Jim Callari

Jim Callari Editorial Director

Film

PE Film Market Snapshot 2020: Consumer/Industrial Product Liners

By: Jim Callari

Monolayer structures still dominate this market.

Extrusion

PE Film Market 2020 Snapshot: Stretch Film

By: Jim Callari

Stretch film accounted for 2.4 billion lb of PE of resin consumption in 2019, making this sector one of the largest and fastest growing markets within the PE film industry, according to Mastio’s research. The top five players hold about 80% of the market. 

Sheet

‘Untapped Workforce’ Helps Drive Growth at MDI

By: Jim Callari

Minnesota-based firm extrudes corrugated HDPE sheet and fabricates it into all kinds of tubs, totes, boxes, and trays for businesses that include Fortune 500 companies. Its model is unique: a manufacturer in a competitive business-to-business environment that has a mission of providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities—in an integrated and inclusive setting.
#business

How the Coronavirus Crisis Will Change Plastics Processing

By: Jim Callari

Manufacturing as a whole will emerge stronger, more nimble and in a better position to capitalize on opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
#editorial

Extrusion

Best Practices in Processing with Recycled Material

By: Jim Callari

Inside: What brand owners are planning, and how processors ahead of the curve have already responded.
#bestpractices #editorial

End Markets

Blazing the Trail In Processing PCR for Corrugated Pipe

By: Jim Callari

Just a decade ago, roughly 10% of HDPE corrugated pipes made by Advanced Drainage Systems used recycled material. That number is 65% now, and growing. Here’s how this processor became a pioneer in this field.
#technologyinaction

Medical

Sheet Processor Adds Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

By: Jim Callari

Laminex is venturing into APET for first time to make PPE in Mexico, after purchasing one of PTi’s demo production lines. The turnkey system will ultimately be used by Laminex for its packaging products.
#closeupontechnology

Engineering Resins

For Medical-Parts Molder, Better Chemical Resistance Just ‘Drops In’

By: Jim Callari

Switch from PC/ABS to Eastman’s Tritan MXF copolyester helps PIM meet need for greater resistance to a wider range of disinfectants with no processing tradeoffs.
#technologyinaction #processorsedge

Extrusion

American Manufacturing Steps Up to the Coronavirus Challenge

By: Jim Callari

Plastics processors are among the manufacturers that stepped up big-time in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud to turn over this space this month to Rick Kline Jr., president of our parent company Gardner Business Media, whose comments below (edited) appeared originally March 31 in a OpEd piece published by the Wall Street Journal.
#editorial

Extrusion

Medical Tubing: No Tradeoff of Speed for Quality with New Downstream Package

By: Jim Callari

New technology from Novatec packages next-generation multi-pass tank, novel gauging technique, and enhanced coilers to boost rates to 1000 ft/min or more without tube-quality issues.
#closeupontechnology

Post-Consumer

Time to Learn More About the Real World of Recycling

By: Jim Callari

Next month, Plastics Technology will cover the challenges of recycling with a targeted print and electronic supplement—and a focused webinar—highlighting best practices in processing with high levels of PCR.
#editorial

NEWS

Auxiliary Equipment Vet Thiele Starts On-Line Consulting Venture

By: Jim Callari

Vactec On-Line will troubleshoot and assist customers quickly and efficiently on a myriad of issues without the time and expense of on-site consulting.