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 •  February 28, 2016

A range of recycled carbon fiber products that reportedly offer a cost effective solution to traditional composites in high volume applications will be on show at JEC World 2016. From a dedicated recovery plant in the West Midlands, UK company ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd reclaims carbon fiber from manufacturing and end-of-life waste and transforms it into...

Plastics Today

 •  February 27, 2016

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is reverberating far beyond the political sphere and sending tremors through the business community, as well. Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) announced on Feb. 26 that it will settle a class-action lawsuit and pay $835 million rather than risk an appeal of an antitrust case without the tie-breaking...

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 •  February 26, 2016

Adhesives specialist Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) announced its collaboration with Nordmeccanica SpA (Piacenza Italy), a developer of coating, laminating and metallizing machinery, to accelerate the development of flexible packaging innovation through new technology.
By joining together adhesive development with innovative machinery, both...

Plastics Today

 •  February 26, 2016

The Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC; Falls Church, VA) is making it easier for companies to recycle EPS foam through its annual grant program that supports recycling packaging made from polystyrene foam. The FRC, part of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, seeks applicants looking to start or strengthen a post-consumer polystyrene foam recycling...

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 •  February 25, 2016

M. Holland Co. (Northbrook, IL), a distributor of thermoplastic resin, has expanded its partnership with global supplier Honeywell Resins and Chemicals (Morris Township, NJ). Through this expanded collaboration, M. Holland and Honeywell will be growing their nylon distribution to include flexible packaging applications. M. Holland and Honeywell...

Plastics Today

 •  February 25, 2016

With the price of oil hovering around $30 a barrel, many manufacturers who buy plastic components are wondering why their processor hasn't lowered the part price accordingly.I guess we're used to looking at the price at the gas pump: When the price of oil goes up or down, so does the price at the pump. There is a close correspondence between the...

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 •  February 25, 2016

Invibio Knee Ltd., a subsidiary of Invibio Biomaterials Solutions (Thornton Cleveleys, UK), has partnered with Maxx Orthopedics Inc. (Plymouth Meeting, PA) to develop a PEEK-Optima femoral knee replacement. The technology is being developed to address some of the unmet needs of more than a half-million patients annually who are dissatisfied with...

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 •  February 24, 2016

Yesterday in Cologne, Germany, materials manufacturer Covestro held its first financial news conference—‘a genuine premiere’, as CEO Patrick Thomas described it—presenting the results achieved by the company over the past fiscal year. And, across the board, they were convincing results: all financial targets were achieved in 2015.
“2015 was a...

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 •  February 24, 2016

Hosting assembly production sites of ten global auto OEMs and numerous tier 1 suppliers, the automotive industry has a strong presence in Mexico, one reason for German manufacturer of polyurethane (PU) processing equipment Frimo to establish a production operation there. At present, the auto industry accounts for around 6% of the national GDP...

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 •  February 23, 2016

A recent report by IBISWorld forecasts continued downward pressure on the prices of 3D printers during the next three years as new vendors enter the market. The average annual rate of decline is predicted to be 6.1%. This follows on from an annual decline of 4.7% in the three years to 2015.With the wider availability of entry level desktop models,...