DuPont Packaging selects judges for DuPont Awards for packaging innovation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 8th, 2015

DuPont has picked the judges who will decide which packaging solutions demonstrate excellence in technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience from the pool of global nominations for its annual packaging awards.

Turboprop aircraft gets full composite treatment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2015

TenCate Advanced Composites North America (Morgan Hill, CA) has signed a long term composite materials supply agreement with Kestrel Aircraft (Superior, WI). The use of composite materials is reportedly essential to enable the Kestrel design engineering team to optimize the aerodynamic shape of the Kestrel K-350 single engine turboprop aircraft, which provides significant improvements in speed and weight compared to traditional aluminum construction.

A dibber with a difference

By Karen Laird
Published: January 7th, 2015

Dibbers used to be nothing more than pointy implements used by gardeners since Roman times to dig holes in the ground for planting bulbs or seeds. Now, however, a PhD student from the University of Bristol (UK) has designed and developed a dibber with a difference: a hand-held laminating tool for use in the layup of advanced composite components.

Long-time plastics industry veteran announces retirement

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 7th, 2015

John Blundy, a long-time plastics industry veteran, has announced his retirement scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015. He began his career in 1975 in the parts department for Husky after the company established the facility in Buffalo, NY, Bundy's hometown.

DSM’s Dyneema replaces steel in heavy-duty chains for lashing cargo

By Karen Laird
Published: January 7th, 2015

DSM Dyneema has established a strategic partnership with Load Solutions AS in Bergen, Norway, for the development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of link chains made with its proprietary Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, which is marketed under the name Dyneema. The new TYCAN chains are manufactured from webbings and offer numerous economic, environmental and safety advantages over traditional chains made from iron and steel.

Saint-Gobain to supply plastic disposables for Argos' personalized immunotherapy technology

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2015

Saint-Gobain (Aurora, OH), a supplier of polymer components and associated technologies for the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and medical industries, has entered into an agreement with Argos Therapeutics (Durham, NC) to design, integrate, and scale production of a range of plastic disposables for use in the automated manufacturing of its AGS-003 personalized immunotherapy product.

Based on Argos' Arcelis technology platform, AGS-003 has been developed to treat metastatic renal cell carcinoma. It is currently being tested in a phase III clinical trial.

Merger of four companies creates vertically integrated one-stop shop for medtech OEMs

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: January 6th, 2015

Yesterday I posted an article on what's in store for the medtech industry in 2015, and one of my predictions was that we would see an uptick in consolidations of suppliers to medical device OEMs, some of which would aspire to the one-stop shop model. Validation came quickly.

December manufacturing report shows continued expansion, but slowing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 6th, 2015

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The December Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 55.5%, a decrease of 3.2% from November's reading of 58.7%, indicating a slower expansion.

Plastic bag manufacturers collect enough signatures to put repeal of bag ban on the ballot

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 6th, 2015

It's off to the ballot box for the plastic bag ban in California as the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) announced that group has collected more than 800,000 signatures from California voters and submitted the final petitions to county registrars prior to the December 29th deadline. APBA Executive Director Lee Califf, said in a statement: "We are confident the Secretary of State's office will verify the required 504,760 signatures to qualify the referendum for the November 2016 ballot."

NPE 2015: DSM highlights gas tank, under-the-hood applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 6th, 2015

DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore) will be present at NPE in Orlando, FL, March 23-27 with a number of auto-related innovations on show. These include a high pressure gas tank in thermoplastic composite and a portfolio for high temperature polyamide resin for use in engine compartments  DSM will also highlight its solutions via speaker presentations at SPI and ANTEC as well as in their Customer Service Center in the West Hall, Room 225A.

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