Medical plastics: Phillips nabs Medisize for €99.8 million

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2011

One of North America's most storied plastics processors, contract injection molder Phillips Plastics, has acquired Medisize, a processor of medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging, for €99.8 million ($142.7 million) from Ratos. Medisize's sales totaled €127.8 million in 2010 with an operating profit (EBITA) of €12.6 million.

BASF steps up R&D for sustainable electromobility products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2011

Batteries are the key technology for electromobility of the future. Over the next five years, BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will be investing a three-digit million euro sum in researching, developing and the production of battery materials. In parallel, the company is developing new structural plastic materials and plastic-based heat management solutions for electric vehicles.

Prius gets greener with bio-based dashboard component

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2011

Toyota's new hybrid vehicle, Prius α, features automotive interior parts made of DuPont Sorona EP polytrimethylene terephthalate polymer, a high-performance, renewably-sourced thermoplastic resin with performance and processability similar to petroleum-based polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), contributing to the advanced interior design of the vehicle while also reducing the environmental footprint.

Projectile injection molding: New details from Röchling on innovative molding technique

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2011

The projectile injection molding technology (PIT) developed by Röchling Automotive has been recognized and awarded by Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) already for its use on parts made for BMW and Ford. Now the company is offering additional details on the process, especially regarding the size, complexity and performance of the co-injection molded seal, which replaces an extruded one attached in a secondary process.  

Bio-based plastic the focus of partnership between Solvay and Avantium

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 7th, 2011

The two companies announced they now have an exclusive, multi-year arrangement to develop polyamides (nylon) using Avantium's YXY technology for producing chemicals from carbohydrates, not petroleum. Solvay has a broad plastics portfolio though it does not yet supply polyamide; however it is in the midst of acquiring French supplier Rhodia, which in addition to numerous chemicals also is a leading supplier of polyamide 6,6.

Venture Plastics deploys decoupled molding with immediate results

By IMM Staff
Published: July 6th, 2011

Venture Plastics Inc. (Newton Falls, OH) says its implementation of decoupled molding has netted a "dramatic" payoff and that it can now provide customers "unsurpassed process repeatability." The customer injection molder implemented RJG Inc.'s Decoupled III Process, which seeks to optimize the injection molding process by using process data like temperature, flow rate, pressure, cooling rate, and time to identify and correct viscosity variations, which are inherent in polymers and act as the r

TPE resin prices, June 27-July 1: PE down $0.01-$0.03/lb; PP off $0.02/lb; commodity resin prices continue slide

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2011

Polyethylene fell $0.01-$.3/lb, depending on grade, and polypropylene shed another $0.02/lb last week, as spot resin offers were heavy and prices continued with the second quarter coming to a close, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Commodity resin contracts dropped in June, as PE fell $0.02-$0.04/lb, and some buyers pushed for a larger decrease.

North American Plastics Alliance brings together SPI, CPIA and ACC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2011

The leading associations in the U.S. and Canadian plastics industry are formally joining forces to help coordinate their efforts on certain initiatives and programs. Promotion of pellet containment and energy recovery efforts, plus advocacy and coordinated PR campaigns, will be some of the projects on which the groups will more formally synchronize their work.

PEEK empowers custom-designed skull implants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2011

A new line of custom PEEK-based skull implants, individually tailored to a patient’s cranium on the basis of CT scans, is coming to market after receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in April.

FDA 510(k) product review daunting for medtech firms; Europe preferred for product approval

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 6th, 2011

The results of a new survey show that two-thirds of small medical devic and diagnostic companies - the drivers of innovation in the sector - are obtaining clearance for new products in Europe first, suggesting delayed market entry in the U.S. Large and small companies alike reported that unclear guidelines, inconsistent implementation, and lead reviewer turnover make the U.S.Food & Drug Administration's 510(k) process too unpredictable.

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