Biotech firms partner for biobased route to nylon precursor

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

Biobased succinic acid manufacturer BioAmber has signed a licensing agreement with Celexion LLC for technology relating to production of nylon component adipic acid and other chemical intermediates. BioAmber has successfully applied its succinic acid purification process to adipic acid, and it will now work with Celexion to use its succinic acid know-how, infrastructure, partnerships, and customer base to accelerate the development of biobased adipic acid.

Fancy a Mango Mist with your shampoo, madam?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 16th, 2011

In a "celebration of the harmonious coupling of color found in nature," Ampacet  (Tarrytown, NY) introduced a series of masterbatches especially targeted at multi-layer blowmolded packaging structures used in the for cosmetic, personal care, and household product arenas.

Berry Plastics invests $5 million in new line following site expansion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

After completing a 29,000-ft2 addition to its facilities in Daviess County, Berry Plastics Corp. announced that it is investing $5 million on a new production line. The plant is located near the city of Odon. The expansion, which is receiving tax abatement incentives from the county, is expected to create up to five new jobs.

Delphi optimizes cooling, insulates barrels to cut CO2 in molding facilities

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

Delphi Automotive's conservation efforts at its European operations have prevented more than 16,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted since the program started in 2008, with more than 7000 tonnes avoided in 2010 alone, as the program reached its highest efficiency ever. The new efficiency benchmark is thanks in part to optimization of injection molding machines' cooling systems and barrel insulation.

Electriplast conductive plastic passes auto OEM tests

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

The electrically conductive resin ElectriPlast has passed all testing for use in the upcoming 2012 model of an unidentified European OEM, receiving UL approval while also satisfying tensile strength and shielding requirements, according to the Tier One supplier making the parts. Pending final approval, Electriplast-based components would hit showroom floors this fall as part of the unnamed 2012 model-year vehicle.

TPE resin pricing, March 7-11: PE down $0.01/lb, PP up $0.005/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

Market overview: Spot resin trading improved after a slow start to March as buyers and sellers began to come together on price. Spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE) said that polyethylene (PE) railcar offers receded from the initial $0.08/lb increase seen last week. That proposed increase prompted buyers to withhold orders awaiting better prices.

New extrusion line gives thin-walled PE tube processors additional flexibility

By MPW Staff
Published: March 15th, 2011

A newly introduced extrusion line for thin-walled polyethylene tubes, such as the squeeze tubes used to package cosmetics, gives processors the flexibility to extrude a wide range of tube sizes, configurations (1-5 layers) and compounds, and even to quickly change from one tube specification to another.

Acrylic magnesium nanocomposite advances hydrogen as fuel source

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

To replace gasoline as a fuel, hydrogen would have to be safely and densely stored, and while not possible now it might be in the future thanks to a newly developed acrylic-magnesium nanocomposite. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed the new polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and magnesium compound as a pliable nanocomposite that can absorb and release hydrogen at modest temperatures without oxidizing the metal after cycling.

Earthquake also deals blow to Japanese auto, supplier plants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

As the nation of Japan faces the catastrophic effects of Friday's tragic earthquake and resulting tsunami, the country's automotive industry also began taking stock of the damage and disruption to operations. According to a news release from Honda Motor Co., damage was widespread in the Tochigi area where the company has a number of operations.

Honda has confirmed the death of an R&D associate at Honda's Tochigi R&D Center, who was killed when a wall collapsed in a cafeteria. The associate was a 43-year-old male, said the release, which didn’t name the man.

Berkshire Hathaway buys up Lubrizol for $9.7 billion in cash

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 14th, 2011

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has spent $9.7 billion in cash to acquire Lubrizol Corp. in one of the investment funds' largest deals ever. Paying $135/share, Berkshire Hathaway priced Lubrizol's stock at a 28% premium over its March 11 closing price, with the purchase price 18% higher than Lubrizol's all-time highest-ever close.

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