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R-PET takes the heat

By MPW Staff
Published: April 26th, 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval for yet another category, J, to recycled PET processed on Vacurema recycling systems, so that now the material processed through these machines is approved for re-use in food packaging even if temperatures rise above 120°C (250°F) during heating.

Online ‘compass’ helps you navigate K show

By MPW Staff
Published: April 26th, 2010

Experienced visitors to the triennial K show in Dusseldorf, Germany, the largest event in the plastics industry, know that a well-planned visit is important to ensure you can optimize your time at the event. With about 3000 exhibitors there, with products and services covering every aspect of the global industry, processors stand to benefit enormously from any time they put into prior planning to ensure they find what their business needs.

Eastman considers sale of its PET business

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 23rd, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Eastman Chemical announced early today (April 23) it is considering divesting its polyethylene terephthalate operations. Eastman is one of the world's largest suppliers of PET, but its plants are all in the Americas, where PET demand has stalled.

Injection molding: New tax gives advantage to Chinese machine makers

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2010

A change in how the Chinese government applies the VAT on injection molding machines seems certain to help the country's local manufacturers and could also hinder imports. Able to profit from the change is Demag Plastics Machinery (Ningbo) Co., with the company expanding to meet fast-growing demand, and working even more closely with high-end Chinese mold and auxiliary equipment manufacturers. 

Teijin taking advantage of 3D craze

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 23rd, 2010

3D movies are hot, 3D television is coming, and the third dimension is being added to film used in mobile telecommunication devices too. Teijin Chemicals already claims more than 60% of the market for polycarbonate retardation film for circular polarizer 3D glasses, and now reports it intends to increase sales even more.

Italian, Taiwanese firms join to serve China’s plastics extrusion market

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 23rd, 2010

A new joint venture is being formed in China by Taiwan's Shini Plastics Technologies Inc. (Taipei) and Italy's Syncro srl (Busto Arsizio) to serve the automation needs of processors of extruded products. The venture opens China's fast-growing market to Syncro's products while helping Shini expand its customer base, to now mostly injection molders.

Borouge inaugurates its first compounding plant in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 23rd, 2010

Polyolefins supplier Borouge, a joint venture of Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), has opened its first production plant in China, a 50,000-tonne/yr compounding facility destined to supply the country's fast-growing automotive and household appliances markets. Plans for the site first were announced in mid-2007, and it was officially opened this week.

Braskem details sugar-cane PE plans

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 22nd, 2010

Albuquerque, NM—By this October, Brazilian petrochemical firm Braskem S.A. (Sao Paulo) plans to have 200,000 tonnes/yr of production capacity for its sugar-cane based polyethylene (PE) online, with work on sugar-cane derived polypropylene (PP) and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber ongoing.

Frito-Lay perseveres to develop biodegradable PLA bag

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 22nd, 2010

Far from the fanfare of its Los Angeles launch event—or buzz-generating ad during American Idol—the development of Frito-Lay's 100% compostable bag for the SunChips brand represented a development slog for engineers at the firm and its supplier partners. Tony Knoerzer, VP packaging and sustainability at Pepsico's Frito-Lay division, offered some insight into the challenges the company overcame to create the polylactic acid (PLA) package in a keynote address at TAPPI's 2010 PLACE Conference (April 18-21; Albuquerque, NM).

New POM adds mechanical strengths to chemical and thermal properties

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 22nd, 2010

On the opening day of the Chinaplas show in Shanghai this week, Ticona Engineering Polymers rolled out the newest addition to its Hostaform acetal copolymer family, which ups mechanical performance significantly while keeping or even boosting POM's long-term stability and chemical resistance.

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