As Plastics News marks its 25th year of publication, we take a year-by-year look back at some of the events, people and curious coincidences that have shown up its its pages. Check back through the end of the year (not including holidays) to follow along. This year: 2006.
Alpine Plastics Inc. of Kenner, La., escaped serious damage during last year's Hurricane Katrina. Then in February, a tornado passes within 10 feet of its plant, pushing a delivery truck into it, causing roof damage and knocking out electrical and phone service.
Chinese auto supplier Yangzhou Auto Plastics Parts Co. Ltd. says it plans on becoming a major player in blow molded fuel tanks, starting in Asia and expanding from there. In 2014, YAPP added its first production in the U.S.
Berry Plastics Corp. is considering whether to put itself up for sale or go public. It is now owned by private investors.
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, material producers and processors alike talk about the difficulties of coming back from the storm, and say that every company should make contingency plans in case of a disaster — whether from a storm or problems with infrastructure or suppliers.
Auto supplier Mann + Hummel has developed the Symposer, an under-the-hood part which can change an engine's sound, to make it sound more like a sports car or a simple sedan. “We control the vibrations, so we can control the noise,” says Claude Mathieu, president and CEO of Mann + Hummel USA.
Everyone loves a comfy chair, right? Including then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, who checked out a plastic Adirondack chair during a visit to molder Syroco.
With controversy building about bisphenol A. the city of San Francisco begins action to ban polycarbonate baby bottles.