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Readers sound off: On drug violence in Mexico, free trade harming U.S. manufacturing, and kudos to The Extrusion Expert

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 15th, 2011

A number of articles we published late last week drew extensive commentary from readers. From readers who described leaving Mexico after 7 years due to the increasing violence there, to the spirited discourse on whether free trade truly is harming U.S. manufacturers, to some very nice comments on our new Ask the Extrusion Expert column- we welcome all comments. Keep them clean, keep them civil but definitely keep them coming.

New blowmolded rain-spout extensions keep water flowing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2011

With all the rain flooding the New England area, there's probably big demand for a new drainage product manufactured by Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., an extrusion blowmolding manufacturing and engineering company located in Ludlow, MA. The new Extend-A-Spout Drainage System was recently launched at Home Depot and Lowes stores in select areas of the U.S.

UMass lands big money for nanotechnology research

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2011

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a national nanomanufacturing research center.

Saudi processors get All-Around(er) look at molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2011

The region long has had access to the oil needed to create petrochemicals, increasingly petrochemical and plastic plants are being built there, and the governments in the region, especially in Saudi Arabia, are strongly supporting creation of a plastics processing community in the Gulf Region. Training workers for the industry is a high priority.

Chevron Phillips, Sumitomo parts ways in PP joint venture

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2011

 
A polyproprylene plant with capacity of 320,000 tonnes/yr is to close down by year-end in Pasadena, Texas, as a result of the dissolution of a 60:40 joint venture of Chevron Phillips Chemical (The Woodlands. TX) and Sumitomo Chemical (Tokyo).

Missed the Milacron open house? Take it in from your desktop

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 14th, 2011

With a few years of experience with our successful webinars and the success last week of our inaugural virtual event, we don't need convincing that a Virtual Event can be just as instructive, and a lot more convenient, than traveling somewhere. For plastics processors who may have missed its open house in May, plastics processing machinery manufacturer Milacron has made the event "available" as part of an online presentation.

Editorial: As bullets fly, is Mexico shooting itself in the foot?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 14th, 2011

Mexico has become Mexico's #1 enemy. The violence surrounding the country's drug wars has been on the nightly news so often that now it almost isn't noticed. Several months ago, I contacted some molders and mold making companies that have facilities in Mexico to ask them about the situation. Is it interfering with business? Are you afraid to cross the border for business?

PLA enhancement in focus at Biopolymers Symposium 2011; reduced rates for the event with PlasticsToday

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 14th, 2011

Edward Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives at custom plastics compounder Teknor Apex, will be especially busy at this month's Biopolymers Symposium 2011 in Denver, CO as he makes three presentations, including one on the company's technology for resolving a long-standing property tradeoff that has limited the use of polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic. For processors interested in the event, read on to learn how you can save on your registration fee with PlasticsToday.

IAA report: Plastics replace metal in timing case cover

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 13th, 2011

During the IAA international automotive exhibition this year in Frankfurt, automotive systems supplier Mann+ Hummel is displaying a number of recent developments including an injection molded plastic timing case cover for a car's engine. The molded polyamide part is to replace significantly heavier metal ones.

Product Watch: Erema upgrades its plastics recycling lines with ecoSAVE additions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 13th, 2011

Recycling of plastics already has a nice sustainable ring to it, and Erema's machines see use in the recycling of a wide variety of thermoplastics to include even printed films and equipment for bottle-to-bottle recycling for beverage packaging. Now the Austrian manufacturer of plastics recycling machinery has developed is ecoSAVE package as a means for its customers to reduce CO2 emissions, power consumption and, as a result, production costs.

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