Invista says market is slowly warming up to biobased Lycra fiber

By Karen Laird
Published: April 16th, 2015

Invista (Wichita, KS) takes sustainability seriously. The company established its Planet Agenda sustainability program some years ago, with the aim of developing and marketing competitive products with an enhanced environmental performance and that used fewer resources while meeting the needs of the apparel markets. In line with that aim, Invista last year announced the development of a bio-derived spandex yarn that would be rolled out globally for the autumn/winter 2015 and spring/summer 2016 apparel collections.

Climb every mountain . . . with biobased EcoPaxx

By Karen Laird
Published: April 16th, 2015

EcoPaxx, the biobased polyamide produced by Royal DSM (Heerlen, Netherlands), the global life sciences and material sciences company, will soon be scaling new heights. Sports equipment manufacturer Salomon (Annecy, France) has chosen EcoPaXX for the Edging Chassis of its innovative new mountaineering shoe.

IVD market poised for solid growth in Asia-Pacific region

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2015

Despite regulatory roadblocks and nagging reimbursement issues, the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market is expected to grow at a nearly 5.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach a value of $74.65 billion by 2020, according to a market report published by Allied Market Research (Portland, OR). The sector currently is valued at approximately $55 billion.

Plastics reduce weight aloft, differentiate airline brands

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2015

As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes.

Six ways plastics are improving lives (slide show)

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

Plastics for Life was the theme of the Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC 2015 global parts competition, held in conjunction with NPE2015 last month in Orlando, FL. All of the entries were winners at parts competitions from other SPE conferences. What resulted was the best of the best in innovation and creativity showcasing how plastics make our lives better, safer and more efficient. Check out the winners in the various categories along with the grand prize winner in our slide show.

INCOE Hot Runner Systems donates NPE exhibit products to good cause

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

If you had an opportunity to visit INCOE's booth at NPE2015, you saw a variety of products from a range of markets that are made using INCOE Hot Runner Systems (Troy, MI). Products included a high-end washer and dryer, refrigerator, blender, paint sprayer, weed trimmer, leaf blower, leaf vacuum, chainsaw, snow blower, garden goods, fertilizer spreader, children's battery operated four-wheeler riding toy and various plastic toys and games.

SPE call for nominations for moldmaker/mold designer of the year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

Are you a great moldmaker or mold designer? Do you know someone who deserves to be honored for his or her moldmaking skills or mold design creativity and expertise? If so, nominate them for the SPE Mold Maker of the Year and Mold Designer of the Year. Each year, the Mold Making & Mold Design Division of the SPE looks to honor two top-notch people in moldmaking and mold design.

Plastic Products' longtime CEO dies leaving a legacy of success

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

Marlene Smith, CEO of Plastic Products Co. (Lindstrom, MN), lost her battle with Alzheimer's disease last week at age 79. Smith spent most of her adult life working at Plastic Products, going to work for the company in 1962 as a bookkeeper. In 1973, she married the company's owner, Willard Smith. Two years later he died of colon cancer, and, in 1975, Smith found herself in the role of CEO.

Packaging, healthcare will drive growth of antimicrobial plastics market to $3.6 billion

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2015

Packaging and healthcare applications are the two major drivers of the antimicrobial plastics market, which is projected to record a 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2015 and 2020, reaching a value of approximately $3.6 billion in five years. While the United States is currently the largest consumer of antimicrobial plastics, it will be overshadowed by emerging economies in the near future, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets (Dallas, TX).

High-temperature contact heating table expands potential of high-performance fiber composites

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 14th, 2015

Fiber-reinforced composites are increasingly being used for lightweight construction applications in vehicles, aircraft and mechanical engineering. In particular continuous fiber-reinforced plastics based on thermoplastics are growing in popularity. Some resins, however, require high processing temperatures that may be beyond the capabilities of conventional processing equipment.

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