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Innovations by SABIC to minimize food wastage, reduce weight, and lower carbon footprint of packaging materials

SABIC at K An estimated one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, equivalent to 1.3 billion tons of food every year, according to the Save Food report by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Even in the most developed supply chain systems such as those in Europe, 4% of transported goods are damaged in some shape or form due to low pallet stability. A growing consumer focus on convenience and sustainability will also drive continuous changes and innovation in packaging. On its stand at the K 2016 plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, this October 19-26, SABIC will be showcasing several new products and technologies that help to address these specific market needs. Read More

Breakthrough Dow Technology enables recyclable flexible plastic packaging

Dow RecycleReady The Dow Chemical Company is introducing a new member of the recently launched RecycleReady Technology, which enables the recyclability of polyethylene-based barrier packaging as part of existing grocery store drop-off recycling programs. Created through collaboration with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and other industry members, Dow's RecycleReady Technology helps converters create barrier pouches that answer consumer demand for more recyclable packaging options. The new advanced barrier RecycleReady Technology is a major advancement that enables the recycling of packaging for products like granola and nuts, which was not possible before in flexible packaging. Read More

Encapsulation, impregnation and potting with high performance resins

Henkel polymers The quantity of electronics found in all areas of modern road vehicles continues to increase, and electric drive systems are now entering the mainstream. So the need to ensure the reliable performance of electrical and electronic components and systems is taking on new importance. Polymer-based solutions from Henkel provide high levels of protection for different types of these components. Read More

BASF launches new global pigments brand

BASF pigments BASF announced the launch of its Colors & Effects brand, bundling BASF’s global pigments business. The new brand encompasses BASF’s distinct colorants and pigments portfolio, and serves customers across five key industries, including coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics, and agriculture. This is the first time the company has created dedicated global pigment teams for the agriculture and cosmetics industries. Read More

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Competition bubbles up again in physical foam molding

PE April Blog Physical foam molding has been dominated for over 15 years by MuCell microcellular foam technology from Trexel Inc., commercialized in 1999 and backed by a master part patent on "Injection Molding of Microcellular Material," published in Europe in 1998 and the U.S. in 1999. Trexel had 200 MuCell licenses by 2004 and 300 MuCell machines in operation by 2006, when it stopped requiring licenses and sold MuCell rights along with OEM machine installations. Since then Trexel hasn't said how many MuCell machines are running, but it has licensed six OEM machine builders to sell MuCell-equipped injection molding machines directly and an additional six OEMs to install MuCell equipment purchased through Trexel. Read More

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