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  • HARBEC Launches Biopolymer Partners Program to Support Objectives of Vendors & Customers (Sep 1, 2014)
    Based in Ontario, NY, HARBEC, Inc. is one of the best known as an innovative tooling, machining, prototype development, molding and production companies. HARBEC excels in the use of innovative materials, problem-solving, and working with R&D organizations on unique prototypes. HARBEC has capabilities for short (1-to-100 parts) or longer run (>1MM parts) production as well. HARBEC has supported the consumer products, sporting goods, aerospace, transportation, medical, marine, and energy industries.
  • WEF Recognizes Genomatica as Technology Pioneer for Biobased Chemical Production Process (Sep 1, 2014)
    Genomatica announced it has been named a 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) Technology Pioneer. Genomatica was chosen from hundreds of applicants by an independent selection committee comprised of 82 technologists and global thought leaders. The company was recognized for its biotechnology-based manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world's most widely-used chemicals a 'better way' with better economics and greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes.
  • New Dyna-Purge® D2 Allows Plastics Processors to Purge More Plastics with Just One Product (Aug 29, 2014)
    The Dyna-Purge® Division of Shuman Plastics, Inc., Depew (Buffalo), NY, USA has introduced New Dyna-Purge® D2, a breakthrough technology that enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. New Dyna-Purge® D2 delivers ease of use through its innovative scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal solution for injection, extrusion, compounding, and blow molding applications.
  • DSM at PACK EXPO: To Showcase PA 6- & TPC-based Flexible Food Packaging Film Portfolio (Aug 28, 2014)
    Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Material Sciences company, will showcase their portfolio for flexible food packaging at PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2-5 McCormick Place, Chicago). DSM's leadership in polyamide 6 (Akulon®) and thermoplastic copolyester for thin film (Arnitel®) for flexible food packaging is helping customers to provide better solutions to the world's rapidly changing food packaging needs, meeting the demand for food safety and reduced food and packaging waste.
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  • VICTREX® PEEK Finds Application in OneSubsea's Downhole & Subsea Electrical Connectors (Aug 28, 2014)
    The highly-efficient Diamould product line of connectors for subsea and downhole applications relies on VICTREX® PEEK polymer. With proven performance in hostile environments, the high performance thermoplastic makes the connectors suitable for deepwater and high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) wellhead and downhole applications. Diamould connectors, developed and manufactured by OneSubsea™, are capable of wet-mate and de-mate cycles without loss of operational integrity, and are rated to 3,000 meter (9,843 feet) water depth due to the excellent insulation and long-term reliability of VICTREX PEEK.
  • Scientists Develop Process to Transform Edible Vegetable Waste into Bioplastics (Aug 27, 2014)
    Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules. Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker S. Bayer and colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology point out that plastic's popularity is constantly growing.
  • Amcor's RTD Barrier PET Container Provides Portability to Andrew Peller's New Spritzers (Aug 26, 2014)
    Andrew Peller Limited, among the leading producers and marketers of quality wines in Canada, has introduced skinnygrape spritzers, a popular low-calorie spritzer in a sleek-looking premium 330ml barrier polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle from Amcor Rigid Plastics, one of the world's leading producers of PET packaging. The ready-to-drink (RTD) premium PET container delivers convenience and portability due to its light weight and shatter-resistant characteristics, enabling this spritzer brand to be enjoyed at backyard barbecues, picnics, swimming pools, beaches, and other outdoor licensed venues.
  • Biopolymer & PHA Producer Meredian Receives Investment from Perry- McCall (Aug 26, 2014)
    Meredian Inc., a privately held biopolymer manufacturer and one of the world's largest producers of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), announced the receipt of an investment from the world class engineering and construction group, Perry-McCall. Prior to this investment decision, the group was selected and is currently building out Meredian's manufacturing facility to produce the completely biodegradable plastic.
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  • SPE's Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division to Sponsor FOAMS® 2014 (Aug 26, 2014)
    FOAMS® 2014, a conference, tutorial, and exhibition sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division, will be held September 8-11 in Iselin, New Jersey. "Polymer foams — both thermoplastics and thermosets--are a growing area as companies continue to look at light-weighting to improve sustainability," notes Maxwell Wingert, conference chair. "Attending this conference is crucial for those who need to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in foams."
  • A. Schulman Presented at Jefferies' 10th 2014 Global Industrials Conference (Aug 25, 2014)
    A. Schulman, Inc.'s Bernard Rzepka, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Joseph J. Levanduski, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, presented at the Jefferies 2014 Global Industrials Conference on August 12, 2014, in New York. Jefferies 10th Annual Industrials Conference took place from August 11-14, 2014 in New York City. Following the success of the 2013 conference, with 200 participating companies and 1,500 attendees, it again had focus on Emerging Technologies & Industrial Biotech companies.
  • Darplas to Produce Dow's PacXpert™ Packaging Technology-based Packages in Columbia (Aug 25, 2014)
    The Dow Chemical Company announced its latest converter partnership with Darplas, one among the leading producers of liquid and high barrier packaging in Latin America. Darplas is now a licensee of Dow's PacXpert™ Packaging Technology and will produce packages in Colombia, to sell to its customers in the Andean region, Central America and the Caribbean. PacXpert™ Technology enables the conversion of large rigid plastic containers to easy-to-carry, flexible packaging options.
  • Global Engineering Plastics Market to Reach USD 79.0 Bn by 2018: MarketsandMarkets (Aug 25, 2014)
    The report "Engineering Plastics Market by Type (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, Fluor polymer, Polyamide, Polycarbonate, Polyoxymethylene, Thermoplastic Polyesters, and Others), Applications and Geography – Trends & Forecasts (2013-2018)" defines and segments the global engineering plastics market with analysis and forecasting of the global revenue and consumption. It also identifies the driving and restraining factors for the global engineering plastics market with an analysis of trends, opportunities, burning issues, and winning imperatives.
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  • Klöckner Pentaplast Starts Rigid Film Production Capacity in EU & S. America for Packaging (Aug 25, 2014)
    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group recently announced the launch of new production capacity in Europe and South America. As part of the company's €45.6 Mio investment in its 2013 and 2014 expansion plans, new production capacity recently went online in Great Britain, Argentina, and Brazil. Klöckner Pentaplast is one of rigid film solutions producers with manufacturing sites located on four continents — Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
  • Global Plastics Demand Expected to Reach 334.83 Mn Tons by 2020: Grand View Research (Aug 22, 2014)
    The global market for plastics is expected to reach USD 654.38 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Growth of major end-use industries such as packaging, construction and automotive particularly in emerging markets of China, India and Brazil is expected to remain a key driving factor for global plastic demand. In addition, the need for high performance thermoplastics from automotive industry in order to reduce the overall vehicular weight to gain fuel efficiency is also expected to have positive influence on market growth.
  • Husky Hosted First Event of Husky World Tour'14; Emphasized on Specialty Closures Tech. (Aug 22, 2014)
    In June 2014, Husky Injection Molding Systems hosted the first event of its Husky World Tour for 2014 — a Specialty Closures Conference at its Technical Center in Cuajimalpa, Mexico. This small, intimate event featured in-depth presentations and discussions with nearly forty attendees, made up of both current and prospective customers. The one-day event included networking opportunities and presentations from industry experts.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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