Material Insights: Resin companies join others at marine debris conference

June 26, 2017 11:23 am ET

Resin companies, processors and other plastics stakeholders joined NGOs and government agencies to discuss marine debris. Braskem plans a massive PP facility and Hexcel is on board for the new Airbus helicopter.


Plastics News Now: Harvard researchers build robots out of plastic straws

June 22, 2017 9:21 am ET

Harvard University researchers molded straw robots after insects, a small molder in Connecticut bought robots to compete on a global scale and Stratasys has teamed up with a company planning supersonic flights.


Bumper to Bumper: Supplier plans to add automation and personnel

June 21, 2017 10:39 am ET

Columbia City, Ind.-based Precision Plastics Inc. expects to invest in automation, but also personnel as it anticipates good years in 2018-2019.


Material Insights: Sabic halts polycarbonate production in Alabama

June 19, 2017 10:35 am ET

Equipment problems has forced Sabic to shut down PC production in a plant in Alabama, Triseno buys API and Nova Chemicals develops a recyclable flexible film structure.


Plastics News Now: D&M Plastics builds a culture of lean manufacturing

June 15, 2017 11:35 am ET

D&M Plastics President Chip Owen discusses its lean strategy and why he invests in retirement for his workers, Keurig pushes its timetable for recyclable cups up, and a plant is built on a former polluted waste site.


Material Insights: Researchers in England develop biodegradable cellulose microbeads

June 12, 2017 11:29 am ET

Aiming to completely replace polyethylene and polypropylene, the University of Bath researchers believe they have a replacement for microbeads, Dow Chemical completes construction of a PE unit and PolyOne buys Rutland.


Plastics News Now: Hamilton Casters 3D prints massive fidget spinner

June 8, 2017 8:51 am ET

Hamilton Casters has turned a pet project into a commercial project, bus makers buy suppliers in the U.S., and industry and groups pledge to raise $10 million to combat ocean plastics.


Bumper to Bumper: Event highlights composite automotive applications

June 7, 2017 9:05 am ET

Composites One, IACMI and Michigan State University teamed up for an event to highlight composites in automotive applications.


Material Insights: Resin market remains volatile

June 5, 2017 10:34 am ET

This week, we chat with senior reporter Frank Esposito about all the recent resin pricing changes and what's driving them. Plus, Wind Point Partners acquires its second PVC compounder.


Plastics News Now: Nylon vest to carry water in impoverished countries honored

June 1, 2017 6:00 am ET

The Fritz Water Vest has been honored, the U.S. Army is getting a new helmet made of a plastic material and China's largest robot maker has turned to plastic to make its robots lighter.