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European injection molding industry shrinks

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2011

There have been net declines of 14% and 21% in the number of injection molding sites listed for France and the U.K., respectively, according to a new series of reports on the European molding market, with nearly 200 companies gone in Spain and Portugal since the previous guide.

Dickten Masch expands into Mexico via purchase of UPG’s Monterrey plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2011

Dickten Masch Plastics (DMP) has acquired United Plastics Group's (UPG) Monterrey, Mexico manufacturing facility. DMP (Nashota, WI) will call the operation, which has a 105,000-sq-ft facility, DMP Monterrey, S. de R.L. de D.V.

Let your old testing equipment help you finance some new lab equipment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2011

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Coll helping Axion meet its demand for plastics recyclate

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2011

Just weeks after announcing its first sales into Latin America for its plastics recyclate-based rail ties, Axion Intl. now has announced it will be working with Coll Materials to take advantage of that company's capacity at its facility in Waco, TX.  Coll, a post-industrial and post-consumer plastics recycling company, will handle some contract manufacturing for Axion. The Waco site is a new one for Coll and is to be up-and-running by year's end.

Project moves to improve barrier performance of plasma coatings on PET, bioplastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2011

The gas barrier performance of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging can be improved in many ways including through creation of multi-layer packaging with EVOH, nylon or another material used as a barrier material, or with the addition of a plasma coating of silicon oxide to the PET. Plasma coatings often are applied to a container's interior so that they not easily scratch; scratches in the coating open a passageway for carbon dioxide egress or oxygen ingress.

Niagara falls for new site in North Carolina for preform molding and bottle blowing facility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 15th, 2011

Family-owned water bottler Niagara Bottling LLC, headquartered in Ontario, CA, is expanding again with its announcement of construction of a new 310,000-sq-ft plant in Mooresville, NC. Niagara has its own captive plastics processing operations to include preform molding, bottle blowmolding and injection molding of closures.

Huhtamaki acquires hygienic films processor in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

Plastics packaging processor Huhtamaki has agreed to acquire the Brazilian film extruder and converter Prisma Pack Indústria de Filmes Técnicos e Embalagens Ltda (Camaçari,Brazil). The privately owned Prisma Pack, founded in 2001, is a market leader in hygienic films in Brazil and also serves demand for food packaging and other applications. Hygienic films are mainly used in personal care products, such as disposable diapers, feminine protection and incontinence diapers.

Product Watch: Brückner, Extruder Experts and Brabender

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

An Indian plastics processor enters the BOPP film market with a new line from Brückner, Extrusion Experts introduces a lab-scale extruder and Brabender now offers a machine for small-scale milling of elastomeric and thermoplastic materials

Online resource helps you get smart on laser welding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

Laser welding systems supplier LPKF Laser & Electronics is seeing significant growth in orders, has added to its staffing and also has created a new English-language website where plastics processors can learn more about welding and specifically laser welding. The website is monitored by one of the company's U.S. employees, Josh Brown. LPKF is headquartered in Garbsen, Germany.

Austrian injection molding group Polytec acquires molder PPI, adds to own capacity too

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 12th, 2011

After some rough times, the financials are back in order at the Polytec Group, the orders book is full and the future looks bright. The molder's management is betting on a continuation of these positive developments as it announced its intent to expand its operations in Lohne, Germany and Hörsching, Austria, plus purchase for about €10 million the injection molding company PPI Plastic Products Innovation GM & Co  (Ebensee, Austria). Total investment, internal plus the acquisition, will be about €15 million ($21.2 million).

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