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Hyundai Mobis to build lighting plant in Czech Republic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Korean Tier I auto lighting system supplier Hyundai Mobis (Seoul) plans to construct a  plant  in the Czech Republic to manufacture car lamps for the local operations of group companies Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. The 120 billion won ($117 million) plant will be the company's second in the country when  it opens for operations in 2017 near the city of Ostrava.

Names in the news: Engel, Graham Engineering, SPI, Toray Plastics and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Engel North America, member of the Engel group, has expanded the automation group at its York, PA headquarters with the addition of five staff members.

The group, under General Manager of Automation/Robotics Jay Sachania, provides automation solutions that include such services as mechanical, electrical and software engineering, conceptual through final system design, and full system integration.

Resin pricing: All spot commodity PE resins now up $.05/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

The resin markets continued to experience above average activity and most spot plastics prices climbed further for the week of July 21-25, according to The Plastics Exchange. Polyethylene, hampered by production issues, was highly sought and HDPE was the busiest of the bunch. Polypropylene demand was also hot, but the lack of spot supply, at least at transactional prices, limited completed deals. Export interest remained heightened, but aside from the natural Latin American markets, scarce and high priced Houston offers disabled opportunities to other regions.

Six key questions to ask when sourcing flexible medical device packaging

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 29th, 2014

The time to begin thinking about medical device packaging is when an application for FDA approval is being prepared for submission, says LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer in the flexible packaging industry. Since package development takes time and is required for FDA approval, considering packaging late in development will only further delay time to market. LPS shared with PlasticsToday six important questions medical device OEMs should ask to determine the most appropriate and least expensive package for a given product.

Plastic continues to grab market share from glass in drug packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

The market for glass pharmaceutical bottles will decrease as plastic bottles and blister packs continue to replace glass in oral drug packaging applications, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Overall U.S. demand for drug packaging products will increase 4.9% per year to reach $22.1 billion in 2018, adds the business research company.

DSM to capitalize on appetizing food packaging market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 29th, 2014

Richard Pieters, president of DSM engineering plastics Americas, told PlasticsToday that the Dutch-based company sees a bright future for the North American food packaging industry.

"It's driven by consumer preference, with plenty of growth forecasted in the next coming years," he said. "Food packaging is a highly innovative industry and we want to be a part of that."

Cannon installs second, energy-efficient vacuum assisted injection foaming system for Haier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 29th, 2014

Haier, a global manufacturer in cold appliances, is proving its success with the addition of a second 16-fixture foaming and polymerization line for China refrigerators, featuring the innovative Vacuum Assisted Injection (V.A.I.) method from Cannon S.p.A. in Italy. The second line was installed at Haier's Qingdao, China, facility reinforcing the commercial success of this innovative technology that was first launched in September 2011.

Carbon fiber wheels propel Tour de France winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Hexcel Composites (Duxford, Cambridge) had a helping hand in the efforts of Vincenzo Nibali during his winning ride in the 2014 Tour de France. The rider's bike wheels were manufactured by Corima (Loriol-sur-Drôme, France) using Hexcel's carbon fiber composites.

Composite rocket promises low-cost launches

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

US Aerospace company Rocket Lab (Los Angeles, CA) is developing a world-first launch vehicle to deliver satellites into orbit cheaper and faster than ever before. The vehicle will make extensive use of carbon composites.

battenfeld-cincinnati makes several upgrades to its alpha extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

After 12 years and more than 750 units sold, battenfeld-cincinnati has made several updates to its standardized single screw extruders for technical profiles and small pipes.

In contrast to its predecessor models, the revised alpha extruders are now equipped with a new compact drive system, which the company says offers the benefit of small dimensions and substantially reduced oil requirements. Due to the smaller drive unit and a redesigned sub-structure, the extruder can reportedly save more space.

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