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Best start for manufacturing technology orders since 1998; AMT and AMTDA merge

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 13th, 2012

In February, U.S. manufacturing orders rose 9.3% from January, and were up 35.2% when compared with February 2011. Orders totaled $444.06 million in February 2012, compared to $328.44 for February a year ago, according to the report released by the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

"Manufacturing technology orders are off to their best start since 1998," said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. "U.S. manufacturers continue to seek increases in productivity through automation and innovative technologies to increase their global competitiveness."

Engel and Plastisud create joint venture for cap systems in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 13th, 2012

Engel, the Austrian injection molding machine manufacturer, and French mold maker Plastisud have formed a joint venture for the production of sealing caps for water and soft drinks containers in China.

Plastics processor launches TE linerless plug closure for ESL and aseptic beverage market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 13th, 2012

Plastic closure processor Portola Packaging has launched its first tamper-evident (TE) linerless plug closure for extended shelf life (ESL) and aseptic beverage packages.

Portola's new Steri-Shield plug closures can be made in a variety of sizes ranging from 38 to 43mm, with or without a tamper-evident band. The line is used to seal juices, isotonics, dairy, energy drinks, milk, vitamin waters, drinkable yogurt, teas and others.

One-step SkinForm process went live at NPE2012

By Doug Smock
Published: April 13th, 2012

A novel one-step process that combines thermoplastics and reaction injection molded polyurethane in a  two-cavity tool was demonstrated in a live operation for the first time outside Europe at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL last week.

Carbon fiber-foam roof module concept employs RTM process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2012

In mid-2011, BASF (Ludwigshafen) took another step forward on the road to plastic applications in automobile bodies and chassis by establishing its cross-divisional, multi-material Lightweight Composite Team.

Study: More than 70% of Americans can recycle plastic bags and wraps locally

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 12th, 2012

First, Canada had its say about access to plastics recycling. Next up: the United States.

More than 91% of the U.S. population can recycle their plastic bags locally, and additionally, nearly 75% of people living in the U.S. can recycle other types of flexible plastic wraps in their own communities, according to a new study conducted by Moore Recycling Associates Inc.

Cytec to buy advanced composite materials company Umeco plc

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 12th, 2012

Cytec Industries Inc. announced plans to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Umeco plc, a UK provider of advanced composite materials, for approximately $439 million.

Anchor Packaging acquires MVP Kentucky plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 12th, 2012

Anchor Packaging Inc. has bought the Mount Vernon, KY thermoforming facilities and equipment, previously operated by MVP. This latest acquisition brings the number of Anchor facilities to six, with a combined total of more than 1.6 million sq-ft of manufacturing and warehousing space.

Bayer buys Arkema’s PC sheet line in North America

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 12th, 2012

Bayer MaterialScience LLC announced plans to acquire the Tuffak polycarbonate sheet business of Arkema Inc., a line used in such markets as aerospace, transportation and heavy equipment. Bayer's Bryan Iams told PlasticsToday that Arkema currently manufactures the sheet products at its Kensington, CT facility, while Bayer produces polycarbonate sheet at its locations in Sheffield, MA, and Newark, OH. Where production will occur going forward hasn't been decided.

Rhodia forms partnerships for transportation lightweighting

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 12th, 2012

Rhodia Engineering Plastics (Paris La Défense) has entered into two partnerships to promote the use of polyamide-based thermoplastic composites in lightweighting for the automotive and marine sectors.

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