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: 2010.
The specter of pending national health care reform is expected to have the longest living impact on the plastics industry.
Duncan Toys exhibits at the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and is surprised to find a competitor with versions of a yo-yo which it believes violates its patents.
Wham-O Inc. is tossing production of its iconic Frisbee back to the U.S., the molding set to resume in the U.S. by the end of the month. Hula Hoops are slated to be reshored to the U.S. by March.
The massive recall of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles for faulty accelerator pedals all focuses on a small plastic assembly that the company says can “stick” in pedals. Toyota has recalled 2.3 million vehicles so far to fix the problem.
JM Eagle has been hit with a whistleblower lawsuit claiming it made faulty PVC pipes. While the court ruled against the company since then, the case is still ongoing, with the California company seeking a new hearing.
Coca-Cola Co.'s new PlantBottle will “define the future of sustainable packaging” for the global packaging industry, it says.
Canada will move to plastic currency in mid-2011 for enhanced security against counterfeiting and longer life than paper bills.
Solo Cup Co. is out to expand its product line with the purchase of InnoWare Plastic Inc., which will add production of take-out containers. In 2012, Solo will be purchased by competitor Dart Container Co.
German automaker BMW AG announces it will make its future electric car in carbon fiber, and is investing in carbon fiber raw material production with a plant in Moses Lake, Wash.