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South American film maker adds BOPET line

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 26th, 2012

OPP Film SA, headquartered in Lima, Peru, will begin offering biaxial oriented polyester (BOPET) film starting in early 2013, according to an announcement made on April 20. Part of the Oben Holding Group, OPP Film has purchased a new Brückner Maschinenbau line with a nameplate capacity of 35,000 MTPA. OPP Film is adding BOPET capabilities in response to customer demand.

First-quarter durable goods orders on roller coaster ride

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 26th, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods (those designed to last more than three years) fell in March by $8.8 billion or 4.2% to $202.6 billion, according to an advance report from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. This followed a 2.2% rise in February totaling $211.8 billion, 42% above the recession low, said a Commerce Dept. report released March 28. That increase came on the heels of a steep drop (-4.0%) in new orders for manufactured durable goods in January, a decrease of $8.6 billion to $206.1 billion.

ExxonMobil Chemical introduces new OPP film for food packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 26th, 2012

ExxonMobil Chemical has launched a new OPP film with high gas barrier properties for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) applications.

Mitsubishi-Chen Hsong big machine collaboration gathers momentum

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 26th, 2012

The production collaboration between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology Co. (Nagoya, Japan) and Hong Kong's Chen Hsong is currently constructing its third Mitsubishi-badged large two-platen hydraulic injection press at a Chen Hsong facility in Southern China.

Kortec expands and moves headquarters to new facility

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 25th, 2012

Co-injection molding technology supplier Kortec Inc. is moving its headquarters to a new location in Rowley, MA.

Effective May 7, the new Rowley headquarters, only 3.5 miles north of Kortec's current location in Ipswich, MA, provides the company with the additional space it needs to support current and future growth, according to Russell Bennett, Kortec vp of sales and marketing.

Alpla and Sidel partner to provide 900 million bottles per year for Latin American Coca-Cola bottler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 25th, 2012

Alpla Mexico and stretch blowmolding machine manufacturer Sidel have teamed up to supply 900 million empty bottles per year to ArcaContinental, the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America.

Alpla, a Mexican bottle manufacturer, will join its trade partner in its facilities and produce most of the bottles inline. Small volumes of bottles will be produced in an offline production hall, which is also designated for palletizing.

More hospitals seek pigment-free plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: April 25th, 2012

Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, is expanding its plastics processing to meet demand for a new line of "green" products.

The Mundelein, Illinois, company estimates that about 8% of its customers are now buying pigment-free products that it manufactures. Products sold in their natural state include bedpans, wash basins, soap dishes, pitchers, carafes, and trays.

Automotive specialty compounds plant opens in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 24th, 2012

The Tessenderlo Group (Brussels, Belgium) has inaugurated a production plant for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and slush molding compounds for automotive applications in Changsu, China through its compounding business unit CTS.

Plastic waste into fuel: a new form of recycling?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 24th, 2012

A few startups believe the answer to both the world's waste issues and oil concerns can be solved with plastic. Plastic waste, that is. "There's no lack of plastic waste," John Bordynuik, CEO and president of JBI inc. told PlasticsToday. "It seems to increase every day." And only about 7% of plastic waste in the U.S. is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Companies like JBI Inc. hope to increase that number by converting plastic waste into fuel.

Chinaplas: Milacron marks record first quarter; extends all-electric tonnage range

By Tony Deligio
Published: April 24th, 2012

An 85-machine order pushed Milacron China to its best first quarter ever, and in a bid to maintain that momentum, the company used Chinaplas 2012 to expand its range of Chinese-made all-electric injection molding machines. New to the stable is a 450-tonne model that is made in China and was injection molding an inmold-labeled 4.5-liter bucket at the company's stand. The company's Chinaplas booth also featured a 110-tonne all-electric machine running an optical lens.

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