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Polestar, the Swedish #electric performance car company, is accelerating work to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions by w...
10/01/2022
New Partners Join Quest to Produce Climate-Neutral Car by 2030

Polestar, the Swedish #electric performance car company, is accelerating work to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions by welcoming 1️⃣2️⃣ new partners to the Polestar 0 project.

#sustainability #materials #composites #cars

Polestar enlisted 12 new partners, some of whom are focused on developing climate-neutral plastics and composites, for its “moonshot.”

Extrusion expertise will be in abundance when #K2022 kicks off Oct. 19 in Düsseldorf, Germany.Exhibitors will feature ev...
10/01/2022
Extrusion Innovations at K 2022

Extrusion expertise will be in abundance when #K2022 kicks off Oct. 19 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Exhibitors will feature everything from bio-based #wine corks to #extrusion lines with foaming capabilities that reduce #materialuse and part weight.

Exhibitors will feature everything from bio-based wine corks to extrusion lines with foaming capabilities that reduce material use and part weight.

We're going all out this year!With your Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis expo pass, you'll be able to sit in on our ed...
09/30/2022

We're going all out this year!

With your Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis expo pass, you'll be able to sit in on our educational theaters, which include #MedTech Central, #Engineering HQ, and #Tech Theater; walk through our expo hall with networking activities and welcome reception; listen to our amazing keynote speakers, and visit our Innovation Zone.

Sounds like a good time, doesn't it? But if you upgrade your expo pass to a conference pass, you'll get all this and more! The conference pass includes conference sessions, networking lunches, conference presentation slides, and the AM Medical Summit Conference.

Early bird pricing ends October 2nd. Upgrade your pass and save $150 before the price goes up:https://register.advancedmanufacturingminneapolis.com/OrgFB

#manufacturing

DSM Engineering Materials has officially opened its newly upgraded and expanded Evansville, IN, #compoundingfacility. Th...
09/30/2022
DSM Engineering Materials Invests in Sustainability at Evansville Plant

DSM Engineering Materials has officially opened its newly upgraded and expanded Evansville, IN, #compoundingfacility.

The investment has resulted in significant #technology and #sustainability focused improvements.

Plant expansion and optimization will enable energy-efficient production of high-performance sustainable plastics.

Together with 3 project partners, Austrian company Elmet developed 2 #injectionmolding production cell that manufacture ...
09/29/2022
Injection Molding Cell Creates Plastic Beverage and Food Can Covers

Together with 3 project partners, Austrian company Elmet developed 2 #injectionmolding production cell that manufacture 4 different covers for #foodandbeverage cans, which have been dubbed as #Smartcaps.

These innovative products will debut at #K2022:

With help from Sumitomo Demag, Shin-Etsu, and Mettler Toledo, Elmet will debut two innovative production cells to make silicone can covers at K 2022.

Calling all coffee lovers!! ☕️On #NationalCoffeeDay, we turn the spotlight on invigorating #flexiblepackaging for your b...
09/29/2022
New and Noteworthy Coffee Packaging

Calling all coffee lovers!! ☕️

On #NationalCoffeeDay, we turn the spotlight on invigorating #flexiblepackaging for your brew.

Have a cup and check it out:

On National Coffee Day, we turn the spotlight on invigorating flexible packaging for your brew.

Are you stuck at work wishing there was something more than just Google when it comes to research? Do you crave other in...
09/29/2022

Are you stuck at work wishing there was something more than just Google when it comes to research? Do you crave other industry professionals' thoughts and insights?

Come to Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis. Here you'll explore the latest insights and solutions spanning #medtech, #packaging, #automation, #plastics, and #design.

Experience it for yourself on Nov. 2-3, 2022.

Get your passes here, before it's too late: https://register.advancedmanufacturingminneapolis.com/OrgFB

What will inflation mean for salary increases in 2023? Projected #salaryincreases in 2023 range from a low of 4% to 7% o...
09/28/2022

What will inflation mean for salary increases in 2023?

Projected #salaryincreases in 2023 range from a low of 4% to 7% on the high end, according to a study. Here's how to get your fair share: https://bit.ly/3dTByjJ

The global #recycled #oceanplastics market size, valued at $1.55 billion in 2021, is expected to increase at a 7.4% CAGR...
09/28/2022

The global #recycled #oceanplastics market size, valued at $1.55 billion in 2021, is expected to increase at a 7.4% CAGR from 2022 to 2030, according to a 120-page #marketreport from Grand View Research.

🗞: https://bit.ly/3y1VBDz

Nova Chemicals Corp. announced Monday the appointment of Danny Dweik as interim CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2022.
09/27/2022
Nova Chemicals Names Interim CEO

Nova Chemicals Corp. announced Monday the appointment of Danny Dweik as interim CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

Danny Dweik takes the reins from Luis Sierra, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

These redesigned peanut-shaped bottles save up to 220 tons of #PETplastic yearly as Hormel Foods continues to improve #p...
09/27/2022
Planters Nuts Packaging: More Peanut-Like, Less Plastic

These redesigned peanut-shaped bottles save up to 220 tons of #PETplastic yearly as Hormel Foods continues to improve #packaging #sustainability.

Redesigned peanut-shaped bottles save up to 220 tons of PET plastic yearly as Hormel Foods continues to improve packaging sustainability.

Plastics Packaging News: Newsom Nixes Thermoform Recycling BillRecyclable Polypropylene Stand-Up Pouches with Barrier De...
09/27/2022

Plastics Packaging News:
Newsom Nixes Thermoform Recycling Bill
Recyclable Polypropylene Stand-Up Pouches with Barrier Debut
Major Brands, NGOs Come Together to Endorse Global Plastics Treaty
J&J’s Ethicon to Use Eastman’s Sustainable Co-Polyester for Medical Device Packaging
Germany to Get Europe’s Largest Advanced Recycling Plant
Inteplast's AmTopp Ramps Up Stretch-Film Production in Indiana
https://bit.ly/3raN7Gi

#plastics #packaging #packagingnews

Discover Five Design and Manufacturing Shows in One Stop at Advanced Design and Manufacturing Montreal!This extensive ev...
09/26/2022

Discover Five Design and Manufacturing Shows in One Stop at Advanced Design and Manufacturing Montreal!

This extensive event covers five industries with shared interests, practices, and business demands, ranging from #3Dprinting to new #energy-efficient techniques, #packaging innovations, and safety testing.

Get your pass today: https://register.admmontreal.com/OrgFB

We must put heat into the #extruder to soften the #plastic and then remove it to use the product. Simple, right? Not so ...
09/26/2022
Extruders Need to Beat the Heat, Too

We must put heat into the #extruder to soften the #plastic and then remove it to use the product.

Simple, right? Not so fast ⬇️:

We must put heat into the extruder to soften the plastic and then remove it to use the product. Simple, right? Not so fast.

Mura Technology plans to construct what it’s calling Europe’s largest advanced #recyclingplant in Germany. It is expecte...
09/24/2022
Germany to Get Europe’s Largest Advanced Recycling Plant

Mura Technology plans to construct what it’s calling Europe’s largest advanced #recyclingplant in Germany.

It is expected to be operational by 2025 and would deliver approximately 120 kilotons per annum of #advancedrecycling capacity.

Mura Technology will build the advanced recycling facility at Dow’s Böhlen site in Germany. Completion is expected by 2025.

Kendrick Plastics optimizes their operations by consolidating 27 different #softwaresystems to maximize efficiencies, cu...
09/23/2022
Kendrick Plastics Optimizes Operations by Digitizing from the Ground Up

Kendrick Plastics optimizes their operations by consolidating 27 different #softwaresystems to maximize efficiencies, cut costs, and increase #plant uptime.

Twenty-seven different software systems are consolidated to maximize efficiencies, cut costs, and increase plant uptime.

Inteplast's AmTopp Division is ramping up its #stretchfilm production and workforce in #Indiana, with two extrusion line...
09/23/2022
Inteplast's AmTopp Ramps Up Stretch Film Production in Indiana

Inteplast's AmTopp Division is ramping up its #stretchfilm production and workforce in #Indiana, with two extrusion lines projected to churn out about 5 million pounds of product monthly.

When the two extrusion lines are up and running, the Re*****on, IN, plant will produce up to 60 million pounds of linear-low-density polyethylene film a year.

Resin Price Report: Contract decreases may lie ahead, even if the bottom for spot pricing is in place and the low end of...
09/22/2022
Resin Price Report: Spot PP Prices Remain Well Discounted to Contracts

Resin Price Report: Contract decreases may lie ahead, even if the bottom for spot pricing is in place and the low end of the market continues to firm up, according to the PlasticsExchange. #resinreport #resin #plastics

Contract decreases may lie ahead, even if the bottom for spot pricing is in place and the low end of the market continues to firm up, according to the PlasticsExchange.

A #supplier of thin-wall-packaging molds and automation systems, Muller Technology will unveil its latest in-mold labeli...
09/22/2022
Modular, High-Output In-Mold Labeling System Debuts at K 2022

A #supplier of thin-wall-packaging molds and automation systems, Muller Technology will unveil its latest in-mold labeling automation #technology at #K2022.

Read more about what you can expect to see at the upcoming October event, here:

Muller Technology will unveil its latest in-mold labeling system producing a mono-material container with a fully recyclable polypropylene structure and label.

The next series of BMW iX and X1 models will feature trim parts made of #plastic with around 30% recycled #fishingnet an...
09/21/2022
BMW Charts Recycling Course with Used Fishing Nets

The next series of BMW iX and X1 models will feature trim parts made of #plastic with around 30% recycled #fishingnet and rope content.

Learn more about this #sustainability initiative, here:

Initially deployed in floor mats, a technology co-developed with Plastix will eventually enable production of ocean plastics–based injection molded interior trim.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF announced Wednesday the formation of a Business Coalition for a Global Plastics T...
09/21/2022
Major Brands, NGOs Come Together to Endorse Global Plastics Treaty

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF announced Wednesday the formation of a Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty.

#plastics #globalplastics #plasticstreaty #plasticsnews

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF announced today the formation of a Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty.

The governor of #California will not sign AB 2784, calling it a piecemeal initiative that conflicts with a comprehensive...
09/21/2022
Newsom Nixes Thermoform Recycling Bill

The governor of #California will not sign AB 2784, calling it a piecemeal initiative that conflicts with a comprehensive law passed earlier this year targeting single-use #plastics.

Read the full story, here: https://www.plasticstoday.com/legislation-regulations/newsom-nixes-thermoform-recycling-bill

The governor of California will not sign AB 2784, calling it a piecemeal initiative that conflicts with a comprehensive law passed earlier this year targeting single-use plastics.

✨Take time to unwind after the event.Explore the fantastic attractions in the area around the Palais, which include:🚶🏻A ...
09/20/2022

✨Take time to unwind after the event.

Explore the fantastic attractions in the area around the Palais, which include:

🚶🏻A north-south walk along Boulevard Saint-Laurent.

🌇 Journey to the Montréal World Trade Center.

🏘 And one of the oldest Asian neighborhoods in North America.

Time's running out! Get your tickets and plan your trip now: https://register.admmontreal.com/OrgFB

Explore each of the five trade events that are located on the same expo floor at Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis. It ...
09/20/2022
Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis | Design and Manufacturing Expo

Explore each of the five trade events that are located on the same expo floor at Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis. It is a one-stop shop for providing design to manufacturing solutions at each level of the manufacturing process—#design, materials, #manufacturing, #automation, and #packaging—in the major manufacturing industries, such as #Medtech, food and beverage, high-tech devices, equipment, aerospace, and more.

Need passes? Get them here: https://register.advancedmanufacturingminneapolis.com/OrgFB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMwYcYBsN_M&t=1s

The mid-west’s largest annual 5 in 1 design and manufacturing event that brings the "Product Design-to-Development" lifecycle full circle.

Injection molding #technology and innovations will be front and center at #K2022 from Oct. 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germa...
09/20/2022
A Lollapalooza of Injection Molding Star Power

Injection molding #technology and innovations will be front and center at #K2022 from Oct. 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Check out some of the companies attending that will be bringing their newest and best to K 2022:

Companies in the vanguard of injection molding technology, including Arburg, Wittmann Battenfeld, and Haitian International, bring their newest and best to K 2022.

Plastic Packaging News:Recycled Polypropylene’s Biggest ChallengeThree Sustainable Label LaunchesBorealis, Trexel Develo...
09/19/2022

Plastic Packaging News:
Recycled Polypropylene’s Biggest Challenge
Three Sustainable Label Launches
Borealis, Trexel Develop Reusable, Fully Recyclable Lightweight Plastic Bottle
Arburg Driven by Digitized Production, Sustainability
Modular, High-Output In-Mold Labeling System Debuts at K 2022
Koch and Holland’s Ioniqa Partner to Advance 'Disruptive' PET Upcycling Project
Stat of the Week: Medical Plastics
https://bit.ly/3DE1NW8

#plastics #packaging #sustainability

Südpack develops an #aluminumfree, #recyclable PP-based stand-up pouch for #foodpackaging that’s 26% lighter in weight t...
09/19/2022
Recyclable Polypropylene Stand-Up Pouches with Barrier Debut

Südpack develops an #aluminumfree, #recyclable PP-based stand-up pouch for #foodpackaging that’s 26% lighter in weight than conventional pouches.

Südpack develops an aluminum-free, recyclable PP-based stand-up pouch for food packaging that’s 26% lighter in weight than conventional pouches.

⏳Secure your Advance Manufacturing Minneapolis early bird conference passes before the price rises!This is an event you'...
09/19/2022

⏳Secure your Advance Manufacturing Minneapolis early bird conference passes before the price rises!

This is an event you're not going to want to miss! From Medtech and robotics to plastics and packaging, our five-in-one design and manufacturing event connects you across multiple verticals and industries.

Prices go up on October 2nd. Get them here: https://register.advancedmanufacturingminneapolis.com/OrgFB

A new #sensingdevice detects residual moisture levels as low as 10 parts per million (PPM) in #polymers in real time. Le...
09/19/2022
Moisture Monitor Verifies Dryness of Polymers in Real Time

A new #sensingdevice detects residual moisture levels as low as 10 parts per million (PPM) in #polymers in real time.

Learn more about it ⬇️:

Connected to the drying hopper outlet, the new system from Conair detects moisture levels as low as 10 parts per million.

An innovative multi-material #batteryenclosure developed by Teijin Automotive Technologies has received the Society of P...
09/17/2022

An innovative multi-material #batteryenclosure developed by Teijin Automotive Technologies has received the Society of Plastics Engineers ACCE People’s Choice Award.

The #innovative enclosure features patented clip #technology and composite formulations that can be customized to meet OEM specifications:

Accounting for nearly 1M jobs and $468 billion in shipments in 2021, the US #plasticsindustry moved up in ranking from t...
09/16/2022
Plastics Sector Jumps from Eighth to Sixth Largest US Industry

Accounting for nearly 1M jobs and $468 billion in shipments in 2021, the US #plasticsindustry moved up in ranking from the 8th to 6th largest industry in the country, according to the Plastics Industry Association.

Further growth is forecast this year and next, but at a smaller pace than in 2021.

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In an #extruder, heat must be added to soften the #plastic and form it, then cooled with water to use the product PlasticsToday. Cooling must be managed — not too fast nor too slow, and as uniformly as possible around the surface of the product. https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/extruders-need-beat-heat-too #extrusion #polymer #coolingmanagement
Increasing demand for weight reduction in BEV/PHEV and HEV and enhanced performance of plastic under harsh conditions are expected to drive the demand for electric vehicle plastics market. Read latest #trends @ https://bit.ly/3TKdaBg Discover market insights @ https://bit.ly/3elR4Vs PlasticsToday #GVR #marketreport #marketresearch #BEV #PHEV #HEV #plastic #environmental #EVs #emissions #electricvehicles #InternalCombustionEngines #ICE #vehicles
With onshoring becoming more and more important, "shadow factories" can contribute without breaking ground on a new factory PlasticsToday. Known as unused capacity within an existing factory, this can produce higher efficiency by improving machine health. https://www.plasticstoday.com/industry-trends/there-another-factory-hiding-within-your-factory #manufacturing #MachineMaintenance #extrusion #factory
Replacing an #extrusion line with a completely new one isn't always necessary. Lines in use may look old but have new #screws, motors, auxiliaries or barrels PlasticsToday. Make sure to check instrumentation. https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/tips-buying-new-%C2%A0or-not-so-new-extrusion-line #plastics #extruder #extrudedfilm #extrudedsheet
As PlasticsToday highlights, the redesigned Series 800 is designed to produce high-quality, material-efficient production of #tubing for automotive. #medical, appliance and industrial applications. https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/guill-introduces-new-generation-extrusion-tooling #extrusion #multilayer #multilumen #polymers #crosshead
The #medical #plastics market is projected to grow 7.8% over the next 10 years and global revenue for the sector is expected to reach $106.23 billion PlasticsToday. Medical plastics applications include insulin delivery, prosthetics, catheters, plastic pill casings, etc. #Pharmaceuticalpackaging will also drive the market. https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/medical-plastics-market-projected-grow-78-over-next-10-years #PVC #polymers #manufacturing
While #plastics don't have sharp melting/boiling points, they do have melting ranges which are above the transition temperature PlasticsToday. Since the melt gets thinner as it gets hotter, avoid too-hot melts during #extrusion that degrade the plastic. https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/hot-topic-literally-extrusion-technology #extruder #screws #PVC #mfg
#SupplyChain worries are not a thing of the past! Many industries are suffering due to high demand, low supply, shipping delays, high shipping costs due to rising fuel, etc. There are many external factors which put constraints on our supply chain. What can we do to strengthen our supply chain? https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/building-better-medical-device-supply-chain - PlasticsToday Advanced Biomedical Repair #BecauseYourNextInspectionMatters . . . . . #medicaldevice #medicaldevices #expert #experts #medical #surgery #digitalhealth #CentralCoast #SouthernCalifornia #Ventura #VenturaCounty #Fresno #CentralCalifornia #medicine #healthcare #research #medhealth #medtech #doctor #doctors #nurse #nurses #data #people #future #software #help
Jabil slashed year-over-year greenhouse gas emissions by 19% in 2021. Learn about the four-part strategy behind it in PlasticsToday. #Sustainability https://www.plasticstoday.com/sustainable-practices/how-jabil-slashed-greenhouse-gas-emissions-double-digits
Resin Report: Warehouses Brim with Resin, But Most Is Already Sold or Held for Export - PlasticsToday http://ow.ly/vqsW50JbxRB
When designing your next plastic part, you’ll save time and money by involving a team of engineers with design expertise related to the injection molding process upfront. PlasticsToday summarizes 10 critical considerations that experienced engineers know to consider as they approach the part design process: 1. Material options and consequences 2. Critical tolerances 3. Sink marks 4. Steel safe areas 5. Gate location 6. Shut-off angles 7. Draft angle orientation 8. Texturing and draft 9. Scheduling of critical start-up phases 10. Secondary operations and fixtures Read the full article, broken out into two parts, here: https://bit.ly/3t45G0v Visit the Chainlogix website for additional information about our Design for Manufacturing services and how we can support your next injection molding project.
Contingency plans, regulatory developments ... Four Crucial Questions to Ask Your Materials Supplier to Mitigate Supply-Chain Uncertainty - PlasticsToday: http://ow.ly/pyL250Jbxxg
Researchers at the The University of Texas at Austin have developed a #plastics-eating enzyme that degrades #PET PlasticsToday. Their variant of an enzyme, called PETase, can degrade PET even at low temperatures, making the process even more sustainable and reducing energy usage. https://www.plasticstoday.com/advanced-recycling/enzyme-breaks-down-waste-plastic-days-or-even-hours #recycling #polymer #packaging #sustainability
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“I’ve been in the plastics business for 28 years and the tide is changing," with customers wanting to source USA parts. Read about the uptick in #reshoring in PlasticsToday: http://ow.ly/VN8z50IxOFq How can the #MEPNationalNetwork help you build a new supply chain? https://polarismep.org/supply-chain-scouting/ #Manufacturing #SupplyChain
ZeLoop is an international smart phone app-based plastic #recycling program PlasticsToday, The app rewards users with their native cryptocurrency (referred to as an Eco Reward or ERW) for engaging in recycling activities known as Eco Missions. Prizes awarded to the most active collectors keep users engaged. https://www.plasticstoday.com/recycling/what-happens-when-plastics-recycling-gamified #plastics #recyclingprogram #sustainablepractices