Published: December 10th, 2013
Oftentimes talk of PET centers around a persistent and growing oversupply. However, the market for PET is actually growing in step with the expanding middle classes in developing countries such as China. But demand in developed countries such as the U.S. is starting to flatten, according to a new global study by IHS.
Published: December 6th, 2013
The week after a holiday break, in this case, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., can be rather sluggish. But that was not so in the world of plastics. In fact, Euromold, the international trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, took place this week.
Published: December 5th, 2013
Earlier this year, Milacron generated quite a bit of attention when it completed the acquisition of Mold-Masters, a deal originally announced February 12. With that acquisition, Milacron's combined enterprise featured: Milacron Plastics Machinery (injection, structural foam, extrusion, and blowmolding machines); Mold-Masters (hot runners); DME Company (mold technologies); Aftermarket (parts and service); and CIMCOOL Fluid Technology (metalworking fluids and services).
Published: December 4th, 2013
Expensive cars with longhorns on the hoods. Big hair. Barbecue. Those are just a few of the items the general public arguably associates with Texas. But CarbonLite Recycling would like to add one more item to that list - a major producer of bottle-to-bottle recycling.
Published: December 4th, 2013
As manufacturing continues its drive toward getting young people interested in the opportunities that exist in the various manufacturing industries and the skills they can acquire, more manufacturers are stepping up to work with local schools to attract students to the manufacturing workforce. Recently, Century Die Co., along with four other area manufacturers co-hosted a bus tour to showcase their modern, high-tech sophisticated manufacturing plants. The tour took 35 guidance counselors and school officials from the area to the facilities.
Published: November 22nd, 2013
Work is on the rise in China, but it doesn't involve humans. On a recent trip to China, our Automotive Editor and Asia-Pacific Correspondent Stephen Moore read in the local China Daily that Zhejiang Province, a manufacturing hub that neighbors the commercial capital of Shanghai, would invest a "staggering $82 billion over the next five years to encourage manufacturers to adopt more robots; this in order to overcome the short supply and high cost of labor that currently prevails in the coastal areas of China."
Published: November 19th, 2013
Trexel, Inc. (Wilmington, MA) has extended its MuCell processing solution for injection molding to blow molded automotive components with similarly impressive savings in part weight. In working closely with their OEM and Tier I customers, the company has recognized the need for lightweighting plastic parts beyond the traditional and proven injection molded interior, exterior and under the hood applications, hence its move into the process.
Published: November 18th, 2013
Tier I auto parts maker Valeo reports strong interest from engineering students around the world in its Valeo Innovation Challenge, whose goal is to design equipment that, between now and 2030, will make cars more intelligent and intuitive. The deadline for submissions to the competition is February 14, 2014. Participants can still sign up now at the Valeo Innovation Challenge website.
Published: November 15th, 2013
November 15 is an especially great day for PlasticsToday. Why? Well, it's the first official day for our new Senior Editor, Norbert Sparrow.
Published: November 8th, 2013
Chicago - Plastic bottles scattered across a beach. Plastic bags clinging to a tree. These are a few of society's (un)favorite things.
"My apologizes for the uncomfortable pictures - but they are powerful images," said Kim Holmes, director of recycling and diversion at SPI, who showed pictures of plastic litter at the Global Plastics Summit. "The perception of plastics is often a negative interaction with plastics - the material littering the environment."