Italy’s AMUT acquires plastics and rubber recycling business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2011

AMUT, which manufacturers thermoforming machinery and extrusion lines, has acquired Comer Engineering, which develops, manufactures and markets lines for the sorting and treatment of solid, industrial and similar urban waste, of plastics and rubber (especially tires), and of other materials. Terms of the purchase were not released.

PVC industry sets high recycling goals for new voluntary commitment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2011

With VinylPlus, its new 10-yr voluntary commitment, the European PVC industry has setting the bar for success high. Concrete targets in the VinylPlus commitment include the recycling of 800,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2020, more than triple current volumes.

Malaysia on a roll with medical device investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 5th, 2011

The gloves are definitely off with the medical device industry in Malaysia, literally. Formerly associated with being the world's largest manufacturer of medical-use latex gloves and rubber catheters, the industry is fast transforming into a well-balanced manufacturer of all manner of medical devices, from its traditional fortes through to cutting edge cardiac rhythm management devices.

A. Schulman invests in Argentina, rotomolding with Surplast acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 5th, 2011

Toray, Gevo team up for 100% biobased PET

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 5th, 2011

Using paraxylene (PX) derived from ethanol-based isobutanol, Gevo Inc. (Englewood, CO) and Toray Industries collaborated on fully biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET). In addition to  Gevo's PX monomer, Toray and Gevo used a commercially available renewable mono ethylene glycol (MEG) to polymerize the fully renewable PET.

Push for more sustainable building bodes well for plastics

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 5th, 2011

Builders will likely need to use more plastics if they want to answer the challenge issued earlier this year by Architecture 2030, the non-profit, independent organization established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. PlasticsToday caught up with leaders at two processors serving the B&C market to get their take on plastics' chances as builders and architects add sustainability to the balls they must juggle.   

Is U.S. the next stop in Gerresheimer’s investment spree?

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 5th, 2011

Last year it opened its first facility in North America, in Mexico, and in March 2011 acquired Brazilian pharmaceutical plastic closure molder Védat to strengthen its pharmaceutical plastic packaging business in South America. Now Gerresheimer, a $1.4 billion/yr processor of glass and plastic packaging and other devices for the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, has gone on record as saying it intends to acquire a processor in the U.S. with sales of between $100 million - $250 million.

Suzuki investment gives boost to Filipino processing sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

Suzuki Motor Corporation (Hamamatsu, Japan) is banking on strong growth in the two-wheeler market in the Philippines with a major investment in an assembly operation that will also benefit the nation's plastics processing sector.

U.S. manufacturing up slightly in June

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

Manufacturers have a right to be optimistic as the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) showed expansion of economic activity in June for the 23rd consecutive month, according to the Institute of Supply Management's Manufacturing Report on Business. The PMI registered 55.3%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from May, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector.  The baseline number is 50, with any figure above 50 indicating an expansion, and below 50 a contraction.

Johnson Controls, Jacob Plastics, others join forces against metal

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 4th, 2011

CAMISMA is the name of a new project that brings together automotive seating and interiors specialist Johnson Controls with partners in the plastics processing, supply and research communities. Their goal is to develop lighter cars in which carbon fiber-reinforced composites or other materials are used to replace steel and other metals.

Working on the project with Johnson Controls are plastics and chemicals suppler Evonik, plastics processor Jacob Plastics GmbH, carbon fiber supplier Toho Tenax Europe and the technical university in Aachen. All are based in Germany.

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