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Moldmakers' spring survey shows strength

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 4th, 2012

The Spring 2012 Business Forecast Survey of members of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) reveals that business conditions remain quite good for most mold builders. In fact, 'Excellent' current business conditions jumped 11 percentage points to 36% in the Spring survey, from 25% in the Winter 2012 survey.

Amare Stoudemire, the next spokesperson for plastics?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 4th, 2012

The NBA playoffs are in full-speed and whether your team is winning or losing their series, all attention was on the Knicks earlier this week. Not because of the team's rather pathetic attempt to beat the Heat, but because power forward-center Amare Stoudemire injured himself after the Knicks' 104-94 loss to the Heat Monday night.

How, you ask? Well, out of extreme anger he punched a glass case containing a fire extinguisher and as a result suffered a laceration on the inside of his palm, on the side of his hand closest to the pinkie.

University researchers develop plastics from biomass

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 3rd, 2012

A team of chemical engineers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Delaware claims it has discovered a new way to make plastic bottles from biomass rather than petroleum.

DSM sees big future in regenerative medicine, resorbable plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: May 3rd, 2012

DSM, the Dutch plastics giant, is making a $360 million bet that biomaterials and regenerative medicine will play an important role in future medical care. The acquisition continues a trend at DSM away from commodities and toward specialties, particularly in the life sciences.

Kensey Nash Corp. (Exton, PA) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement in which DSM will acquire all of its stock for $38.50 per share in cash.

Faurecia acquires Ford’s former Saline plant, announces new JV

By Tony Deligio
Published: May 3rd, 2012

Ford Motor Company and Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) have sold ACH's Saline, MI automotive interior trim components operation to France-headquartered global automotive parts supplier Faurecia, with the sale and transfer of the business scheduled to be completed June 1.

BASF acquires Brazil polyamide polymer business

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 3rd, 2012

With the acquisition of the polyamide (PA) polymer business of the Mazzaferro Group, BASF has established its first plastics and polyamide polymers production plant in Brazil, a BASF spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

"Until now we have imported polyamide polymers and compounded polyamide from other regions to supply our South American customers," the spokesperson said.

Polycarbonate film furnishes functionality and finish in auto interiors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2012

To win over consumers, automotive interior designs must feature improved component functionality without sacrificing an elegant, luxurious appearance. Two recent innovations illustrate how materials and process technologies developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Troy, MI) are helping automotive OEMs satisfy this trend.

Out-of-autoclave chassis weighs in at 80 kg

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 2nd, 2012

After nine years and over A$1 million invested, the Australian-designed-and-built FR-1 has become a reality. The one-off, high-performance, concept roadster features a monocoque cockpit chassis molded "out-of-autoclave" at a temperature of only 70°C using an epoxy prepreg with a 200 g/m2, 3k twill carbon-fiber base fabric.

Heinz sells a brand, will use the German factory to produce plastic packaging products

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 2nd, 2012

H.J. Heinz has sold its Sonnen Bassermann brand to Struik Foods Europe. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Heinz will retain ownership of the 431,000-ft2 factory in Seesen, Germany and will use it to manufacture plastic packaging products.

Mexico polyethylene plant to use GE hyper compressor technology

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 2nd, 2012

Petrochemical producers Brazil's Braskem S.A. and Mexico's Grupo Idesa have launched a joint venture to establish a polyethylene complex in Mexico featuring GE hyper compressor technology.

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