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Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano appoints new CEO

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Masterbatch producer Sukano AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland) has announced the appointment of Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. De Braaf, who has served the company since March 1, 2014, as Head of Sales, was unanimously elected to this new position by the Board of Directors of Sukano AG. In addition to his new tasks as CEO, he will continue to head the sales team.

Owl-inspired bio-fan produced from innovative bio-compound from Akro-Plastic

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Ziehl-Abegg (Kuenzelsau, Germany), a manufacturer of fans for ventilation and air conditioning applications and the company behind the "bionic bio-fan," has partnered with Akro-Plastic GmbH (Niederzissen, Germany) to develop a polyamide 6.10–based Akromid S compound to meet the specific requirements of the blades of the bionic fan.

Mold-Tech expands capabilities with new equipment; awards scholarship

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2014

Mold-Tech Inc. (Albertville, MN) has strengthened its capabilities with the addition of several pieces of new equipment. The custom designer and builder of close-tolerance prototype and precision production molds added a new Makino U3 wire EDM. The machine will complement the existing machines in its wire EDM department and bring the latest technology to the shop floor. The new EDM will also allow the company to increase production and be more responsive to customer needs in meeting lead times.

HRSflow appoints new VP for automotive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2014

HRSflow (Hot Runner Solutions), a divison of INglass S.p.A. Group (San Polo di Piave, Italy), has announced the appointment of Stephan Berz as Vice President of HRSflow Automotive. Berz is responsible for the worldwide sales activities in the automotive sector, specifically coordinating cooperation with the major Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs. 

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]. 

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