Molding innovator George Freeborn is dead at 84

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 17th, 2011

George E. Freeborn, the founder and CEO of Textek Plastics Inc. (San Antonio, TX) who died on March 15 at the age of 84, was an innovator in rotational and injection molding and active in both the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

A veteran of the U.S. Navy Air Corps (1944-1946), following college Freeborn worked at rotational molders and thermoformers, innovating the first rotomolded plastic street light globe, among other things.

In matchmaking role, Sierra pairs excess capacity with companies in need

By Matt Defosse
Published: March 11th, 2011

Many processors have some excess machine time they would like to sell, but the sales team's focus is on finding customers for products, not machine time. Helping to match excess machine and assembly capacity with potential customers is Sierra Manufacturing Services, a recently formed business started by Bruce Kozak, who has experience in the plastics processing machinery industry with Milacron, Cannon and Spirex, as well as a stint in financial services with Morgan Stanley.

Tips of the trade: Selecting materials & optimizing manufacturing for medical device carrying solutions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 10th, 2011

With the increasing complexity of medical equipment, the development of carrying solutions for these products has become significantly more important. Carrying products such as cases, bags and pouches are no longer commodity accessories. Instead, they are now doing far more than just holding and protecting medical devices by also adding measurable functionality and usage value, thus meeting the specific needs of device vendors and their users.

PET supply chain keeps changing: Indorama on top but Octal plans to expand again

By MPW Staff
Published: February 2nd, 2011

You need a scorecard to keep track of the leading suppliers of polyethylene terephthalate. Eastman has exited the business, selling it to DAK Americas in North America and Indorama in Europe.

Spectrum Plastics Group expands its own spectrum with micromolding buy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 26th, 2011

The plastics processor is adding six machines to its Minneapolis facility, as well as customers and a new employee, with an eye to hiring more as business takes off. The company already has rapid prototyping and injection molding capacity; adding micromolding will improve its odds in the medical, aerospace, defense and precision industrial markets that it serves.

From thermoforming to a green MBA, and now maybe back again

By Matt Defosse
Published: January 17th, 2011

Many in the plastics industry, and especially within the thermoforming community, know Conor Carlin. He worked with Sencorp Systems and then Stopol, but left the industry to get his MBA, focusing on sustainable business and technology management. Conor never did cut his plastics industry ties as for years he has been the managing editor of the SPE's Thermoforming Quarterly.

Is 2011 the year that thermoformers invest in energy efficient heating?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 14th, 2011

Infrared heating technology supplier Ceramicx says last fall's K exhibition confirmed that a large portion of the thermoforming industry is ready "to look at their heating methods and energy usage." Ceramicx founder and managing director, Frank Wilson, said that he is amazed at the number of thermoformers that "see no need to measure the energy consumption on their machines."

Plastics packaging: Sausages bolt from glass for home in polypropylene

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 11th, 2011

The little piggies being sent to market now are packed in plastic, thanks to a move away from glass by German lunchmeats supplier Rügenwalder Mühle. The company's newest brand of fresh sausages (pork and poultry) are being marketed in injection molded, in-mold labeled polypropylene packaging.

Plastics packaging: With sale of five business units, focus at Linpac is on packaging

By MPW Staff
Published: January 5th, 2011

The focus is now entirely on its core business of primary food packaging and returnable crates/containers as Linpac Group has sold five of its stand-alone, non-core business units to funds managed by Chamonix Private Equity, a London-based private equity firm.

Solo Cup given Keep America Beautiful award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 14th, 2010

Solo Cup Co. (Lake Forest, IL) has received the 2010 Corporate Leadership Award from the Keep America Beautiful organization (KAB; Stamford, CT) in recognition of Solo's ongoing support of sustainability education, as well as sustainable improvements in its communities. Solo also has moved its product mix in the direction of sustainability.

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