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What Earth Day 2024 Gets Wrong

So, it’s “Planet vs. Plastics,” is it? As you may have heard, that’s the theme for this year’s Earth Day, which falls on April 22. Underscoring this admittedly catchy slogan, Earthday.org is calling for a “60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040 and an ultimate goal of building a plastic-free future for generations to come.” All I can say is: Be careful what you wish for. A world…

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ASA Resin Generates Deep Black Effect for Automotive Exteriors

A leading European automotive brand has selected Ineos Styrolution’s Luran S XA SPF60 acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) for the blackening panel of the company’s line of trucks. The selection was made due to the product’s superior surface quality in combination with its weather resistance. Collaborative relationship. Ineos Styrolution has had a longstanding relationship with the automotive company and its supplier. The two companies have previously collaborated on development projects using Ineos Styrolution’s…

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Europe’s Oldest Adhesive Compounder Had to Worry About Sabre-tooth Tigers

Adhesives have been used by humans for a very long time. Not hundreds of years, not thousands of years, but tens of thousands of years. While most modern adhesives are not based on natural materials, people living in the Middle Paleolithic (more commonly known as the Middle Stone Age) didn’t have extensive catalogs of silicone, acrylate, hot melt, and other adhesives to order from and needed to rely on nature-based…

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Reusable Drinkware Soars to New Heights

deSter and Eastman want to permanently ground single-use plastics on airlines. The two companies revealed a blue-sky plan that brings innovation to the airline industry by introducing reusable inflight drinkware made with Tritan Renew copolyester. “The airline industry generates 6.1 million tons of plastic waste per year, representing 2% of the world’s plastic waste and more than 50% of aircraft waste,” says Philippe De Naeyer, director sustainability at deSter. The…

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Whatever Happened to Metallocene-catalyzed PP?

Metallocene-catalyzed polypropylene (mPP) was developed around the same time as metallocene-based polyethylene (mPE), but sales of the two materials have been lopsided, with the mPE market perhaps 15 times larger. Nevertheless, mPP suppliers still hold hope that the resin will play a more prominent role in markets where purity and performance are priorities. Maximizing hygiene potential. MPP initially found its niche in the spunbond and meltblown nonwoven textile market, especially…

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How to Successfully Position Your Plastics Processing Business for a Buyout

For plastics processing business owners and senior management, the prospect of a buyout can be both exciting and daunting. If you’re considering selling your business soon, or simply want to ensure it’s attractive to potential buyers down the road, or just creating a succession strategy, there are steps that you should be taking now. Let’s dive into some strategic ways for a plastics processor to increase business value and growth…

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Trinseo Develops PFAS-free Flame-retardant PC, PC/ABS

Trinseo will introduce new flame-retardant polycarbonate (PC) and PC/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) materials at Chinaplas 2024 in Shanghai that are manufactured without the use of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or halogenated additives, with options of recycled content, to boot. The company is exhibiting in booth F52 in hall 6.2 from April 23 to 26. EV battery chargers among the applications. Emerge PC 8600PV and 8600PR resins along with Emerge PC/ABS 7360E65 resins…

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Sikora Presents Array of Advanced Plastic Tube and Pipe Measurement Systems

Measurement of plastic hose, tubes, and pipes on extrusion lines is taking a step forward thanks to new products being launched by Sikora at NPE2024. Sikora will demonstrate its new Centerwave 6000 series of devices based on millimeter wave technology. Operators can measure tubes and pipes in sizes from 32 to 1,600 mm diameter with the touch of a button. Eliminating the need for a coupling medium (water), calibration, or…

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Berry Global Adds F&S Tool to Portfolio

Packaging giant Berry Global Group Inc. has added to its portfolio F&S Tool, a specialized provider of high-output, high-efficiency hot-runner injection and high-volume compression molding applications. F&S Tool operates a 90,000-square-foot facility in Erie, PA, with 11 issued or pending patents. Just over 100 employees serve a broad spectrum of plastics manufacturers. Founded in 1983, F&S Tool cites packaging, medical, and closures as core applications. Targets high-end growth markets Berry…

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Medical Injection Molder Schnipke Acquired by Atalys

Plastics injection molder Atalys LLC announced yesterday that it has acquired Schnipke Engraving Co. LLC. Both companies provide injection molding and related services to medical device OEMs. Atalys, based in Rochester, NY, said the acquisition will enhance its manufacturing capabilities, technology, and geographical footprint. Tight-tolerance molding a specialty Founded in 1967, Schnipke has established a reputation for building tools in-house and designing and engineering molds that meet the medical device…

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