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Packaging provider Sidel targeted by fraud attempts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Swiss packaging provider Sidel released a statement that several of its customers, suppliers and key partners have recently been the target of Internet-based fraud attempts. They received fake e-mails or phone calls from so-called Sidel employees, requesting or providing business sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, banking details and/or invoice information with the objective of using this information to divert payments from the pre-agreed payment methods.

Different fraud techniques were used in recent cases:

Vietnamese company installs the first 2,000 mm pipe extrusion line in Vietnam

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Tien Phong Plastic Joint Stock Co. (Haiphong, Vietnam) will be the first pipe manufacturer in Vietnam to produce large PE pipes with external diameters of up to 2,000 mm. The company ordered a complete pipe extrusion line, which is to be delivered in spring 2015 from battenfeld-cincinnati. In 2011, Tien Phong had already decided to acquire a turnkey PE pipe extrusion line, including a die with an innovative cooling system. This equipment served the company well and as a result, the customer chose a die with internal cooling again this time.

PLLA-based wound dressings conform and adhere to irregular body surfaces

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2014

Nanosheets made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) show tremendous potential for use in wound-dressing applications. The materials can cling to the body's most difficult-to-protect contours and keep bacteria at bay. 

Hydraulic seals tested on Arburg machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 10th, 2014

The reliability of a hydraulic injection molding machine often comes down to how well the seals perform. They must endure literally millions of molding cycles. Leading machine builder Arburg GmbH (Loßburg, Germany) turns to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Stuttgart, Germany) for the polytetrafluoroethylene- (PTFE) based seals employed in its machines, which incidentally are also molded by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions on Arburg machines.

Sony to market proprietary recycled plastic material to third parties

By Karen Laird
Published: August 10th, 2014

When Sony resolved to do something about reducing the amount of virgin, oil-based plastics it used to manufacture its products, it soon became apparent that the company was not one for half measures. Next to reducing the amount of plastic used and introducing recycled plastic in new products, Sony decided to develop its own recycled plastic. The result was SoRPlas: Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic.

Originally made by Sony for Sony, the material has proved such a success that the company has now decided to sell it to external parties.

Grisly medical drama "The Knick" takes a few knocks for authenticity

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 8th, 2014

Slate has published a rather interesting article about the new Cinemax series, The Knick, which premieres today on the cable channel. Directed by Steven Soderbergh of Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Oceans 11 fame, and with a talented cast led by Clive Owen, the series takes place at the fictional Knickerbocker hospital in New York in 1900.

Making the case for waste-to-energy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 8th, 2014

For the past two decades, I've heard numerous plastics industry scientists and engineers make the case for burning trash - specifically the "trash" that contains extremely BTU value. But instead of getting the real value out of post-consumer plastics through waste-to-energy (WTE), we spend a tremendous amount of energy (most of it coming from fossil fuels) to recycle plastics, paper, glass and other commodities. The U.S. is behind the times on this issue.

German plastic packaging market on track for additional growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 8th, 2014

The German market for plastic packaging and films achieved encouraging results in 2013, according to the IK, the Germany industry association. While production output rose by around 2.4% to 4.3 million tons, turnover worth 13.6 billion euro (USD 18.25 billion) (a surplus of 3.5%) reached a new record level.

DuPont-sponsored survey: plastics-related solutions rank highly as lightweighting strategy

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 7th, 2014

Lightweighting and use of lightweight structural materials will be the key enabler in realizing 2017-2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards according to 49 percent of the respondents in an annual survey sponsored by DuPont Automotive (Troy, MI). 

Windmoeller & Hoelscher sells 100th Optimex blown film line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

Windmoeller & Hoelscher has sold the 100th Optimex blown film line to Canadian manufacturer, Les Industries Polykar.

The Optimex was launched in fall 2009 as an affordable 3-layer line to complement the Varex blown film range at W&H, the company stated. It is designed to offer the technology and film quality to a range of manufacturers that wouldn't normally need the flexibility offered with the modular Varex range. Since its launch, the Optimex has been sold to film manufacturers worldwide.

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