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Tupperware Says Adios to Its Last US Factory

Tupperware is permanently shutting down its last standing US production plant in Hemingway, SC. A total of 148 workers will be laid off in waves starting September 28, 2024, through Jan. 14, 2025, the company disclosed in its Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed on June 11. Production will shift to a Tupperware plant in Lerma, Mexico, which already produces most of the products for the US and Canadian…

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Small Things Considered at Plastec South

Plastec South, part of the IME South event alongside the medical manufacturing, packaging, automation, and design and engineering trade shows, came to Charlotte, NC, on June 4 to 6. One of the exhibitors was Accumold, a supplier of micro-molding services to the medical device sector. PlasticsToday featured the company in a pre-show article, focusing notably on innovations in thin-wall cannula molding. Paul Runyan, vice-president of sales and marketing, calls the…

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Paris Just Says ‘Non’ to Single-use Plastics at Summer Olympics

If you’re planning on going to Paris for the Summer Olympics, first, why? Don’t get me wrong — Paris is my favorite place in the world — but the crowds and prices will be intolerable. If you’re determined to brave the masses and cough up beaucoup bucks for a shoebox-sized hotel room, though, leave your plastic water bottle at home. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has banned single-use plastics from the Olympics. “We…

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Arburg Re-opens Tech Center in Germany

After two years and an investment of several million euros, Arburg officially re-opened its technology center in Radevormwald, Germany, near Cologne, on June 7. The event was marked by an open house attended by some 250 guests and Arburg leadership, including managing directors Juliane and Michael Hehl. The Arburg Technology Center (ATC) in Radevormwald first opened in 1982 and was the company’s first facility outside of the headquarters in Lossburg,…

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PMMA Supplier Röhm Expands US Production Capacity

Materials supplier Röhm announced today that it has expanded production capacity at its Wallingford, CT, plant. The company, headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, modified and redeployed an existing production line at the Wallingford site to accelerate delivery times and satisfy increasing global demand for its polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) products. Röhm’s PMMA products are sold in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Australia under the Plexiglas name and in the Americas under the Acrylite…

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Startup Gains Funding for Industrial Production of Medical-Grade Elastin

A German startup is one step closer to becoming the first company to produce medical-grade elastin on an industrial scale. Matrihealth GmbH reports having successfully completed a seven-figure seed financing round that will go toward the construction of a plant focused on isolating elastin for use in medical device design. Matrihealth was spun off the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in 2022 to provide elastin insulation…

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World Oceans Day: Superhero, Scientists Battle the Plastic Plague

Water filtration company Multipore is marking World Oceans Day on June 8 with a new edition of its free comic book series, Dewey, the Clean Water Superhero. The second issue in the series — The Trash Titan Tumult — follows Dewey and his octopus sidekick, the Aqua Sentinel, “as they embark on a daring mission to thwart the sinister plans of the Waste Wizard and formidable Trash Titan, who threaten our oceans…

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Resin Price Report: Prime PE, PP Prices Move Higher

Despite a holiday-shortened week because of Memorial Day, completed volumes at the PlasticsExchange again ran above average and Prime prices for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) moved higher. Spot railcar supply was a tad disappointing, as there were relatively few end-of-month specials. Demand remained robust as processors sought resin for near-term use and building an inventory buffer since June 1 is the start of hurricane season, reports the PlasticsExchange…

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Miniaturization Specialist Expands Services to Medtech OEMs

Miniaturization has been an ongoing trend in the medical device space for several years, and a handful of micro-precision molders and contract manufacturers have captured that market on the supply side. Jumping into the fray is an acknowledged master in the development and production of micro parts for audio products, in particular. Knowles Corp. has announced that it will make its precision miniaturization capabilities available to medical device OEMs. To…

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Recycling Reusable Shopping Bags

Recycling single-use plastic bags is old news to consumers and retailers using store drop-off for high- and low-density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) bags and PE films, but we haven’t heard much about recycling reusable shopping bags — until now. A new take-back service from Returnity Innovations, called “In Rotation”, addresses the glut of reusable bags in the marketplace and enables consumers to recycle those bags. The service accepts many types…

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