Calif. cities ban PS takeout packaging
MONTEREY, CALIF. Two more northern California cites have enacted bans on polystyrene takeout packaging, bringing the number of cities in that state that have passed such bans in the past three years to more than 30.
A legislative ban in Monterey, which passed Feb. 17, goes into effect Aug. 17. Now, all three cities on the Monterey Peninsula Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove have PS takeout packaging bans. The Monterey ban applies to restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, delicatessens and other stores that serve food at special events.
In San Bruno, restaurants have a year after the scheduled implementation date of April 1, 2010, to phase out PS takeout food containers, lids, plates, bowls and utensils. That ordinance also requires restaurants to use recyclable or biodegradable takeout serviceware.
The San Bruno legislation includes a provision requiring the city to review the cost and quality of alternatives, to assess whether it needs to delay the ban's scheduled launch.
Germany expects machinery sales to fall
FRANKFURT, GERMANY The German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association started to experience a decline in orders in mid-2008, but despite a sluggish few months, the calendar year ended with a 7 percent growth to an all-time high of 5.6 billion euros ($8.2 billion), in line with earlier forecasts.
But lower order levels will have a marked effect in 2009, with the group predicting a 20 percent drop in sales by year's end. The expected decline is based on available data, but there is insufficient information to forecast when the slide will end, according to the association, which is part of Frankfurt-based engineering federation VDMA.
Machinery producers are being hit especially hard by a drop in demand from the automotive and construction industries, important end-use sectors for plastic products.
But there are reasons to be positive.
German plastics and rubber machinery has particular strengths in energy and resources efficiency, said the machinery group's managing director, Thorsten Kuhmann.
Veka to stop extruding at Canada site
FOMBELL, PA. Vinyl fence, deck and railing extruder Veka Holdings Inc. in Fombell is stopping its Veka Canada extrusion operations at its Edmonton, Alberta, facility. The plant employs about 60.
Veka officials will transfer some of their tooling and extrusion lines to its plants in Fombell and Reno, Nev. Edmonton will retain a warehousing operation, which will be supplied by those two plants.
Veka also has a plant in Terrell, Texas.
Customers will not be affected by the move, officials said.
Veka will keep some of its machinery in Edmonton to be ready in the event of an upturn in the market, Steve Dillon, Veka's marketing director, said in a Feb. 19 e-mail.
The company does not have a deadline for completing the transition, Dillon said. It is something that will happen gradually.
Veka Canada has been a solid performer over the years, but given the current weak demand, it is the responsible thing to do, Veka President Walter Stucky, said in a news release.