Opinion: Problems with California’s new injection molding baseline

By Bruce Blau
Published: July 19th, 2013

For the past 11 years I have filed for utility incentives for injection molders. These incentives urge molders to replace old inefficient machines on their floor with newer more efficient machines. The basis for the incentives has been measured energy savings for one year. Typically the incentive amounts to 10% of the cost of the new machine. 

Green Matter: Biobased polyamide targets B&C at K

By Karen Laird
Published: July 19th, 2013

At K2013, EcoPaXX, DSM's castor oil-based polyamide 410 will be shown as one answer to the increasing need for the use of sustainable raw materials in buildings. EcoPaXX is a high- performance, 70% biobased polyamide, which offers excellent resistance to chemicals and hydrolysis and hence is suitable for numerous demanding applications. Earlier applications have mainly been in the electrical and automotive markets; the use of EcoPaXX in insulating profiles for aluminum windows marks this material's first foray into the construction industry.

Japanese cartel collusion: old habits die hard

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 19th, 2013

Japan's Panasonic Corp. is the latest Japanese auto parts supplier to be slapped with a heavy fine for charging inflated prices to US-based automakers. According to the US Department of Justice, Panasonic participated in a conspiracy to rig bids for, and to fix, stabilize and maintain the prices of steering wheel switches, turn switches, wiper switches, combination switches and door courtesy switches sold to Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.

Nobel Prize-winning natural-oils-to-monomers tech goes commercial

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 18th, 2013

The first biorefinery based on a proprietary metathesis technology is now shipping commercial products, including novel specialty chemicals. Wilmar International Ltd., an agribusiness based in Singapore, and Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., a high-growth specialty chemicals company headquartered in Woodbridge, IL, announced they have begun deliveries from their first world-scale biorefinery, a joint venture located in Gresik, Indonesia.

Nordson Corp. talks acquisition of Kreyenborg Group’s polymer processing companies

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 18th, 2013

Nordson Corp. has made another move on the acquisition front with the announcement the company will buy Münster, Germany based Kreyenborg Group's Kreyenborg GmbH and BKG Bruckmann & Kreyenborg Granuliertechnik GmbH companies.

A Nordson Corp. spokesperson told PlasticsToday that this deal is in line with the company's strategy of high, value engineered melt stream components and that Kreyenborg is among the market leaders.

Green Matter: BASF is brewing up a broader bio strategy, starting with K 2013

By Karen Laird
Published: July 18th, 2013

Not all that long ago, the interest of Germany's chemical giants such as BASF, Bayer or Evonik in green chemicals and biopolymers could be described as tepid at best. Although developments in the area were followed, and a product or two developed in order not to completely miss the boat, were it ultimately to set sail, it was, as one sales manager put it: "Not where our business is." Attitudes, however, can change quickly.

Developing Asia the center of global automobile production

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 17th, 2013

The developing Asia-Pacific region will account for 62% of overall growth in global automobile production between 2012 and 2017 according to the latest data from PwC Autofacts (New York, NY). The region, including key markets China and India, will contribute 62.0% of gains in vehicle assembly over the period whereas developed Asia, which includes major auto producers Japan and South Korea, will see its output decline by 3.5%.

Updated: Intertech acquires Image Molding, readies for visit from U.S. Commerce Secretary

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 17th, 2013

2013 is turning out to be a banner year for custom injection molder Intertech Plastics Inc. In April, Intertech announced the expansion of its capabilities and capacity at its Denver, CO, facility. On July 17, the company announced the acquisition of Image Molding, a Denver-based injection molding and contract manufacturing service provider to the medical devices industry.

Engel’s newest all-electric injection molding machine line comes stateside

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2013

Engel's e-Mac, which launched last year in Europe as a "simple all-electric injection molding machine that can tackle precise components" is now being promoted in North America as a "powerful, precise, compact - and economical" injection molding machine, with stock available at Engel sites on the East (York, PA) and West (Corona, CA) coasts for speedy deliveries.

EVCO goes big with latest additions

By John Clark
Published: July 17th, 2013

Custom injection molder EVCO Plastics has recently completed installation of its biggest machine yet, a 3500-ton Engel duo hybrid, in its 30,000-sq-ft addition, which brought the molder's Oshkosh, WI site to 100,000 sq ft. “We’re excited to add this new machine to our existing large-press line-up. We are one of very few plastics manufacturers in the Midwest with access to this size machine,” says Dale Evans, EVCO president.

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