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Innovative automation tool delivers adhesive-free seat assembly

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Punching and edgefolding are cleverly combined into a single finishing step for a back-injected seat-back cover in a process developed by Frimo, located in Sontra, Germany, for plastics processor Karl Hess GmbH und Co. KG (Hess; Burbach-Wahlbach, Germany).

Driven by demand for PLA, the future for lactic acid looks great

By Karen Laird
Published: August 21st, 2014

Global market research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets has published a new report with the snappy title "Lactic Acid Market by Application (Biodegradable Polymer, Food & Beverage, Personal Care & Pharmaceutical) & Polylactic Acid Market by Application (Packaging, Agriculture, Automobile, Electronics, Textile) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019." The report defines the lactic acid and polylactic acid markets and segments with analyses and projections of the size of each market, based on their sub-segments, in terms of value and volume and identifies

Custom and proprietary molder of K’NEX Construction Toys attends Walmart’s 2014 U.S. manufacturing summit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 21st, 2014

Walmart is continuing its search for 'Made in the USA' products, and on August 14, the giant retailer held a U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO. Walmart executives, industry experts, suppliers, and component manufacturers gathered for two days to discuss Walmart's commitment to spending an additional $50 billion on investing in American-made products.

Sepro America to install robots and conduct training sessions at Batavia, IL

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Sepro America is taking its robots and automation expertise closer to customers, with the installation of equipment and scheduling of a three-day training class in suburban Chicago. The site is expected to be the first of several facilities positioned in other regions of North America.

Closure seal manufacturing facility achieves BRC/GFSI certification

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Selig Group's Forrest, IL closure seal manufacturing facility has recently received the highest level certification, Grade A, under the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Global Standards for Packaging and Packaging Materials. By utilizing principles from ISO, HACCP, and GMP, the BRC has become one of the most highly respected food safety standards in the world, the company stated. Selig is believed to be the only global liner supplier to have achieved this significant recognition.

3D-printed plastic tools and jigs make manufacturing easier at Opel assembly plants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 20th, 2014

Assembly tools to facilitate efficient assembly are now being 3D-printed by automaker Opel. A six-strong team led by Virtual Simulation Engineer Sascha Holl prints plastic assembly tools in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which are used in Opel manufacturing plants across Europe.

Skinnygrape wine brand embraces PET

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 20th, 2014

Another alcohol brand has looked beyond glass to offer a new line in PET packaging. Andrew Peller Limited has introduced skinnygrape spritzers in a 330ml barrier PET bottle from Amcor Rigid Plastics. The beverage was previously only available as a low-calorie wine in a 750ml glass bottle.

Menges Roller expands capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 20th, 2014

Menges Roller, an industrial roller manufacturer for the film and sheet industry, has extended its size capacity and technical capabilities with the purchase of a new machine. The machine gives Menges the ability to handle rollers up to 10 meters (approx. 33 feet). 

Paulson Training Programs partners with Northwest-Shoals Community College

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

A team of injection molding companies along with one the industry's most foremost training programs is teaming up with a community college to help solve the ongoing problem of the lack of skilled workers in the plastics industry. Paulson Training Programs Inc. announced a new partnership with Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) and area injection molding companies to provide Paulson's extensive injection molding library of training programs to students at NW-SCC.

Surging demand for Molecor PVC-O and large-diameter pipe

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 20th, 2014

The market for PVC-O pipe has seen huge growth numbers over the last eight years, according to estimates provided by Molecor (Madrid). Also growing is demand for increasingly larger pipe diameters. Molecor has seen tremendous growth in molecularly oriented PVC pipe, which was developed as an improvement to conventional PVC pipe. 

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