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news Eastman wins Tritan safety case


Eastman has won a legal action in the US against polymer testing companies Plastipure and Certichem, which it claimed made false and misleading statements over the safety of its Tritan copolyester resin. Plastipure and Certichem researchers published a paper in 2011 asserting the majority of commercially available polymers marketed as BPA-free, including Eastman’s Tritan, leached chemicals


news in brief


❙ Automotive components group ZF Friedrichshafen is in talks that could lead to the sale of its rubber and plastics business unit. Despite good sales growth and develop- ment of novel technologies, such as continuous fibre reinforced pedals, the unit is burdened by continuing pressure on prices of standard components, the company said in its most recnt annual report. www.zf.com


❙ Petcore said Europe collected 1.68m tonnes of PET bottles during 2012, more than 52% of all the bottles available and the equivalent of some 60bn units. The result is an increase of 5.6% on 2011 and has helped recyclers move to an average plant utilisation rate of 80%. www.petcore-europe.org


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BarLuxe tumblers in Tritan


resin is free of any estrogenic activity. The jury in the


Texas court case supported its argument that the Plastipure/Certichem


testing was not reliable and the claims made


were false and misleading. “Eastman is extremely


pleased with this verdict,” said Lucian Boldea, vice


displaying estrogenic activity. Eastman, which has food


contact approval for Tritan in both the US and Europe, claimed its tests showed the


president and general manager of Specialty Plastics at Eastman. “We remain committed to the commercial success of Tritan and will


Wiitta grows with Schoeller deal


Finnish moulder Wiitta has acquired Schoeller Allibert’s manufacturing operation at Heinola in Finland and signed a contract to manufacture the Schoeller Allibert product line on a sub-contracted basis. All of the 20 Schoeller Allibert employees will transfer to Wiitta, which is based in Heinola but also has a plant at Kuivaniemi.


Wiitta, which produces injection moulded pipe fittings, has 31 employees and generates sales of around €7m. Managing director Wille Viittanen said the deal enhances the company’s production capabilities and gives it access to some new technologies. ❙ www.wiitta.comwww.schoellerallibert.com


continue to grow by exploring new markets and collaborating with our customers to develop new, innovative applications.” Separately, the company – which claims more than 600 food contact products are already manufactured in Tritan resin– announced it is increasing its production capacity for the polymer at its Kingsport plant in the US. It will lift capacity from 60,000 to 75,000 tonnes by the middle of next year. ❙ www.eastman.comwww.plastipure.comwww.certichem.com


Wuxi goes all-electric


China’s Wuxi Glory has installed 18 new Haitian all-electric injection moulding machines at its plant at Wuxi City. The company, which supplies injection moulded parts via its online sales channel, said the all-elec- tric Venus machines will enable it to offer higher levels of precision. ❙ www.plastics-molding.com


Flextronics acquires Riwisa


Contract manufacturing specialist Flextronics is to acquire the family-owned Swiss injection moulding and automated assembly company Riwisa. The value of the deal, which


is expected to close in October, was not revealed. However,


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Flextronics said it includes Riwisa’s medical, consumer and industrial manufacturing division and all 300 employees. “The addition of RIWISA’s


precision plastics and automa- tion capabilities to Flextronics Medical is a tremendous complement to the broad range


of healthcare solutions we can offer our customers globally and underscores the strategic commitment we have made to expand our services in this market,” said Mark Kemp, president of Flextronics Medical. ❙ www.flextronics.com


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