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Plastic bag usage increases in the UK

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 15th, 2014

New data by the United Kingdom's Waste & Resources Action Program (Wrap) shows that customers of UK supermarkets used 8.3 billion plastic bags in 2013. This represents an increase of 3.2% compared with 2012 (8.1 billion), and a decrease of 32% compared with 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting on this subject first began.

The overall number of bags (which include reusable bags) issued by supermarkets in 2013 totaled 8.8 billion. This compares to 8.5 billion bags in 2012 and 12.4 billion bags in 2006.

Lumber from trees may be a material of the past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 15th, 2014

It's summertime and you might be sitting out on your deck reading your online PlasticsToday NewsFeed on your laptop or iPad or iPhone, thinking that this past winter was pretty hard on that wooden deck and railing. Maybe you're chiding yourself for not getting out the sealant or the paint and taking on that nasty chore of beautifying and protecting your deck.

40 years on: JVs, product development help ABC expand in global auto sector

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 14th, 2014

Starting out at a single facility in 1974, family-owned ABC Group (Toronto, ON) is now one of North America's top tier one automotive parts suppliers, employing over 5,000 employees and operating 27 manufacturing facilities in Canada (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia), the United States (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee), Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Poland and China. Technical sales offices are located in Japan, Germany and the United States. And the road from minor to major has taken many routes.

Nevermind the zombies, here comes the antibiotic apocalypse

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 14th, 2014

Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, warns the World Health Organization, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill. The misuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of superbugs that have developed a resistance to the once-lethal drugs. Meanwhile, no new class of antibiotic has been discovered since the 1980s.

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

House of Representatives approves permanent 50% bonus depreciation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 14th, 2014

Chalk one up for business and the industry. On July 11, the House of Representatives voted 258-160 to pass H.R. 4718 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent the additional 50 percent depreciation allowance (bonus depreciation) qualified property placed in service after December 31, 2013.

ResTech Plastic Molding announced merger of its two Connecticut divisions

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 14th, 2014

ResTech Plastic Molding LLC (RPM) announced the merger of its two Connecticut-based divisions: Northeast Mold & Plastics of Glastonbury, CT, acquired earlier this year, and Tech Atlantic of Berlin, CT, acquired in April 2013. Acquisitions and the merger of the Connecticut facilities reflect RPM's manufacturing strategy to build an industry-leading manufacturing platform.

The Tour de France meets Plastics Valley

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 14th, 2014

Only one cyclist will wear the coveted yellow jersey at the end of the 11th stage of the Tour de France in Oyonnax on July 16, 2014, but the crowd cheering on the peleton will be awash in yellow cups, thanks to a so-called plastics processing village that will be set up at the finish line.

Preaching what it practices: the benefits of micromolding machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 13th, 2014

Formative Tech, the Southeast Asian distributors for the Spanish-built Babyplast double plunger-type micro-injection molding machine is one company that practices what it preaches. Its sister company LNE is a Shanghai, China-based processor that operates nine Babyplast presses plus three "autonomous injection units," or UAIs in Babyplast parlance, that can be clipped onto larger machines to enable multi-shot molding.

Survey says: Plastics professionals embracing news delivered digitally

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

The news landscape continues to evolve and as a result, more and more readers across all types of industries are consuming news digitally.

And it's no different for plastics professionals.

PlasticsToday recently completed its annual reader survey, receiving responses to a variety of questions from more than 1,000 plastics professionals. One of the key figures is good news for trees - 74% of the audience prefers reading industry news digitally versus print.

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