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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.

Material companies to offer customer centers at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

At NPE2015, several raw material suppliers plan to offer "Customer Service Centers" where they can connect with processors, designers, OEM/brands and other business professionals in facilities nearby the exhibit floor.

Westlake Chemical completes acquisition of PVC producer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

Westlake Chemical has closed its acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.

Say cheese? New whey-based thermoformable barrier coating under development

By Karen Laird
Published: July 31st, 2014

As far as growth is concerned, the packaging industry has nothing to worry about. Sustainability, however, is another story. And while the need for greener packaging represents a significant market opportunity, solutions that deliver the requisite performance at a competitive price are still thin on the ground.

A dominant technology in the packaging market is thermoforming, yet although, for example, bio-based trays have been around for a number of years, in general, they fail to meet the barrier properties required for sensitive food products.

Researchers who discovered bacteria-resistant polymers receive award to find out why they work

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 31st, 2014

In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom discovered a group of new materials capable of repelling bacteria. Precisely why bacteria steer clear of this material, however, is not known. Now, the scientists have each won a prestigious research award worth a combined £2 million ($3.4 million) to solve the mystery. There is a lot at stake: bacteria-resistant polymers could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections acquired through implanted medical devices.

DOE announces funding for biomass-based carbon fiber development

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 30th, 2014

The US Energy Department (DOE; Washington, DC) has announced up to $11.3 million in funding for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass.

The nation's capital bans PS foam containers

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 30th, 2014

Washington D.C. believes it has a big problem. This time around it's not about crime or corrupt politicians, but rather polystyrene foam containers.

Starting in January 2016, food and beverages that are packaged in PS foam will no longer be permitted for carryout use. A ban on many other disposable foodservice products that are not "compostable or recyclable" will start in 2017.

Reshoring: It’s not a myth (but it needs your help)

By Matt Fehrmann
Published: July 30th, 2014

American companies have outsourced its manufacturing work for decades to low-cost countries like China, Vietnam and India to take advantage of cheap labor rates. This has taken a toll on the American manufacturing sector - the Bureau of Statistics indicates that nearly six million manufacturing jobs were lost between 1999 and 2009 (over one-third of the country's manufacturing workforce).

This kind of damage is hard to reclaim, but fortunately, this trend is starting to reverse itself.

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