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Where the wild wearable things are

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 18th, 2014

I've been to many conferences in my day and, let's be honest, I don't often come away saying, "Wow!" Well, there were more than a few wow moments at Wearable Tech LA: Where Entertainment and Health Meet Wearables, which was held in Pasadena, CA, on July 17, 2014. From the most incredible implantable device I've ever seen to a hip hop band jamming with fans across the world sending them their heartbeats via smartphone, this was one rocking event.

Intertape Polymer Group launches new polyolefin shrink film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 18th, 2014

Intertape Polymer Group, a North American packaging manufacturer, has introduced its newest cross-linked polyolefin shrink film called ExlfilmPlus GPL (Global Performance Lite).

IPG began producing polyolefin shrink film in 1993. Over the past 20 years, the company has been shrink wrapping products throughout the world with films produced at its manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Portugal.

Piovan launches new product specific “Minisites”

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 18th, 2014

Piovan has introduced the first of a series of new product specific "MiniSites," which will address the company's new products and technologies for plastics industrial applications. One of the first MiniSites is the company's PureFlo Filterless Vacuum receiver line, which was introduced at the K Show last fall.

Large vertical press delivers process flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

For overmolding of organic sheets and tapes, and in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) processes, if often makes sense to work with gravity according to machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria). "This reduces the effort in the handling of parts and the fixation of insert parts in the mold, and also facilitates manual intervention," it notes.

Continental Structural Plastics acquire Magna’s composites operations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the composites operations of Magna Exteriors. This acquisition, which will make CSP the world's largest sheet molding composites (SMC) compounder and manufacturer, includes the assets of five Magna facilities located in North America.

SeaWorld uses Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle technology for new packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 17th, 2014

Last time PlasticsToday covered SeaWorld and plastics was when the company announced it would remove plastic shopping bags at all of its theme parks. This time around the company has somewhat embraced plastics, or more specifically, bioplastics. 

Elasto Sweden to add medical-grade TPE production line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Elasto Sweden is building a new production line for its medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) at its facility in Åmål, Sweden. Part of the Hexpol TPE group (Eupen, Belgium), Elasto plans to invest in high-quality twin screw technology, advanced raw material controls, and supporting auxiliary and testing equipment. The new line is expected to come on stream in 2015.

Nine-year-old students have fun creating robots from plastic parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Several months back, Saint-Gobain Seals' Rioja site in Spain became a little more lively due to a group of special visitors -- students from the Escolapias school in Logroño. The site regularly conducts visits for various groups, familiarizing them with the manufacturing industry and in particular, the injection molded precision parts that are produced there.

Michigan-based contract molder Medbio announces expansion, new jobs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

A contract manufacturer specializing in injection molding, assembly, and packaging for the medical device and biotechnology industries, Medbio (Cascade Township, MI) has received a $180,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund under the Michigan Business Development Program to help the company expand its Grand Rapids–area operation and support new business growth and demand. 

Pelletron receives pneumatic conveying order for world largest PET plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

In 2012, M&G Chemicals, part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group, announced plans to build the world's largest PET integrated plant in Corpus Christi, TX. The PET plant throughput will be one million metric tons per year, with the PTA plant producing 1.2 million metric tons per year. M&G Chemicals is among the three largest producers of PET resin for packaging applications in the world, the second largest in the Americas, in terms of nominal capacity, and employs 936 people in 14 locations in six countries around the world.  

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