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Editorial: Unrestricted free trade doesn’t benefit the country’s manufacturing industry

By Glenn Beall
Published: September 12th, 2011

Last week President Obama gave a speech with his view of the future of job creation in the U.S. The Republican party countered with its own ideas. Is unregulated commerce destroying U.S. manufacturing? Yes, argues Glenn Beall, author of our By Design series of article and Plastics Hall of Fame inductee, in this editorial.

Names in the News: Gloucester Engineering, Teknor Apex, Elevance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2011

Jon Bourne has returned to extrusion equipment supplier Gloucester Engineering Co. (GEC; Gloucester, MA) as its territory service manager for the EMEA region. Bourne has 30 years of experience in the plastics extrusion industry and rejoins GEC from Swiss Winding Performance, where he worked for approximately 12 months.

Methode acquires Nypro Monterrey

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2011

Methode Electronics Inc. (Chicago) has acquired certain assets and liabilities of Nypro's Monterrey, Mexico injection molding and painting business, Nypro Monterrey S. de R.L. Methode and Nypro did not supply the specific terms of agreement, but Methode said acquiring Nypro's assets versus building up a greenfield site will save it around $8.0 million.

The two steps every processor should take now to cut his energy bill? Chatting with The Rodon Group’s Lowell Allen

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 9th, 2011

Reducing your company's overall operating costs by 12% is a dream for many plastics processors, but Lowell Allen, senior vice-president at The Rodon Group, and his tam have spent the past years making it their reality. He kindly joined us for a "chat" during the industry's first-ever Virtual Event, which we organized last Thursday, Sept, 8th under the title Continuous Improvement in Injection Molding.

Why control melt decompression? Just shut it off

By IMM Staff
Published: September 8th, 2011

That's the question, and succinct answer, that MD Plastics Inc. (Columbiana, OH), has for injection molders who normally have to control their resin melt via decompression to eliminate stringing and drooling. MD Plastics President Michael F.

Quantum Polymers addresses severe PVDF shortage

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2011

As demand out of the renewable energy market sucks the market dry of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), plastics processors and manufacturers who need the material for other applications are left wanting. Working to fill the gap is Quantum Polymers, which announced the immediate availability of extruded stock shape plastic products made with Kynar 450 PVDF from plastics supplier Arkema Inc. 

Tennessee ropes in auto investment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2011

Japan's Sekisui Plastics (Osaka) became the third company in the space of two days to announce a major investment in automotive plastic components in the state of Tennessee when it announced plans to invest $3 million in a second manufacturing facility for foam plastics, primarily used in automotive safety components, in Mount Pleasant on August 31.

Eastman adds to non-phthalate plasticizer portfolio

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 7th, 2011

Eastman Chemical Co. has acquired Brazilian plasticizer manufacturer Scandiflex do Brasil S.A. Indústrias Químicas in part of its ongoing bid to become a leader in non-phthalate plasticizer products. Located in the state of São Paulo at Mauá, Scandiflex's 2010 sales revenue was in excess of $54 million.

Semi-finished parts supplier adds ISO 13485 to its plumage

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 7th, 2011

For those plastics processors and suppliers active in the medical device or medical packaging industries, ISO 13485 is shifting from a "nice to have" to one of the expectations of some customers. It just makes it much easier for them to vet you as a reliable supplier. Having the certification is further proof you're serious about serving the medical industry and are a capable partner/supplier.

The Troubleshooter: Welcome back, unfilled nylon. How’s your mold?

By Bob Hatch
Published: September 7th, 2011

It is another day in the good old Central U.S. My dog Jake has been on his walk this morning and the big truck has delivered a small box full of parts for me to review. As often is the case, there is no note from the molder, but I have seen these particular parts in the past.

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