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Medtech Molder RenyMed Opens Secondary Operations Center, Adds Micro-Molding Press

A supplier of injection molding services and tooling to medical device OEMs, RenyMed has opened a dedicated Secondary Operations Center for medical component decorating. It has also installed a new press at its Baldwin Park, CA, facility. The 500-square-foot Secondary Operations Center expands RenyMed’s value-added services, including laser marking, pad printing, sub-assembly, and other post-molding operations. Laser marking, in particular, has a long history at RenyMed, dating back several years when…

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New Pilot Project for Closed-Loop Recycling of Single-Use Face Masks

Since spring of 2020, masks have been prevalent around the world. But while they provide much needed protection, these single-use masks add another wrinkle to the growing global waste issue. This is why the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT, Sabic and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have collaborated on a circular economy pilot project that aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling of single-use face masks. Due to COVID-19, use of billions of disposable face…

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Plastic Bag Manufacturer Chronicles His Journey to Sustainability

There aren’t many books written by plastics industry professionals that don’t involve chemistry, and even fewer that moonlight as a travelogue. But Trent A. Romer’s book, Finding Sustainability: The Personal and Professional Journey of a Plastic Bag Manufacturer (Business Books, June 2021), melds his love for the great outdoors with his devotion to the family plastic bag manufacturing business in Albany, NY. The Clear View Bag Co. began life in…

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BMW Invests in Natural Fiber Welding

BMW i Ventures has invested in Natural Fiber Welding Inc. (NFW), a developer of plastic-free alternatives to materials such as leathers, foams, and textiles. The financing round will enable the company to scale from the batch processing of materials to commercial roll-to-roll production. NFW has developed technologies to replace incumbent petrochemical-based materials such as synthetic leathers and enable natural inputs to be shaped and molded into a durable, all-natural, and…

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Kickstart: Vaccination supporters

Vaccination supporters India-based film maker Cosmo Films Ltd.’s nonprofit arm, Cosmo Foundation, organized a one-day COVID-19 vaccination drive in Delhi as part of its work to “promote the quality of life” for communities that are home to Cosmo’s manufacturing sites. Cosmo Foundation said it saw an opportunity to support the rural community and marginalized workers along with police and health workers, teachers and the elderly. “No one can predict what…

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Molders: What’s the Toughest Part You’ve Ever Molded?

There’s a reason parts are the most prominent part of a molder’s trade show display or that they’re the first thing visitors see in the shop’s lobby. More than anything, they show what that molder is capable of while also broadening customers’ minds to think about what is possible with the process. Plastics Technology wants to give molders a chance to show off those impossible-to-mold parts to more than passersby…

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Talent Talk: What the Olympics Can Teach You About Best Hiring Practices

First and foremost, do what it takes to hire the best. A winning strategy for the Olympics begins with having the best athletes. There are 206 nations competing in Tokyo, and every one of them did everything they could to identify who were the best swimmers, wrestlers, and gymnasts for their team. Yet in the corporate world, we are often content with making a list of qualifications, then finding someone…

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Kickstart: It’s time to track PPT

It’s time to track PPT This week’s print issue of Plastics News brings the latest ranking of North American pipe, profile and tubing makers, covering the chaotic fiscal year that was 2020. As our data guru Hollee Keller notes, average sales for PPT firms were up 5.8 percent for 2020. “[That] is great news,” she writes in a blog about this year’s rankings, but she noted it’s not purely good news.…

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Extrusion Basics: A Smart Material Management Strategy

On the British Columbia coast, the “fields” of mussels are being “cooked” by record-breaking heat. My first reaction was, “Are they still edible?” It would be a shame to waste them, I thought, and just leave them to rot. You also may have this material-conserving mentality, at least with regard to plastics. Saving and using materials is the subject of this month’s column, but not untiI I remind you (again)…

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