Monthly Archives: June 2012

Carbon fiber composites reach rock bottom

Carbon fiber composites reach rock bottom

Prepregs produced by Umeco Structural Materials (Warwickshire, UK) have found their way to the deepest point in the ocean onboard the Deepsea Challenger, a record-breaking submersible which completed a solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench on the March 26, 2012, piloted by filmmaker James Cameron in a joint scientific project with theRead More

PEP establishes Caribbean footprint

Precision Engineered Products, which has been manufacturing components for medical applications since 1963, is bringing on line a 5000-ft2, Class 8 medical manufacturing operation in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. “The new Precision Engineered Products medical manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic better positions PEP to deliver highest-quality surgical and medical devices and componentsRead More

Bug wings inspire low-cost, biodegradable material

Bug wings inspire low-cost, biodegradable material

We are addicted to plastic. For a material that’s only been around for about 60 years, we sure do like to use (and waste) a lot of it. 

In 2010, the EPA estimates that the United States alone generated almost 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging, almost 11 million tons as durableRead More

NBE buys ProductSaver recycling systems

NBE buys ProductSaver recycling systems

Material handling system manufacturer National Bulk Equipment Inc. (NBE) has purchased General Processing Systems Inc., makers of the ProductSaver line of recycling systems. The acquisition will add three new product lines to Holland, Mich.-based NBE’s line of bulk material handling systems, according to a company press release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. GeneralRead More

Coca-Cola Stoops to Corporate Bullying Against SodaStream

Coca-Cola Stoops to Corporate Bullying Against SodaStream

In yet another case of a company boasting about its sustainability street cred with a relentless PR machine that wants to set any debate on its own terms, Coca-Cola has threatened SodaStream with a cease and desist letter in South Africa. The controversy stems from when SodaStream, a manufacturer of home carbonation units, started displayingRead More

Rum uses PET bottle instead of glass

Rum uses PET bottle instead of glass

McCormick Distilling Co. Inc., a Weston, Mo.-based manufacturer and distributor of premium spirits launches its new brand –Montego Bay Coconut Rum—with help from Amcor Rigid Plastics (www.amcor.com), the world’s leading producer of rigid plastic packaging, who designed and produced a proprietary series of lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. The custom PET containers in 50ml, 750ml,Read More

IHS Supplier Relations survey rates BMW number one

IHS Supplier Relations survey rates BMW number one

Automaker BMW captured the number-one spot in supplier relations in the latest IHS Supplier Business Supplier Relations Survey (SuRe). The survey results came from 230 supplier executives with a total of 6450 contacts with automotive OEMs globally, 67% of those having more than $101 million in sales. The results released by IHS Supplier Business inRead More

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