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Plastics News (UK) 06/05/2020 04:15
Innovia Films, a major producer of highly differentiated specialty biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films, is launching a new family of films it says is both functional and recyclable. The Encore BOPP films are manufactured from renewable non-food based raw materials, which the company based in Wigton, United Kingdom, says helps to reduce the use of fossil fuel-based virgin raw materials. The first two grades of Encore film to be launched over the coming weeks, will include one with a low-temperature heat seal for packaging and another targeted at pressure-sensitive labeling applications. The Encore packaging and labeling film range will have the same properties as equivalent standard BOPP film, offering high clarity and gloss, high
Plastics News (UK) 06/04/2020 09:00
Lactips, a young French company that has developed a bio-sourced, biodegradable and water-soluble alternative for numerous industrial plastics, has raised 13 million euros ($14.8 million) in new capital, in a funding round led by Bpifrance’s SPI (Société de Projet Industriel) fund, managed on behalf of the French Government as part of the Investments for the Future Program (PIA), and Diamond Edge Ventures (DEV), the innovation investment arm of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC). Lactips designs, develops and markets innovative and natural plastics based on a natural raw material with zero environmental impact.
Plastics News (UK) 06/04/2020 08:30
What are the 'things that we don't need to do'? As the auto industry scrambles to recover from the coronavirus shutdown, automakers are looking to cut costs. That's not a surprise. General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said during an investor event with Credit Suisse that GM's decisions now could lead to permanent changes. Those changes could mean fewer vehicle platforms or fewer options on trim levels to focus on what consumers want. The pandemic, Barra said, has given GM the chance to expenses and eliminate redundant processes. "We've found things that we don't need to do and things we can do more efficiently," Barra said. What does that mean to plastics suppliers? If there are fewer options, automakers may be eyeing higher-volume production
Plastics News (UK) 06/03/2020 12:03
Sesotec GmbH, a German manufacturer of metal detectors and X-ray systems for inspection, sorting and material analysis, has opened a sales, service and training center in Guelph, Ontario. Called Sesotec Canada, the subsidiary opened in early May to sell and service machines and systems for the food and plastics industries that can detect foreign object and analyze material. The work previously was handled by a Sesotec facility in Chicago. The Guelph showroom will have demonstration equipment and stock spare parts. Vincent Le Bourdais was named Sesotec Canada’s regional sales manager.
Plastics News (UK) 06/03/2020 12:02
Tel Aviv, Israel-based start-up Nanofabrica raised $4 million to finance research and development and to expand sales of what it describes as the first ultra precise 3D printer. The latest round of funding was led by Microsoft’s venture fund, M12, and NextLeap Ventures brings the total raised to $7 million, according to a news release from Nanofabrica, which also lists Alpha Capital as an investor. "Nanoscale, precision manufacturing is a growing need for [research] organizations, as well as production-scale manufacturing companies," M12 Partner Matthew Goldstein said in the release.
Plastics News (UK) 06/03/2020 11:59
The Conair Group has updated its web-based portal, SmartServices, with machine controls and programmable performance indicators to monitor, manage and analyze auxiliary equipment. The latest capabilities are the result of six-month trials by processors who shared their experiences and offered input for the Industry 4.0 program after Conair announced the trials at NPE 2018. Smart Services was designed to help processors manage data generated by hundreds of pieces of plant equipment and turn it into actionable information. The data is collected through a network of hubs that transmit to the SmartServices database for processing and presentation in the user’s dashboard, or human-machine interface. “Now, through the portal, authorized users can.

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