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March manufacturing improves slightly

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The March Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 53.7%, an increase of 0.5% from February's reading of 53.2%, indicating expansion in manufacturing.

Fighting fake resin; the cost of conforming

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 2nd, 2014

The recent discovery of use of counterfeit polyamide resin in a key component molded in China for Aston Martin sports cars may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to such practices but it's not the case that all processors in China can't be trusted. There are honest molders out there going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their operations are completely above-board.

TPE medical tubing with single-barb fitting is stronger than adhesive-bonded PVC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Eldon James Corp., a supplier of medical tubing and fittings, has published the results of tests it conducted to determine the toughness of tubing produced from Medalist thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), manufactured by Teknor Apex Co., and the durability of connections between this tubing and single-barb luer fittings. 

3D printing companies on the move with acquisitions, IPOs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 2nd, 2014

If there's an industry that is moving as fast as 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), I haven't found it yet. Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced on April 2 that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two privately-held companies, Solid Concepts Inc. and Harvest Technologies.

Petainer uses PET for new line of jars

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plastic packaging supplier Petainer has launched a new PET jar, which can be supplied as a fully blown jar or as a PET wide mouth preform. 

Plenary speakers at SPE Antec 2014 to cover nanocomposites, sustainability and 21st century plastics age

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plenary speeches at at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Antec 2014 will address new technical and business developments that could benefit plastics, according to SPE.

Antec 2014 will take place April 28-30, 2014 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. Plenary sessions will take place on each day of the conference:

3D Systems buys Medical Modeling, consolidates healthcare activities

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 2nd, 2014

3D Systems (3DS; Rock Hill, SC) announced today that it has acquired Medical Modeling Inc. (Golden, CO), a provider of personalized surgical treatments and patient-specific medical devices using 3D modeling and printing technology. The company has been involved in tens of thousands of patient cases for surgical planning tools, implants, and other design services. Its manufacturing processes have been cleared by FDA.

Toughened PA 66 boasts low-temp impact strength and superior surface finish

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is supplying a special polyamide (PA) 66 compound for a molded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, Milwaukee, WI).

How one company is turning plastic bottles into art

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 1st, 2014

To most people, discarded plastic bottles are a blight on the landscape. To Stuart Jones, however, they have the potential to be a unique canvas for landscapes or any other image you may want to conjure up. He is the founder of Co2nscience, a startup in West Yorkshire, UK, that recycles plastic bottles into works of art.

The GCC plastics industry says it will grow through diversification

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 1st, 2014

There's no doubt that the Mideast Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes the states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are paying close attention to the development of U.S. shale production.

Years of cheap raw materials helped the region become a major exporter of plastics. But some say the abundant U.S. shale gas development is presenting new challenges to the GCC petrochemical industry. 

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