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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.  

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

Google and Novartis eye multibillion-dollar diabetes monitoring market, for starters

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

Suddenly, Google Glass and the ever-expanding universe of wearable devices that monitor everything from fitness levels to vital signs seem obsolete.

World Cup stadiums let in the light with engineered thermoplastic roofing

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 16th, 2014

Giving attendees of World Cup games a clear view of the action meant providing a lot of natural light.

The Arena da Baixada (pictured), in Curitiba, Brazil, has long been the home of the Atlético Paranaense soccer team, and went through significant renovations in advance of 2014 World Cup games with Spain, Honduras, and Russia.

Dow packaging executive named as one of 'Forty Women to Watch Over 40'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Karen Carter, global marketing director for Dow's packaging and specialty plastics business and a 20-year employee of Dow, was recently named to the Forty Women to Watch Over 40 List for 2014. Carter was selected from more than 500 nominations for her leadership contributions to business innovation, passion for excellence and commitment to community service, the company stated.

A new biorefinery will use palm oil to produce olefins and specialty chemicals

By Tim Somheil
Published: July 16th, 2014

A new collaboration will result in a 240,000 MT metathesis biorefinery in Malaysia. It will produce renewable, high-performance olefins and specialty chemicals that can be used in multiple end-products, including engineered polymers, as well as lubricants, surfactants, and detergents.

Elevance Renewable Sciences, a specialty chemicals company based in Woodridge, IL, began a new venture with Genting Plantations Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Integrated Biorefinery Sdn Bhd (GIB). Elevance is a developer of specialty chemicals produced from natural oils.

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