Materials

Plastic Suppliers Launches EarthFirst PLA film-specific Web Site

Plastic Suppliers has launched a Web site specific to its EarthFirst PLA film, designed to be an informational resource to educate people on the characteristics and uses of EarthFirst PLA film.

BASF Raises Prices on Polyvinylpyrrolidone Products

As of the beginning of the year, BASF has raised prices by 10% in North America on all Luvitec and Luvicross polyvinylpyrrolidone products.

Trends & Technical Solutions

Filmic release liners are used in many pressure-sensitive applications today. The market for filmic release liners is growing at a rate of 10%/yr, fueled in part by the emergence of premium applications that require the level of optical clarity, water resistance, flexibility, or fiber-free performance films can provide.

MetalFX Wins Award

MetalFX has been named the New Product of the Year by the United Kingdom's Growing Business Awards.

Mountain Valley Adds Recycling Capacity

Mountain Valley Recycling has added a new processing line to its existing production facility in Morristown, TN, adding 15 million pounds of recycling capacity annually.

BASF Raises Prices

BASF will increase its list and off-list selling prices for its Caprolactone Monomer, all grades of its NEOL Neopetylglycol, and its 2-Pyrrolidone.

Resin Price Increases Continue, Leveling Off Seen

At its Executive Forum, Resin Technology Inc. advised that the the quality of imported resin is as good or better than those produced domestically, and soon will fill the gap left by production shortages, stemming the rate of price increases.

Stora Enso Raises Prices

Stora Enso Specialty Papers has increased prices for its European customers for its wet strength label and flexible packaging papers.

Fuel Surcharges Hit Shippers

Given the extreme volatility in oil pricing, a fuel surcharge paradigm predicated on rolling average fuel prices that span a period of several weeks no longer may be an adequate formula for ensuring a given carrier can recapture a significant percentage of fuel costs.

To Serve & Protect

Don't fret over your next barrier coatings purchase! The following is advice on how to successfully choose and utilize these protective properties.

Collaboration is Key

Haremar Plastic Mfg. Ltd. has established long-standing and mutually beneficial relationships with key suppliers, most notably Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering and Dow Plastics.

Air Products Polymers Raises Prices

Air Products Polymers has implemented a price increase for acrylic-based polymers and emulsion products in the U.S. and Canada.

Seafood is Served

Covering a wide spectrum of applications from labels to lidding and from packaging to POP displays, today’s new materials deliver problem-solving technology to meet your needs.

Hurricanes Impact Whole Nation

While Gulf Coast residents will bear the brunt of this destruction, my feeling is that the entire country, as well as those countries to which we export our manufactured and agricultural products, will feel the burden as well.

Without Boundaries

When custom coater/laminator Lamart Corp. was chosen by NASA to develop a material for use as the “envelope” of an unmanned space vehicle, Philip Faria, manager of process engineering, and Lee Smith, project manager, recalled the philosophy of company founder Walter Hirsh: “To be truly successful, a company has to challenge itself to find the limits of its capabilities and then create processes and equipment to exceed the old boundaries.”

Sun Chemical to Introduce Inks, Print Consumables at Print 05

At Print 05, Sun Chemicla will demonstrate its capacity to provide total solutions through inks, coatings, and other new products.

Brand Security & Authentication, Part 2

Secure and cost-effective anti-counterfeiting solutions are being developed to foil the fakers.

Narrow Web What's New

Narrow web new products from: Schober USA, Lüscher Flexo, Matan USA, and Sato Corp.

Dow Raises Prices on Release Coatings

Dow Corning has raised prices on its global release coating product line by 5% to 7%.

INX Offers MetalFX Inks

INX Intl. has signed up as an official MetalFX ink maker. The company now offers inks compatible with the MetalFX process.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

Lidding applications for peelable seal roll applied coatings, the effect of chlorine dioxide sachets and modified atmosphere packaging on quality of fresh chicken breasts, evaluation of low voltage electron beam processors using thin film dosimetry techniques, and analysis of new flame treatment technology for surface modification and adhesion promotion.

COF in Printed Packaging

Automatic packaging operations require a specific range of lubricity to process packaging products. Printing inks contribute to the package lubricity and affect both the static as well as kinetic coefficient of friction (COF).

Materials

New products from: Brushfoil, Spinnaker Coating, Uvitec Printing Ink, Sun Chemical, Bayer Films Americas, Rayven, Kurz Transfer Products, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, and Toray Plastics (America).

BASF Increase Amines Prices

Effective July 1, 2005, or as contracts allow, BASF will increase prices in North America for its amines.

Reclying Plastic Materials

Research and Markets’ report, Recycling of Plastic Materials, combines topics discussing: the analysis of processes successfully implemented in industrial practice; ideas concerning production with recycling in mind; and the new research developments offering practical solutions for recycling industry and product manufacturers.

"Small Guy" Equipped for Mega Growth

Dave Clarke, VP and general manager of Mega Plastics, a Clinton, MS-based converter of plastic bags and film for industrial packaging, refers to the nine-year-old company as one of the "smaller guys" in its field. But it's not likely to stay that way for long.

One Stop Shop

India is booming and nowhere is this more evident than at Flex Industries Ltd., the nation’s largest flex-pack converter.

Odor & Exempt Solvents

Requirements for low odor in flexible packaging change as new materials are introduced in printing and laminating operations. Retained solvent is the primary odor concern of the printer and converter, and tight odor standards are maintained for printed and laminated structures.

Materials

New products from: VonSon Liquid Inks, Ashland, Scapa North America, ADM Tronics, Rock-Tenn, Day Intl., Environmental Inks and Coatings, FLEXcon, Toray Plastics (America), and Rogers.

A Cut Above

It’s taken more than "the luck of the Irish" to grow Connemara’s $40 million converting operation, which was founded in 1997.

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