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Toray jumps into metallized PET breach

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 13th, 2010

Toray Plastics (America) Inc. responded to the global metallized PET shortage with its Torayfan PC3, an advanced metallized polypropylene film, which the company says “delivers twice the moisture barrier and three times the oxygen barrier of previous generations of Torayfan metalized OPP.” It is also ideal for metalized PET and foil replacement in tri-laminations.

Bayer retains listing on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Once again, Bayer’s stock has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), which is used as a guide by investors evaluating sustainability as a factor in determining investment strategies. Bayer, which has a separate website detailing its sustainability projects and achievements, has been on the DJSI World List since its inception in 1999.

Biobased plasticizer boosts PLA’s flexibility; additive increases heat deflection by 50°C

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Biopolymer technology company Lapol recently published an update on its continuing work to augment the mechanical properties of polylactic acid- (PLA) based bioplastics.

Purac enters into two bioplastics collaborations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Lactic-acid bioplastics supplier Purac has entered into two collaborations, announcing a project with Arkema to engineer functional lactide-based block copolymers, as well as work with a consortium that's developing a process to cull lactic acid feedstock from the pulp and paper industry's cellulosic waste stream.

Bound for IMTS? Check out these free workshops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2010

Processors or moldmakers attending the IMTS 2010 tradeshow this week in Chicago will want to find time for these free workshops on 3D scanning as a tool for Q/A or for reverse engineering.

The workshops come courtesy of Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA; Ramsey, NJ), which will be holding them at its stand during IMTS 2010 in Chicago, IL on September 13-18, 2010.

Still investing, Currier Plastics adds production monitoring

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2010

Adding to a string of equipment and system upgrade investments made this year, Currier Plastics (Auburn, NY) recently added a real-time production monitoring software system to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to, along with improved production cycling, help increase Currier's energy cost advantage over glass for its plastic packaging.

Top 10 moldmaking tips for hiring and retaining good workers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2010

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of calls from moldmakers asking where they can find good employees. Many of the mold manufacturers are getting really busy—and that’s good! But many are also running lean because of the downturn over the past two years, and now they need to start hiring.

Mold component supplier awards plastics industry scholarships

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2010

DME Co., a global manufacturer of mold components, hot runner systems, and other mold technologies, recently announced this year’s winners of its student scholarships. Each year, DME offers this scholarship program to help finance, encourage, and support the future of qualified students who have interest and potential in moldmaking, plastics, and related career fields.

German machine makers see sharp orders increase

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 10th, 2010

According to figures provided by the country's VDMA trade association, plastics processing machinery manufacturers in Germany have an awful lot to be happy about as orders grew 85% in the first half of the year.

Whole Foods targets plastics in new personal-care packaging guidelines

By MPW Staff
Published: September 9th, 2010

Packaging guidelines that mandate suppliers reduce the use of plastic in product packaging, encourage the switch to glass when possible, and limit acceptable packaging materials to those that are easily reused or recycled, and/or feature the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content became effective at retailer Whole Foods Market (Austin, TX) Sept. 1, 2010.

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