such a success that the company has now decided to sell it to external parties.

Grisly medical drama "The Knick" takes a few knocks for authenticity

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 8th, 2014

Slate has published a rather interesting article about the new Cinemax series, The Knick, which premieres today on the cable channel. Directed by Steven Soderbergh of Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Oceans 11 fame, and with a talented cast led by Clive Owen, the series takes place at the fictional Knickerbocker hospital in New York in 1900.

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