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HASCO Worldwide celebrates 90th anniversary with ride of a lifetime

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

HASCO Worldwide, a manufacturer of precision mold components, is celebrating 90 years in business with an open house at HASCO America Inc. in Fletcher, NC. HASCO, headquartered in Germany, manufactures mold bases, mold components, and hot runner systems to serve mold makers globally.

The open house will be held Friday, September 12, at 2 PM with a facility tour and technical presentations, and will allow visitors to see the company's newest components, as well as meet the people of HASCO America. Food and beverages also will be served.

Combined moldmaking and injection molding puts Portuguese company on medtech map

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 4th, 2014

Portugal has a storied moldmaking tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when companies in the town of Marinha Grande, about 95 miles north of Lisbon, started manufacturing molds for glassware rather than importing them. After World War II, plastic injection molds gained a foothold and, with the inevitable ups and downs, that has continued ever since. Automotive OEMs have been reliable customers; medical device manufacturers, not so much. Muroplás, located in Muro-Trofa, about 130 miles north of Marinha Grande, is the exception that proves the rule.

Lubrizol acquires medtech supplier Vesta

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Specialty chemicals company Lubrizol Corp. (Wickliffe, OH), part of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio since 2012, has acquired Vesta Funding Inc., an ISO 13485–certified medical device contract manufacturer. Vesta was purchased by private equity firm RoundTable Healthcare Partners in 2007.

Vesta provides silicone molding, silicone extrusion, thermoplastic extrusion, tight tolerance silicone sheeting, and medical device assembly services.

The purchase further expands Lubrizol's reach into the healthcare field.

Automation Alley partners with Tata Technologies to offer affordable product lifecycle management classes

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 4th, 2014

Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, is partnering with Tata Technologies to offer a broad scope of affordable product lifecycle management (PLM) classes that cover both fundamental and advanced topics. Classes include training in AutoCAD, CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, and NX, and will be offered both at the Automation Alley Product Lifecycle Management Center at SmartZone Business Accelerator OU Inc. in Rochester, MI, and Tata Technologies in Novi, MI.

Nanocomposites in a nutshell

By Karen Laird
Published: August 4th, 2014

Biocomposites and nanotechnology are two areas drawing attention today from researchers and the industry alike. In Iran, researchers from, among others, Isfahan University of Technology have combined the two to produce a new kind of nanocomposite, based on pistachio shell, an agro-waste that has high tensile strength. 
The wood-plastic nanocomposite can be used in the building industry, and it is resistant to humidity, loss of color and various types of fungi and insects.

New EPS recycling facility opens in Indianapolis

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Plastic Recycling Inc. (PRI) has opened a new recycling facility in Indianapolis, IN dedicated to the recycling of post-consumer foam cups, foam take-out containers and other used polystyrene materials collected through curbside pick-up programs across the country.

Toray Plastics to showcase OPP, PET, metallized and bio-based films at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Toray Plastics (America) will showcase new high-barrier flexible packaging materials that are made in America and creative packaging solutions at Pack Expo International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

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.

When economic news is surprising and no one is surprised

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Here we are in the middle of what I've always called "summer slump" and there have been a few surprises this past week. The trouble is that it's not so surprising - or it shouldn't be anyway. The first surprise is that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey showed that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month. The July Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 57.1%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from June's reading of 55.3%, indicating an expansion in manufacturing.

Sacmi helps to redesign Gatorade bottles for PepsiCo Italia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 1st, 2014

Gatorade recently presented its new 500 ml Gatorade "Kenny" PET bottle, which the company said was designed to make it easier to use when practicing sports.

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