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Updated: Bericap looks to expand presence in the Asian market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 10th, 2012

Plastic closures giant Bericap told PlasticsToday the company may eventually open a small subsidiary of Bericap Singapore in Vietnam.

In Vietnam, the plastic closure market for beverages continues to grow each year in a range of 10%, according to the spokesperson. While several types of sauces are produced in Vietnam, many feature an older closure model.

DuPont’s new packaging film targets PE, aims to cut energy and waste

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 10th, 2012

DuPont has released a new transparent packaging polymer designed to protect three-dimensional component surfaces while also conserving energy and reducing waste in a variety of packaging applications.

The process is the result of joint development work between DuPont, machinery producer Zappe Verpackungs, and machine and film producer Jura-Plast.

Executive moves, global CAD/CAM standards at the core of new a “vision” at Mold-Masters

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 10th, 2012

Mold-Masters Ltd. has adopted a vision for 2012 and beyond that the company says will put it in the "forefront of all suppliers of hot runner and related molding equipment for high-precision and high-speed applications." The Brampton, ON based developer and manufacturer of hot runner technology stated in a press release that the vision includes providing the "ultimate" in melt delivery and control systems, and offer technology that lowers overall costs and strengthens a molder's business.

Overmolded needles demonstrate growing automation

By Doug Smock
Published: February 10th, 2012

German automation and moldmaking specialist ZAHORANSKY (Freiberg, Germany) will demonstrate an interesting, fully automated system for the glueless production of disposable syringes at Medtec Europe next month in Stuttgart.

Founded in 1902 in a garage in the Black Forest, ZAHORANSKY has leveraged expertise in tooth brush manufacturing into other areas such as medical manufacturing.

All about the package: companies discuss packaging designs at conference

By Heather Caliendo
Published: February 9th, 2012

Las Vegas, NV - Sometimes, it's what's on the outside that counts.

"Packaging is the number one medium to communicate the brand," said Michael Okoroafor, VP global packaging at H.J. Heinz.

At The Packaging Conference (Feb. 6-8; Aria City Center; Las Vegas), packaging was the star of the show as several speakers talked about its importance to an overall brand.  

To build machines better, Arburg reviews the film

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 9th, 2012

Just as teams break down game film to see how they can improve their own performance, injection molding machinery supplier Arburg has started a systematic process of filming its workers on the job and then reviewing the tape to see where improvements can be made.

PTI acquires its moldmaker, brings toolmaking in house

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 9th, 2012

An increased demand for mold manufacturing in the U.S. created a need for injection molding firm Polymer Technologies Inc. (PTI) to add moldmaking capabilities to its Clifton, NJ, custom molding facility. The company announced the acquisition of its primary tooling supplier, Polmold, a Wallington, NJ-based moldmaker with six veteran moldmakers who have more than 80 years of combined experience in injection mold design and construction. The acquisition is expected to close this month.

Animal-free plastics skyrocket for medical components

By Doug Smock
Published: February 9th, 2012

Several resin producers now offer grades of plastics that are "animal free" in response to concerns about potential contamination from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad-cow disease.

Fears about the neurological disease peaked in the United Kingdom in 1993 at almost 1,000 new cases per week. Since then, the numbers of BSE cases has dropped sharply; 14,562 cases in 1995, 1,443 in 2000, 225 in 2005 and 11 cases in 2010, according to the US Center for Disease Control.

TPE resin pricing Jan. 30-Feb. 3: PE flat; PP up $0.04/lb; Ethylene and propylene continue to rise

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2012

Uncertain contract pricing lead to choppy spot resin trading, in what The Plastics Exchange (TPE) called a "very interesting week in the plastics markets" in which spot polyethylene (PE) was steady while spot polypropylene (PP) rose another $0.04/lb. At the end of the month, several major PE producers pushed off the January $0.06/lb price increase and will now look to implement it in February.

Fourth time’s a charm; Mexichem acquires Wavin after raising bid for a fourth time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 8th, 2012

Mexico's Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. has bid to acquire Netherlands based Wavin for just over a half a billion euro's, paying euro 531 million, or euro 10.50 for each Wavin ordinary share, to create a euro 4 billion plastic pipe firm that hopes to leverage the combined companies' design, engineering, and R&D capabilities with Mexichem's low-cost manufacturing. Wavin will retain a separate operating and legal structure with headquarters in Zwolle.

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