L.A. gets the ball rolling on water quality protection

By Karen Laird
Published: August 19th, 2015

Last week, Los Angeles released the last 20,000 “shade balls” into the Los Angeles Reservoir, marking completion of a $34.5 million initiative to protect water quality and to save 300 million gallons of water a year from evaporation. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)is the first utility company to use this technology for water quality protect—the largest in-basin facility of its kind owned and managed by LADWP.

Dow to launch PacXpert technology in China

By Kari Embree
Published: August 19th, 2015

Dow Packaging (Midland, MI) and Specialty Plastics (St. Peters, MO) have teamed up with Chinese supplier Hunan China Sun Pharmaceutical Machinery to launch PacXpert flexible packaging technology in the Chinese market. China Sun, a leading supplier of pharmaceutical and injection molding equipment, will roll-out PacXpert in Greater China for flexible packaging of engine oils, edible oils, rice and detergent.

M. Holland finalizes Mexico expansion

By Kari Embree
Published: August 19th, 2015

M. Holland Co. (Northbrook, IL), a leader in resin distribution, has partnered up with chemical supplier Grupo Solquim of Mexico City to form a joint business venture called M. Holland Latinoamérica.

Ed Holland, M. Holland President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “M. Holland Latinoamérica will be the platform for our aggressive growth plans in Mexico and Latin America. This expansion is in strategic alignment with the needs of our suppliers and gives us more solutions to bring to existing and new customers.”

Laser-welded actuator housing molded from polyphthalamide

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2015

Materials supplier Evonik has scored a success with the application of a Vestamid HTplus polyphthalamide (PPA) grade in the latest waste gate actuator series from Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. These components control the flow of gas inside turbo chargers.

Milacron's Maxima series sales rev up automotive molders

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 18th, 2015

Tier 1 and 2 automotive molders are feeling the pressure from OEMs for more capacity, and Milacron Holdings Corp. is helping them meet that demand with its Maxima and Maxima G series large-tonnage machines. The servo-driven, multi-component machines have gained fast acceptance among the automotive industry's top molders when producing multicolor automotive lenses or other large automotive parts, Milacron claimed.

Color-changing polymer in helmets could signal severity of head injuries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 18th, 2015

What if the helmet your child wears while playing football had the ability to diagnose head trauma at the time of impact? A rough tackle can inflict brain damage that destroys lives, yet these injuries are often invisible until later. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers developed a polymer-based material that changes color depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate this material into protective headgear, on the battlefield as well as the gridiron, providing an immediate indication of injury.

Schoolbag made from recycled plastic sheds light on poverty

By Kari Embree
Published: August 18th, 2015

A backpack made entirely from recycled plastic and helps you do your homework? Yes, you read that correctly. Rethaka, a woman-owned and women-powered start-up based in Rustenberg, South Africa, has come up with a solution called Repurpose Schoolbags for Giving Partners to provide children with trendy backpacks that are outfitted with solar-powered lamps that charge during sunlight hours and also have reflector patches to help keep kids safe while walking to and from school.

Medical polymers market forecast to grow at healthy rate through 2020

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2015

The medical polymers market will experience robust growth through 2020 in all geographies, reaching an expected value of $17.05 billion, according to a new business report from Grand View Research (San Francisco, CA). Demand for single-use devices and continuing substitution of metals and glass with lightweight, high-performance polymers coupled with demand for medical technology from an aging population will drive the increased use of plastics in medical devices.

European plastics industry: it’s big business

By Karen Laird
Published: August 18th, 2015

German market research agency Ceresana is publishing a new study on the situation in the European plastics market. The company is presenting the report at this year’s Fakuma trade fair, which takes place from October 13-17 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. This latest analysis is the first time that all commercially significant plastics—from standard products, such as polyethylene, polypropylene or PVC, to engineering plastics, such as ABS or fluoropolymers to bioplastics—have been covered in a single comprehensive market study, said Ceresana.

Syscon-PlantStar and DPSI partner to provide total plant management solution

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 18th, 2015

A new partnership between Syscon-PlantStar (South Bend, IN) and DPSI (Greensboro, NC) will allow Syscon-PlantStar to offer maintenance management solutions that complement its manufacturing execution systems, according to the company's latest release. "We've been looking for the ideal resource for our customers' preventive maintenance needs that can encompass the equipment monitored by PlantStar as well as their other plant assets," commented Gary Benedix, Vice President at PlantStar.

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