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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.

M.R. Mold & Engineering opts for Arburg to expand capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 11th, 2012

Meeting customers' increasing demands for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molds is key to the business success of M.R. Mold & Engineering. As a supplier of LSR molds and proprietary auxiliary equipment to global OEMs, M.R. Mold & Engineering's President Rick Finnie, understands the need to be ready for any requirements customers have.

Labels key to IML success demonstrated at NPE

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 11th, 2012

If you thought IML was still a "niche" application in the plastics packaging industry, think again.

Majority of Canadians have access to recycling plastic packaging, study says

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 11th, 2012

A recent study stated an increasing number of Canadians has access to recycling various forms of plastic packaging.

The findings show that Canadians have about 95% access to plastic bottle recycling and 91% access to recycling of household tubs and lids used for yogurt containers and other dairy products, up from 88% in 2009, according to a report prepared for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) by CM Consulting.

Nolato acquires British pharmaceutical plastic packaging company

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 11th, 2012

Swedish injection molder Nolato AB has acquired Cope Allman Jaycare, a manufacturer of plastic pharmaceutical packaging, for an initial purchase price of about SEK 179 million (USD $26 million) and a deferred consideration based on earnings up to and including the first quarter of 2014.

Acquisition of the British pharmaceutical packaging company results in a stronger customer base and geographic expansion for Nolato Medical, the company stated.

Matt acrylic grade finds favor in daytime running light covers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 11th, 2012

A new grade of acrylic resin offering high light transmission and low surface gloss in making inroads in the auto sector. Supplied by Altuglas International (La Garenne-Colombes, France), a subsidiary of the Arkema group, Altuglas HFI-10 Super Matt is said to meet current market demands for extremely low gloss and distinctive surface texture, while retaining key acrylic properties such as weathering and scratch resistance.

Plastic companies of all sizes embraced social media at NPE2012

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 10th, 2012

Social media is not a new concept by any means. While business-to-consumer companies were quick to jump on the social media trend, it has been an arguably somewhat slow start for business-to-business companies.

When you're a Nike or Target, there are always new products to talk about to help create online engagement. It's not quite as simple for companies trying to promote injection molding or the latest advancements in PE stretch film.

TPE resin prices April 2-6: PE, PP flat; April contract increases proposed

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2012

"While resin processors were generally aggravated by the current high price level of  commodity grade resins, overall spirits were high and a sense of optimism was in the air." That was the viewpoint of Michael Greenberg, CEO of spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE), whose company exhibited last week at NPE2012.

Stora Enso to close converting unit in Hungary

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 10th, 2012

In a move to restructure its converting operations, Stora Enso Renewable Packaging will close its corrugated packaging mill in Páty, Hungary and initiate efficiency measures at its consumer board mill in Barcelona, Spain.

According to the company, converting operations at its Páty Mill in Hungary will be permanently closed down by the end of the third quarter of 2012, and will affect 79 employees.

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