Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hong Kong to expand plastic bag levy scheme

According to Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD)’s recent announcement, the government is planning to ban the free distribution of plastic shopping bags and extend the HK$0.5 bag levy to all retailers. The department said under its proposal, bags containing food, drink, medicine or other items requiring hygiene will be exempt from the ban. However,Read More

BASF and Teklas collaborate to produce fluid-conveying tubes used in engines

Germany-based BASF is in collaboration with Turkish automobile parts supplier Teklas to produce hollow plastics parts with water-assisted injection molding technology (WIT), the company said on November 21. As stated, BASF specifically developed the Ultramid A3HG6 WIT for Teklas, which offers good inside and outside surfaces and has high chemical resistance. This glass fiber reinforcedRead More

Nestle Waters building bottling facility in UK

Nestlé Waters announces that it is investing more than £35 million (approximately US$54 million) in a new factory in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK. Said to be one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities when it opens in spring 2012, the new factory will, for the first time, combine the Nestlé Waters UK bottling facilityRead More

Plastic painting made more efficient by process optimization

Painting on plastic product parts is needed to provide attractive appearance, resistance against mechanical, chemical and physical stressing or special functional characteristics such as pleasant haptics and resistance to creams. And it can be done unlimitedly today, whether colorful, matte or glossy, with effects or functional characteristics. At the same time, the requirements, good quality,Read More

KraussMaffei receives big orders from BMW

KraussMaffei announced on November 17 that it has received an order from BMW to supply a large number of injection molding, reaction process and automation machines and systems for the support of series production and research and development in substituting conventional materials by plastic. “We are delighted to receive the order from BMW. We regardRead More

Lanxess holds Rubber Days in Japan and Korea

On November 21 and 23, Lanxess AG hosted its first ever Rubber Days in Japan and South Korea respectively with the aim of promoting “Green Tires” in the regions. According to the company, more than 160 participants, experts from the industry in Tokyo, Japan attended the event themed “Innovations for Greener Mobility”. It also celebratedRead More

Wittmann Battenfeld puts machinery where its mouth is to help train tomorrow’s plastics workers

Training and educational sites in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Michigan, and California have all taken delivery of machinery, equipment and training resources supplied by Wittmann Battenfeld in 2011, as part of that company’s efforts to help train tomorrow’s plastics workers. “It’s an important part of who we are as a company,” David Preusse, president of Wittmann BattenfeldRead More