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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.

Damaged Resin Plant Will Be Down At Least 6 Months

April 26, 2012 11:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A shortage of the resin the Evonik Industries plant produces is threatening to cut car production just as auto sales are accelerating in the U.S.

4 Auto Parts Makers Downplay Resin Shortage

April 25, 2012 9:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The resin, called PA-12, is most critical in fuel and brake lines because it can carry gasoline and other fluids without deteriorating.

Michelin Recalls 77,000 Tires

April 23, 2012 9:12 am | News | Comments

Michelin is recalling more than 77,000 bus tires because sidewall defects can cause them to lose air rapidly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chemical Plant Shutdown Could Cut Auto Production

April 17, 2012 9:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

An explosion at Evonik Industries in Germany killed two workers and damaged a factory that makes a component of plastic fuel and brake lines.

Del-Nat Pulls 2,700 Tires Because Of Blistering

April 9, 2012 9:16 am | News | Comments

Del-Nat Tire Corp. says it will pull 2,663 Chaparral Radial XT tires off the market because of a defect that could increase the chances of a crash.

Printing Prosthetics, Engines, And Jets

March 27, 2012 10:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos | Comments

Additive manfuacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that can produce large, complicated designs with only a fraction of the waste as seen in the typical machining process.

Kyowa America Announces New $12M Plant In Tenn.

March 23, 2012 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The automotive supplier specializes in plastic injection molding and will create 160 jobs with the investment.

Dart Container To Buy Solo Cup For $315M In Cash

March 22, 2012 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The maker of the ubiquitous red plastic cups will be folded into Mason, Mich.-based Dart, so it can broaden the range of materials it uses.

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