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  • Sero Electric Launches Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester-based High Performance Professional Blender (Feb 26, 2014)
    Taiwan-based Sero Electric launched its new High Performance Professional Blender made of BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, upgrading its product previously manufactured with polycarbonate. The new blender entered the market in May 2013. Sero Electric manufactures for high-end commercial and family consumers who value a healthy, balanced diet and favor natural food choices such as fresh vegetables, fruits and unprocessed grains.
  • Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing Market of PTFE & Major Consumer of End Products: MarketsandMarkets (Feb 25, 2014)
    The report,"PTFE Market, By Form (Granular, Fine, Aqueous Dispersion, Micronized), By Application (Industrial Goods, Coating, Filled PTFE), By End Industry (Chemical, Automotive, Medical, Food, Textile, & Others), By Geography - Trends & Forecasts to 2018", defines and segments the global PTFE market with an analysis and forecasting of the global consumption volume and value. Asia-Pacific is the world's largest and fastest-growing market of PTFE.
  • Dow Corning at Strategies in Light: Details How High-performance Silicones Improve LED Efficiencies (Feb 25, 2014)
    Dow Corning, among the global leaders in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, announces Kaz Maruyama, global industry director for Dow Corning Lighting Solutions, delivers a presentation at the 15th Edition of Strategies in Light in Santa Clara, Calif. Titled "Materials Solutions for Maximizing LED Package Efficiency," the presentation details how new high-performance optical silicones are increasing the efficiency of LED packaging design.
  • Nampak Opens Plastic Closures Line for Still Water in Lagos, Nigeria (Feb 25, 2014)
    Nampak has commissioned a new plastic closures line in Lagos, Nigeria. Nampak South Africa has a long-standing strategic partnership with Bericap, Germany who agreed to extend the manufacturing license to include Nampak Nigeria. The initial product will be closures for still water and will be followed by carbonated soft drink closures. This green field project included the installation of two Netstal 48 cavity injection molders at the Nampak Nigeria site in the Ikeja industrial area in Lagos state.
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  • ILLIG at Chinaplas: To Present IC-RDM 54K Automatic Roll-fed Machine to Produce Thermoplastic Cups (Feb 24, 2014)
    At this year's Chinaplas, hall E1, stand A45, Shanghai/China, April 23 to 26, LLIG will present an IC-RDM 54K automatic roll-fed machine, state-of-the-art in thermoforming. With a forming area of 520 mm x 300 mm, 54,000 APET cups are manufactured per hour using an 18-cavity mold at a speed of 50 cycles per minute. RDM-K machines are designed specifically for serial production of cups in various shapes and sizes from thermoplastic material.
  • Milacron Acquires Kortec, a Supplier of Co-injection Technology Solutions to Packaging Industry (Feb 24, 2014)
    Milacron LLC, a global provider of high-precision plastics processing technologies, has announced the acquisition of Kortec, one among the leading suppliers of co-injection technology solutions to the packaging industry. This combination positions Milacron as one among the leading providers of fully integrated, turnkey co-injection barrier systems. Customers will have the flexibility to purchase a fully integrated Kortec system, or choose to add a retrofit co-injection melt distribution and control module to their existing injection molding equipment.
  • Momentive at MD&M West: Showcased Fiber-reinforced LSR for Wearable Medical Devices (Feb 24, 2014)
    At MD&M West booth 1804, Feb. 11-13, 2014, Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM) showcased its solution — fiber-reinforced liquid silicone rubber (LSR) — for designers seeking ways to enhance the ergonomics and aesthetics of wearable medical devices, as the demand for this type of product grows. Additionally, MPM exhibited a variety of other liquid silicone and heat cure rubbers that can significantly increase design freedom for medical device and parts manufacturers, including its new anti-static silicone elastomers and UV-curing silicone elastomers.
  • Evonik Unveiled CYROLITE® Protect 2, an Acrylic-based Multipolymer Compound for Medical Devices (Feb 21, 2014)
    Evonik Cyro introduced CYROLITE® Protect 2, an acrylic-based multipolymer compound developed for medical devices with antimicrobial agents, at MD&M West at the Anaheim Convention Center, February 11-14. CYROLITE® Protect 2 offers lipid and alcohol resistance in addition to the antimicrobial benefits of the original CYROLITE® Protect. All CYROLITE® Protect products are specifically designed for FDA regulated Class I or Class II medical devices covered by 510(k) PMN submission.
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  • Milacron Acquires Texas-based Industrial Machine Sales, Inc. & Precise Plastics Machinery (Feb 21, 2014)
    Milacron LLC recently completed the acquisition of Industrial Machine Sales, Inc. (IMSI) and its sister company, Precise Plastics Machinery (PPM). IMSI specializes in the application engineering of primary plastics processing and support systems for many operations, including injection molding, extrusion and blow molding. PPM was established in 1994 as a full service support company for the plastics industry, including offering pre-owned equipment and turnkey services.
  • Prospect Mold and Die Expands Molding Products Division, Installs ENGEL's Injection Molding Machine (Feb 21, 2014)
    Prospect Mold and Die Company recently completed a $2.5 million expansion that included the addition of 24,000 square feet of manufacturing space for their new Molding Products Division, and the purchase of a multi-component ENGEL duo 1650 combi, 2-platen injection molding machine. Cuyahoga Falls-based Prospect Mold and Die Company, founded in 1945, is one of North America's largest mold, tooling and custom machining companies, servicing suppliers to the automotive, aerospace and home/building products industries.
  • DuPont Announces Call for Entries for the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation 2014 (Feb 20, 2014)
    DuPont Packaging announced the call for entries in the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, the industry's longest running, independently judged competition. The awards program returns for a new year with refreshing changes that reflect current trends in the packaging industry. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2014. The DuPont Packaging Awards honor packaging innovations that use science, inspiration, and creativity to shift the paradigms and change the way we live.
  • Metabolix Develops Amorphous PHA Biopolymers to Improve Ductility & Flexibility of PLA (Feb 20, 2014)
    Metabolix, Inc. an innovation-driven performance biomaterials company delivering sustainable solutions to the plastics, chemicals and energy industries, recently announced recent advancements in the development of the Company's PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) biopolymer technology. Rubber modifiers are introduced for improving the performance of PLA (polylactide) biopolymers. Metabolix has developed new amorphous PHA biopolymers with the physical characteristics of a low Tg rubber.
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  • OKW Designs Eco-friendly Biograde Bioplastic-based SOFT-CASE Hand Held Electronic Cases (Feb 20, 2014)
    EOKW's SOFT-CASE hand held electronics cases are now available from stock in environmentally friendly Biograde bioplastic. Biograde is suitable as a replacement for existing fossil plastics, such as ABS, which until now has been the only standard choice for this range. OKW selected Biograde as its preferred bioplastic because it is carbon neutral, technically compostable and biodegradable. Biograde enclosures have similar mechanical and physical properties to ABS boxes.
  • PAEK Producer Victrex Ranked at No. 15 According to Britain's Most Admired Companies Survey (Feb 20, 2014)
    Victrex plc, whose Polymer Solutions division is a specialized manufacturer of PAEK (polyaryletherketone) polymers, has achieved the No.15 position in a survey of the most admired 250 companies in the UK. The survey, "Britain's Most Admired Companies", was conducted by experts in corporate reputation at Birmingham City Business School, part of Birmingham City University and published in the December, 2013 edition of "Management Today".
  • Sigma Installs Two Stretch Film Lines from Gloucester Engineering to Support its Growing Business (Feb 20, 2014)
    One of the leading U.S. stretch film producer Sigma Stretch Film recently installed two stretch film lines from Gloucester Engineering, including a five-layer cast stretch film line to the company's facility in Shelbyville, Kentucky and a five-layer blown stretch film line in Belleville, Ontario Canada. The two production lines will support Sigma's growing business and with the on-time delivery from Gloucester, the Cast film line has been in production since October 2013 and the Blown film line will be in production in early 2014.
  • TOPAS Expands Line of TOPAS 5013 COC Resins for Injection Molding of High-performance Components (Feb 20, 2014)
    TOPAS Advanced Polymers has expanded its line of TOPAS 5013 cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) resins for injection molding of high-performance components for the optical, diagnostic, and microfluidic markets. The new grade, TOPAS 5013L-10, has won strong early acceptance because it features an internal mold release which delivers an exceptional balance of properties and easy processing. The new product features exceptional clarity, high flow, and a heat deflection temperature of 127°C.
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  • Cardia Bioplastics Expands Production to Meet Increasing Demand for its Compostable Films & Bags (Feb 19, 2014)
    Cardia Bioplastics Limited, the supplier of Cardia Biohybrid™ and Cardia Compostable resins, films, bags and custom finished products is expanding production to meet increasing demand for its film and bag products. An early entry into the bioplastics sector, Cardia Bioplastics proprietary technology has focused on developing high quality fully certified Compostable and Biohybrid™ films, bags and products at a competitive price point.
  • Saint-Gobain Seals Group Continues to Offer FDA Compliant Rulon® Fluoropolymer-based Medical Soln (Feb 19, 2014)
    Saint-Gobain Seals Group continues to provide sustainable solutions for handheld surgical power tools in the medical and dental fields as a key supplier of Rulon® components in harmonic scalpel surgical tooling. Harmonic scalpels use ultrasonic technology to simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue and are utilized as an alternative to metal scalpels and electro-surgical devices. Benefits of the harmonic scalpel include greater precision, fewer instrument changes, the ability to cut through thicker tissue with more efficiency and an improved field of view due to the reduced amount of smoke created by the system.
  • STAR Introduces StarGrip-X TPEs for Sheet Applications to Protect Expensive Gadgets (Feb 19, 2014)
    When one thinks about "grippy" thermoplastic elastomers, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is grips for items like golf clubs and bicycle handles. New TPE formulations from the laboratories of Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. now guide processors to introduce covers, stubs and wraps that are grippy and protect expensive gadgets. The benefit is the opportunity to improve a wide range of products, from laptops and tablets to stapler bases and laboratory equipment to ensure they remain stationary on just about any surface.
  • Toray Purchases Commercial Land for its Carbon Fiber Composite Material Business Expansion in U.S. (Feb 19, 2014)
    Toray Industries, Inc. recently announced that it purchased an approximately 400 acre (about 1.6 million m2) commercial land for its future business expansion in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, the U.S. Toray Group currently operates a wide range of businesses in the U.S. including fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films, carbon fiber composite materials and water treatment. The country is expected to regain its industrial competitiveness on the back of shale gas/oil revolution and the resulting revival in manufacturing.
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