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MVR granted FDA approval, announces plans for new Kentucky plant

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 4th, 2010

Resin supplier MVR (Boca Raton, FL) has been granted non-alcoholic food-contact clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its recycled polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) resins in thermoformed or injection molded items. With that certification in hand, the company also announced plans to ramp up production with a commercial-scale facility in Kentucky.

OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer remains optimistic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 4th, 2010

The May 2010 Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. Automotive Supplier Barometer shows that generally suppliers are optimistic about 2010, but they have learned some lessons from the 2008-2009 period. One of those is “to run lean and gain efficiencies” in both processes and operations. With production volumes up at the major automakers, many are now starting to re-staff both in hourly and salaried positions, but doing so carefully. Most suppliers made “broad and deep reductions of salaries, bonus pools, 401(k) contributions and merit pools,” said the OESA report.

Smells like you need a new helmet

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 4th, 2010

Odoriferous oils enclosed in microcapsules will release a pungent odor if the plastics they're contained in develops small cracks, a potentially life-saving attribute when the plastics are applied in a crash helmet.

ACH and RAPAC giving EPS a good wrap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 4th, 2010

ACH Foam Technologies has rolled out its newest packaging, WineLoc wine shipping containers, made from 60% recycled content. WineLoc packaging uses EcoSix, a recycled molding bead manufactured by RAPAC, which offers superior protection, making it one of the most efficient packaging materials for the wine industry, according to ACH Foam (Denver, CO).

Carbon fiber teams up with PEI in tray table arms

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2010

The tray table may be plastic in today's aircraft, but the arms used to lower it come meal service time are aluminum. That could one day change through a development in reinforced thermoplastic technology pioneered by Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) that promises substantial weight savings.

Getting to grips with tiny fragile parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 4th, 2010

Plastic molded components that are small, fragile, or have an irregular shape can be handled with ease using the Internal Diameter Gripper (IDG) 16-26-33 from >SAS< Automation (Xenia, OH).

American Chemistry Council slams California grocery bag bill

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Reacting to a bill outlawing plastic bags at grocery stores while levying a charge on paper bags, which was approved on June 2 by the California Assembly, Tim Shestek of the American Chemistry Council in Sacramento, CA sharply criticized it for adding to the general tax burden and for its potentially negative impact on the growing recycling efforts in the state.

Xaloy to expand Thai screw, barrel manufacturing site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Xaloy (New Castle, PA) has announced its plans for what it calls a comprehensive factory expansion at its Chonburi, Thailand operation. The company said the expansion will include an increase in facility size and machinery, as well as technology improvements, with Xaloy in the midst of a global ERP implementation program.

Plastics additives & fillers: Arkema’s nanotubes get EPA approval

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Four years after their market introduction, the company's Graphistrength brand of carbon nanotube fillers now has Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for sale in the U.S. The supplier can look forward to a boost in worldwide sales of its Graphistrength masterbatches, which are already available in Europe and Asia.

Treofan refinances credit line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 3rd, 2010

Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film maker Treofan Group (Raunheim, Germany) has secured a new €75 million revolving credit facility from a consortium of banks, refinancing the revolving credit facility after showing a strong operating performance of late and completing a debt-to-equity swap last September. The original revolving credit facility was granted in 2006 by Goldman Sachs Lending Partners and has now been replaced by the new credit line extended by multiple banks, including Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, and UniCredit.

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