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Investment in Composite Unmanned Surface Vessels

Investment in Composite Unmanned Surface Vessels

AutoNaut, a UK company which makes carbon fiber autonomous vessels designed for scientific ocean research has secured investment from the Seiche Group to advance its research and development, assure long-term growth and develop business across UK and international markets. In September 2015, Seiche agreed its first investment in AutoNaut and this new deal sees them take a majority stake in the company. AutoNaut Ltd is the new name for the company previously trading as MOST (Autonomous Vessels) founded in 2012.
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Formaplex Increases Production Capacity

Formaplex Increases Production Capacity

The company announces the commission of a further 5 injection moulding presses to increase its component production capabilities. Following investment of £15m over recent years, the purchase of 5 new Negri Bossi mould presses, including a 2,000T model totals a further £1m investment. This will increase company's plant list to include 16 injection mould presses, ranging from 3,500t - 55t.
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European Plastics Group Encouraging Innovation

European Plastics Group Encouraging Innovation

The European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations (EPRO) is inviting companies across Europe to enter their products and designs for products made from recycled plastics to enter for European recognition. The EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product and Best Recycled Plastic Product Design is now open for entries at http://bestproduct.epro-plasticsrecycling.org. The aim of this competition is to raise awareness and showcase the latest product innovations for recycled plastics in a growing variety of products and items. This also recognises the progression in the applications of recycled plastics, and presents a real opportunity for the industry to further demonstrate commitment to the environment and saving resources through use of recycled materials.
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Zhongmin Pinghaiwan Offshore Wind Second Phase Project has Been Approved

Zhongmin Pinghaiwan Offshore Wind Second Phase Project has Been Approved

According to Fujian government, Zhongmin Offshore Wind Power Co., Ltd (Zhongmin Offshore Wind) Pinghaiwan Putian Pinghaiwan offshore wind field second phase project has been approved by Fujian Province Development and Reform Committee. By far, Putian offshore wind power development capacity has reached 700 MW that is the largest offshore wind power region in Fujian Province.According to report, Putian Pinghaiwan offshore wind power field second phase project total investment is about 5 billion Yuan (US$ 767 million).
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Sekisui Plastics Establishes new Corporation and Manufacturing Base in Mexico

Sekisui Plastics Establishes new Corporation and Manufacturing Base in Mexico

Sekisui Plastics USA, a subsidiary of Sekisui Plastics Company, Ltd. (Osaka, Japan; www.sekisuiplastics.com) has announced the establishment of a new corporation in Mexico, Sekisui Plastics Mexico, S.A. de C.V., and the opening of its new $7 million manufacturing facility in the city of Valle de Santiago, Mexico. The plant, which came online in July, has a molding capacity of approximately 60 metric tons (m.t.) per month with room for future growth. It will initially products molded mainly from Piocelan hybrid moldable foam resin that are used in automotive applications for energy absorption, light weighting and safety, as well as packaging products for auto parts shipment.
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Carestream Reduces Energy Consumption, Boosts Recycling Efforts at Oregon and Colorado Manufacturing Facilities

Carestream Reduces Energy Consumption, Boosts Recycling Efforts at Oregon and Colorado Manufacturing Facilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carestream Health reduced energy consumption and enhanced recycling at its facilities in Oregon and Colorado as part of an ongoing effort to trim its environmental footprint. “We continuously examine our manufacturing processes and product components to identify areas where we can help protect the environment,” said Cavan Kelsey, Carestream’s Corporate Environmental Health and Safety & Sustainability Director. “Our aim is to continue to reduce energy use despite the addition of new processing and production machines at both sites.”
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16-Year-Old South African Invents Wonder Material to Fight Drought

16-Year-Old South African Invents Wonder Material to Fight Drought

(CNN)South Africa's worst drought in recorded history has left eight of the country's nine provinces in a state of disaster, with thousands of communities and millions of households facing water shortages. The agricultural union Agri SA has requested over $1 billion in government subsidies to help farmers through the crisis, but a cut-price solution could soon be available -- from an unlikely source. Johannesburg schoolgirl Kiara Nirghin, 16, recently won the Google Science Fair's Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa with her submission "No More Thirsty Crops." Using orange peel and avocado skins, the precocious student created a super absorbent polymer (SAP) capable of storing reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight, forming reservoirs that would allow farmers to maintain their crops at minimal cost. The polymer has the added benefit of sustainability as it uses recycled and biodegradable waste products.
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Toray Plastics Packaging, Label Films Selected for the HP Indigo Pack Ready Program

Toray Plastics Packaging, Label Films Selected for the HP Indigo Pack Ready Program

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., a manufacturer of polypropylene, polyester, metallized, and bio-based films, has been selected to join the innovative HP Indigo Pack Ready community of film providers. HP Indigo Pack Ready is a set of post-print solutions for HP Indigo digital presses that enables digital converters and printers to print, laminate, and pack on demand for immediate time-to-market.
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Technavio Announces Top Five Vendors in the Global Molded Plastic Packaging Market from 2016 to 2020

Technavio Announces Top Five Vendors in the Global Molded Plastic Packaging Market from 2016 to 2020

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global molded plastic packaging market 2016-2020 report. This research report also lists 10 other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period. The global molded plastic packaging market will see a steady growth with a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. Molded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is emerging as the most favored polymer or material for packaging as it provides flexibility and is versatile.
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Berry Plastics Touts Sales Record

Berry Plastics Touts Sales Record

Evansville-based Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) says record quarterly sales have driven a big turn to profit. The manufacturer is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of $96 million, compared to a $13 million loss in the same period last year. Berry Plastics says net sales exceeded $1.6 billion in the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Jon Rich says "the third fiscal quarter was another strong performance period for Berry during which we achieved record net sales for any quarterly period while Operating EBITDA surpassed any June ending quarter in the Company's history.
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Pipe Extrusion Tooling With Rotation

Pipe Extrusion Tooling With Rotation

Independent rotation of die and mandrel Increased ring stiffness and pressure resistance, reduced friction Applications: from PVC to PE / PP pipes with glass fiber A tooling to produce pipes does usually not have any element which rotates, as a plastic pipe – single or multilayer – does not have any structure which requires rotation. But this has changed. The Austrian company Conextru GmbH shows that the independent turning of die and mandrel brings advantages to a number of pipe applications.
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SPI Reports Record-Breaking Results for NPE2018 Pre-Draw

SPI Reports Record-Breaking Results for NPE2018 Pre-Draw

It’s still almost two years away, but the NPE2018 plastics trade show is off to a good start. A record number of companies selected space for the 2018 show in a recently concluded pre-draw process, according to show organizer the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI) In the pre-draw, long-time exhibitors were able to pick their spaces on the NPE2018 expo floor.
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Nordson Aligns All Melt Delivery Systems Under the BKG Product Brand Name and Will Expand Operations in Muenster, Germany

Nordson Aligns All Melt Delivery Systems Under the BKG Product Brand Name and Will Expand Operations in Muenster, Germany

MÜNSTER, GERMANY, August 8, 2016: Nordson Corporation’s BKG® product brand, well known around the world for underwater pelletizer systems, is now also the group brand name for the company’s diverse range of polymer melt delivery equipment, including filtration systems, ovens, gear pumps, and valves. Now included under the BKG brand are melt filtration systems, gear pumps, and valves previously offered under the Kreyenborg brand, plus screen changers, ovens, and gear pumps previously sold under the Xaloy® brand. The melt delivery system business that Nordson acquired from Kreyenborg in 2013 will be moved from its existing facility in Münster and combined with the nearby BKG pelletizer business. Nordson will expand its operations in Münster to approximately four times the current size to optimize production and accommodate future growth.
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Toddler Gets Kidney Transplant Via 3D Printing Technology

Toddler Gets Kidney Transplant Via 3D Printing Technology

A father is recovering in hospital in Manchester after donating a kidney to save the life of his three-year-old daughter. Lee Chester, a 37-year-old account manager for Canon UK, told the Manchester Evening News: “This is something that any parent would do, you just say yes, it’s in the terms.” His daughter Esme was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure last June. “Things changed overnight,” said Lee. “Her kidney failure was end stage - the worst it could get.”
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FDA ‘Gets it’ When it Comes to 3D Printing

FDA ‘Gets it’ When it Comes to 3D Printing

The FDA usually doesn’t get a lot of love from the medical technology sector. That comes with the territory when you are an industry watchdog, of course, and the agency routinely gets accused of being behind the curve on emerging technologies and wielding a heavy, overly burdensome hand. Derek Mathers, Director of R&D at Worrell Inc., a Minneapolis-based design firm, has a different view, at least when it comes to the agency’s understanding of 3D printing. “Some people in our industry like to think of the FDA as a part of the problem as opposed to the solution when it comes to medical product development,” Mathers told PlasticsToday. “But the recent draft guidance that the agency put out on a 3D-printing framework for metal and plastic components for devices was a well-orchestrated move to encourage medical innovators to think about their additive manufacturing programs with a new lens.”
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Davis-Standard to Promote Global Advantage at K 2016

Davis-Standard to Promote Global Advantage at K 2016

Davis-Standard to Promote Global Advantage™ at K 2016 Davis-Standard, LLC will exhibit the depth of its Global Advantage™ in extrusion and converting technology during K 2016 in Düsseldorf in Hall 16, Booth A43. Technology being shown includes examples of extruder, feedscrew, die, unwind, and control system advancements as well as the company’s innovative dsX™ technology and extensive aftermarket capabilities. As an added benefit, Davis-Standard’s team will host visitors at ER-WE-PA’s Erkrath facility for equipment demonstrations.
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