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RTP producing very long fiber compounds in Mexico: enhanced solutions for automotive and consumer goods sectors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

RTP Company (Winona, MN) has installed a new pultrusion line at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico and is now producing very long fiber (VLF) compounds.  This newest VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the company's customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries. 

Superior Tooling adds equipment, new people to meet demand

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 12th, 2014

This year is turning out to be quite busy for moldmakers overall, which is always good news. Robbie Earnhardt, Ppesident of Superior Tooling Inc. in Wake Forest, NC, has been especially busy, and to help keep up with demand, the company has invested in new equipment and hired several new employees.

Superior Tooling specializes in the design and build of injection molds, blow molds and injection blow molds, compression molds, stamping dies and precision machining work for customers in the medical, packaging, automotive, aerospace and electrical markets among others.

Resin pricing: Polyethylene has quickly soared $.06/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

Spot resin trading continued to run at a very rapid rate and completed transaction volumes were high, especially for the first week of August, according to The Plastics Exchange. Polyethylene and polypropylene prices advanced further; most grades have recorded gains in each of the past five weeks. Once PGP settles, August PP contracts will likely jump around $.06/lb - some resin producers are also looking to expand margins.

Dow Packaging signs technology licensing agreement in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

Dow Chemical and Guangdong Jinming Machinery Co., Ltd., a provider of blown film lines, cast film lines and blow molding machines in China, have jointly announced that they will be entering into a licensing agreement. This enables Jinming to utilize Dow's proprietary pre-encapsulation die technology to make machinery for manufacturing polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) co-extrusion films.

Cardia Bioplastics sets up shop in Brazil

By Karen Laird
Published: August 12th, 2014

Strong market demand for its sustainable retail carry bags has led Australian bioplastics manufacturer Cardia Bioplastics Limited to set up its own film and bag manufacturing plant in São Paulo, Brazil. New purpose-built facilities have been leased and production commencement is scheduled for September 2014. The production machinery costing AUD 750,000 (USD 695,000) is funded using vendor finance over a 12-month period.

Borealis to become sole owner of Specialty Polymers Antwerp

By Karen Laird
Published: August 12th, 2014

Leading polyolefins producer Borealis has announced that it has signed an agreement to buy out Dupont's 67% stake in its Speciality Polymers Antwerp joint venture. Speciality Polymers Antwerp N.V. was established in 2000 at an existing Borealis plant in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, to manufacture high-pressure copolymers. Under the proposed arrangement, DuPont will continue to serve the market with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and acrylate copolymers produced at the Speciality Polymers Antwerp facility.

TPE from Teknor Apex replaces PVC in extruded medical device component

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2014

A transparent medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) from Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) has been selected to replace PVC in the manufacture of a component used in an anesthesia device manufactured by Vincent Medical (Hong Kong), an FDA-registered contract manufacturer serving global medical device OEMs. Vincent Medical was tasked by its customer to find an alternative to PVC for the extrusion of a gas sampling tube, part of an anesthesia delivery and monitoring assembly.

Automotive market drives global phenolic resin demand

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 11th, 2014

Demand from the automotive sector is one of the primary drivers of the phenolic resins market according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (Albany, NY). "[Phenolic] molding compounds are in demand from the automotive sector as they amplify vehicle efficiency, and promote fire-safety," says the consulting firm.

Reason could be taking center stage in the plastic bag ban debate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2014

We in the plastics industry see way too many headlines about plastic bag bans throughout the United States. So imagine how surprised I was when I read this article in Time magazine's Aug. 5 edition online: "Your Whole Foods Tote Could be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."

How Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing learned to stop worrying and love Tijuana

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2014

When Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing Inc. (Rochester, NH), a contract manufacturer of single-use medical devices, began looking into moving some activities out of country, Mexico and China were immediately ruled out. The company initially set its sights on Costa Rica. Yet, a couple of weeks ago the company announced that it was opening a facility in Tijuana, Mexico. Therein lies a story that CEO Adam Prime shared with PlasticsToday.

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