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Hot runner specialist appoints automotive vice president

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2014

Hot runner system supplier HRSflow (San Polo di Piave, Italy), a division of specialist lighting and glazing toolmaker INglass S.p.A. Group, has appointed Stephan Berz as vice president responsible for worldwide sales activities in the automotive sector. In particular, Berz will coordinate cooperation with major Tier 1 parts makers and OEMs.

Bill Kent named SPE 2014 Thermoformer of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 28th, 2014

Bill Kent has been named Thermoformer of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Thermoforming Div., and will receive the award at the upcoming Thermoforming Conference, September 15 to 18, 2014, in Schaumburg, IL.

Evco celebrates 50 years of molding innovations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2014

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, global injection molding company Evco Plastics threw a party on Aug. 22 to thank its 900 global employees, customers, and the community in DeForest, WI, that has supported Evco during the past half century.

Kia Motors announces $1 billion investment in Mexico plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 28th, 2014

Mexico just won another large factory deal: Kia Motors Corp. announced at a signing ceremony on Aug. 27 that an investment agreement had been reached with the Mexico government to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Monterrey, a city located in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. The new plant represents an investment of approximately $1 billion. This will be Kia's first manufacturing plant in Mexico, where it will join most of the other major global automakers in Mexico's booming automotive manufacturing industry.

Granula shows off new test specimen for color masterbatches at Fakuma 2014

By Karen Laird
Published: August 28th, 2014

When it comes to color, getting it right can be a challenge. Adding color will always affect the polymer being processed, although the way in which it does so will vary from plastic to plastic, and even from color to color. Converters are faced with choices such as using higher doses of weaker masterbatches, which facilitates an even dispersion throughout, or small quantities of a stronger masterbatch, which can offer cost advantages. Wall thickness, color, transparency, and application are all factors that affect the choice of a masterbatch. 

How2Recycle Label now offering funding for companies to use its label

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is now offering funding for use of the How2Recycle Label, an on-package recycling label aimed at providing clear and consistent recycling instructions to consumers. The funding is supported by StopWaste and the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). [Click here for PlasticsToday's coverage of the How2Recycle Label]. 

SPI invites students to submit videos on the 'Future of Plastics'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its Future of Plastics Foundation are looking for students to tell the future of plastics through video. The trade association has announced the official opening of the plastics industry's 2014 Student Video Contest. This year's theme is "Innovating in the 21st Century" and asks graduate and undergraduate students, as teams and/or as individuals, to submit 2-4 minute videos that explore the future of plastics in the realms of innovation, design freedom and the economics of plastics.

GM moves next-gen SUV Cadillac SRX Crossover from Mexico to Spring Hill, TN

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 27th, 2014

General Motors announced on Wednesday that it will invest $185 million in its Spring Hill, TN, manufacturing complex to begin production of some the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUVs currently being manufactured in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The company will also make small gasoline engines at the Tennessee location, retaining 390 jobs.

GM is also planning an additional $48.4 million investment at its Bedford, IN, powertrain castings plant, creating or retaining 45 jobs, the announcement noted.

Lignin may emerge as versatile feedstock for carbon fiber, engineering plastics

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 27th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding two projects to develop alternative routes to carbon fiber as detailed in reports here and here.

Agr International to display quality control products for containers at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

Agr International will feature its products for quality management and process control for the packaging industry at Pack Expo in Chicago. Products that will be featured include:

Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system, a unique product that interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution management and defect detection for PET bottles while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot works to be the 'ultimate' lightweighting tool. 

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