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Conair says Novatec's patent infringement suit dismissed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2010

In a very brief press release, the Conair Group (Cranberry Twp., PA) announced that Novatec Inc. (Baltimore, MD) has dismissed its lawsuit against Conair. Originally filed in June 2009 in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania, the suit claimed that Conair had infringed Novatec's patented dual-flow drying technology. Both companies, says Conair, have agreed to dismiss any claims against the other related to the patent.

DecaBDE-free flame retardant line to expand

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 4th, 2010

Albemarle is looking to extend the product range of its new Earthwise GreenArmor flame retardant, specifically looking at products that enable high-gloss plastics in the electronics sector. Ray Dawson, Albemarle global director, product advocacy, told MPW that the flame retardant line, which was announced last December, is currently going through a process of intensive evaluation, with developmental quantities available for customers.

“Intelligent silos” keep close tabs on resin; Reimelt acquisition proving its worth

By MPW Staff
Published: May 4th, 2010

There was a time when the silos typically used at European plastics processing facilities to store pellets and granulate just outside a facility's walls were little different from the silos found on most farms. Those times are long gone, though, and that is made readily apparent in a new development from manufacturer Zeppelin (Friedrichshafen, Germany). Company officials say the development, and the firm's purchase last year of Reimelt Henschel, are giving it a much stronger footprint in the medical molding market. 

Additives & fillers: Glass fiber supplier chases nano-sized reinforcement

By MPW Staff
Published: May 4th, 2010

A newly-formed developmental partnership between 3B-Fibreglass, a large supplier of glass fibers, and Nanocyl, one of the companies on the forefront of carbon nanotube (CNT) development, could eventually lead to the development of CNT-sized glass fibers.

Rotomolding: Putty adds glow-in-dark functionality where it’s needed

By Matt Defosse
Published: May 4th, 2010

New from masterbatch and compound supplier Chroma Corp. (McHenry, IL) is Glow Putty, a material which enables rotational molders to apply glow-in-the-dark features to specific areas of the mold, giving parts a molded-in 29-hour glow.

Supply, purchasing execs: Manufacturing growth to continue in 2010

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM; Tempe, AZ) announced that, based on its semiannual survey of purchasing and supply executives, its spring 2010 Semiannual Economic Forecast shows that manufacturers’ net revenues are expected to rise 6.3% this year.

Cereplast plans commercial algae-based resins by year-end

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Calling it a breakthrough technology that could replace 50% or more of the petroleum content in traditional plastic resins, bio-based polymer maker Cereplast Inc. said its program to develop a new family of algae-based resins is progressing well, and that it expects to offer the first grade of Cereplast Algae Plastics for commercial use before the end of 2010.

Constar’s CEO resigns, stock to once again be listed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Michael J. Hoffman has resigned as president, CEO, and director of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) blowmolder Constar International Inc. (Philadelphia). Board director member Ruth J. Mack will serve as interim president and CEO while the board searches for a permanent replacement.

Carbon nanotube composite polymer shapes take on metal

By MPW Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Manufactured with a proprietary technology that's said to enhance the dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNT) in the polymer, a new line of extruded stock-shape plastic products reportedly offer improved mechanical strength, higher operating temperature, high dimensional stability, quality aesthetics, and homogenous controlled electrical conductivity for greater electro-static discharge (ESD) performance.

Elevance expands, completes toll run

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2010

Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has expanded its office and lab facilities in Bolingbrook, IL to accommodate a 54% increase in staff since September 2008. Developing a proprietary bio-refinery technology, Elevance has expanded its building footprint by 28%, including an additional 700 ft2 of lab space and more than 35 feet of hood space.

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