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  • A. Schulman to Acquire Ferro Corp.'s US and Spain's Specialty Plastics Business Segment (Jun 20, 2014)
    A. Schulman, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a selected majority of the assets of the Specialty Plastics business segment from Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE) for $91 million in cash. The purchase agreement includes four facilities located in the United States as well as operations in Spain. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, the transaction is anticipated to close during the fourth quarter of A. Schulman's current fiscal year ending August 31, 2014.
  • Bayer Develops Thermally Conductive, Metal-replacing Makrolon® TC8030 PC for LED Heat Sinks (Jun 20, 2014)
    The LED lighting market is continuing to grow with energy-efficient LED technology poised to become a mainstay in residential and commercial lighting. A challenge the industry must overcome is the high price of LED lighting, especially for incandescent replacements, which remains a barrier for mass adoption. Complicated assembly, made more difficult by the conventional materials available, is a significant contributor to this higher cost.
  • Nordson Expands Value Plastics Product Line to Meet Rising Demand in Medical End Markets (Jun 20, 2014)
    Nordson Corporation broke ground on a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located on a 116 acre site in Loveland, Colorado, to meet growing demand in medical end markets for its Value Plastics brand of engineered, single-use plastic-molded fluid management components and to provide flexibility and capacity for continued long term growth. This new facility reflects Nordson's ongoing commitment and investment to meeting our medical customers' needs at the highest level.
  • S&E Specialty Polymers Adds All-new Compounding Line to Expand its Processing Capabilities (Jun 20, 2014)
    S&E Specialty Polymers LLC, among the leading producers of specialty plastic compounds, continues to invest in strategic upgrades to support increased customer and market needs for new and improved compounds. As such, the company is pleased to announce it has expanded its processing capabilities by adding an all-new materials compounding line at its headquarters in Lunenburg, Mass. The new line, being commissioned now, consists of a new ENTEK 53mm co-rotating twin-screw extruder with specialty feeders and other auxiliary equipment.
  • Solvay at MD&M East: Introduced Kalix® HPPAs for Mobile Healthcare Electronic Devices (Jun 20, 2014)
    Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced a new family of Kalix® high-performance polyamides (HPPAs) for structural components used in mobile healthcare (mHealth) electronic devices. The new products, which include the Kalix® HPPA 5000 halogen-free series and bio-based Kalix® HPPAs, deliver exceptional strength, stiffness, and significantly improved chemical resistance versus traditional polycarbonate (PC) or PC/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) materials typically used for covers and housings for mHealth electronic devices.
  • Bayer at LIGHTFAIR: Exhibited Light- & Thermal-managing PC Films & Sheet Materials for LED (Jun 19, 2014)
    Since our ancestors discovered fire, the ability to light a dark space has captured our imagination. Today, lighting of interior and exterior spaces can impact our ability to see clearly and function well. Plastics are used to improve the optical quality for many products that help light our lives at work and home, including energy-saving LED bulbs, interior and exterior luminaires, backlighting and other lighting applications.
  • ExxonMobil Shows Range of Vistamaxx PBE-based Samples for Compounding Use at Argenplas (Jun 19, 2014)
    Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomers (PBE) from ExxonMobil Chemical, which are helping companies turn product ideas into reality, are on display at Argenplas, XV International Plastics Exhibition, Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aries, Argentina, June 16-19, 2014. A range of product samples in which Vistamaxx PBE is being used for innovative solutions in compounding, polypropylene modification, film and hygiene applications are on display at the booths of two of ExxonMobil Chemical's distributors, Simko SA and Polimero Nacionales.
  • KraussMaffei Presented Injection Molding Solutions for US Market at Annual Open House (Jun 19, 2014)
    The KraussMaffei Group used the opportunity provided by the annual open house in Florence, Kentucky to showcase its portfolio. The Injection Molding segment presented various KraussMaffei injection molding solutions particularly suited for the US market. Applications related to consumer goods and packaging are taking center stage in the presentation. Reaction Process Machinery demonstrated the new KraussMaffei WinCap mold carrier in the US for the first time.
  • Teknor Apex's Flexalloy® 9614-73 PVC Elastomer for Cable Jacketing Resists Tough Conditions (Jun 19, 2014)
    A new PVC elastomer for cable jacketing withstands frigid outdoor and rugged industrial conditions while providing excellent flexibility and flame performance, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company. Flexalloy® 9614-73 elastomer is a 73 Shore A compound that is UV-stabilized and exhibits a brittle point of −65°C or below. The elastomer provides flexibility, tensile strength, and oil resistance and is designed to pass the CSA's FT4 vertical flame test.
  • Airbus at SAMPE BRAZIL Conf.: To Highlight Design of Complex A350XWB Composite Wing Covers (Jun 17, 2014)
    "Composite Design Challenges — Airbus A350XWB Wing Covers" is the topic of Airbus lecture at SAMPE BRAZIL Conference, which will be held on 11th November, simultaneously to FEIPLAR COMPOSITES & FEIPUR 2014, at Expo Center Norte, in S˜o Paulo — SP, Brazil. Paulo Lage, who lives in England, will be the lecturer. Technically advanced aircraft projects face considerable challenges.
  • Bayer's Transparent Plastic Sheets Protect Soccer World Cup Stadium Against Sun & Rain (Jun 17, 2014)
    The weather in Brasilia is wildly erratic - scorching heat and heavy rain. The 70,000 spectators at the new Estádio Nacional, one of the venues for this year's soccer World Cup, have been protected against both. The solution is an extraordinary roof structure that is every bit as beautiful as it is functional. Sheets of a transparent, high-performance plastic from Bayer MaterialScience fend off the rain and the sun's rays.
  • Celanese Adds Polymer Compounding Process Lines at Kentucky Facility to Support the Demand (Jun 17, 2014)
    Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announced via a groundbreaking ceremony that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Florence, Kentucky, facility to add compounding process lines to support the continued customer demand for its advanced engineered materials products. The new compounding unit is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Elastocon Expands Line of Clear CLR Series; Adds Softer TPE Grades for Consumer Goods (Jun 17, 2014)
    Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., among the leading compounders and suppliers of numerous lines of soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), has expanded its clear (CLR Series) to include several new, softer grades (Shore 15 — 40 A). These new grades have been formulated for consumer goods and applications requiring clarity, a soft touch and U.V. stability. Specifically, the 4 new CLR grades are offered in Shore A hardnesses of 15, 20, 30, 35 and 40.
  • SPE's Thermoforming Division Issues Call for Entries in Annual Parts Competition (Jun 17, 2014)
    The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its annual Parts Competition, showcasing the latest advances in thermoforming design and application. The submission deadline is August 15, 2014. The parts entered in the Competition will be on display during the 23rd SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 15-18 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois.
  • EFSA Certifies Phoenix Technologies' rPET Manufacturing Process (Jun 16, 2014)
    Phoenix Technologies International, among the leading producers of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), has been given a green light by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its manufacturing process based on extra small particle size technology. EFSA's Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavorings and Processing Aids is responsible for the recycling process safety assessment.
  • Ford & Heinz Explore the Use of Tomato Fiber to Develop Bioplastic Material for Vehicles (Jun 16, 2014)
    It might seem that tomatoes and cars have nothing in common. But researchers at Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company see the possibility of an innovative union. Researchers at Ford and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibers in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing. Specifically, dried tomato skins could become the wiring brackets in a Ford vehicle or the storage bin a Ford customer uses to hold coins and other small objects.
  • Global Mkt for Thermoformed Plastics Products to Grow up to 9.4 Bn lbs by 2019: BCC Research (Jun 16, 2014)
    BCC Research reveals in its new report, Thermoformed Plastics: Global Markets, the global plastic thermoformed product market is expected to grow to 9.4 billion lbs by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%. The electronic packaging category is the fastest moving subsegment in this market, growing at a CAGR of 4.9%. The last decade has witnessed an increase in the use of thermoformed plastic products as the result of improved technologies and cost reductions.
  • Toray Introduces Eco-friendly, High-barrier Torayfan® CBS2 BOPP Film for Packaged Goods (Jun 16, 2014)
    Toray Plastics (America), Inc., introduces Torayfan® CBS2 film, an environment-conscious, clear, high-oxygen- and moisture-barrier BOPP film designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, crisp salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes, and confections, as well as pet food and treats and non-food items. Consumer packaged goods companies and converters can now create value-added transparent PVdC-free laminations that provide an excellent oxygen and moisture barrier, which help keep foods fresh, flavorful, and aromatic.
  • Westlake Chemical Acquires Specialty PVC Producer Vinnolit & its Subsidiaries from Advent (Jun 16, 2014)
    Westlake Chemical Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm. Vinnolit is among the integrated global leaders in specialty polyvinyl chloride ("PVC") resins. The acquisition price of 490 million will be financed using existing Westlake cash and credit facilities. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014, subject to standard closing conditions, including regulatory review.
  • Dell Uses UL-Environment Certified Closed-loop Recycled Plastics to Manufacture Computers (Jun 13, 2014)
    Dell announced new sustainability initiatives designed to increase the ways that its IT solutions make lasting contributions to the planet. Dell is the first in the IT industry to introduce carbon-negative packaging, through a partnership with Newlight Technologies, inventor and manufacturer of AirCarbon. Dell also is the first to use UL-Environment certified closed-loop recycled plastics in the manufacturing of computers.
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