Published: November 18th, 2015
Rather than invest in costly extrusion blow molding machinery dedicated to the production of plastic fuel tanks, Japan's Yachiyo Industry (Sayama) has developed an innovative system that retrofits to standard large JSW blow molding machines that it uses on its 21 machines worldwide to mold the tanks. Normally fuel tank blow molding machines extrude two sheets that are then blow-molded.
Published: November 13th, 2015
Swedish size reduction equipment specialist Rapid Granulator, has added a major extension to its testing facilities at its headquarters in Bredaryd, a small town in the southern part of Sweden. The company has constructed an additional 500 square meters of space, almost doubling its existing test area, which takes the total available space to over 1,100 square meters. The extra area as been made suitable for granulators of all sizes. Moreover, most of the test area now also has a ceiling height of nine meters.
Published: November 11th, 2015
Milacron Holdings Corp. (Cincinnati, OH), a global leader in industrial technology serving the plastics processing industry, announced that its Uniloy brand and Consolidated Container Company (CCC; Atlanta, GA) have joined together in the development of the new Dura-Lite line of containers. The innovative design is driven by consumer demand for a lighter-weight dairy/water gallon and half-gallon square bottle that is more durable.
Published: November 11th, 2015
Plastics Color Corp. (Chicago), a global producer of colorants, compounds, additive masterbatches and custom polymers, reports that its five-year plan to rebrand its products and upgrade infrastructure is on course. The company says that it has made significant capital investments in line with a new strategic vision initiated at the beginning of 2015 to guide the company into the next decade.
Published: November 2nd, 2015
Attracting the next generation of plastics industry employees and trade association members is high on the to-do list of industry trade groups. On October 22, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE; Bethel, CT) announced a strategy to draw more young people into the industry and into SPE itself.
Published: October 29th, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) officially launched its new manufacturing and sales company for elastomeric olefin and adhesive compounds in China, Mitsui Chemicals Functional Composites (Shanghai) (MFS), with an opening ceremony on October 27th. Capacity at the plant is 11,000 tonnes/year.
Published: October 20th, 2015
Family-owned Hillside Plastics (Turners Falls, MA) has been purchased by Carr Management Inc. (CMI; Nashua, NH), a specialized manufacturer of blow-molded, high-density polyethylene bottles for dairy, water, food and industrial purposes. Hillside President Peter Haas will continue in his role at the company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Published: October 15th, 2015
Sidel’s (Hünenberg, Switzerland) international center of excellence for PET packaging development and blowing solutions in Octeville, France, recently made an impact on sustainability by participating in an innovative research project involving plant-based performance plastics. The global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging consulted with its PET packaging expertise in the BioHub program as the chosen representative for the beverage industry.
Published: October 13th, 2015
Carolina Color Corp., (Salisbury, NC) a family-owned business founded in 1967, announced an expansion to its Salisbury, NC facility. Carolina Color manufactures color concentrates for the plastics industry from its ISO 9001:2008 certified locations in Salisbury and in Delaware, OH. “To support the company’s hyper-growth during the past five years, the company has invested nearly $10 million in research and development, plant upgrades and new equipment,” the company said.
Published: October 12th, 2015
Weener Plastic Packaging Group (WPPG; Weener, Germany) is strengthening its Brazilian operations by acquiring the shares of its joint venture, Weener Globalpack Indústria Plástica Ltda., in Jaraguá. The company has been renamed and will operate as Weener Indústria Plástica Ltda from here on out. The plant produces plastic packaging components for deodorants and antiperspirants. The transaction has been closed in July 2015.