Plastics packaging: Thermoformed bottles showcased at upcoming trade show

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 18th, 2011

At the interpack trade show this coming May, French machinery manufacturer Agami will unveil its "Roll N Blow" thermoforming machine, a roll-fed thermoformer optimized for processing of plastic bottles. According to the company, the unit can form bottles with capacities between 100-500 ml that weigh significantly less than comparable blowmolded bottles.

Molding innovator George Freeborn is dead at 84

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

George E. Freeborn, the founder and CEO of Textek Plastics Inc. (San Antonio, TX) who died on March 15 at the age of 84, was an innovator in rotational and injection molding and active in both the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

A veteran of the U.S. Navy Air Corps (1944-1946), following college Freeborn worked at rotational molders and thermoformers, innovating the first rotomolded plastic street light globe, among other things.

Change in regulation would require treatment of wooden pallets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

Wooden pallets that previously went between the U.S. and Canada without being heat-treated to kill insects or larvae could soon be required to undergo such treatments, potentially shifting the pallet market to other materials, including plastics. A proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) would remove the exemption from the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 treatment of wood-packaging material moving between Canada and the U.S.

Italian machinery makers rebound in 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

Figures provided by Assocomaplast, the Italian trade association representing about 170 of the country's manufacturers of plastics and rubber machinery plus moldmakers, show the country's industry moving in a positive direction following the decidedly difficult 2009. Total exports were up 10% and the percentages were even higher for primary processing machinery.

MassPlastics report: New players emerge as the regional industry evolves

By Doug Smock
Published: March 17th, 2011

MassPlastics opened this week in Fitchburg, MA as a smaller show than it was a few years ago, but one that was much more clearly focused on the New England region.

When it was positioned as a mini-national exhibition located in north-central Massachusetts, the booth space was dominated by many of the same name players that dwarf the National Plastics Exposition every three years.

S&E Specialty Polymers hits comeback trail

By Doug Smock
Published: March 17th, 2011

S&E Specialty Polymers of Lunenburg, MA, is rebounding from a near fatal crisis through application of a technical focus and investments in more efficient processing equipment.

Compression molded closure needs no liner for aseptic beverages

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 17th, 2011

Plastics processor Portola Packaging Inc. announced its development of a new type of plastic closure for aseptic beverage packages. Roy Robinson, VP of business development at Portola, told PlasticsToday that Portola is working with several brand owners on commercializing the technology, which is suitable for both for both low- and high-acid aseptic beverage packages.

Pepsi to launch 100% bio-based PET bottle

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

PepsiCo has used bio-based raw materials, including switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks, to create what it's calling the world's first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based renewable resources.

Upstream, suppliers work to produce ethylene by dehydration of ethanol

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

One of the salient points emerging in all of the discussions about bioplastics is that brand owners and plastics processors are keen to lower their carbon footprint, be more environmentally conscious and in general do the right thing, but the new materials need to be cost-competitive and offer sufficient mechanical properties, and be available in sufficient quantities.

Thermoplastic gets the call in mini wind turbine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has specified a thermoplastic from supplier BASF for use in molding the small wind turbine used in the OEM's PIQO Series of small wind turbines. These compact wind power stations are being marketed to industrial facilities, high-rise buildings, hospitals and other municipal buildings as well as private homes.

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