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Menicon invests in contact lens manufacturing, R&D in Europe, Singapore

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 6th, 2011

Menicon Co. Ltd. (Nagoya, Japan), which has pioneered the injection molding of contact lenses, has reorganized its non-Japanese entities to accelerate the introduction of new products and services to support its growing contact lens and related businesses. As part of the move, the company created a new global management team at its Menicon Holdings B.V.

IAC forms JV with Reyes to supply Toyota with interior trim, help OEM meet supplier diversification goals

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 6th, 2011

International Automotive Components (IAC) Group and Reyes Holdings LLP have formed a joint venture to supply injection and blowmolded interior trim components and sequence and assembly services for the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. (TMMTX). Reyes Automotive Group II (RAG II) is based in San Antonio, TX and will apply for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification, with Reyes holding 51% ownership and IAC having a 49% stake.

Virtual Event, Real Benefits: Save your company money, meet peers, win (another) iPad 2 and more

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 6th, 2011

Our marketing blitz has probably made clear that this Thursday, Sept. 8, we will host the plastics industry's first Virtual Event, with the subject "Continuous Improvement in Injection Molding." A few thousand "early adopter" processors already have registered but here's a call to the other 100,000 of you out there. We're baiting our offer with another iPad 2.

Ask the Extrusion Expert: You pose questions, the Extrusion Expert answers

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 6th, 2011

We're proud that Allan Griff, independent consulting engineer and plastics extrusion expert, agreed last year to be the host of our Extrusion Expert webinar series. The series has been a phenomenal success measured on audience attendance, participation and comments, as processors from throughout the world have benefited from Allan's wry and insightful look at their most vexing challenges, and the solutions he has learned in more than 40 years of extrusion.

Names in the News: In Memoriam — Neil Kruschke Jr.; Berlin Packaging, PCC and Matsuura / Methods

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 6th, 2011

Sad news as Neil Kruschke Jr., who helped lead Stopol to become one of North America's key suppliers of used plastics machinery, died in an accident on Friday, August 26. Kruschke, 44, leaves behind a wife and two children. A Memorial Service is scheduled this Thursday, Sept. 8, at 17:00 in Gates Mills, OH. Complete information on that service can be found here.

Do you REALLY know your melt temp?

By Bill Tobin
Published: September 6th, 2011

During the past few weeks I was in three different countries and five molding shops. I'm always asked to look at some problem. One of the first things I do when I'm in a molding shop is ask if the molder has the material spec sheet and if he is molding the material at the proper temperature.

Interestingly enough, each shop proudly showed me the technical data. Sadly, they all pointed to their machines, noted the temperature on the heaters and pronounced it to be the material's melt temperature. Really?

Peugeot plans massive auto investment in India

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 5th, 2011

The Indian state of Gujarat is set to welcome an investment of €650 million ($914 million) from Peugeot (Paris, France) in an automobile assembly facility plus engine/gearbox plant to be constructed on a 600-acre site in the heart of the rapidly developing Sanand automotive cluster near the city of Ahmedabad. The complex will have initial capacity for 170,000 vehicles annually.

PET sheet extrusion line, no drying, on display this month and next

By Matt Defosse
Published: September 2nd, 2011

Processors interested in extruding and processing PET sheet without the expense and trouble of pre-drying their material, take note.

Finding skilled workers? Count yourself lucky.

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 2nd, 2011

Unemployment is one problem, but just as serious for many companies in the plastics industry is finding skilled workers to fill the hundreds - perhaps thousands - of jobs available at processing facilities and in mold making. Companies that want to grow, and eventually hire more people, cannot find the employees they need now to help those growth plans come to life.

Concept EV rolled out on all-plastic wheels

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 1st, 2011

Daimler (Stuttgart) and BASF (Ludwigshafen) have developed a new concept vehicle that combines both companies' ideas for electric mobility. One of many industry firsts in the vehicle is the use of polyamide (PA) in the wheels. The smart forvision will have its world premiere at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt later this month.

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