BLOG

Recycled Materials

FTC Panels Discuss the Green Guides, Recyclability, and Consumer Perception

By: Matt Stonecash

Public feedback is being solicited on the definition of recyclable and other issues associated with marketing claims.
#sustainability

Injection Molding

Molding and Moldmaking Conference Agendas Finalized

August 29-30 in Minneapolis all things injection molding and moldmaking will be happening at the Hyatt Regency — check out who’s speaking on what topics today.

Twin-Screw Compounding Trends

What's new in extrusion? Leistritz talks with the Plastics Technology team on hot topics in extrusion including, biopolymers and recycled materials. 

End Markets

Latest Data on Bottled Water Shows Continued Strong Growth

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Bottled water’s volume surpassed soft drinks for the first time in 2016 and has done so every year since.

Packaging

Recycling Terminology Can Be a Minefield, So We Should Tread Lightly

By: Matthew Naitove

Loose propagation of terms like “recyclable” and “compostable” has already brought down government regulations on labeling. The plastics and packaging industries should take that to heart with other recycle-related language. Like “monomaterial” for example.
#sustainability

Post-Consumer

Plastic Bank Marks 10 Years and 88,000 Tons of Plastic Waste Reclaimed

By: Matt Stonecash

Company sets up local exchange centers to divert plastic waste otherwise likely to end up in the ocean.
#sustainability

Injection Molding

Drones and Injection Molding Ready for Takeoff

By: Tony Deligio

Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are approaching an inflection point where their production volumes — and functionality — will increasingly point to injection molding.

Injection Molding

The Future of Automation in Injection Molding

Are you automating enough? At #PTXPO23 we spoke with leaders in automation and injection molding about the current state of automation and what’s in store for the future.
#industry4-0

Packaging

All-PP Packaging is More than Likely to Make its Mark in the Monomaterial Trend

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

Borealis and partners have developed a new PP monomaterial food pouch with high barrier and compatibility for mechanical recycling of PP.  

Blow Molding

Plastics Processors Who Hire ‘Second-Chance’ Workers Do Well by Doing Good

By: Matthew Naitove

Two blow molders with long-standing programs of hiring formerly incarcerated low-level offenders have helped these individuals re-enter their communities and have benefited from an additional resource during chronic labor shortages.
#business

National Survey Reveals Surprising Opinions About Recycling Plastic

By: Matt Stonecash

Consumer expectations of product labeling and recycling outcomes are anything but straightforward.
#sustainability

Most-Viewed Plastics Technology Stories in April 2023

Changes at iMFLUX, back pressure optimization, recycling PP, fungi, X-rays, biopolymers, simulation and more won reader interest in April.

Extrusion

Are You Providing Sustainable Materials?

By: Jim Callari

Biopolymers? Bio-additives? Materials containing high levels of PCR? Materials regenerated via advanced recycling? Let the world of extrusion tap into your Know How by speaking at the Extrusion 2023 conference.  
#sustainability

Materials

CMA Experts Discuss Polyolefins Outlook for Next Five Years

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman

A significant challenge facing the North American polyolefins industry may be maintaining economically feasible production rates while simultaneously ensuring a steady product flow to both domestic and global markets  

Biopolymers

Why Are They Blending Biopolymers?

By: Matthew Naitove

A sit-down with bioplastic producer Danimer Scientific showed me there are more possible answers to that question than I had previously thought.
#sustainability

Multi-Component

Video: Ultradent Bags Both Hot Shots Prizes at PTXPO 2023

By: Tony Deligio

Topping five other entries in voting by fellow molders, the Ultradent team talks about their Hot Shots sweep.