North American Plastics Industry Calls for USMCA Ratification

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY—22 October 2019—Today the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President & CEO Tony Radoszewski, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) President Carol Hochu and the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico (ANIPAC) President Aldimir Torres Arenas issued the following joint statement after meeting about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “The plastics industry of North America has stood together throughout the process of negotiating the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), […]

World debut: Measure and optimize film flatness with Reifenhäuser EVO Ultra Flat

Troisdorf, July 1, 2019 | The flatness properties of blown film play a crucial part in its processing performance. Things become particularly difficult if a film – made from polyethylene, for example – is meant to be fused with another substrate. In conventional manufacturing processes, typical sagging and flatness defects can be expected as a […]

30 percent thinner PLA films with Reifenhäuser Ultra Flat Plus

Troisdorf, July 1, 2019 | Environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics are a possible approach to using plastic in a more sustainable way. By definition, they must be biodegradable. Some are even made from renewable resources such as sugar cane or corn. There is significant potential for the use of bio- plastics, particularly in packaging sectors with […]

Biodegradable Packaging Market Remains Highly Fragmented, with Tier 3 Players Collectively Foreseen to Account for Over 60% Revenue Share

Biodegradable packaging market witnessed moderate growth during 2013 to 2027, and the status quo is envisaged to prevail over the period of forecast 2018 to 2028, according to a new report. Volume sales of biodegradable packaging are foreseen to record a modest 4.2% CAGR through 2028, which is anticipated to equal a market value in […]

Baerlocher strengthens its Asian presence in India

Baerlocher is investing $30 million (approximately £23 million) in its Indian subsidiary, doubling its existing capacity by 2021 with phase one due for completion in mid-2019. The company believes this investment demonstrates its commitment to the buoyant Indian plastics industry, supporting its growth and providing choice for convertors to enable their transition towards sustainable Calcium […]

One chemist, 600,000 single-use dispensing bottles

A pharmacy’s campaign to recycle pharmaceutical packaging is failing to take off as experts say reusing medication bottles is challenging because of sterilisation concerns. Annual New Zealand pharmaceutical waste is around 60 tonnes but one specialist medical waste collection group admits it throws away pharmaceutical packaging waste because of “logistical” concerns about recycling, including the […]

VELOX announces distribution partnership with Porcher Industries

VELOX, an IMCD company, has announced the distribution partnership with the global company Porcher Industries in the territories, Benelux, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Spain/Portugal. The agreement includes the complete product range of Porcher Industries, such as glass yarn fabrics (coated or greige), woven carbon fabrics and thermoplastics pre-pregs (PI PREG). It will […]