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Brenntag-Univar deal would have some impact on plastics

The two largest chemical distribution firms in the world may be on a path to becoming one company. While the proposed deal has plastics implications, that’s a relatively minor factor. Essen, Germany-based Brenntag SE on Nov. 25 confirmed it is in preliminary discussions to buy Univar Solutions Inc. “These discussions are ongoing and there are no concrete results or agreements yet,” it said. Accordingly, Brenntag said that it was not…

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Plastic Ingenuity: Insights on Polymers, Pressing Issues, and What’s New

Remember the buzz when Starbucks’ at-store cold drinks went straw-less in 2019? The company behind the cups’ cleverly designed thermoformed polypropylene lid, which enabled the iconic coffee brand to eliminate one billion straws yearly, was Plastic Ingenuity. As one of the largest custom thermoformers in North America, Plastic Ingenuity creates packaging solutions for food, beverage, healthcare, and consumer products. Clients include Merit Medical Systems, Starbucks, Tyson, and others. Headquartered in…

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Plastics in Politics Live – December 2022

Join us December 13 at 2PM EST for a Plastics In Politics Livestream. It’s busy as always in the plastics policy arena. In December, we can preview the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, and look at the Biden administration getting an earful on whether it should require government agencies to buy fewer single-use plastics. In the states, we’ll discuss California lawmakers passing – and Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoing – a bill that…

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To Attach or Not to Attach Thy Cap, That Is the Sustainable Question

Forsooth! The Bard of Boulder has a few words for thee! Heinz recently announced that it has developed a monomaterial ketchup cap that’s recyclable. Company packaging engineers spent 185,000 hours and $1.2 million figuring out how to remove a flexible silicone valve to ensure that the cap was produced solely from food grade polypropylene. After 9 years and 45 iterations, the cap is now being rolled out in the UK.…

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‘Get the Right Information to the Right People at the Right Time’

Noble Plastics’ employees are used to working with tablets to record downtime, production lots and QC checks. An in-house project would give them access to personal dashboards providing realtime analysis of whether their job’s production at the current rate is likely to meet the output goal for the shift. The cloud-based system allows operators to seek immediate technical assistance if needed. (Photo: Noble Plastics) As Scott Rogers sees it, most…

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This week’s digital edition is out now | Nov. 28, 2022

We hope you had a swell Thanksgiving!  This week’s issue features our 2022 North American Compounders directory. Compounders are facing a slowing demand as the global economy also slows down. Frank Esposito examines what we saw in 2022 and what compounders are expecting for 2023. He also wrote several stories on hand at the AMI Compounding World Expo.  Speaking of the economy, we hear from PN‘s economics editor Bill Wood…

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Debunking Misconceptions About the Section 179 Tax Deduction

Section 179 is one of the more misunderstood parts of the US tax code. While many companies take advantage of the tax deduction for equipment purchases, a surprising number of US businesses do not. Data is hard to come by, but according to a 2016 report by the US Department of the Treasury, the Section 179 allowance was used generally in the 70 to 80% range for C and S…

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LG Chem Targets Polycarbonate Production Via Carbon Capture

Korea’s LG Chem plans to construct an innovative carbon mitigation facility that will produce raw materials for plastics using carbon dioxide to build its foundation to achieve 2050 Net Zero. The company will construct a Dry Reforming of Methane (DRM) facility, which can produce plastics using carbon dioxide captured at the plant and the byproduct gas, methane. The DRM facility will be constructed as a 1,000-tonne/year pilot plant at the…

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Most commodity prices drop, but PE stays flat

North American prices for most commodity resins continued to drop in October. Price declines were seen in markets for polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene and PET bottle resin. Polyethylene prices in the regions were flat for the month. Regional PP prices were down an average of 15 cents per pound, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News. That drop was a combination of a decline in price for polymer-grade propylene (PGP)…

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November Most-Viewed Stories

Here are the most-read articles at Plastics Technology in November 2022. From commodity resins to your molding process, even with some K 2022 review products, our coverage brought readers answers and knowledge this Autumn. Make sure to come back next week when our December 2022 issue is published with a whole new set of feature and technical articles.  Happy Thanksgiving from Plastics Technology!Photo Credit: Stock Image

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