Boost for auto PP compound capacity in Thailand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2012

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and its affiliated Prime Polymer Co. (both Tokyo) are to boost capacity for polypropylene compounds in Thailand to meet growing demands of the automotive materials sector in the region.

BASF and Bayer announce investments in PUR businesses

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2012

Two of the world's largest players in the polyurethane market announced investments in their respective businesses to start the week, with Bayer releasing news of a euro 5 million investment in a new technical center for the development of isocyanate production processes on Jan. 16, and BASF broadcasting plans to build a single-train 300,000 tonnes/yr production plant for TDI (toluene diisocyanate) in Germany a day later.

Despite sector’s challenges, new DAK CEO sees growth potential for PET

By Heather Caliendo
Published: January 17th, 2012

Jorge Young, the newly appointed CEO of DAK Americas, has a simple answer for possible areas of growth for the company.

"All our business units have growth opportunities," Young told PlasticsToday. "Growth will be through innovation and R&D and working closely with current and prospective customers on what solutions they are pursuing to match marketplace needs."

Coperion extends pelletizing offerings with PELL-TEC acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 17th, 2012

Compounding technology supplier Coperion GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) has acquired a majority stake in fellow German firm, PELL-TEC Pelletizing Technology GmbH (Niedernberg), extending its ability to be a complete systems supplier to small and medium sized extruders and allowing them to offer tailor-made pelletizing systems. The 10-yr-old PELL-TEC covers the entire pelletizing process from melt discharge through to ready-to-use pellets, with output rates ranging up to 6000 kg/hr.

Century expands automotive injection molding in Tennessee, Mexico

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 16th, 2012

Automotive injection molder Century Mold Inc. will invest $4.2 million to expand its Shelbyville, TN plant, a move that ultimately will create 58 new jobs. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined with representatives from Century Mold to announce the investment on Jan. 13.

Fortis Plastics auctioning off plastics equipment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2012

A large number of plastic injection molding and extrusion equipment from Fortis Plastics will go up for live webcast auctions beginning Jan. 17, as the company cleans out four facilities it is shuttering.

Biodurable and bioabsorbable: Medical implant polymers pose unique challenges

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2012

Talk about threading the properties needle: biodegradable and biodurable polymers for implantable medical devices have the unenviable task of precisely controlling how they do or don't break down in the most sensitive environment of all-the human body.

Using more science to eliminate “compostable” hype

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: January 13th, 2012

In a move that promises to elevate the level of scientific testing to the compostable or debate, the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has selected NSF International, a global independent public health organization, to administer the BPI's Certified Compostable program.  NSF International is a global third-party, independent certification organization that will accept and review certification requests

Borealis promotes clarified PP as a replacement for PC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 13th, 2012

Borealis has launched a more transparent extrusion blowmolding grade of polypropylene (PP) specifically designed for cosmetics and baby bottles, with an eye on capturing market share forsaken by polycarbonate (PC), which continues to deal with concerns around bisphenol A (BPA).

The company said its Borclear RC737MO offers a "leap forward" in aesthetics by influencing the gloss, haze and clarity of bottles.

Telles tale ends

By Karen Laird
Published: January 13th, 2012

Metabolix Inc., a bioscience company focused on developing clean, sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, and the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) have announced that they are ending the Telles, LLC joint venture for PHA bioplastics as per February 8, 2012.

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