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Noryl gains another wire insulation crossover from PVC

By MPW Staff
Published: May 21st, 2010

A modified polyphenylene oxide (PPO) has been applied in wire harness insulation to create a product that's inherently flame retardant (FR) and free of environmentally harmful heavy metals. Nissei Eco Co. Ltd. codeveloped the insulation, called ECO-01, with Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA), utilizing that company's Flexible Noryl material. Sabic IP has positioned Noryl as an alternative for OEMs looking to move away from wire-jacketing stalwart polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Plastics distributor Jamplast becomes ninth member of SPI’s Bioplastics Council

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 21st, 2010

The Bioplastics Council, a special interest group launched in 2008 by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington, DC), has a new member in Jamplast (Ellisville, MO), a distributor of plastics including biodegradable materials from NatureWorks and bioplastics-based compounds from Cereplast.

Plastics packaging: High-end pet food gets premium package

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 21st, 2010

To ensure its premium PetBalance Medica pet food catches the eye of dog and cat owners, pet food supplier MultiFit-Tiernahrungs GmbH turned to a stand-up pouch-like plastics package converted by Mondi with a recloseable slider from Pactiv. MultiFit is a subsidiary of Fressnapf, Europe's largest specialty chain for pet food and accessories.

Extruded filament processors team for global reach

By MPW Staff
Published: May 21st, 2010

Plastic filament extruders Lenzing, in Austria, and Thailand's KR Plastics have formed a mutual distribution and cooperation agreement to help both companies expand their geographic reach, while also strengthening Lenzing's position in the dental

IAC dedicates Beijing production facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

Anticipating a doubling of sales in the region over the next two years, Tier One automotive supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) dedicated a new manufacturing facility in Beijing on May 19. The 4300m2 plant is a 50/50 joint venture between IAC Asia and Shanghai Car Carpet Plant (SCCP) that will produce vehicle interior components and systems, including carpet and trunk trim for OEM customers Beijing Benz-Daimler Automotive Co. Ltd. and Shanghai General Motors.

Updated: Oil spill a boon for oil boom industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

In a bid to meet unrelenting demand, oil boom manufacturers are working around the clock to supply their product to the Gulf Coast oil spill, with the ecological disaster creating opportunities for plastics sheet foam in particular. Protective and flexible packaging manufacturer Pregis Corp. (Deerfield, IL) has seized on the opportunity to promote its Microfoam low-density polypropylene (PP) sheet foam, looking to beat out polyethylene (PE) alternatives.

KraussMaffei, Dieffenbacher join forces on RTM systems

By MPW Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

The Reaction Process Machinery division of KraussMaffei, the world's largest manufacturer of plastics processing machinery, is teaming with one of the top names in compression molding machinery, Dieffenbacher, to develop improved systems for high-pressure resin transfer molding. The two say the alliance addresses a rapidly expanding market as more carbon fiber reinforcement is used in the automotive industry.

New SPE president, president-elect mark changing face of the group

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

Each year the Society of Plastics Engineers organizes its ANTEC conference, as it did this week, and each of these events also marks the start of the new SPE president's one-year term. Tradition continued at this week's ANTEC, but new is that the president is not from North America, and almost as novel is the age of the gentleman who will succeed him at the next ANTEC. The changes are a marked change from the group's legacy of presdients who have been mostly U.S. citizens and mostly middle-aged or a fair bit older.

Insulated pipe plant will be built in Saudi Arabia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 20th, 2010

The board of directors of MFRI Inc. (Niles, IL) has given the go-ahead to its Perma-Pipe unit for a new insulated pipe factory to be built in Damman, Saudi Arabia. Development and operation will be handled by the company's Perma-Pipe Middle East subsidiary, which already has a pipe plant in the United Arab Emirates.

MicroGREEN ramps up commercialization with new capital, production, and raw material supply

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 19th, 2010

MicroGREEN Polymers (Seattle, WA) has secured financing and a raw material supply source as it works to commission a new production line and commercialize its patented solid-state microcellular expansion technology called Ad-air. On May 19, the company announced that its Series B round of financing had generated approximately $6.9 million, with investments from Waste Management, WRF Capital, Northwest Energy Angels, and other private investors.

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