New medical technologies fuel Polyzen's growth

By Doug Smock
Published: February 6th, 2012

Polyzen (Apex, NC) is expanding capacity and adding employees to meet rapidly growing demand for its proprietary medical materials, including a new polyurethane film for low-pressure balloons used in cardiovascular and other surgeries.

Can bubble packaging's “healing powers” influence protective packaging demand?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 3rd, 2012

Ah, bubble wrap packaging. There is something about the pliable transparent plastic material that brings amusement to people of all ages. Some even say the recognizable popping sound when compressed and ruptured can even be used to alleviate stress.

Phillips changes name to reflect Medisize acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 3rd, 2012

Phillips Plastics Corp. announced that it has started the process of changing its name to Phillips-Medisize Corp., reflecting the acquisition of Medisize, Inc. last August.

Reifenhäuser talks increased demand for its flexible extruders

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 3rd, 2012

Reifenhäuser Extrusion is experiencing an increase in orders for thermoforming sheet extrusion lines featuring production capacities between 700 and 1500 kg/hr.

Soaring raw material costs, smaller orders from customers, and a strong pressure on end user prices are forcing producers to rapidly adapt themselves to new market situations, the company stated.

UPDATED: Vehicle lightweighting coalition targets mixed use of plastics, aluminum, steel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2012

The Center for Automotive Research (Ann Arbor, MI) has launched the Coalition of Automotive Lightweighting Materials (CALM) to support efforts by auto manufacturers to aggressively down-weight vehicles to improve performance, fuel economy and safety. Founding members include including Trexel, 3M, BASF, Plastic Omnium, Altair, EWI, Material Sciences Corp., Michelin, PPG Industries, and Shiloh Industries.

Perpetual Recycling Solutions to open a food-grade rPET recycling facility

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Perpetual Recycling Solutions plans to open a $30 million food-grade rPET recycling facility in Richmond, IN. The plant will produce more than 110 million pounds of rPET flake annually for customers throughout the U.S.

The company is a manufacturer of post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) resin, which currently serves the plastic packaging industry from its affiliated company, Pure Tech Plastics, in New York.

Chinaplas 2012, Chinese plastics industry fueled by latest 5-year plan

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Energy-saving, environmental protection, new materials and industry upgrades for future development: those are the key components of China's 12th Five-Year Plan, as more and more manufacturing industries are focusing on eco-conscious materials and equipment. As a result of the plan, the Chinese government is now dedicated to the development of technologies like smart grids, wind power, solar power, and new energy cars, all of which are all closely linked to plastics and rubber.

New extrusion lines feature iPhone wireless control

By Doug Smock
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Extrusion lines with fully integrated quality control systems can now be set up by an operator with an iPhone outside of a clean room.

The new technology will be on display at NPE2012 at the Boston Mathews (Norwood, NJ) booth in the West Hall, number 5862.

Manufacturing growth stays on track, expansion ticks upward in January

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued its expansion in January, marking the 30th consecutive month the sector has grown, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. The pulse of the nation's supply chain managers is taken each month by the ISM to provide an indicator of manufacturing activity.

Green Matter: Bioplastics in the war on superbugs

By Karen Laird
Published: February 2nd, 2012

Microbes are highly creative, hardy little adapters when it comes to survival. Mutation, natural selection and genetic variation are all means which they cleverly employ to evolve and adapt to changing environmental conditions.

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