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Nanocomposites in a nutshell

By Karen Laird
Published: August 4th, 2014

Biocomposites and nanotechnology are two areas drawing attention today from researchers and the industry alike. In Iran, researchers from, among others, Isfahan University of Technology have combined the two to produce a new kind of nanocomposite, based on pistachio shell, an agro-waste that has high tensile strength. 
The wood-plastic nanocomposite can be used in the building industry, and it is resistant to humidity, loss of color and various types of fungi and insects.

New EPS recycling facility opens in Indianapolis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI) has opened a new recycling facility in Indianapolis, IN dedicated to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country.

Toray Plastics to showcase OPP, PET, metallized and bio-based films at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Toray Plastics (America) will showcase new high-barrier flexible packaging materials that are made in America and creative packaging solutions at Pack Expo International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

Additive improves thermoforming, foaming properties of PP

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 3rd, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) has kicked off marketing efforts for a new modifier for polypropylene-based resins. The additive, dosed in small amounts, reportedly enhances the processing and foaming properties of polypropylene (PP) resins.

Itself based on PP resin, the modifier reportedly boasts excellent compatibility with PP base resins, while it does not adversely affect the external appearance of molded parts. Further, it is said to be heat resistant, low in density and low in cost.

When economic news is surprising and no one is surprised

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Here we are in the middle of what I've always called "summer slump" and there have been a few surprises this past week. The trouble is that it's not so surprising - or it shouldn't be anyway. The first surprise is that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey showed that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month. The July Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 57.1%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from June's reading of 55.3%, indicating an expansion in manufacturing.

Sacmi helps to redesign Gatorade bottles for PepsiCo Italia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 1st, 2014

Gatorade recently presented its new 500 ml Gatorade "Kenny" PET bottle, which the company said was designed to make it easier to use when practicing sports.

The smart, connected shoe

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 1st, 2014

What if your shoe could tell you how to improve your golf swing? Or, if you are diabetic, that you were about to hit a fatigue threshold and painfully slam your foot into the ground? That's the promise of Plantiga, a company that has developed smart footwear that tracks and quantifies weight distribution and other biomechanical parameters and sends that data to your smartphone.

World's fastest cap production system achieved by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag using Total HDPE resin

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Multi-cavitation molds for running high-volume cap and closure production can be very fast systems. Now, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag together with its partners, Total and Plastisud, has set a new world record in the production of HDPE caps with tamper-evident band without post-molding operations, according to information from Total, headquartered in France, with more than 150 locations for specialty chemicals worldwide.

Mitsubishi Rayon beefs up position in auto CFRP field

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 31st, 2014

Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC; Tokyo)  will acquire a 51% in Wethje Holding GmbH (Hengersberg, Germany ), a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications.

Simbionix acquisition extends 3D Systems' advantage in fast-growing 3D-healthcare market, says CEO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

3D Systems (3DS; Rock Hill, SC) announced today that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Simbionix (Cleveland, OH) for $120 million in cash. Simbionix is the global leader in 3D virtual-reality surgical simulation and training with more than 60 interventional procedures across eight specialties through 16 simulation platforms. The acquisition is described by 3DS as a complementary building block that expands its breadth and reach within the open-ended 3D-healthcare field.

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