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Revolutionary Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

Revolutionary Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

PORTLAND, Ore., July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) and Helicopter Transport Services (HTS) are pleased to announce the first flight of its advanced composite main rotor blades for the S-64 Aircrane and CH-54 Skycrane. “As a legacy aircraft services provider, we are constantly seeking ways to innovate and improve upon existing platforms to ensure these aircraft stay competitive,” said Dale Roberts, Senior Director of Plant Operations at Erickson Incorporated. “The composite main rotor blade program is a great example of our team’s engineering and manufacturing breadth and depth.”
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Pretium Acquires California Packaging Company Custom Blow Molding

Pretium Acquires California Packaging Company Custom Blow Molding

Chesterfield-based Pretium Packaging has acquired Custom Blow Molding, an Escondido, California-based supplier of containers for the sports nutrition market. Pretium will keep the Custom Blow Molding (CBM) brand and CBM's Bill McNeal and Joe Abbott will join Pretium's leadership team, officials said. In addition to its California headquarters, CBM also has operations in Carrollton, Texas, and Aurora, Illinois.
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Fremantle Councils Team Up in Bid to Ban Plastic Bags

Fremantle Councils Team Up in Bid to Ban Plastic Bags

NINE months after the City of Fremantle’s push to ban plastic bags was stonewalled, a renewed push from an old ally has breathed life back into the bid. Town of East Fremantle councillors last week restarted discussions about introducing a law banning single-use bags, more than a decade after they first agreed to adopt a no plastic bag policy. The City of Fremantle’s recent attempts to introduce such a law was stonewalled by Parliament for the second time in October last year, after it was first rejected in 2013.
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The War on Food Waste and How ‘Smart’ Packaging can Help Win it

The War on Food Waste and How ‘Smart’ Packaging can Help Win it

American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, however, only about half of them are aware that food waste is a problem, and many find some benefit in doing so, according to a new Ohio State study. The researchers developed the national survey to identify Americans’ awareness and attitudes regarding food waste. In July 2015, it was administered to 500 people representative of the U.S. population. The study found that 53% of respondents said they were aware that food waste is a problem. This is about 10% higher than a Johns Hopkins study published last year, which indicates awareness of the problem could be escalating.
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DSM Debuts High Hydrolysis Resistance Polyamide 410 and 4T Materials for Automotive Cooling Systems

DSM Debuts High Hydrolysis Resistance Polyamide 410 and 4T Materials for Automotive Cooling Systems

Engineering plastics supplier DSM is extending its portfolio of high performance materials for automotive applications requiring hydrolysis resistance across a wide range of temperatures. The portfolio is targeted at water-cooling related applications under the hood. The company is also announcing a new application for a hydrolysis-resistant grade of its high performance EcoPaXX bio-based polyamide. DSM’s extensive portfolio of materials based on polyamides 410 and 4T (EcoPaXX and ForTii, respectively) are all inherently resistant to hydrolysis. One particular grade, EcoPaXX Q-HG6/7, is very well suited for applications such as expansion tanks that need to resist coolants at high temperatures. It enables part weight to be cut by as much as 30% compared with polyamide 66.
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Plastic Cans are Not Recyclable, Advises APR

Plastic Cans are Not Recyclable, Advises APR

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, has responded to claims by plastic can manufacturers that their products are recyclable, pointing out that a PET can with a metal lid contaminates the PET recycling stream. APR urges caution to those companies considering the use of plastic cans. “There is a reason Maine, Illinois, and Minnesota imposed restrictions or bans on this type of packaging,” says Steve Alexander, Executive Director of APR. “A plastic can with a metal lid is a contaminant to PET recycling and not compatible with today’s material recovery and plastics reclamation systems.”
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Date for Composite Prototyping Seminar

Date for Composite Prototyping Seminar

Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance, Magnum Venus Products, and The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) will hostP2P Composites: Prototyping to Process for Composites, a two-day session held at the Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, from 9-10 August 2016. This is the third workshop in a series presented by the companies.
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Teapot-Shaped Pouch is Steeped in On-Shelf Distinction

Teapot-Shaped Pouch is Steeped in On-Shelf Distinction

Pinched-waist and a multitude of other shapes and variations of pouches have been developed over the past few years, but one of the most unexpected new offerings is this teapot-shaped pouch from Mondi Jackson. With a unique shape and handle, it's designed to capture consumers’ attention. “The new pouch has an unusual and appealing appearance,” says Ross Bushnell, president, Mondi Jackson, Consumer Goods Packaging. “It’s attractive, roughly ‘teapot’ shape is designed to stand apart from conventional packaging on retail shelves. It is ideal for fast moving consumer goods, such as olive and salad oils, fruit drinks and broths as well as liquid soaps.”
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Chase Plastic Forms Chase Plastics de Mexico

Chase Plastic Forms Chase Plastics de Mexico

Clarkston, Mich. (July 21, 2016) – Chase Plastic Services, Inc. announces the formation of Chase Plastics de Mexico, a subsidiary located in Queretaro, Mexico. The new company is dedicated to delivering Chase Plastics’ “outrageous” level of customer service and a comprehensive product line of specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics to plastics processors and OEMs with operations in Mexico. “Although we’ve serviced customers in Mexico for over a decade, we’ve seen a growing number of companies who demand the kind of customer service and support that Chase Plastics is known for throughout the industry on a local level,” said Chase Plastics Vice President of Sales, Alan Arduini. “By forming Chase Plastics de Mexico, we’re better positioned to meet the demand in Mexico for responsiveness, extensive materials knowledge and application expertise. This is a win-win for companies in Mexico and Chase as we continue to grow together.”
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BC Partners in Exclusive Talks for Majority Stake in Keter Plastic

BC Partners in Exclusive Talks for Majority Stake in Keter Plastic

European private equity house BC Partners [BCPRT.UL] is in exclusive talks to buy a majority stake in Israeli furniture maker Keter Plastic in a deal that could value Keter at nearly $1.6 billion, according to a source familiar with the talks. Keter's owner, Sami Sagol, and his advisers had previously selected BC Partners along with U.S. buyout fund Carlyle (CG.O) and CVC [CVC.UL] to submit binding offers.
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BASF Boosts R&D in Asia Pacific for Automotive Coatings

BASF Boosts R&D in Asia Pacific for Automotive Coatings

BASF is stepping up its regional research and development (R&D) activities for automotive coatings in a new world-class platform at the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China. At these state-of-the-art coatings and coating resins laboratories, the company’s R&D team is innovating to address regional automotive customers’ growing demands for high-performance, quality and flexible coatings solutions with a lower environmental impact. “We anticipated early the growth potential of the automotive industry in Asia, as well as the build up of R&D capacities of our customers,” said Peter Fischer, Senior Vice President, Coatings Solutions, Asia Pacific, BASF. “One key enabler for future success is the globalization of our R&D landscape and to establish an organization to meet future market needs. That is what we did. We target to increase our R&D personnel in Asia Pacific, mostly in China.”
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Solar Impulse 2 Heads for Finish Line in Round-the-World Flight

Solar Impulse 2 Heads for Finish Line in Round-the-World Flight

Solar Impulse 2 has taken off on what is expected to be the final leg of its solar-powered round-the-world voyage. Today at 23:28 GMT (July 24, 1:28 am EET), the single-seater aircraft took off from Cairo International Airport with Bertrand Piccard at the controls. After a ten day layover in Cairo due to pilot illness and poor weather, Solar impulse 2 is now on the 17th leg of its journey, which is expected to end in two days at the starting point in Abu Dhabi.
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METYX Composites Doubles Production Site in Turkey

METYX Composites Doubles Production Site in Turkey

METYX Composites, a division of textiles company Telateks AS, plans to double production facilities at its main manufacturing centre in Manisa, Turkey. The existing factory is being linked to a newly acquired site, which combined provide a total of 2.3 hectares (23,000 m2) of production and warehousing space. The expanded site is almost twice the size of the current factory, providing the company with the space to double weaving capacity for glass and carbon fiber multiaxial fabrics and add more tooling and kitting capacity.
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Covestro a Premium Partner of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga

Covestro a Premium Partner of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga

Covestro has become a new premium partner of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (the German Ice Hockey League, or DEL). The company and the sports league have agreed to enter into an initial four-year partnership, starting with the coming 2016-2017 season. The Covestro logo will be displayed under the ice in all DEL arenas and on the referees’ helmets. Other elements of the partnership are branding on backdrops for TV broadcasts and for sports news coverage, as well as branding on the official puck beginning with the 2017-2018 season. “The DEL’s commitment and our high-performance materials are the perfect combination to ensure fans will enjoy games that are thrilling, but also safe,” says Patrick Thomas, CEO of Covestro. “This is what we want to make visible and build upon together in the future,” Lutz says. “We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with the German Ice Hockey League.”
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