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Engineering Resins

Star Plastics and LATI Partner to Expand Availability of Specialty Engineered Compounds

The Star Plastics/LATI global alliance will expand material offerings in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Biopolymers

VTT Develops Biobased PEF from Pectin-Containing Agricultural Waste

The carbon footprint of plastic bottles can be lowered by 50% says VTT technical research center when replacing their raw PET material with PEF made from  citrus peel and sugar beet pulp.

Recycling

Carbios Produces First Clear Plastic Bottles from Recycled Textile Waste

Carbios’ process, using highly specific enzymes, allows textile waste to be recovered and converted into a high quality grade of PET that is suitable for bottles.  
#sustainability

Additives

Struktol Achieves a Silver Sustainability Rating with EcoVadis

Struktol has also released its 2019 CSR report Our Sustainability PULSE, now available on its website.
#sustainability

Recycled Materials

Nova Chemicals, Revolution Partner on PCR Use in Plastic Packaging

The PCR will be available as soon as next month to help converters and brand owners achieve their sustainability goals.
#sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

Solvay and PrinterPrezz Partner to Produce 3D Printing for Medical Devices

The companies are working to develop 3D printing selective laser sintering solutions (SLS) for implants and other medical devices.

Recycling

STF Group Installs Recycling Line Virtually at a Plant in Haiti

In the wake of Covid-19 travel restrictions, STF Group pulls off first ever virtual plastic recycling line installation at the Lavergne plant in Haiti.
#sustainability

Enhanced Portable Diagnostic System for Press Room Automation & Operator Safety Device Analysis

Ametek Factory Automation updates its proven Gemco 1999 Semelex Safetimeter, providing better protection for factory personnel.
#monitoring

Testing

FTIR Plastic Analysis System with Spectral Library Method Package

Shimadzu Scientific’s new FTIR boasts highly accurate qualification of unknown samples.

Feeding & Blending

Precise Twin-Screw Feeder

Designed for precise batching and weighing applications.

Injection Molding

Addifab Announces Partnership, Micromolding Offering, PIM Viability

The Danish company’s novel additive manufacturing technology that prints dissolvable injection mold inserts from a UV-cured resin had a busy finish to 2020.

Recycled Materials

Braskem America and Encina to Collaborate on the Production of Recycled Polypropylene

Braskem will work closely with Encina to develop the necessary logistics, product quality, and certifications for a recycled propylene feedstock that Braskem will use in the production of recycled PP materials.
#sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys to Acquire 3D Printing Startup Origin

The acquisition is expected to close in January 2021. 

Recycled Materials

New Meat Packaging Material Made from Mixed Post-Consumer Plastics

Collaboration among players across the entire value chain work together on this new sustainable material. 
#sustainability

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

NewAge Adds Tubing Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

Processors add three new Davis-Standard silicone extruders to increase production of tubing line.

Compounding

Entek Names New President

Kimberly Medford promoted from v.p., general counsel to succeed Dr. Kirk Hanawalt, who retired earlier this year.  

Injection Molding

Protolabs Accelerates Development Time for Covid-19 Contract Tracing Device

Protolabs helped a contact tracing and social distancing system move from idea to finished product in six weeks, permitting its manufacturer to get back to work and make thousands more of the devices that have subsequently allowed other businesses to come back online.

Injection Molding

Digital Platform for Injection Molders Expands Reach, Functionality

Arburg announced several updates for its arburgXworld digital platform including different packages and the ability to link to ERP systems and additive manufacturing technology.
#industry4-0

Injection Molding

Customizable Robot and Molding Machine Maintenance Packages

Engel is offerings its injection molding machine and linear robot customers six individually configurable maintenance packages.

Packaging

Packaging Machine Range Extended

Engel says its duo speed injection molding machines are its fastest two-platen presses and will target larger packaging and logistics applications like buckets and storage containers.