In-Mold Decorating Association kicks off 2014 competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) announced the kick off of its 2014 Awards Competition, and will begin accepting entries on May 1, 2014. This represents the eighth annual competition sponsored by IMDA, and recognizes the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold durable products. The 2013 winner of the gold award for Best Part Design is pictured.

Breyer sells PET film extrusion lines to Middle East customer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 18th, 2014

Breyer Co. (Singen, Germany) has announced that it recently received a new order for two PET film extrusion lines from a company in the Middle East that has been a loyal customer for many years. The customer is keenly interested in producing quality film and packaging and stated that Breyer's ThermoFlex concept and processing know-how will make this possible in a cost-effective manner.

SPE looking for entries in Students Part Competition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division is looking to engage the younger generation with its second annual Student Parts Competition. SPE is encouraging students to collaborate on a potential thermoformed application specified by SPE. The submission deadline is August 15. 

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Plastics machinery shipments up 8 percent in 2013

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 21st, 2014

Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.

Nelipak figures process validation is ready for its close up

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 13th, 2014

A series of short videos dedicated to process validation has been launched on YouTube by Nelipak Healthcare Packaging (Cranston, RI), a supplier of custom thermoformed packaging for medical and pharmaceutical products. The videos, hosted by Elizabeth Nugent, Global Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, are designed to demystify process validation by explaining the purpose it serves and demonstrating the benefits for customers.

Liquid thermoplastic resins processable with thermoset composite techniques

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 9th, 2014

A family of liquid thermoplastic resins can be transformed into practical parts and components using processing technologies normally associated with thermoset resins, such as resin transfer molding (RTM). Arkema, the supplier of the materials, says application has commenced on a commercial basis in 2014, where their lightweight, cost-effective and recyclable nature is being exploited.

Winkler rebrands as Nuconic Packaging, adds new machinery and employees

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 6th, 2014

What's in a name? Well, for Winkler Plastics, you could say everything. The company recently rebranded itself as Nuconic Packaging

"We rebranded the name to reset the stage for growth," Nuconic Packaging CEO Alan Franz told PlasticsToday. "We wanted to have a name that differentiated ourselves from other competitors and formulated a name that was internally derived of being 'New - NU,' of our primary product 'CONtainers,' and made of PlastIC.'"

Chinaplas returns to Shanghai in April

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 5th, 2014

According to the statistics of Chinese customs, the cumulated amount of plastic products exported from January to July in 2013 increased by 13.7%, compared to 2012 and this increment has decreased by 4.4% on a month-to-month basis.

North American robotics shipments grow in 2013, while new orders contract

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 5th, 2014

Following a strong year in 2012, the North American robotics market recorded its best year ever in 2013 in terms of robot shipments, according to new statistics from Robotic Industries Association (RIA). A total of 22,591 robots valued at $1.39 billion were shipped to companies in North America in 2013, beating the previous record of 20,328 robots valued at $1.29 billion shipped in 2012.

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