Optical measurement speeds balloon implant production

By Doug Smock
Published: January 26th, 2012

A new gauge illustrates the increasing precision of medical processing in the United States.

Direct Flow Medical (Santa Rosa, CA) is now using an OptiGauge to design and perfect advanced catheter and balloon products for a minimally invasive implant used to treat patients with heart valve disease.

Investment up, hiring up, business up: Moldmakers enter 2012 with momentum

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 26th, 2012

Everything heard on the street about what a good year 2011 was for mold manufacturers seems to be rolling over in 2012 according to the latest results from the American Mold Builders Assn.'s Winter 2012 Business Forecast Survey. Excellent current business conditions jumped 10 percentage points to 25% for survey respondents, from 15% for the same period a year ago. Current business conditions are good for 60% of the survey respondents, up 4 percentage points from a year ago, and fair for 15% -- down 5% from the Winter 2011 survey.

Rhodia and Avantium team up to develop biobased polyamides

By Karen Laird
Published: January 26th, 2012

Specialty chemical company Rhodia, a member of the Solvay Group, and Dutch research and technology company Avantium announced today that they have entered into a partnership to jointly develop a range of new biobased polyamides.

This partnership expands and completes the previously announced development agreement in the field of bio-based engineering plastics between Solvay and Avantium.

Converter targets thin film solar panel with multi-layer front sheet

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 25th, 2012

The market for solar installations based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film panels will nearly double in size to $2.35 billion in 2015, as manufacturers signaled a breakout year in 2011 by taking advantage of falling production costs, improving module conversion efficiencies and increasing adoption in commercial rooftops. This according to a Lux Research (Boston, MA) report titled Sorting through the Maze of CIGS Technologies: Who Will Cash in on the Breakout Year?.

Caps and closures roundup

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 25th, 2012

As February fast approaches, we're taking a look back at January's top stories on PlasticsToday for the plastic caps and closures segment.

CBW Automation robots aim to capture flip-top closure market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 25th, 2012

Ft. Collins, CO - Robert Harvey disputes the claim robots are job killers.

In fact, Harvey, sales manager at custom automation supplier CBW Automation, told PlasticsToday it's the opposite; robots keep U.S. companies competitive, which can lead to job growth.

"Robots actually help to keep business in North America," he said. "Automation can do what humans can't do."

Italy site of first European industrial plant for biobased BDO

By Karen Laird
Published: January 25th, 2012

Genomatica, a San Diego based producer of green chemicals has entered into a joint venture with leading bioplastics producer Novamont for the first industrial plant in Europe producing butanediol (BDO) directly from renewable feedstocks. Novamont plans to use the biobased BDO for the synthesis of its biodegradable polyester Origo-Bi instead of the BDO currently in use that is derived from fossil fuels.

Champion Brands expands its blowmolding offerings

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 25th, 2012

Champion Brands, a blender and packager of lubricating oils and automotive chemicals, is now offering blowmolding capabilities for private label customers.

While the company has blended and packaged its own brand and for some private label products for a number of years, Champion Brands General Manager Rick Pereles told PlasticsToday, it became a natural step to expand its offerings.

battenfeld-cincinnati sees increased demand for multilayer sheet lines

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 25th, 2012

With a total of six multi-layer lines in three years, battenfeld-cincinnati continues to expand its presence in the polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) barrier sheet segment for food packaging.

The machine manufacturer recently received an order from an Asian packaging manufacturer for a multilayer thermoforming sheet extrusion line.

Medical Musings: Get ready for the wireless explosion

By Doug Smock
Published: January 25th, 2012

Coming to pharmacies this fall is a battery-operated ingestible pill that sends signals to a skin-mounted patch to indicate your response to medications, including heart rate, respiration and temperature.

Proteus Biomedical (Redwood City, CA) and Lloyds Pharmacy of the United Kingdom are launching Helius, a digital health product in the vanguard of a wireless revolution that will create an estimated $4 billion market in the healthcare field.

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