Plastics Hall of Fame at new home

By Frank Antosiewicz
Correspondent

Published: November 29, 2012 6:00 am ET

Melissa Egan, a doctoral student at UMass Lowell, does research on PLA compounds. Egan is using an ultra-high-speed Technovel twin-screw extruder, which has a top speed of 4,500 RPM. (UMass Lowell photo)

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Suppliers, Film & Sheet

LOWELL, MASS. (Nov. 29, 3:30 p.m. ET)  — The Plastics Hall of Fame has a new home at The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s newest plastics building.

UMass Lowell unveiled the new home of the Plastics Hall of Fame Gallery during Industry Day festivities on Nov. 15, attended by about 350 people at its new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center.

“It was mainly for us to acknowledge our equipment suppliers and to allow people to see what we have. We still have more space,” said Bob Malloy, chairman of the school’s plastics engineering department.

The gallery is located in the clean room wing of the ETIC and shows the newest members of the Plastics of Fame in full panel sheets. The acrylic cover sheets were donated by Evonik Cyro LLC.

The gallery will feature the current class honored by the Plastics Academy. Malloy said that it includes the 10 newest members as well as Stephanie Kwolek, the only female member; and John Wesley Hyatt, American entrepreneur.

Future plans also are to feature an electronic version of all Hall of Fame members.

As for the Hall of Fame being located at Lowell, Malloy noted, “Who would be more interested in learning about the members than the students? We also get a fair share of visitors.”

Among the companies honored with renderings of the building were Gloucester Engineering, Arburg Corp., Sumitomo DeMag, Dri-Air Industries Inc., C.W. Brabender Instruments Inc., Dynisco LLC, Technovel Corp. and Glycon Corp. The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. also was cited.

“We just wanted to bring in the people who helped make it possible either by consigning equipment or through their donations,” Malloy said.

Malloy said the school has been busy starting up new machinery in the building and testing what the equipment can do. The newest addition to the school is a four-screw Technovel compounder.


Comments

Plastics Hall of Fame at new home

By Frank Antosiewicz
Correspondent

Published: November 29, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

2014 leaves some resin firms in the black while others struggle

January 23, 2015 2:37 pm ET

On the financial side, 2014 was good for Hexcel Corp., so-so for Celanese Corp. and it could have been better for Omnova Solutions.    More

Image

Berry's rebranded Blue Clover expands packaging design reach

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm ET

As design director of Berry Plastics Corp.'s rebranded packaging design studio, Scott Fisher believes the new name of Blue Clover Studios cuts the...    More

Image

Clariant's ColorForward predicts future consumer trends

January 23, 2015 1:33 pm ET

Clariant International Ltd. is marking a decade of color forecasting with the 10th edition of its ColorForward program.    More

Image

The future for PolyOne is colorful

January 23, 2015 1:28 pm ET

PolyOne Corp. is writing four color stories for 2016.    More

Image

Mexico's Polymer Solutions looks to grow, expand offerings with name change

January 23, 2015 12:03 pm ET

British biodegradable additives developer Symphony Environmental Technologies plc's Mexico distributor has changed its name from Plásticos Degradables...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events