Medical Grade Plastics and the VDI – Guidelines 2017
For the first time, these guidelines define the term "medical grade" and then give advice to both material manufacturers and processors on the requirements and expectations of plastics for use in medical products, pharmaceutical packaging and in-vitro diagnostics.
PRSE 2019: Increasing demand for recycled plastics
“This is a message to investors that they are investing in a growing market and the Commission will do anything it takes to make sure that they are rewarded for their efforts”. With these words EU Commissioner Kestutis Sadauskas opened the PRSE 2019 in Amsterdam. Click here to read more about trends and materials which were discussed at the show.
ALBIS is a member of the regional REGINEE network of companies
26,127,943 kilowatt hours of electricity and 9,541 metric tons of CO2: That's how much REGINEE Hamburg – the regional network for energy efficiency – wants to save by 2021. As a comparison: To compensate for this amount of CO2, you would have to plant 190,820 trees.
Bosch: ALCOM® LB supporting the convenience of One-Touch-Function for coffee preparation
BSH Home Appliances, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and one of the leading companies in this industry worldwide, is using ALCOM® LB Light Blocking for the housing of the user interface of its fully automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine series BOSCH Verocup.
“People @ ALBIS” series: What does a Head of Laboratory do?
What do the Lord of the Rings and an ALBIS Head of Laboratory Hamburg have in common? Quite a bit, as far as Marco Philip Schürings is concerned: without Gandalf, Frodo, and the rest of the Tolkien gang, he’d never have ended up at ALBIS.
ALBIS - working at the heart of improving patient safety
Many of you may remember the Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) silicone implant scandal in 2010 where the producer used potentially carcinogenic industrial quality silcone, rather than medical quality for implants and up to 500,000 women who had received PIP implants might have been affected.
ALBIS Healthcare goes Italy
Although ALBIS PLASTIC has been in the international plastics distribution and compounding business for more than 50 years, Italy remained uncharted territory for a long time. On July 1, 2016, they finally bridged that gap when ALBIS PLASTIC Italia S.r.l. opened its doors in Gallarate, Lombardy, as the most recent addition to the ALBIS family of subsidiaries
ALBIS in Asia: capacity significantly expanded
Asia is one of the largest growing markets in the world, including the plastics sector. Five years after launching the first extrusion line, we now have tripled our production capacity in China to around 36,000 tons nominal capacity.
Shortage of skilled labor: How companies find qualified employees
Everyone is talking and writing about the shortage of skilled labor. This is allegedly particularly shaking medium-sized companies who are at a disadvantage compared to corporate groups when it comes to the so-called "war for talent". Is that the case? Which strategies need those companies to apply? A professional article by Udo Knak, Head of Human Resources of the ALBIS PLASTIC Group.
TPE forum: ALBIS promotes market relevance of TPE
Although thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are used in a variety of applications, not everyone is aware of the full range of properties the material offers. This was the impetus behind the 2016 creation of the "TPE Forum", a new special-interest group.
WIPAG - New member of the ALBIS group
With the recent acquisition of WIPAG, ALBIS has further strengthened its position as a supplier of innovative technical compounds based on recycled ingredients. In the case of WIPAG products, recycled carbon fibre is deployed to achieve highly competitive lightweight solutions.
VDI 2017 Medical Grade Plastics Guideline
This is the situation: Nothing is more frustrating for processors of plastic products than a versatile material that they have been using for a long time, suddenly being discontinued with very little warning. Or even worse, the material used in an item that is well established in the market, starting to receive user inquiries or complaints.
Potential Solutions to the PA 6.6 Supply Shortage
As the plastics industry finds itself in the grip of a serious PA 6.6 shortage, plastics processors and brand owners are facing challenges to keep the manufacturing supply chain moving. Tony Harrison (Director, Global TSAD), takes a look at the options which could be considered for drop-in solutions (existing tools / applications) or indeed, for new projects.