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Venture Plastics adds capacity in El Paso

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2011

Southwest Venture Plastics Inc. (El Paso, Texas) is adding a third injection molding line to its full-service, ISO/TS-16949 certified facility. The custom thermoplastic injection molder, which opened its El Paso facility five years ago to serve a growing customer base in the area, stated that the new line would help it meet the needs of long-term customers, new customers, and expansions within the marketplaces its serve.

Cabot opens Tianjin masterbatch plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2011

Cabot Corp. (Boston) has opened its new Tianjin masterbatch plant, investing $20 million in the black masterbatch plant inside its Tianjin facility, which is a joint venture with Shanghai Coking and Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of Shanghai Huayi Group Company Ltd. The plant, which is part of the world’s largest rubber and specialty carbon black facility, has annual nameplate capacity of approximately 45,000 tonnes with the capacity to expand to 80,000 tonnes in the future.

Across Asia, plastics prices continue to stall or fall

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2011

The fall in the prices being demanded for most commodity resins across Asia continues. According to plastics pricing service Polymerupdate, prices were down over the past week for PP, PE, PS, PVC and related plastics. Most of the downward pricing pressure is being chalked up to lackluster demand.

New JV to help collect and convert label matrix waste into energy

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2011

Plastic film converting equipment manufacturer Precision AirConvey (PAC) and pressure sensitive label rollstock supplier Channeled Resources Group have formed a joint venture offering a service to companies that generate label matrix waste, diverting this scrap away from the waste stream and to energy conversion facilities.

Many questions on residence time and shot volume during recent Injection Molding Expert webinar

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 16th, 2011

If the shot capacity of a machine does not take into account the material in the flights, then how does one calculate accurate residence time? Is shot volume less than 20% of barrel size absolutely to be avoided? Is it best for part performance to select a low MFR material? Mike Sepe, the Materials Analyst of Injection Molding Magazine fame and host of our six-part Injection Molding Expert webinar series, fielded these and many other questions from molders during the live Q&A following last Wednesday's webcast on "The role of the molding machine in the manufacturing process."

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).

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