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RWM Baler Helps Process Decommissioned Plastic Scrap

RWM Baler Helps Process Decommissioned Plastic Scrap

United Kingdom-based nuclear research organisation National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has installed a baler purchased from Riverside Waste Machinery (RWM) to help it process plastic scrap generated at decommissioned nuclear industry sites. NNL engages in nuclear research, technical development, reactor operations support and decommissioning services for nuclear facilities in the U.K.
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Rethink Sustainable Packaging as an Asset, not a Liability

Rethink Sustainable Packaging as an Asset, not a Liability

You’ve probably tut-tutted when recently reading about the number of recycling centers that are closing (Hundreds of California Recycling Centers Shut Down, Mercury News/AP, July 20, 2016). The average consumer believes it’s because there aren’t enough bottles being recycled for these facilities to be profitable or cost-neutral. Thus, the urgent and almost constant media plea to recycle more. The problem is, the scenario above is not only wrong, but actually contributes to the reason that these facilities are disappearing. In reality, we are actually recycling too much, given that low oil prices have reduced the gap between virgin and recycled resin prices. Thus, the cost advantage of buying recycled resin has disappeared, and so has much of the market for it.
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Blackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund Acquires Davalor Mold Corporation

Blackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund Acquires Davalor Mold Corporation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., today announced its investment in Chesterfield, Mich.-based Davalor Mold Corporation (Davalor), a leading manufacturer of injection molded plastic products. Talmer Bank provided financing for the transaction, which is the eighth by Blackford's Michigan Prosperity Fund, which invests in Michigan companies to generate best-in-class equity returns and support the state's economy. With nearly 40 years of experience in the injection molded plastic products industry, brothers Dave, Orm, and Al Bernhardt founded Davalor in 1979. Davalor's products are primarily sold to the automotive sector and include crucial safety equipment, such as seatbelt retractor components, buckle covers, webbing guides, air bag systems, and other products. In addition to its wide range of quality products, Davalor also sets itself apart from the competition with custom manufacturing capabilities and exceptional customer service.
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ByFusion Promises to Reduce Plastic in the Ocean by Making Building Blocks

ByFusion Promises to Reduce Plastic in the Ocean by Making Building Blocks

It’s not the first time that an entrepreneur has developed a way to use plastic as building blocks—and we’re not talking Lego here. No, these are real building blocks modeled in the size and dimensions of common concrete building blocks that can be used for commercial and residential building projects. The only difference is they are made from comingled scrap plastic. Using a 100% modular manufacturing system, ByFusion (Brooklyn, NY) takes in scrap plastic from the world’s oceans, where some studies estimate that 4.8 million metric tons of plastic gets dumped each year, and puts it through a machine that compacts the comingled scrap into 8 x 16 x 4 inch building blocks, called RePlast.
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Orpic’s Plastics Complex to Offer $1.5b in Business to Omani Firms

Orpic’s Plastics Complex to Offer $1.5b in Business to Omani Firms

Muscat: As part of a major initiative to strengthen in-country value (ICV) while building mega projects, contractors handling $6.5 billion worth of Liwa Plastics Industries Complex project have agreed to purchasing a minimum of 25 per cent from local vendors, as well as meeting a minimum Omanisation level of 30 per cent, and providing training for Omani youths in excess of 15 per cent of those employed. The prestigious Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is being built by state-owned Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic).
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Mitsubishi Chemical to Acquire Specialty Resins Supplier

Mitsubishi Chemical to Acquire Specialty Resins Supplier

Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) plans to require the remaining shares in The Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry Co. (Nippon Gohsei) that it does not already own. MCC already owns 51.49% of the company. MCC will also merge with acrylic resin, carbon fiber and impact modifier supplier Mitsubishi Rayon, and plastic packaging and agricultural film converter Mitsubishi Plastics in April 2017.
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T.H.E.M. Supports Launch of Innovative Beer Concentrate in Snapsil Single-Serve Portion Pack

T.H.E.M. Supports Launch of Innovative Beer Concentrate in Snapsil Single-Serve Portion Pack

T.H.E.M.’s NJ-based facility provides contract manufacturing and packaging services for a number of global consumer brands and retailers in the form of flexible stick packs, pouches and other single-use flexible packaging formats; in this particular case, the Snapsil® easy-open portion pack. “We are extremely pleased to be working with Foxboro and Snapsil, two leading innovators in their respective industries,” commented Neil Kozarsky, CEO and President of T.H.E.M. “This is a great example of how collaboration between consumer-savvy brands and inventive technology can generate marketplace opportunities.”
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Smithfield Foods Releases 2015 Sustainability & Financial Report

Smithfield Foods Releases 2015 Sustainability & Financial Report

Smithfield Foods Inc., Smithfield, Virginia, has announced the full release of its 2015 Sustainability & Financial Report. For the first time, Smithfield published its 15th annual sustainability report in segments organized by pillar of the company’s robust program. The goal of the multiphase release was to better engage a broad range of stakeholders by delivering information in a more accessible, meaningful way while enhancing transparency, says the company. Over a period of several weeks during the summer of 2016, Smithfield published the Animal Care, Environment, Food Safety & Quality, Helping Communities and People sessions in succession.
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Medical-Grade Polymers Revolutionize Tampon Technology

Medical-Grade Polymers Revolutionize Tampon Technology

Despite what those commercials may tell you, tampon design has not fundamentally changed since the original patent was filed in the early 1930s, according to The Flex Co. (Venice, CA). This startup, founded in 2015, is applying advances in medical-grade materials formulated for use in the body to the development of a tampon that promises “mess-free” sex during menstrual cycles as well as a more comfortable overall wearing experience.
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Exports Mitigate Polinox’s Downturn in the First Half of 2016

Exports Mitigate Polinox’s Downturn in the First Half of 2016

Foreign sales increased almost 70% in the period Latin American leader in peroxides, Brazilian company Polinox reported an 8% drop in the volume produced in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2015. By considering the domestic market alone, the decline would correspond to 13%, but the accelerated demand from other South American countries mitigated the impact of the crisis faced in Brazil.
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Web Industries Prepares for Growth in Aerospace Formatting

Web Industries Prepares for Growth in Aerospace Formatting

The composite slit tape specialist expands infrastructure to support increasing industry ramp rates and new commercial programs. Web Industries, Inc., industry specialist in formatting prepreg composites for aerostructure fabrication, announces recent infrastructure additions and storage expansion at its plant outside of Atlanta, Georgia. A large and advanced composites formatting facility, Web Atlanta produces precision composite slit tape and ply kits and provides vendor managed inventory services to the aerospace industry's leading manufacturers and part fabricators. These additions are the first part of a $12 million, three-year infrastructure investment plan that will increase efficiency and capacity at Web Atlanta and will position the facility to service a projected five-fold growth in aerospace composite formatting business over the next decade. As the aerospace industry searches for best-practice solutions to ramping up production rates, companies are discovering the advantages of outsourcing necessary but non-value add secondary manufacturing operations like optimized composite formatting for downstream manufacturing as well as vendor managed inventory services like raw material ordering and management, inventory tracking, freezer storage, quality assurance, and just-in-time fulfillment. Contracting out these solutions allows companies to focus on improving and innovating their core competencies, simplifies their raw material costs, and lowers risk within their supply chain.
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Minneapolis Medtech Event Continues Partnership With Medical Alley Association

Minneapolis Medtech Event Continues Partnership With Medical Alley Association

UBM Advanced Manufacturing Group (Santa Monica, CA) and the Medical Alley Association (MAA; Golden Valley, MN) have announced the continuation of their partnership at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis. The event, which takes place September 21 and 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, is co-located with PLASTEC Minneapolis as well as Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Minneapolis, Automation Technology Expo (ATX) Minneapolis, MinnPack and Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis. The events will bring more than 600 suppliers and 5,000 industry professionals under one roof.
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UK National Composites Centre and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology to Collaborate

UK National Composites Centre and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology to Collaborate

The National Composites Centre (NCC) host the Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Etienne Schneider, to sign a historic collaborative innovation agreement between the NCC and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). This is a powerful and positive example of ongoing collaboration in the European and UK innovation community.
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Study Finds More Than 60 Percent of US can Access Recycling Programs for Many Plastics

Study Finds More Than 60 Percent of US can Access Recycling Programs for Many Plastics

According to a new study, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population has access to recycling programs for several types of plastics, including polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) tubs and containers. The study, “2015-16 Centralized Study on Availability of Plastic Recycling,” conducted by Resource Recycling Systems, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Moore Recycling Associates Inc., Sonoma, California, measured the percentage of the U.S. population with access to programs that recycle specific categories of everyday plastic packaging, such as bottles, caps, cups, tubs and containers.
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True Confessions: A Plastics Engineer Explains Why he Despises Property Data Sheets

True Confessions: A Plastics Engineer Explains Why he Despises Property Data Sheets

I’ve been working with plastic materials for more than 30 years now, helping companies design and build products ranging from boogie boards, water basketball games and SCUBA diving equipment to disposable lighters, cell phones and hand-held medical devices. I’ve learned a lot about plastics along the way. While I can’t claim to know everything there is to know about these materials, there is one thing I do know for certain: I despise plastic property data sheets. Don’t get me wrong, property data sheets can be useful. They allow for a comparison of Material A versus Material B versus Material C, and so forth, by using standard tests, with measurements taken under controlled conditions. When all goes well, you can easily evaluate the materials and make some informed decisions about the materials that are suitable for your application. The problem is, things rarely go well.
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SPE Announces Automotive Composites Best Paper Award Winners

SPE Announces Automotive Composites Best Paper Award Winners

The organizing committee of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) have announced the Dr Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award winners for the show taking place from 7-9 September 2016. Three authors who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 92 contenders will be honored for excellence in technical writing with a commemorative plaque during the opening ceremonies.
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