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Post-Industrial

Dow Launches New Project to Reduce Plastic Waste in Nigeria

By: Heather Caliendo

Adwoa Coleman, Dow’s Africa sustainability and advocacy manager for packaging and specialty plastics, talks about the importance of this recycling project. 
#sustainability

Biopolymers

DS Smith and Aquapak Target Single-Use Plastic Packaging Reduction with Biodegradable Alternative

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Scientific collaboration between DS Smith and Aquapak Polymers aimed at commercializing groundbreaking sustainable single-use packaging solutions.

Log on and Learn

By: Jim Callari

New digital options spring up to fill the void caused by events canceled due to Coronavirus restrictions. And people in manufacturing are logging on.
#editorial

Multi-Screw

Demystifying the Devolatilization Process

By: Rob Jerman

Here are some practical guidance and simple tools to help you better understand the process and improve your operation.
#bestpractices

Automotive

GM Using Stratasys 3D Printing Systems for Ventilator Tooling Production

By: Heather Caliendo

GM’s director of additive manufacturing, Ron Daul, talks with Plastics Technology about the company’s investment in 3D printing technologies. 

Extrusion

Breaking Barriers: Sheet Processor Makes Move on High-End Packaging Market

By: Jim Callari

Impact Plastics sets up new brand with game-changing disruptive technology that combines a novel PP with customized equipment that looks to upend the business of extruded sheet for barrier food packaging.
#planttour #polyolefins

Injection Know How

Back to the (Re)Grind

By: Garrett MacKenzie

Some amount of scrap—generated in startup, shutdown or defective parts—is inevitable. How can you reclaim regrind into new profitable parts?
#bestpractices

Automotive

Performance Polypropylene: New Grades Tackle 'Engineering' Applications & Sustainability

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

New versions of this ultra-versatile material compete with more expensive ‘engineering’ resins and enhanced sustainability in applications from automotive and E&E to packaging, consumer goods and building construction.
#sustainability #polyolefins #Elastomers

Compounding

Add Value to Your Compounding Operation

By: Jim Callari

Inside: Insights on three emerging, higher-margin growth areas for compounders.
#editorial

Compounding

Mitigating and Troubleshooting Underwater Pelletizing Issues

By: By Merritt H. Christian, Nordson Corp.

There’s a shift to underwater pelletizing systems as compounders strive to produce higher-quality pellets. But underwater pelletizers are not general-purpose tools. Follow these steps to help ensure you maintain throughput, pellet quality and efficiency.

Extrusion

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Candy

By: Jim Callari

With an AAGR of 11.8%, PE resin consumption is anticipated to reach 52.9 million lb in this market by 2022.
#polyolefins

Packaging

Genomatica Survey Shows Sustainability is Embraced by Americans Despite COVID-19

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

According to Genomatica’s survey, sustainability will have staying power even amid health and economic turmoil.
#sustainability

Materials

Danimer Scientific Gets DOE Grant to Expand PHA Bioplastic Commercialization

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Of the eight biomanufacturing companies selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to recieve a total of $5.7 million, Danimer Scientific is the sole recipient focuses on biodegradable plastics.

End Markets

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Envelopes

By: Jim Callari

One of the fastest-growing PE film markets is expected to grow at a clip of  of 5.2% a year through 2022.

Materials

SPE ACCE 2020 Virtual Event to Feature Lanxess' Technical Director as First Keynote Speaker

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Lanxess’ Jose Chirino to present a roadmap for future mobility with a discussion on automotive plastics and polymer composites.
#polyolefins #Elastomers

Injection Molding

Five Questions to Ask Before Instrumenting a Mold

By: Brad Harvey, RJG, Inc.

There are plenty of good reasons for putting sensors in a mold—but what is most important for your application? Answer that first, before considering what type of sensor to use and where to locate it.