The Globe and Mail article The world’s largest glass container manufacturer has come up with an idea to make packaging materials that can be used in a variety of different ways.
The company’s new polymer-based container is called M-Caps and is based on its own polymer-rich glass.
It is manufactured with the glass itself, using a process called “staining.”
This makes the glass material very durable and non-toxic to the environment.
“Glass is very versatile,” said Mark Turek, vice president of manufacturing and marketing for Corning Inc. “We use it for everything from packaging to medicine to toys.
It’s really a unique material.”
Corning’s new container is based off a process known as “stain coatings,” in which a process is used to strip glass of the organic compounds that make it brittle and shatter.
The glass is then coated with the coating to create a more durable and environmentally-friendly material.
“Stain coaters have a lot of promise,” said Tureck.
“They’re a great way to make something that’s recyclable and that can withstand the elements, but also can be very durable.”
The process involves mixing a polymer compound with water, then applying a thin layer of polyethylene film on top of the polymer.
The polymer layer is then sprayed onto the glass, where the polymer coating is deposited on top.
When a glass product is wet, it is porous and is often susceptible to water ingress.
But the glass is extremely porous, and the water is often left in the polymer film.
This prevents the glass from being damaged by water ingression.
The coating then takes over, making the glass very stable.
The new polymer container can be mixed with other materials to make glass products that are also recyclible and non toxic to the earth.
Turek said the company is working with several glass manufacturers, including Alcan Glass, to develop the new polymer glass.
Alcan is the only one that has created a container with the new material.
Corning said the process of creating the polymer glass can be easily adapted to make products that use other plastics, such as polyethylenes.
“If you’re looking for a product that’s going to have a much wider shelf life, then you can easily adapt the polymer to that, and that will work great,” said Trish Denniston, marketing manager for Coring.
“We’ve been working with a number of different companies to make our containers,” said Dennington.
“Some of them are really innovative.
Some of them have really been ahead of the curve.”
M-Cups and Corning have already begun manufacturing their containers, and are in the process starting production.
They plan to make them available to consumers and to the manufacturing industry in the U.S. and Canada.
“When you think of glass, you think about durability, and then you think, how do you get glass to be recyclizable, environmentally-safe and durable?” said Turesk.
“If you can actually make a product out of that glass, that’s a huge opportunity.”
Cornerstone, which makes glass containers for a number and brands, will be a supplier of the new glass containers.
The company is also partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to design and develop a polymer-to-glass additive.
Corning said it has received $1.3 million in federal government funds to develop a new polymer resin, a polymer that will be used to create the new coating.
Cornerstones product line includes products for medical devices, clothing, consumer electronics, toys, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, packaging, and home goods.
It also has an extensive range of food and beverage products, including chocolate, soft drinks, frozen foods, coffee and tea, and candy.
Corring has already begun testing the new plastic containers.
“It’s exciting to be able to work with a leading glass company like Corning to help us advance the polymer-glass transition,” said Linda Hilder, vice-president of the company’s plastics division.
“This is a great opportunity for us to bring the polymer technology to the marketplace.”
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