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American Starlinger-Sahm begins construction of North American headquarters

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2014

American Starlinger-Sahm Inc. (ASSI), a subsidiary of Austrian machinery company Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H, held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of its new North American headquarters on Aug. 26, 2014. Currently based in Greenville, SC, the company's new facility will be located in the South Chase Business Park in Fountain Inn, SC.

Jeff Somple named president of Mack Molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2014

Effective today, Jeff Somple, President, Mack Molding Northern Division, will assume the presidency of all of Mack Molding, it was announced today by Don Kendall, CEO  and Chairman of the privately held Mack Group (Arlington, VT).

Single-use medical device manufacturer Vygon buys enteral nutrition company

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 2nd, 2014

A manufacturer of single-use medical devices, Vygon (Ecouen, France) has announced the acquisition of Medwin, a company based in southwest France that is specialized in enteral nutrition pumps and related accessories. The purchase will allow Vygon to expand its portfolio of enteral nutrition products. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Frank Nissel, father of sheet extrusion and co-founder of Welex, dies

By Karen Laird
Published: September 2nd, 2014

Sheet extrusion pioneer Frank Nissel passed away on August 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Nissel was 88.

Nissel co-founded extrusion equipment manufacturer Welex (York, PA) in 1966 and grew the company into a leading global supplier of plastics extrusion machinery. Nissel retired in 2010. Welex was purchased by Graham Engineering Corp. in 2013.

DSM to debut new polyamide at Fakuma

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2014

DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore) will introduce new high performance polyamides at the Fakuma plastics processing exhibition being held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 14 to 18. The company will also be demonstrating how its materials have been used in some of the latest application innovations to be introduced to the market. DSM is on stand 4408 in Hall B4.

Haitian's Zeres all-electric injection molders coming to North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2014

First seen at Chinaplas 2014 and, thus far, only available in China, the Zhafir Zeres series all-electric injection molders from Absolute Haitian (Worcester, MA) will be offered to the North American market starting this fall. Equipped with an integrated hydraulic accumulator, the machines open new possibilities for molders who prefer electric machines but need hydraulics to operate, for example, core pull, according to the equipment maker headquartered in Ningbo, China.

FDA engages with medtech industry on technical considerations of 3D printing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 1st, 2014

As 3D printing continues to make inroads as a medical device manufacturing process—see last week's article on the FDA-approved 3D printed facial implant from Oxford Performance Materials—FDA has scheduled a public workshop

California finally has another first: Statewide plastic bag ban!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 1st, 2014

Congratulations California! The State Legislature and Governor have successfully managed to P-O an entire industry by passing the first statewide ban on plastic bags. I'm not sure just how many plastic bag manufacturers there are in California, but close to 100 companies listing plastic bags as their product of manufacture were named in the Southern California section of the Thomas Register when I checked it out.

Latest 3D simulation software version debuts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 31st, 2014

3D CAE simulation solutions provider CoreTech System (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has released its latest iteration of software: Moldex3D R13.0.

Battenfeld-cincinnati delivers 25 extruders to Chinese pipe manufacturer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 31st, 2014

A major pipe manufacturer in China has ordered 25 extruders from battenfeld-cincinnati (Vienna, Austria). Fourteen of the lines, which are equipped with high-efficiency dies to manufacture HDPE pipes with diameters ranging from 125 to 1600 mm, have already been installed and are operating to the satisfaction of the customer. The remaining lines will be installed and commissioned within the next few weeks, according to battenfeld-cincinnati.

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