Shipments of primary plastics equipment totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

The U.S. plastics machinery market looked pretty strong for Q2. 

Shipments of primary plastics equipment (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming equipment) for reporting companies totaled an estimated $299.3 million in Q2, according to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI. This was slightly below the strong total of $300.3 million in Q1 of this year, but it represented a gain of 10% when compared with the total from Q2 of 2013. For the year to date, the total value of primary equipment shipments is 10% ahead of last year.

Structural PET foam cores to be introduced at Orlando show

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Structural polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam cores used in sandwich constructions in the transportation and building and construction fields will be exhibited at CAMX 2014, the Composite and Advanced Materials Expo, to be held October 14-16 in Orlando, Fl, by Armacell Benelux (Thimister-Clermont, Belgium). Representatives of the supplier will also deliver two presentations on the company's ArmaFORM PET foam core products at the co-located conference running October 13-16.

High-strength flax-reinforced biocomposite boasts modulus greater than 6 Gpa

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 9th, 2014

Plastics processors are experiencing increased pressure to use sustainable or renewable thermoplastic materials. In automotive applications and in other applications, one method to meet this challenge has been to use polyolefins filled with short natural fibers for parts that are "not mechanically demanding." Unfortunately, so far, there have been no sustainable or 100% natural biocomposites for performance applications with high mechanical demand according to two organizations that claim to have solved this challenge.

Bill Kent named SPE 2014 Thermoformer of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 28th, 2014

Bill Kent has been named Thermoformer of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Thermoforming Div., and will receive the award at the upcoming Thermoforming Conference, September 15 to 18, 2014, in Schaumburg, IL.

Additive improves thermoforming, foaming properties of PP

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 3rd, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) has kicked off marketing efforts for a new modifier for polypropylene-based resins. The additive, dosed in small amounts, reportedly enhances the processing and foaming properties of polypropylene (PP) resins.

Itself based on PP resin, the modifier reportedly boasts excellent compatibility with PP base resins, while it does not adversely affect the external appearance of molded parts. Further, it is said to be heat resistant, low in density and low in cost.

Say cheese? New whey-based thermoformable barrier coating under development

By Karen Laird
Published: July 31st, 2014

As far as growth is concerned, the packaging industry has nothing to worry about. Sustainability, however, is another story. And while the need for greener packaging represents a significant market opportunity, solutions that deliver the requisite performance at a competitive price are still thin on the ground.

A dominant technology in the packaging market is thermoforming, yet although, for example, bio-based trays have been around for a number of years, in general, they fail to meet the barrier properties required for sensitive food products.

Summertime and the grass is green! But how is the lawn & garden market?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The lawn and garden market always springs to life about April or May in many parts of the country, and that's when sales of garden tractors and equipment, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and other helpful tools for landscape maintenance, lawn care and gardening see a strong boost in sales. However, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA), the lawn and garden business could be better.

Medical thermoformer Nelipak expands U.S. footprint with Flexpak acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

Nelipak Corp. (Cranston, RI) announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Debond Corp. (dba Flexpak Corp.). The business will be owned by Nelipak and operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging.

DuPont and Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion develop new perforation resistant thermoformable film

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 24th, 2014

A collaboration to improve the efficiency, performance and sustainability of packaging applications between Reifenhauser Kiefel Extrusion and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, has resulted in a material and cost-saving medium barrier 9-layer film for thermoforming applications.

Thermoforming Technology Group acquires Lyle Industries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Consolidation in the thermoforming machinery sector continues with the announcement by Thermoforming Technology Group LLC (TTG) that it has acquired Lyle Industries of Beaverton, MI, one of the leading thermoforming machinery manufacturers in the United States. Thermoforming Technology Group is the parent company of Brown Machine LLC and EPCO LLC, which were acquired in January 2008.

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