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Plastic labels get a new handle

Fashion accessory company Ecoist and Coca-Cola have teamed up to create a limited edition line of handbags using Coca-Cola’s discontinued and overrun labels from its Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Diet Cherry Coke brands.

The designs use graphical elements of the labels in distinctive and unexpected ways, featuring branded Coca-Cola prints along with abstract patterns in various handbag shapes.

Since they partnered in 2007, Ecoist has been working with the beverage company to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfills and has used 1 million Coke labels to date. The partnership has also planted over 5,000 trees through the "Buy a Bag, Plant a Tree" programme.

The Ecoist bags are handmade by skilled artisans in Peru using a proprietary process that involves cutting, folding and weaving the labels. The bags can be purchased online at Ecoist.com and in the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, US.

Ecoist is also known for its line of handbags made from recycled sweet wrappers and food packages and its growing list of partners include Mars, Frito-Lay, Disney, AVEDA and Cliff Bar, among others.

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E-News Update
January 2010

Lead Feature

Are plastics the public’s worst enemy?

As we start the year on a fresh footing, stories about plastic bag bans and tough laws to be enacted are making their rounds in Asia. In India, Jigish Doshi, Chairman of the Plexpo India 2010 exhibition, has been quoted as saying that any processor in the country found to be producing plastic bags less than 20 microns should be severely punished with a jail sentence!

Meanwhile in the Malaysian state of Penang, government authorities have announced their intention to take stern action against shops caught selling plastic bags during the three days (from the initial one day) in the week that the state enforces its “No Plastic Day” campaign, which started last year. Action includes fines or licenses being taken away. The island state of Penang, which is pulling out all the stops to maintain its “pearl in the orient” appeal, has had a spate of bad publicity on its polluted beaches that have been, unfortunately for the plastics industry, found to be littered with plastic bags and bottles, amongst other rubbish!

PRA caught up with the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers’ Association (MPMA)’s Chairman, Lim Kok Boon, to find out his views on the proposed actions by the Penang state government and other environmentally friendly issues that are bearing down on the industry.

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Company News

Chemtura exiting PVC additives business
US company Chemtura has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its PVC additives business to private equity firm SK Capital Partners in a deal valued at US$45 million.
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First gas-phase PP produced in China
China Datang Inner Mongolia Duolun Coal Chemical has successfully trialled PP gas phase technology using Dow Chemical’s technology, it said recently.
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DSM expands footprint
Having opened its first PA6 polymerisation unit in China last year, Dutch company DSM Engineering Plastics has now acquired full control of the PA6 polymerisation facility of US-based Nylon Polymer (NPC).
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More petrochemicals in the Middle East
While Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Chemical have signed an agreement to build a petrochemical complex in Qatar housing the world’s largest steam cracker and speciality PE plants, Equate Petrochemical has started up its aromatics complex in Kuwait.
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Thai company sued by Eastman Chemical
Thailand's Indorama Polymers’s subsidiaries in the US and Europe are being sued by Eastman Chemical for unauthorised use of the latter’s patented Integrex PET technology.
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Ticona expands LFT business
Through its parent company Celanese, Ticona has acquired the long-fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) business of Germany-based FACT.
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Reliance ups offer for LyondellBasell
Indian Reliance Industries has made a higher bid of US$13.5 billion to buy LyondellBasell Industries and will further increase this by February if it is not accepted, while other reports say that the board of the bankrupt firm had rejected this offer.
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South Korean firm makes bid for Styron
South Korean conglomerate Lotte has become the latest bidder, in a list of eight bidders, of Dow Chemical’s Styron styrenics and polycarbonate business that has been up for sale since last year.
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Elastogran has a new name
Germany-based BASF starts the year off by renaming its PU businesses in Europe. In Germany, Elastogran will become BASF Polyurethanes and similar changes will take place throughout the year until June. The Elastogran name lives on in the BASF brand PU Solutions Elastogran, which was recently launched throughout Europe. It stands for the PU system and speciality elastomer market leader’s more than 40 years of experience and customer focus. “The name change is an important indicator of BASF’s commitment to its European PU business and helps strengthen the BASF brand overall,” said Jacques Delmoitiez, President of BASF Polyurethanes.

Materials News

Higher insulation with wallpaper
Insulation with higher performance of 20% is possible with BASF’s Neopor EPS in an insulation wallpaper from German insulation material manufacturer Saarpor.
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New barrier sheet joins the range
Mitsubishi Plastics has launched Back-Barrier high gas barrier Photovoltaic (PV) back sheet, which is part of its X-Barrier series.
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Machinery News



Packaging possible with recycled PET
Having received an extended FDA approval, rPET produced on Erema’s Vacurema PET recycling machines are now able to be used for the packaging of frozen or refrigerated ready prepared food.
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Wood composites given a boost
Reifenhäuser says its latest direct extrusion line BiTrudex for wood composites (WPC) allows for 25-30% reduction in investment costs while improving performance.
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K-Tron to be bought by casket maker
US-based auxiliary equipment producer K-Tron is to be bought by Hillenbrand, which owns casket manufacturer Batesville Casket, for US$435 million.
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Rubber Journal Asia

Rubber prices reach an all-time high
Rubber prices reached an all-time high in 15 months, in line with the global recovery expected this year, according to a recent report.
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Improved roller head unit
To meet the stringent requirements of the market, Kraiburg has started offering calendered plates produced on a new roller unit.
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Halogen-free FRs
Two new non-halogen flame retardant (FR) masterbatches from Clariant Masterbatches are fully melt processable, thus eliminating concerns on colour, physical properties or cost.
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Brilliant colours for automotive parts
Manufacturers of automotive thin skin interior components like instrument panels, airbag covers and interior trim with moulded-in colour are now offered vinyl microbeads from Teknor Apex.
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