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Tire Workers Confront French Police Over Layoffs

February 12, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

Workers have fired flares and French police have sprayed tear gas in a standoff over layoffs at a French plant for U.S. tiremaker Goodyear. The protest Tuesday comes amid a slowdown in Europe's car industry that has hurt automakers and their suppliers across the continent.

Tenn. Federal Secrets Case To Get Resentencing

February 5, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

The decision means that Howley and Roberts, former engineers with Wyko Tire Technology, may face stiffer prison time in the corporate espionage case. Both men were sentenced to house confinement and probation. It's not clear whether either will appeal the decision.

Chemical Activity Barometer Up For Sixth Consecutive Month

January 25, 2013 12:13 pm | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today showed sustained growth, notching a 0.4 percent gain over December 2012 on a three month moving average (3MMA) basis. The year over year 3MMA showed a solid 2.8 percent gain over January 2012.


APS Launches Second Line Of Viprene TPVs

January 7, 2013 2:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Only weeks after introducing the firm’s first general purpose grades of Viprene® thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs), Alliance Polymers and Services LLC is offering new Viprene P (high performance) thermoplastic vulcanizates. TPVs are compounded with a polyolefin phase with a cross-linked EPDMK phase which give products rubber-like performance for demanding applications.

Floor-Level Cabinet Oven From Grieve

January 2, 2013 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

This Grieve oven has 4” insulated walls, 2” insulated floor, top-mounted heating chamber, Type 304, 2B stainless steel interior, stainless steel exterior with #4 brushed finish, double doors front and rear, plus a special sealing flange to allow the oven to seal into a wall between a cleanroom and the fabrication area in the customer’s facility.

Japanese Firm Pays $45M In U.S. Import Cheating Case

December 18, 2012 8:04 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese producer of violet coloring for inks and plastics is paying more than $45 million to settle allegations it falsely described where the products were made to avoid U.S. import duties on Chinese and Indian makers, the Justice Department said Monday.

The Plant Of The Future: 3D Printing

December 10, 2012 4:16 pm | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a technology that has, for more than a decade, seen inroads mostly in the hobbyist community. It’s expensive and slow, but is capable of producing items that are difficult — if not impossible — to replicate with more traditional processes. But 3D printing could have a real place in the future of manufacturing.

Ky. Plastics Plant Slated To Close

December 10, 2012 8:24 am | News | Comments

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls plans to close a central Kentucky plastics manufacturing plant early next year, potentially putting nearly 400 employees out of work. The Courier-Journal reports that a mass layoff notice filed with the Kentucky Office of Employment & Training on Friday says up to 392 workers could be cut in February when the facility in Louisville closes.


NuSil Technology Continues Expansion With Fourth Building

November 28, 2012 12:30 pm | News | Comments

“The expansion at Bakersfield is a long-term strategic decision for NuSil to help facilitate and maintain the growth of the company,” said Scott Mraz, President and CFO of NuSil Technology LLC. “Our goal is to increase capacity with the best available manufacturing technology, and we have made significant investments in new energy-efficient buildings and processes to accomplish this goal.”

Plastics Plant Reopening In Kentucky

October 31, 2012 8:17 am | News | Comments

A plastics company that has plants in four other Kentucky cities plans to reopen a facility in western Kentucky, creating 400 new full-time jobs in Madisonville. Berry Plastics Corp. announced Tuesday it will begin reconfiguring the Madisonville plant, with production expected to begin next year.

PolyOne To Buy Spartech Corp.

October 25, 2012 8:38 am | News | Comments

Chemical company PolyOne Corp. reported an 11 percent increase in its third-quarter net income on Wednesday and disclosed it has agreed to buy plastics products maker Spartech Corp. for $246 million in stock and cash. PolyOne makes resins used in plastic pipe and other products, and said the earnings increase reflected an improved product mix.

Myers Industries Completes Jamco Deal

October 2, 2012 11:07 am | News | Comments

Myers Industries Inc., which makes plastic products for industrial, agricultural, automotive markets, said Tuesday that it completed its acquisition of Jamco Products Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Jamco designs and manufactures a variety of heavy-duty industrial steel carts and safety cabinets.

Study Suggests Tie Between BPA And Child Obesity

September 18, 2012 11:01 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the highest levels in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those with the lowest. There are other factors that could explain the results, and many reasons why children gain too much weight, the researchers said.


Indian Capital To Ban Use Of All Plastic Bags

September 12, 2012 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government of India's capital is hoping that a strict ban on plastic bags will help the environment. An engineer with Delhi's government says that starting next week, the manufacture and sale of all types of plastic sheets and bags will be banned in the city, citing their environmental dangers.

Ill. Governor Rejects Plastic Bag Recycling Bill

August 27, 2012 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill Sunday that would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs, calling it a "roadblock" for local communities to make their own choices. The proposed law says manufacturers must set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate by 12 percent by 2015 and to eventually make bags from at least 30 percent recycled content., Coca-Cola Try To Make Recycling Hip

July 31, 2012 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Should headphones made out of recycled trash ever cost $349? Perhaps, if they're designed by musician

Eastman Chemical Joint Venture To Make China Plant

July 31, 2012 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. will help Eastman gain more access to fast-growing consumer packaged goods markets in Asia.

Pimp My Prosthetic

July 9, 2012 11:54 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Bespoke Innovations uses 3D scanning to capture and accurately recreate to produce a custom form that changes the way the world views prosthetics.

LIMS Technology In Synergy At NPE 2012

June 26, 2012 3:17 pm | | Product Releases | Comments

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America recently premiered advanced technical demonstrations with industry leading equipment partners, featuring Shin-Etsu’s KEG-2000 LIMS (Liquid Injection Molding System) products’ advanced handling and molding properties being run with a variety of integrated LIMS machinery and equipment.

Silicone Extrusion Technology Delivers High-Precision Products

June 8, 2012 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) HealthCare Markets, a leading supplier of high-performance medical device components, introduces Compass Technology, a new co-development for silicone extrusion.

Iowa Tire Plant Getting $74M Expansion

June 8, 2012 9:01 am | News | Comments

Bridgestone Americas plans to invest $74 million more through next year to expand its Firestone tire factory in Des Moines.

LA Ban Could Spell End For The Plastic Bag

May 31, 2012 2:24 pm | by John Rogers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists believe a ban in the city of 4 million will have a huge impact and could even influence the rest of the country to follow suit.

Plastics Recycler Building Plant In Tennessee

May 22, 2012 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Plastics recycler The Highlands Group says the new facility will have 34 manufacturing jobs.

Cytec Industries Sells Adhesives Unit For $105M

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

The purchaser, Henkel AG, said the specialty adhesives, which are used in industrial and consumer products, will complement its current lineup.

Automakers Avoid Crisis After Scramble For Resin

April 27, 2012 3:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis, as Ford said it doesn't expect the shortage of PA-12 to affect production.

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