Study shows pressure forming gaining popularity in plastics industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 20th, 2015

According to the 2015 plastics manufacturing industry survey results released by Ray Products (Ontario, CA), pressure forming saw a significant increase in popularity from last year, while other processes saw a dip. The survey, conducted annually over the past three years, asks professionals who use plastics manufacturing about their activities over the past 12 months and about their plans for the next 12 months. This year's survey was distributed to thousands of engineers, administrators and manufacturing professionals, according to Ray Products.

Rapid expansion: Test facilities in Sweden nearly doubled

By Karen Laird
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.

Cascades invests $4.5M toward expansion at two food packaging plants

By Kari Embree
Published: November 3rd, 2015

Cascades Inc. (Kingsey Falls, QC, Canada), a leader in the recovery and manufacture of green packaging and tissue products, is investing $4.5 million in its Plastiques Cascades plant in Kingsey Falls and its Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville. Both of these plants specialize in the manufacture of packaging for fresh food made from recycled plastic.

Styrolution and Braskem imply joint venture project not scrapped—just on hold

By Karen Laird
Published: November 2nd, 2015

Styrolution, a leading global styrenics supplier with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Brazil-based Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in America and pioneer of plant-based polyethylene, have called off their plans to establish a future joint venture company in Brazil. The decision, which was driven by Styrolution, was taken by mutual agreement the companies, said, in the light of the current adverse market conditions and uncertain market outlook.

SPE nurtures next generation of plastics professionals

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Solegear’s bioplastic selected for smartphone case packaging

By Karen Laird
Published: November 2nd, 2015

Vancouver-based Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and r-pac International (New York, New York), a leading global supplier of retail packaging, have collaborated with a major US-based consumer electronics retailer to produce smartphone case packaging in support of the most recent phone release from a market share leader. The name of the retailer was not revealed.

Covestro bursts onto plastics scene in vibrant color at Fakuma 2015

By Karen Laird
Published: October 22nd, 2015

Introducing a new name to the market can be a challenge, but it’s one that Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) has taken on with gusto. Covestro, the company formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience, went to enormous lengths at the Fakuma trade show last week to ensure that everybody knew their name. Curious, courageous and colorful: this was how CEO Patrick Thomas characterized the emotional values of the new company during a press conference at the show.

Thermwood leverages American Kuhne extruder, expertise for LSAM system

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 20th, 2015

Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN), a U.S.-based manufacturer of CNC routers and customer of American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI), a provider of engineered solutions for plastics, rubber and silicone extrusion, announced that its developmental system for Large Scale 3D Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) performed well during initial testing through its entire operating range. The testing follows a July announcement of its LSAM program.

Rapid launches Low Built Base granulators for sheet and film at Fakuma

By Karen Laird
Published: October 15th, 2015

At the Fakuma trade show held this week in Friedrichshafen, Germany, size reduction equipment specialist Rapid (Bredaryd, Sweden) officially launched its LBB 300 series, a granulator with a very low height for handling sheet and film scrap. A prototype of the LBB 300 series was first displayed at K 2013 in Düsseldorf two years ago, but its official commercial debut was not until this week in Friedrichshafen. It is available worldwide.

August manufacturing technology orders see decline

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 13th, 2015

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) reported that August U.S. manufacturing technology for machine tool orders totaled $285.92 million, a drop of 10.2% from July’s $318.48 million and down 21.2% when compared with the total of $362.65 million reported for August 2014. With a year-to-date total of $2.771.2 billion, 2015 was down 10% when compared with the same period in 2014.

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