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Injection molding: ‘Major leap’ into plastics packaging market

By Matt Defosse
Published: April 16th, 2010

Injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg placed packaging front-and-center at its March 'Technology Days' open house, an annual event which this year drew about 4000 processors to the company's Lossburg, Germany headquarters. Arburg is best known for its Allrounder machines for applications in consumer goods, E/E and automotive applications, but officials at the family-owned company expect recent additions to its portfolio should make it a packaging force.

A ten-fold increase in 15 years? Nano hype and promise will duke it out.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2010

While market demand has not yet matched the considerable hype that nanotechnology has generated over the past decade, nanomaterials have managed to attain an appreciable commercial presence in recent years, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Elastomers and medical: Things you should know

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2010

MedPlast Group will host a technical seminar “Thermoset Elastomers: Molding medical devices” on May 5-6, 2010 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, at the Lake Geneva Inn. The seminar will address materials selection and testing, as well as the processing and molding of elastomers. Elastomer processing is often characterized as more difficult to understand than traditional plastic injection molding, primarily because it requires development of custom elastomer formulations, said MedPlast.

KraussMaffei Berstorff claims large-pipe record; market shows global promise

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 15th, 2010

Calling the system a "world first," KraussMaffei Berstorff has delivered an extrusion line to produce extra-large smooth-walled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe in diameters up to 2400 mm and with hourly (HDPE) output of 1700 kg. P.E.S. Co., which is a longtime KraussMaffei Berstorff customer, has been producing HDPE pipe on a range of KM's single-screw extruders for almost a decade, including extra-large pipe up to 1600-mm in diameter.

Welded thermoplastics take flight, make history

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2010

It’s the first of its kind in the aircraft industry—induction-welded thermoplastic composite primary structures (rudder and elevator) for aircraft. The companies involved in this break-through collaborative project include Fokker Aerostructures (NL), Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. (US), KVE Composites Group (NL), TenCate Aerospace Composites (NL) and Ticona GmbH (GER). The companies were presented with the JEC innovation award in the Aeronautics category.

Earth Month to include bag-recycling outreach

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2010

The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA) has announced three new recycling partnerships that will launch during Earth Month in a bid to "to spread the message about the importance of recycling plastic bags." In Philadelphia, the PBA has partnered with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Assn.

Additives/PUR maker Songwon restructures its China business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2010

Acknowledging the rapid growth of the Chinese market, the globally active plastics additives and PUR supplier Songwon Industrial, which is based in Ulsan, Korea, is implementing a new organizational structure for China beginning in the second quarter of this year. Its objectives are better control over meeting customer needs, faster response, and greater flexibility.

The new structure will have as its cornerstone the Korean company's established subsidiary, Songwon China Ltd., which will be based in Hong Kong and be the shareholder in Songwon's other Chinese companies.

DSM launches bio-based polyamide, vinyl ester

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 14th, 2010

DSM has added a polyamide and a vinyl ester to its portfolio of bio-based materials, announcing the new resins in a joint Paris/Detroit launch. Speaking to PlasticsToday from Detroit, where DSM introduced the materials at the SAE 2010 World Congress, DSM also launched the partially bio-derived vinyl ester for composite applications at the JEC Composites Show 2010 in Paris.

Sony to cut use of virgin oil-based plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2010

Sony will reduce its use of virgin oil-based plastics by 5% as part of its Road to Zero global environmental plan. The consumer electronics giant has already incorporated recycled plastics into products, including the VAIO W eco edition laptop, which launched in most major global markets this year. The plan's long-term goal is to achieve zero environmental footprint by 2050 and uses what Sony calls backcasting methods to set specific mid-term environmental targets for the next five years that are in line with that goal.

Pactiv, Rollprint team for Hefty improvements

By MPW Staff
Published: April 14th, 2010

Consumer and foodservice/food packaging giant Pactiv worked with film processor/converter Rollprint (Addison, IL) to supply Hefty Slide-Rite slider customers with an improved filling and opening feature for heavier (15-65 lb), bagged products. Pactiv's Hefty-brand products include waste bags, slider storage bags, disposable tableware, and disposable cookware. 

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