Extrusion-Film & Sheet

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.

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.

Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano appoints new CEO

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Masterbatch producer Sukano AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland) has announced the appointment of Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. De Braaf, who has served the company since March 1, 2014, as Head of Sales, was unanimously elected to this new position by the Board of Directors of Sukano AG. In addition to his new tasks as CEO, he will continue to head the sales team.

Annual sales of products made using MuCell extrusion technology exceeds $100 million

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

MuCell Extrusion is finally coming into its own as an in-demand technology for producing extruded plastic products. For the first time in the company's history, the sale of plastic extrusion products made using MuCell Extrusion technology has exceeded $100 million in sales over a 12-month period, according to Mark Lindenfelzer, president of MuCell Extrusion.

Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

KOPLAS 2015 to showcase plastic technology innovations in South Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

"Plastics, Join the World" is the theme of KOPLAS 2015, which will be held from March 10 to 14 at the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea. Organized by Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, the event is designed to showcase innovations and technologies shaping the plastics industry in South Korea and beyond.

Euromap to introduce energy label for plastics and rubber machinery

By Karen Laird
Published: August 20th, 2014

The European umbrella association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, Euromap, is planning to introduce an energy label for plastics and rubber machinery. An important European industry - the sector comprises some 3,700 companies with 100,000 employees  - energy efficiency has in recent years become a major theme.

New rotary union satisfies broad range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2014

The new DWA Series rotary union from Duff Norton (Charlotte, NC) offers a reliable and economical way to meet a broad range of process heating and cooling requirements. Designed for applications where water, oils, or noncorrosive fluids reach a maximum temperature of 200°F (93°C), it is suited for applications involving the processing of plastics and rubber as well as flexible packaging and printing operations.

Dow Packaging signs technology licensing agreement in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

Dow Chemical and Guangdong Jinming Machinery Co., Ltd., a provider of blown film lines, cast film lines and blow molding machines in China, have jointly announced that they will be entering into a licensing agreement. This enables Jinming to utilize Dow's proprietary pre-encapsulation die technology to make machinery for manufacturing polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) co-extrusion films.

Cardia Bioplastics sets up shop in Brazil

By Karen Laird
Published: August 12th, 2014

Strong market demand for its sustainable retail carry bags has led Australian bioplastics manufacturer Cardia Bioplastics Limited to set up its own film and bag manufacturing plant in São Paulo, Brazil. New purpose-built facilities have been leased and production commencement is scheduled for September 2014. The production machinery costing AUD 750,000 (USD 695,000) is funded using vendor finance over a 12-month period.

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