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  • PolyOne Offers Anti-counterfeiting Ability Mixed Versaflex™ CE TPEs for Consumer Electronics (Aug 22, 2014)
    PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers announced that Versaflex™ CE TPE materials for consumer electronics are now available in combination with Percept™ Authentication Technologies. This material innovation has been developed to help brand owners combat counterfeiting and reduce the risks associated with fraudulent goods such as phone cases, smart watches, headphones, earbuds and other wearable electronics.
  • Pregis Starts "Ship from Store" Protective Packaging Platform for Omni-channel Requirements (Aug 22, 2014)
    Pregis Corp. is launching its "Ship from Store" protective packaging platform to address growing omni-channel retailing requirements. The new platform targets the specific needs of retailers whose go-to-market strategy includes multiple channels — and potentially involves hundreds of stores and distribution centers. Pregis has established a dedicated team of packaging professionals who are tasked with evaluating each retailer's go-to-market strategy and recommending solutions that will work across all of the desired channels.
  • Global PLA Market Projected to be Worth USD 5,010.7 Mn by 2019: MarketsandMarkets (Aug 21, 2014)
    The report, "Lactic Acid Market by Application (Biodegradable Polymer, Food & Beverage, Personal Care & Pharmaceutical) & Polylactic Acid Market by Application (Packaging, Agriculture, Automobile, Electronics, Textile) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019" defines the lactic acid and polylactic acid markets and segments with analyses and projections of the size of each market, based on their sub-segments, in terms of value and volume.
  • LANXESS Adds Second Production Line for High-tech Plastics at Compounding Facility in USA (Aug 21, 2014)
    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 metric tons annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.
  • RTP Company Installs VLF Pultrusion Line at Mexico Facility to Better Serve Auto Industry (Aug 21, 2014)
    RTP Company has installed a new state-of-the-art pultrusion line and is now producing Very Long Fiber ("VLF") compounds at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico. This newest VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the ' global customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries.
  • Cardia Bioplastics Sets up Film and Bag Manufacturing Facility in Brazil (Aug 19, 2014)
    Australian headquartered Cardia Bioplastics Limited announces that it is setting up its own film and bag manufacturing plant in São Paulo, Brazil. New purpose-built facilities have been leased and production commencement is scheduled for September 2014. The production machinery costing A$750,000 is funded using vendor finance over a twelve months period. The new factory is expected to deliver a production capacity of 500 million retail carry bags per year.
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Unveils Metal-replacing Ryton® PPS Grades for Food Contact Uses (Aug 19, 2014)
    Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) is introducing two new grades to its Ryton® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) product line for use in food contact applications. These high performance compounds - R-4-232NA and R-4-222NA — meet U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and EU Commission Regulation 10/2011. Chevron Phillips Chemical is continuously innovating its line of Ryton® PPS products to meet the evolving needs of the dynamic markets it serves.
  • SPE's Thermoforming Division to Honor Brown Machine's Bill Kent as Thermoformer of the Year (Aug 19, 2014)
    Bill Kent has been named Thermoformer of the Year; it was announced by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division. The award will be presented during SPE's Thermoforming Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the 23rd SPE Thermoforming Conference®. The conference will take place September 15-18, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. The Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 16.
  • Plastic Technologies & Toyo Seikan Team up on PET Bottle Packaging Tech. for US Mkt (Aug 18, 2014)
    Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI), among the global leaders in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) package development, announces that it has entered into a representation agreement with Toyo Seikan Co., Ltd., Tokyo. PTI will be the exclusive U.S. agent responsible for the sales and licensing of several new Toyo Seikan PET bottle processing technologies for packaging applications. PTI has been developing packaging solutions for brand owners for more than three decades.
  • Quadrant to Offer European Union Regulation Compliant Polymer Materials to America (Aug 15, 2014)
    Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (EPP), among the global leaders of machinable plastics, is the first to offer the Americas local stock of polymer materials that meet European Union (EU) Regulation EC 1935/2004 and Regulation EU 10/2011. Quadrant's continually expanding portfolio of certified materials, from PA to PEEK, provides food manufacturers the assurance of fulfilling the highest safety and quality levels for their food processing and packaging machinery.
  • Mexichem to Acquire PVC Producer VESTOLIT to Support High-end Specialty Products' Growth (Aug 14, 2014)
    Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V. recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VESTOLIT GmbH, one of the Europe's largest PVC manufacturers, from accounts and funds managed by Strategic Value Partners LLC for a total of €219 million in cash and assumed liabilities, supporting Mexichem's strategy of global growth in high-end specialty products. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • NASA & Others Start LAUNCH, a Platform to Advance Green Chemistry Using Renewable Sources (Aug 14, 2014)
    LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded by NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S. Department of State to identify and foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world. LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level. LAUNCH is currently focused on positively transforming the system of materials and manufacturing, which can have dramatic social, environmental and economic impacts on the world.
  • Quadrant Introduces TIVAR® HPV, a Dry-running UHMW-PE Sliding Material for Conveying System (Aug 12, 2014)
    Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (EPP), among the global leaders of machinable plastics and stock shapes, introduces TIVAR® HPV, a dry-running UHMW-PE sliding material uniquely formulated to maximize motion in conveying systems which delivers greatly reduced energy costs to customers in materials-handling and automation technologies. Quadrant TIVAR® HPV was specifically developed to virtually eliminate backsliding issues in production environments with high speeds, high temperatures, and more.
  • SouthWest NanoTechnologies Confers NanoSperse with SWeNT Certified Compounder Status (Aug 12, 2014)
    SWeNT's SMW materials yield dramatic improvements in thermal and/or electrical conductivity and mechanical strength in composite systems with a wide range of industrial polymers, resins and elastomers. SWeNT's Certified Compounder Program recognizes the outstanding proficiency of select partners in compounding SMW CNTs with such materials to create advanced composites for commercial applications.
  • Lubrizol Acquires Vesta, a Global Medical Device Manufacturer (Aug 11, 2014)
    The Lubrizol Corporation announces that it has acquired Vesta, one among the leading contract manufacturers for the global medical device industry. This acquisition broadens Lubrizol's life science manufacturing capabilities, applications and material portfolio with access to silicone and a variety of other thermoplastics utilized in medical devices. Headquartered in Franklin, WI, Vesta has three manufacturing locations in the U.S. and offers disposable silicone medical components, providing silicone molding, extrusion, sheeting, dip-casting and assembly services.
  • Luxfer Introduced G-Stor® Go Line of Type 4 Carbon Composite AF Cylinders at ACT Expo (Aug 11, 2014)
    Luxfer Gas Cylinders introduced its G-Stor® Go line of Type 4 carbon composite alternative fuel (AF) cylinders at the ACT Expo tradeshow May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. ACT stands for Alternative Clean Transportation. "By introducing the G-Stor Go product line, Luxfer is now the largest cylinder manufacturer offering both Type 3 and Type 4 composite cylinders for CNG."
  • PlastiComp Unveils Line of Basalt Fiber-reinforced LFT Composites for Auto & Construction (Aug 11, 2014)
    PlastiComp, Inc., among the global leaders in long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, announced that it has introduced a line of basalt fiber reinforced LFT composites. These new long fiber products offer a significant increase in performance over short basalt fiber filled materials and are available in multiple resins matrices with 30-60% by weight fiber loadings. As an innovator in long fiber composite development, PlastiComp is always examining new additives and processes.
  • Chase Plastics to Commercialize and Distribute DSM's Engineering Plastics in Mexico (Aug 8, 2014)
    DSM has entered into a distribution agreement with Chase Plastics Services, Inc., in the market development and sales of DSM engineering plastics in Mexico. Chase Plastics has a long and successful history distributing the DSM engineering plastics portfolio throughout North America including Mexico. This agreement strengthens the partnership in Mexico. According DSM Engineering Plastics, "Chase brings a strength and know-how in servicing engineered resin customers throughout North America which will certainly help us grow in Mexico."
  • Rinco Selects SemiTorr as Manufacturers' Representative for Ultrasonic Machinery on W.Coast (Aug 7, 2014)
    Rinco Ultrasonics, among the leading manufacturers of ultrasonic welding equipment, has named Tualatin, Ore.-based SemiTorr Group Inc., one among the leading distributors and manufacturers' representative organization, as an authorized manufacturers' representative for Rinco's line of products on the West Coast. "SemiTorr" will sell Rinco's portfolio of ultrasonic bonding and cutting machinery for a wide range of markets.
  • SPE's Thermoforming Conf.'s Keynote Speakers to Highlight Innovations & Corporate Culture (Aug 7, 2014)
    The keynote speakers for the 23rd annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Conference® will focus on the importance of innovation, branding, and corporate culture to the thermoforming industry, it was announced by SPE's Thermoforming Division. With the theme of "Ideas Worth Forming," the Thermoforming Conference will take place September 15-18, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
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