Materials

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.

Truth or Myth?

There are many proposed theories that might influence the slide angle. We tested extensively to determine if these postulations are true.

Sun Chemical Raises Prices, Produces MetalFX Inks

Sun Chemical will raise ink prices in the U.S. and Canada and has signed up as an official MetalFX ink maker.

Flint Ink Announces Price Increases

Flint Ink North America has announced price increases for a variety of ink products.

Celanese Increases Prices on Celvol

Celanese Chemicals has increased the price for all its Celvol polyvinyl alcohol grades as of May 1, 2005.

CPP Expo 2005 Hosts Meetings

CPP Expo 2005 will host seven trade associations’ annual meetings and events.

Bomar Appoints West Coast Sales Rep

Bomar Specialties Co. has announced an agreement with Dorsett & Jackson to represent Bomar’s UV/EB cure oligomers in the Western US.

Biodegradable Films Today

Most of us love our creature comforts, including the many items that use flexible packaging substrates. As a result, increasing amounts of plastic films and foil enter the waste stream, because no easy method is available to recycle, separate, or divert them from disposal in landfills.

Introduction to Roll Handling

Proper roll handling methods are required to ensure plant personnel safety and to minimize losses associated with roll damage.

Materials

New products from: Appleton, ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics Unlimited, Smart Papers, MPI Technologies, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., National Adhesives, Dow Corning Corp., and DuPont Teijin Films.

A Look at Laminating Inks

Packaging inks come in all shapes and sizes and usually must meet unique performance requirements.

US Specialty Film Demand Expected to Increase

Jim Casey Speaks at AWA Release Liner Conference

FLEXcon’s VP of technology, Jim Casey, will present "Film Release Liner Trends" on Tuesday, April 12, at the AWA Global Release Liner Industry Conference 2005.

Ashland Increases Prices on P-S Adhesives

Ashland Specialty Polymers and Adhesives will increase prices by 5%-10% on all p-s adhesives on April 15, 2005.

Which Ink for Which Substrate?

Every new ink project begins with an analysis of the substrate to be printed. In just minutes, the complexity of the project can be estimated from the surface tension characteristics of the substrate.

Why the Rush to BOPA?

In the past five years, the world bi-oriented polyamide (BOPA) film market has grown faster than any other oriented speciality film, but volumes are still small when compared to its leading competitors. With average growth rates of 8%/yr, world BOPA film demand is expected to reach an estimated 126,000 tons in 2004, compared to world markets for packaging grades of BOPP film of 2.5 million tons and BOPET film of 600,000 tons.

Foil Stamping: Let it Shine

It’s shelf appeal and security that are driving foil stamping. And it looks like there’s no end in sight.

Biocides in Plastics Global Report

The Biocides in Plastics global report includes market analyses, discussions of industry trends, assessments of the impact of current and emerging regulations, and forecasts for biocides from 2004 through 2009.

DuPont and Celanese Announce Price Increases

As of March 15, 2005, DuPont Teijin Films US branded PET polyester films increased by a minimum of $0.80/lb, Celanese Chemicals’ PVAc homopolymer and VAE co-polymers in North America by $0.03/wet lb. And acrylic and vinyl-acrylic emulsions by $0.06/wet lb.

Materials

New products from:INX Intl., Sony Chemicals, Rock-Tenn, Lamart Corp., ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics, D&K Group, Coburn Graphic Films, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, and Scapa North America.

UV/EB a Bright Spot in Economy

Recent shortages of acrylic acid exemplify the problem of raw material supply and its impact on the price stability. Last year has seen various price increases in raw materials, and this trend is continuing into this year. As a result, it is anticipated raw material price fluctuations will negatively impact UV/EB products.

Film Opens New Markets

Since pressure-sensitive labels and tapes—and other materials such as stamps—have become more sophisticated, the market for these materials has been expanding rapidly. In such product constructions, it has been common practice to apply a release coating, typically a silicone-based material, to the paper liner from which the materials are peeled or dispensed.

Skeist Offers a Series of Industry Studies

Polymer industries consultants Skeist Inc., Whippany, NJ, announce several multi-client, techno-economic marketing studies: Inks II, Polyeurethanes VI, Specialty Polymers V, Coatings VII, and Photopolymers V.

Klockner Adds Vinyl and Shrink-Label Films Capacity

Klockner Pentaplast of America has announced two capacity expansions at its Rural Retreat, VA, manufacturing facility. The first expansion is in its core business of rigid vinyl film calendering, expected to come online in July 2005. The second is an expansion of a tentering capacity for full body shrink-label films, expected to start in fall 2005.

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