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Tooling M&A as Tooling Technology LLC acquires FPM Tooling and Automation

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 23rd, 2011

Heavy gauge thermoform tooling manufacturer Tooling Technology LLC (Fort Loramie, OH) announced the acquisition of FPM Tooling and Automation in Fremont, Ohio.

TPE helps prison tray molder escape posse of application challenges

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

You would be hard pressed to find a low-tech plastics application with more standards applied to it than the food trays used in correctional facilities. Food contact safety? Naturally. But tack on "ease of graffiti removal" and "inability to serve as a weapon" and your simple serving tray becomes a high-end project.

Open house highlights market potential for plastic pipe in Asia

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

Processors involved in the building and construction market read often of the demand for their services in the developing world, but rare is that fact so obvious as during a recent open house in Vietnam, hosted by a prominent plastics pipe processor and its extrusion equipment supplier. More than 450 international guests journeyed to Haiphong, Vietnam to learn more about the technology and trends shaping this market.

Letter from Schaumburg, IL: The 20th Annual Conference of the Thermoforming Division of SPE

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 22nd, 2011

From the turnout (close to 800 attendees, 74 exhibitors), the program and the activities, one would think that thermoforming is one of the major plastics processes, akin to extrusion and injection molding, rather than just a dependency of extrusion that makes the sheet they form. The Thermoforming Division of the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) has been running these meetings for 20 years now, and they have reached that critical status of "must attend" for many if not most in this field.

Metallized polyether sulfone reflector stands up to the heat

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2011

Auto Tier I supplier Delphi (Troy, MI) has recently started to employ a polyether sulfone (PESU) resin from BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) for the reflector used in an automotive interior lighting component manufactured using a metallization process.

Indorama makes another PET move, buys Wellman’s European recycling ops

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 21st, 2011

PET supplier Indorama, based in Thailand, has made another acquisition as it continues to expand its footprint beyond Asia. In late 2010 it acquired Invista's polyethylene terephthalate (PET) assets in North America, Eastman's in Europe in 2007, and also spent the past few years establishing itself in Eastern Europe.

iPhone app provides plastics info on the go

By Stephen Moore
Published: September 20th, 2011

Injection molding consultant Imtech Design (Chislehurst, UK) has developed a handy tool for molding professionals, toolmakers and product designers alike to quickly access injection molding knowledge while on the move, in meetings, overseas or on the shop floor. What's more, the i-Moulder application for the iPhone is free and downloadable via this link.

i-Moulder incorporates three main modules:

Corrosion worries evaporate with new electronic PPA grades; bio-based grade also debuts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2011

Solvay Advanced Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) has expanded its range of Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA) resins for automotive electronics applications. New Amodel Electronic (AE) grades reportedly eliminate corrosion issues in high temperature and high humidity conditions for a range of applications including sensors, connectors, electric motors, electronic control unit housings, bobbins, solenoids, and other circuit protection.

PET prices buck the downward trend in Asian plastic markets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 20th, 2011

Yesterday we reported that prices for most commodity resins have fallen steadily across Asia for the past four weeks, but one material is bucking the tend: polyethylene terephhalate. Spot PET prices in Asia have posted four consecutive weeks of rising prices, according to plastics pricing service ChemOrbis.

Johnson Controls investing $100 million in China start-stop battery plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2011

Due to increasing global demand for automotive batteries for environmentally friendly start-stop technology, Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is investing $100 million to build a start-stop vehicle battery plant in China. The plant will supply global and local automakers in Asia and is expected to start production in early 2013 with annual capacity of 2.4 million units.

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