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Impending VOC emission restrictions drive amines-free car seat foam development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 10th, 2014

New restrictions set to be introduced in Asia restricting permissable levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in vehicle interiors are behind the development of an amines emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI). More details in this development have now emerged from a Tier I that will be the first to employ the foam in its products.

Omega adds capacity and territory manager to drive continued growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 10th, 2014

Custom profile extrusion processor Omega Plastics LLC (www.omegaplastics.com) is on a growth curve. The company has been manufacturing made-to-order solutions with thermoplastic profile extrusion and a proprietary random loop vinyl mesh sheet used for mats, product protection and other applications since 1978.

Can you change your recycling habits in 30 days?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

It's said that changing a habit takes 30 days. So taking that idea to heart, Dow packaging and speciality plastics has launched a new awareness campaign called Recycle Rally - A 30 day Recycling Challenge. This campaign challenges users to make recycling part of their every day routine, while offering information, tools and tips to help people become a better recycler. 

Legislation reintroduced to ban BPA from food and beverage packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

A new bill seeks to ban the usage of BPA from food and beverage packaging. The 'Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014' is sponsored by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Grace Meng (D-NY).

Addivant receives FDA approval for its Weston 705 liquid antioxidant

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

Consistent innovation is something that many industries struggle to achieve. Oftentimes, companies will innovate sporadically and under duress. But Peter Smith, president and CEO of Addivant, does not believe that is the case for the present-day additive market.

Software will enable clinicians to easily 3D-print wrist splints for arthritis sufferers

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 10th, 2014

Software developed at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom reportedly could enable clinicians with no computer-aided design (CAD) experience to design and 3D-print custom wrist splints for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The splints, produced at the university's additive manufacturing facilities, are described as more comfortable and attractive than conventional bulky splints that cause users to sweat, and could be less expensive, according to Dr Abby Paterson of the university's Design School.

New research project to develop biodegradable packaging for dairy products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

European countries are estimated to be the largest consumer of dairy products in the world, according to the data provided by FAO in 2011. While high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles are used quite often to package the dairy products, it's estimated that only about 10 to 15 percent of the packaging is recycled, according to data from 2012.

New strategies required for the global BOPET film industry

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

Commodity bi-oriented polyester (BOPET) film producers have seen their position weaken, according to a new report from PCI Films Consulting. New film extrusion capacity linked to a slowdown in demand has forced film pricing and margins to rock bottom levels. As a result, global film producers have had to take a long hard look at their business models.

Extrusion company Gneuss girds for growth

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 9th, 2014

Extrusion equipment manufacturer Gneuss (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany) recently broke ground on a building that will add 2400 sq m of production and administration space. The facility is being built on part of a 13,000-sq-m parcel of land that the company purchased earlier this year adjacent to its existing site. Gneuss is also adding a floor to the current administration building, which will result in 700 sq m of new space. The combined expansion will increase production capacity for extruders, filtration systems, and measurement sensors by 50%, according to the company.

Q&A with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Process Systems about sustainable tubing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

Brand owners have a lot on their plate these days. The food safety regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex - especially for multinational manufacturers. New and pending regulations seek to prevent contamination scenarios with heavy contingency planning and robust reporting structures. Additionally, the industry is self-regulating the exposure of edible goods to certain chemicals of concern.

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