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The week that was, highlights and the top 10 articles, June 25-29

The United States Supreme Court's decision to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare to the law's critics and, in some cases, supporters) has the potential to broadly impact a major plastics market: healthcare. In particular, the use of a tax on devices to fund portions of the measure is pointed to by many as calamitous for the medical device industry. Our medical channel editor, Doug Smock, offered his opinion of the outcome in his Medical Musings blog.

The United States Supreme Court's decision to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare to the law's critics and, in some cases, supporters) has the potential to broadly impact a major plastics market: healthcare. In particular, the use of a tax on devices to fund portions of the measure is pointed to by many as calamitous for the medical device industry. Our medical channel editor, Doug Smock, offered his opinion of the outcome in his Medical Musings blog. Whether you agree or disagree with Doug's take, PlasticsToday would welcome your thoughts on how the law could (or perhaps already has) affect(ed) your business. The end of the republic, legislative perfection, something in between...what do you think?

The list of materials capable of withstanding a journey to the deepest depths of the Mariana Trench is understandably short. Composites managed to make the cut for the vehicle used to take famed director James Cameron nearly seven miles below the ocean's surface. Auto/mobility Editor Stephen Moore reported on the collaboration between Australian composite parts manufacturer LSM Advanced Composites and the vessel's manufacturer, Aceron Project Pty. Ltd. Not 20,000 leagues under the sea, but pretty respectable nonetheless, with the composites forming a quite snug cockpit for Titanic director.

Automotive OEMs have earned a reputation among suppliers for business practices that at times seem to borrow more from the mob than an MBA program. But some car makers do seem to understand the potential benefits of building up rather than beating down their supplier partners. Case in point, according to Clare Goldsberry, BMW.

Is sustainable packaging, as a marketing meme, unsustainable? That question was probed by our Packaging Channel editor, Heather Caliendo, who reported on a Pricewaterhouse Coopers report, entitle "Sustainable Packaging: Myth or Reality." The packaging industry in the U.K. would like to see the term head straight to the landfill. Not long after it was posted, a long-time marketing professional in the plastics industry gave me a ring, backing the basic concept. For companies that strive to offer truly sustainable packaging, the shameless greenwashing of eco-charlatans makes the case for scrapping "sustainability" a strong one. Elsewhere, Heather spoke with the president of Geo-Tech a recycling firm acquired by Wastren Advantage that claims to have a proprietary recycling process initially developed in cooperation with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. The upshot, "clients get prime resin quality at a fraction of the cost."

Top 10 articles for June 25-29

  1. Medical Musings: Supreme Court ruling on mandate is good for plastics and good for America
  2. Reshoring a keynote theme at Amerimold
  3. Carbon fiber composites reach rock bottom
  4. Plastics pollution study will be conducted on Great Lakes
  5. Cavity pressure transducers: how many and where should they go?
  6. Industrial Molds Group keeps on winning
  7. Should sustainable packaging be "scrapped"?
  8. TPE resin prices, June 18-22: PE flat/down $0.01/lb; PP up for first time in 10 weeks
  9. ISO Poly Films adds new West Coast plant and additional capacity to its East Coast plant
  10. Names in the news: Wittmann Battenfeld, Teknor Apex, Clariant, Songwon, Tech Mold and more

 

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