Japanese, Korean firms consolidate their polyurethane businesses

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 5th, 2015

In a somewhat rare case of Japan-Korea cooperation, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) and SKC Co., Ltd. (Seoul) have signed a joint venture agreement to consolidate the polyurethane material businesses of both companies. The two companies plan to form a Seoul-based joint venture company by April 1, 2015 that will target global sales of $2.0 billion per year by around 2020. The 50:50 joint venture anticipates revenue of approximately $1.5 billion in 2015.

Polymer dry electrodes enable comfortable, remote patient monitoring

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 5th, 2015

Dry electrodes made from ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber have been developed collaboratively by research organizations Holst Centre (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and imec (Leuven, Belgium) and Datwyler Sealing Solutions (Schattdorf, Switzerland), a supplier of sealing, closure and packaging systems. They are described as an alternative to conventional gel electrodes used for ECG and EEG monitoring as well as first-generation dry electrodes that cause patient discomfort.

2015: Americans commit to greening in the New Year, poll says

By Karen Laird
Published: January 5th, 2015

If New Year's resolutions are anything to go by, 2015 promises to be the year in which concern for the environment well and truly penetrates the mainstream consciousness. According to the results of a nationwide public opinion poll released by Tiller, LLC, a leading advocacy marketing consultancy, 60%, or in other words, three in five Americans said they would make a New Year's resolution to live a "greener" or more environmentally friendly lifestyle in 2015 - a significant increase from previous iterations of the survey (53% in 2009 and 49% in 2007).

Command Medical doubles cleanroom space in Nicaragua

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 5th, 2015

Command Medical Products Inc., headquartered in Ormond Beach, FL, has doubled cleanroom manufacturing space at its Managua, Nicaragua, facility. The additional ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) cleanroom, which was certified operational in November, will be used for device assembly, ultrasonic welding, and packaging operations. R.F. welding is slated to begin in the facility once installation and qualification of the new capital equipment is completed in Q1 of 2015, said the company.

An FDA perspective on the use of 3D printing in medical applications

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: January 5th, 2015

A dedicated follower of 3D printing in the medical space, Steven K. Pollack, PhD, Director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories at FDA, will participate in a panel discussion on 3D printing at next month's MD&M West exhibition and conference.

Medtech industry forecast: More one-stop shops and continued tech disruption in 2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: January 5th, 2015

It might have seemed as if the sky were falling for the medical device industry in 2014, given the rhetoric surrounding the effect the device tax would have on growth and innovation and companies cutting tax inversion deals, but the sector had a pretty good year. At this juncture, 2015 looks even more promising, as innovations in materials and new technologies forge ahead and a repeal of the device tax appears within reach.

Low pressure thermoplastic molding a flexible fit for device encapsulation

By Stephen Moore
Published: January 4th, 2015

Sensitive electronic components such as battery packs, micro-switches, solenoids, sensors, connectors and wire harnesses employed in the automotive and electronics sectors more often than not need to be well protected from dust, moisture and grime. Conventionally, potting or conformal coating (brushing, dipping or spraying) processes employing thermoset resin have been employed to encapsulate such electronic components but in recent years, a thermoplastic option has been making strides in the market on account of its efficiency, cleanliness and design flexibility.

Top 10 plastics stories of 2014

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 31st, 2014

As we say goodbye to another year, while looking ahead on what's on the horizon (hello again, NPE), it's always a good time to reflect on the year that was. From the Aston Martin recall due to counterfeit plastic material to the talk of Lego embracing bioplastics, the most-read articles covered the gamut and the globe.

So here they are, the top 10 most-read articles of 2014 on PlasticsToday.

Plastic packaging trends to watch for in 2015

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 31st, 2014

There's always a lot of excitement on the horizon for plastic packaging. And for good reason, the market continues to drive innovation in the packaging market as a whole. Innovation is the trend that never stops for packaging. With that in mind, here are some other trends to pay attention to in 2015 for the packaging sector. 

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Accurate IR welding of extrusion blow-molded parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 30th, 2014

Extrusion blow-molded components often exhibit tolerances that are considerably higher than would otherwise be expected in the injection molding field. On this account, ensuring proper sealing when using infrared welding can be challenging, particularly when gas- or liquid-handling systems are in question.

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