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.

Integrating injection and thermoforming is a hit for moldmaker at K Show

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 1st, 2010

If there was one thing mold manufactures proved at the recent K 2010 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, it was that they are not waiting around for customers to tell them what to do. Successful mold manufacturing companies are taking the initiative and developing molds and even processes that challenge the norm.

Are thermoformers too late to the offshoring game? No, says exec, 
but do it right

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 22nd, 2010

Thermoformers are playing catchup with injection molders when it comes to offshoring, finally doing so essentially for the same reasons. But are they too late?

Optimized sheet extrusion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 11th, 2010

When it comes to recycling, the thermoformers have gotten the process down, with most using the trim back into the extrusion of new sheet. Demand for recycled-content sheet material to meet green requirements for many packaging products continues to increase, but there are a few challenges when it comes to meeting that demand.

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