Plastic packaging recycling rises 9% in Canada

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2015

Canada recycles, big time! An additional 9% of plastic packaging was recycled in 2013 compared with 2012, reports Moore Recycling Associates Inc. in a press release issued by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA; Mississauga, ON). This increase is the result of more material collected for recycling as well as more companies providing recycling information, says the news release. In total, more than 311 million kilograms of postconsumer plastic packaging were collected in Canada for recycling.

Medtech business opportunities: There's plenty of room at the bottom

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 11th, 2015

There is a huge underserved market for medical technology—roughly two-thirds of the global population—that is largely ignored by the medtech industry. That market sits at the base of the pyramid (BoP), and it is composed primarily of populations in the emerging global markets.

Kuraray acquires biobased barrier film producer Plantic

By Karen Laird
Published: April 10th, 2015

Japan-based chemical company Kuraray (Chiyoda, Tokyo) has announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Plantic Technologies Ltd. (Altona), the Australian manufacturer of biobased barrier films. The acquisition follows the deal concluded with Plantic in September 2014, through which Kuraray became the exclusive distributor of Plantic in the Japanese and South Korean markets. The company has been promoting the biomass-based barrier material Plantic film in Japan since that time.

Roquette brings world's largest isosorbide production unit on stream

By Karen Laird
Published: April 10th, 2015

Reinforcing its position as the leading producer of isosorbide for the performance plastics and chemistry markets, the France-based, family-owned Roquette Group has announced that its newly built isosorbide production unit at the Roquette site in Lestrem has now been put into full-scale operation.

Flexible polyester-paper biosensing platform performs cheap, rapid diagnostics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2015

An in vitro diagnostic (IVD) biosensing platform that integrates cellulose paper and flexible polyester film could be used remotely to detect and determine treatment for a range of bacterial conditions without the need for expensive infrastructure or skilled personnel. The device can be used to identify HIV, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other bacteria from a single drop of blood. A compatible app that detects bacteria and disease in the blood using images from a smartphone also has been developed.

Whitford invests to position company as global medical coatings supplier

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 10th, 2015

Whitford Corp., a manufacturer of fluoropolymer coatings for industrial and consumer industries, has announced the formation of a medical coatings group dedicated to supporting the use of its coatings on medical devices. Based at the company headquarters in Elverson, PA, the operation will occupy a newly constructed facility that is expected to be fully operational by Q3 2015.

Plastic Molding Technology CEO receives SPE Business Management Award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 9th, 2015

Charles A. Sholtis, CEO of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT; El Paso, TX), received the 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Business Management Award on March 22, the night before opening day of NPE2015. The award is one of the highest honors SPE bestows on an individual, recognizing outstanding achievement in the management of corporations, according to current SPE President Vijay Boolani.

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.

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