SussexIM embarks on million-dollar expansion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 9th, 2015

SussexIM (Sussex, WI) announced a more than one million dollar investment to enable the company to build upon the double-digit growth rate it has posted over the last five years. The major expansion includes not only the square footage of the facility but also inline filling capability and the addition of personnel. Keith Everson, President, said the company increased its footprint by 12,000 square feet to 127,000 square feet, and enlarged its workforce by 12%.

Amcor wins Italian design award for sports beverage bottle

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Amcor Rigid Plastics (Ann Arbor, MI), one of the world's leading manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and healthcare industries, has won a 2014 Golden A' Design Award in the A' Design Award & Competition, an international design contest held annually in Como, Italy. Amcor captured the packaging design award for its innovative redesign of the PROfit Sports Drink container from Ecuador's Toni, one of the largest food and beverage producers in Central America.

MCC to launch world's first biobased high-performance polycarbonatediol

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) announced yesterday that it has developed the world's first bio-based polycarbonatediol and will begin worldwide market development and sales in April of this year. MCC uses proprietary manufacturing processes to produce this new type of high-performance polyol, which is of an entirely different composition than any other polycarbonatediol currently available on the market.

Raw material shortages, spiraling prices threaten German plastic packaging producers

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Last week, the European Plastics Converters Association, headquartered in Brussels, issued a warning to the effect that an extremely undesirable situation was developing with regard to the force majeure declarations by some of the leading polymer suppliers to the European market.

Hybrid polymer systems from Evonik shown to save time and cost in composites production

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2015

Over the past few years, polymer composites have slowly started to come in to their own. Composite materials combine very good mechanical properties with low weight and are in huge demand in many different application fields, especially where lightweighting is a key concern. In lightweight design in the automotive and aviation industries, for example, the use of composite materials can significantly affect fuel consumption. According to experts, every 100 kilograms of weight saved in a car equates to a saving of 0.3 to 0.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

Silgan Plastics begins construction of Missouri facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 9th, 2015

Silgan Plastics (Chesterfield, MO), a leading North American manufacturer of plastic containers, has announced the construction of a new production facility in Hazelwood, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. This expansion is in addition to the recently announced greenfield facility in the borough of North East, PA. The facility further optimizes customer support and is logistically located to take on additional growth, says Silgan.

DuPont boosts high-temperature nylon capacity in U.S.

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

DuPont Performance Polymers (Wilmington, DE) increased production of fast-growing Zytel HTN PPA high-performance polyamide resins manufactured at its Richmond, VA, facility by 10 percent to meet growing global market demand in automotive and consumer electronics markets.  Richmond, which uses a continuous polymerization process, is the largest Zytel HTN production facility in DuPont. DuPont did not disclose expansion details, but did say this to be the first in a series of global expansion plans.

Apple Watch packaging revealed (and, yes, there is plastic)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 8th, 2015

Is this Apple porn? There is a YouTube video out of France, titled in true Pépé Le Pew fashion, Unboxing de l'Apple Watch, that shows--you guessed it--someone removing the much-anticipated wearable from its packaging. Macrumours found the video and noted the following:

SPI does the numbers of record-breaking NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

Confirming what all of us who attended NPE2015 knew instinctively, SPI: The Plastics Industry Association has released final data showing that the event was the largest in NPE's 69-year history.

Battenfeld-cincinnati shows its most powerful cross-linked PE extrusion line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2015

Battenfeld-cincinnati (Vienna) reports that it recently held a very successful demonstration of the capabilities of its PE-Xa extrusion line for cross-linked polyethylene (PE). Forty customers from EMEA countries were on hand to observe the system's throughput, which far exceeds conventional lines or RAM extruders, according to the company, and its short, low-maintenance cross-linking station. The inline process enables high-rate production of peroxide cross-linked pipes at an extremely low cost, says battenfeld-cincinnati.

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