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PP, PE, PVC higher; PS mixed; ABS flat: Polymerupdate Asian resin prices, March 12-16

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 19th, 2012

Polypropylene (PP) prices edged higher last week in Asia, rising as demand sentiments lifted. Gains in crude and naphtha rates coupled with firmer feedstock propylene also supported the rise in spot PP values, according to Polymerupdate. PP injection molding prices were assessed up at $1430/tonne CFR Far East Asia, while CFR South East Asia prices were assessed up at $1450/tonne.

Local purchasing winning out over global in automotive supply chain

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2012

The March 2012 Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s Suppler Barometer reveals that the outlook remains positive with a Supplier Sentiment Index of 64. However that represents a two-point decrease from the January value, reflecting that while “North American vehicle sales and production schedules are improving, gas prices, the Iran nuclear issues, the European debt concerns and upcoming U.S. presidential election are keeping the sentiment outlook relatively level,” said the report.

Allround efficiency dominant theme at Arburg’s 2012 Technology Days

By Karen Laird
Published: March 19th, 2012

As injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg was proud to announce at its annual Technology Days event: Don’t forget—you saw it here first.  

So, what is "it"? Inline printing, which is being hailed as a genuinely new breakthrough in production integration. As the integration of upstream and downstream production processes goes ever further in the ongoing effort to produce parts in a cost-efficient manner, the need for flexible systems and components continues to grow. 

Velocity Equipment buys Molinaro Tool and Die

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 19th, 2012

Velocity Equipment Solutions LLC announced the acquisition of Molinaro Tool and Die Inc. (MTD), a manufacturer of blow-mold tooling and injection molds and parts. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

The MTD business will be absorbed into Velocity Blow Mold Solutions. All of MTD’s employees have been offered positions with Velocity. The combined business will operate out of Velocity’s headquarters in New Castle, PA. 

Eco-friendly packaging plays a role in shopping decisions, study says

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 19th, 2012

Another St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, but green is still heavy on the mind when it comes to consumer decision-making.

A recent study stated shoppers are interested in choosing eco-friendly packaging, according to Perception Research Services. Significantly more shoppers state they like to choose eco-friendly packaging compared to 2010 (36% vs 28%). Half of the shoppers polled said they would be willing to pay more for this type of packaging, which was especially true of shoppers under the age of 40.  

Catheter cap tackles hospital-acquired infections

By Doug Smock
Published: March 19th, 2012

The battle to reduce hospital infection rates continues with the effort now including newly designed medical devices as well as stronger and more widely used antimicrobial agents.

One interesting example is a method of disinfecting IV tubing end connectors that was granted a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Notice of Allowance for a patent application earlier this month.

UPDATED: Out-of-autoclave prepregs find use in Airbus key component

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 19th, 2012

Advanced Composites Group (Warwickshire, UK) has scored commercial success with its MTM 44-1 Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) epoxy resin-based prepregs being adopted by GE Aviation to manufacture the outer and mid-section fixed trailing edge panels for the Airbus A350 XWB wing. Advanced Composites will be rebranded as Umeco effective April 2 this year. The new brand will be officially launched at JEC Europe 2012 in Paris, to be held 27 to 29 March, 2012.

Processor makes "World’s Greatest" cut

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 16th, 2012

When executive producer Gordon Freeman, of the ION Network’s ‘World’s Greatest’ TV show called Robinson Industries, he was looking for a company to fill their segment on material handling. What they found was one of the oldest thermoforming and structural foam molding companies in Michigan. 

Taghleef Industries wins 2012 Sustainability Award

By Karen Laird
Published: March 16th, 2012

Emulating last year’s success, Taghleef Industries, a major producer of packaging films made from renewable resources (PLA bio-based resin), has been awarded a 2012 Sustainability Award by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). 

When it comes to the U.S. manufacturing economy, they’re still trying to put lipstick on this pig

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 16th, 2012

Each month or two, surveys from various associations roll in and lately the spin has been the same: things are booming for manufacturers. Manufacturing is expanding, increasing and growing.  That might be true if you only read the first sentence or two of these reports. So when it comes to reporting on these manufacturing surveys and analysis, it pays to read the fine print. 

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