Polymer Medical Development
With the accelerated aging of the global population and the trend towards paying attention to healthcare, people concern more about health checkup, disease prevention and regular screening. This leads to an increase in market demand for medical devices and consumables.
Why food packaging matters
The SKZ Plastics Center has awarded the "Premium Partner Education" prize for the fourth time. The award for the year 2023 went to Dr. Ulrich Röhr, whose professional support made it possible to establish and offer courses in the field of food packaging at the SKZ. Because one thing is clear: packaging brings great benefits.
ICE Europe 2025
Energised by the previous industry convergence, which witnessed a staggering 30% surge in visitor numbers, ICE Europe is set to return from 11 – 13 March 2025, in the dynamic city of Munich, Germany. Cementing its status as the unparalleled exhibition in its market, the 14th International Converting Exhibition promises to unveil a torrent of cutting-edge expertise on tailored product and processing solutions, enticing investment opportunities, and ground-breaking developments. 70% of the floorspace for ICE Europe 2025 is already spoken for, underscoring its role as a pivotal hub for converting industry innovations and unmissable networking opportunities across diverse sectors.
European Plastics Industry
It’s been nearly four years since uncertainty took root in the European plastics industry. First, the pandemic and lockdowns, then Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting energy crises. More recently, the rabid inflation and cost-of-living crisis, and the chaos caused by the Houthi militia on the Red Sea – each of these unfortunate events took a toll on all companies along the plastics value chain.
Digitalization meets recycling
Digitalization can massively promote the circular economy. Together with its partners GreenDelta, Cirplus and the Wuppertal Institute, the SKZ Plastics Center has now completed a project that facilitates the use of recyclates. Companies can now use a tool to find and evaluate suitable secondary materials.
Recykling Chemiczny: EKOPROJEKTOWANIE
Rola recyklingu chemicznego w zrównoważonym projektowaniu produktów
Economical Hot Runner for Commodity Applications
Mold-Masters®, a leading developer and supplier of hot runners, controllers, auxiliary injection, and co-injection systems for use in every market, is pleased to announce the availability of the new Mold-Masters EcoONE-Series Hot Runner System. The EcoONE-Series is a highly economical solution suitable for processing commodity resins for simple, cost sensitive applications such as consumer goods, small home appliances, basic automotive components, electronic peripherals/accessories and more.
Recyklingowy kwartet w Holandii
Do przetwarzania odpadów pokonsumenckich (PE) i doniczek (PP) spółka zależna Veolia Nederland, Aufderhaar Kunststof Recycling w Vroomshoop, wykorzystuje aż cztery duże rozdrabniacze WEIMA do rozdrabniania wtórnego. Powstały regranulat jest następnie ponownie wykorzystywany do produkcji materiału opakowaniowego.
PFAS-free additives for the plastics industry
Tosaf, a globally active manufacturer of additives, compounds, and colour masterbatches for the plastics industry, has developed processing aids for the extrusion of polyolefins that do not contain fluoroelastomers. They can be used without restriction in place of conventional products currently affected by the PFAS debate, are suitable for a wide range of film applications, and they meet the requirements of the FDA and EFSA for use in contact with food. While AP9709PE EU provides enhanced rheological properties, AP9711PE EU is the grade of choice if the focus is on optical properties, including clarity and haze.
Coperion Optimizes ZSK 18 MEGAlab Extruder
Coperion has equipped its ZSK 18 MEGAlab laboratory extruder with numerous new functions that provide significantly greater flexibility and safety in handling. Pluggable cartridge heaters instead of hard wired ones now allow for rapid barrel reconfiguration as well as straightforward cartridge heater exchange. An electrically securable maintenance door on the gearbox lantern increases operational safety and at the same time provides quick access, reducing downtimes for screw changes and system maintenance. Moreover, feeders for this laboratory machine can now be placed on a newly developed patent-pending feeding platform which allows up to four feeders to be arranged with maximum flexibility for adding ingredients in myriad ways.
Faster, better and more efficient
By investing the equivalent of over €11.5 million in the modernization of its filling and packaging equipment at its Carlsberg Brewery in Northampton, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is taking action to help make its production operations more sustainable. With the energy-efficient, high-performance Innofill Can DVD filler and resource-conserving Innopack Kisters Nature MultiPack (NMP) packer, two new KHS machines are to take on a key role at the brewery. They will improve production while reducing expected water consumption and use of plastic in packaging by increasing capacity for the clever Snap Pack Nature MultiPack, an innovative, sustainable secondary packaging system co-developed by KHS and Carlsberg Group.
SIGMA and Momentive strategic partnership
The partnership between the world market leader in LSR injection molding simulation and one of the leading manufacturers of silicone and silicone derivatives is good news for the silicone processing industry. The challenge here is to produce high-precision components with high requirements that simultaneously exhibit the highest thermal expansion and the greatest compressibility of all elastomers. The more precise the material data and understanding of the material, the better the predictions made by the simulation. The partnership will offer high added value for this industry thanks to the synergies created.
Czy 2024 przyniesie ożywienie na rynku tworzyw?
Za kilka tygodni skończy się trudny dla europejskiego przemysłu petrochemicznego rok 2023. Czy są szanse na ożywienie w przyszłym roku?
Investigation report on PVC and its additives
VinylPlus®, the European PVC industry’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, takes note of the publication of the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Investigation Report on PVC and its Additives.
Fibercut increases productivity
New, fully automated cutting and stacking system enables automated SMC processing applications.
INEOS Styrolution and EdilPlast
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, today announced that EdilPlast SRL, part of First Corporation group, has chosen the company’s sustainable styrenics solutions for their latest generation of building products. First Corporation group, leader since 1966 in the production of plastic products for buildings, offers a wide range of solutions, from the ground to the roof, entirely made in Italy and distributed throughout the world.
Berry Global Healthcare has launched the PneumoHaler, a new lightweight, breath-actuated, multi-dose inhaler with a dose indicator for the effective management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Designed to provide a ready-to-use solution for new inhalation treatments, the PneumoHaler eliminates the need for pharmaceutical companies to develop their own platforms, enabling the delivery of faster-to-market solutions. Equally important, the PneumoHaler helps enhance medication administration caused by poor user technique of pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDIs).
Ile jest śmieci z tworzyw sztucznych w Polsce?
Za dużo – to jedyna sensowna odpowiedź. Kto ponosi odpowiedzialność za ten stan rzeczy? Wbrew pozorom nie są to producenci dóbr z tworzyw, działający zgodnie z literą prawa. Śmieciowy węzeł gordyjski jest splotem kilku elementów, z których na pierwszy plan wysuwa się zupełnie nieadekwatny do rozwoju polskiej gospodarki system zbiórki i sortowania odpadów komunalnych.
Allrounder 920 H
Arburg will be present at Fakuma 2023 with nine exhibits on Stand 3101 in Hall A3, plus ten additional machines on partner stands. In a live demonstration, a hybrid Allrounder 920 H with a clamping force of 5,000 kN will produce the main components of the much sought-after toolbox in the Arburg design. The turnkey system also includes a Scara robot integrated into the machine controller, a Multilift V linear robot system and an innovative tool carrier facility. The high-quality plastic product will be completed by hand and the stylish toolbox handed out to the trade fair visitors.
Turnkey Systems for LSR Optics of LED Headlights
Working hand in hand with DOW, ELMET has fine-tuned the manufacturing technology for the main optics of LED headlights with ADB (Adaptive Driving Beam) functionality to suit it for use with a grade of LSR specifically developed for optical applications. Consistently high part quality is ensured by a combination of ELMET’s high-precision SMARTmix TOP 7000P dosing system with the mold’s SMARTshot E cold runner system, in which the needle is positioned servo-electrically when the nozzles open and close.
SABIC launches Material Finder
SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is debuting its new SABIC Material Finder website to help customers and prospective customers conveniently search, compare, evaluate and select specialty thermoplastic materials for a wide range of applications. The new website, which provides robust functionality and high-value, multi-point data, offers several unique features to casual and registered users. Any user can review information on more than 2,000 SABIC specialty resins, copolymers, and compounds – one of the largest portfolios in the industry. For registered users, SABIC’s Specialties business’ product material data is available for easy download in multiple computer-assisted engineering (CAE) platform formats to simplify the material selection process. They can also request color-matching services or place orders for color chips directly from the website.
Avient and BASF collaborate
Avient Corporation and BASF are now collaborating to offer colored grades of Ultrason® high-performance polymers to the global market. The colored grades feature BASF’s Ultrason® polyarylethersulfones (PAES) as high-quality base polymer combined with Avient’s Colorant Chromatics™ high-temperature color formulation expertise for color concentrates and pre-colored solutions. The collaboration will give customers in industries such as household and catering, electrical & electronics (E&E), and healthcare a distinctive benefit by providing comprehensive technical support from the base polymer to the final-colored product. As a result, customers will be able to react more quickly to design trends, meet technical requirements as well as color standards, and thereby increase speed to market.