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Sabic plans new POM plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

Plastics and chemicals supplier Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) has signed an agreement with Celanese Corp., parent of plastics supplier Ticona, for the construction of a 50,000-ton/yr polyacetal (POM) production facility at Sabic affiliate National Methanol Co.'s complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

Sabic owns half of National Methanol while Celanese and an affiliate of Duke Energy Corp. each hold a 25% stake in it. Total invested capital in the project is expected to be around $400 million.

Recycled plastic meets coffee shop

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2010

Re-worked, a London-based industrial design and product development enterprise, has designed a range of tables and chairs using plastics recovered from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plus post-consumer waste, with spent coffee grounds added to give the material the aroma of a fresh cappuccino.

Steve Braig will lead Trexel Inc.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2010

As Steve Braig left his post as CEO of molding machine/automation maker Engel North America (York, PA), it was announced that he will be taking the position of president/CEO of Trexel Inc. (Woburn, MA) effective April 19, 2010. David Bernstein, who has led the microcellular foam technology firm since its founding, will continue as a member of the Trexel board of directors.

Michigan moldmaker takes home top AMBA honors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2010

The American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA), the only industry trade association dedicated exclusively to U.S. mold manufacturers and their suppliers, awarded the Mold Builder of the Year to Andrew Baker, project manager for Byrne Tool & Die Inc. in Rockford, MI. Baker received the award at the AMBA Annual Convention held March 24 in Orlando, FL.

Non-halogen flame retardant meets ASTM B&C standard

By MPW Staff
Published: March 31st, 2010

A new non-halogen amino phosphate flame-retardant additive has passed a critical building materials standard, verifying its flame retardance performance for the sector. JJI Technologies' (Painesville, OH) JJAZZ flame retardant passed the ASTM E84 Class B standard test method for surface-burning characteristics of building materials. JJI undertook independent, certified lab test to verify the additive.

Oxo-biodegradable additives supplier breaks into the black

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 31st, 2010

Symphony Environmental Technologies likes the sound of its newest tune: Revenues increased in 2009 by 31% to $10.68 million, and its profit after tax increased by 151% to $1.4 million, with the company able to celebrate its first year of profitability.

Non-phthalate plasticizer cleared for greater use

By MPW Staff
Published: March 31st, 2010

Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticizer, supplied by Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN), already had Food Contact Notification (FCN) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and now also is listed in EU Commission regulation (EC) No 975/2009 amending Annex III (the list of additives which may be used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles) of Directive 2002/72/EC relating to plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

Process removes allergy-inducing proteins from latex, positions rubber to take on some plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2010

A new multi-patented process produces a natural rubber latex material with virtually undetectable levels of the antigenic proteins that can cause latex allergy, with the natural material also taking aim at "synthetic" alternatives, including vinyl, styrene, nitrile, choloroprene, and polyurethane. Vystar Corp. (Duluth, GA) was granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearances for the use of its Vytex natural rubber latex (NRL) by Alatech Healthcare (Eufaula, AL) in condoms and exam gloves.

EPA joins the FDA in investigation of BPA

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 30th, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will add polycarbonate (PC) precursor bisphenol A (BPA) to its chemicals of concern list and require testing related to environmental effects as part of a new action plan. The EPA will not examine BPA within food packaging, leaving that to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which in January announced that it had "concerns" about the potential human health impacts of BPA. Those concerns have led the FDA to study the potential effects and ways to reduce exposure to BPA in food packaging.

Shale gas a “game changer” for North American petrochemical industry

By Tony Deligio
Published: March 30th, 2010

North America will remain a net exporter of polyethylene (PE) for the immediate future, turning forecasts from as recent as last year on their head, thanks in large part to the rapid development of shale gas in the U.S. and its knock-on effect on ethylene production. Bill Sanderson, president of energy consulting firm Purvin & Gertz, summarized the new resource's impact at Chemical Market Associates Inc.'s (CMAI) World Petrochemical Conference (WPC; March 23-25; Houston). "U.S.

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