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Introduce your plastics to the mother of invention

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Plastics have proved to be a boon to inventors! Just think of all the widgets and gadgets that inventors have made using plastics. Case in point: One of those entrepreneurial inventors, Tim Crawley, developed Snappy Grip handles. Why this invention? Well you know what they say about necessity being the mother, etc.

Processing “Genies” make bottle users’ wishes come true

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Plastics processors sometimes get a chance to brag about their recent projects. This week three shared with us what they have been doing to help their customers improve their blow-molded packaging.

RPC Kutenholz, for instance, part of European rigid plastics packaging processor RPC Group (London, England), developed a new barrier bottle for German food processor Kühne which has enabled that company to dispense with preservatives in its Deluxe barbecue sauces

Core Molding opens new subsidiary, manufacturing site in Kentucky

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Core Molding Technologies Inc. has formed a new subsidiary with its own manufacturing site to support business outside its traditional heavy truck customer base. The Columbus, OH headquartered fiberglass reinforced plastics manufacturer and compounder of custom sheet molding compound (SMC) has launched Core Specialty Composites LLC in Warsaw, KY, with 62,000-sq-ft of leased manufacturing space.

TPE resin prices, August 15-19: PE flat/lower; PP down $0.005/lb; August contracts look to finish steady

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

Spot resin trading activity jumped last week as availability improved and prices slipped , partially sliding in response to weakening international markets. After two months of declines, spot polymer markets started August on an uptick and it appeared that resin producers would be able to implement contract price increases. However, spot-trading platform The Plastics Exchange (TPE) noted that sharply lower energy markets and worldwide economic uncertainty have effectively stifled those increases.

Stora Enso offers paper labels as substitute for plastics during IML

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

(Updated Aug. 25; see comments below article) Can paper replace plastic for in-mold labeling? The answer, according to Finnish paper and packaging supplier Stora Enso (Helsinki), is "Yes." The company has developed what it calls InnoMould, a range of paper labels it claims can replace plastic films for use in in-mold labeling. Of note are its claims regarding a processor's ability to cut wall thickness on packaging due to the additional top-load strength such paper labels bring to a package.

To create automotive plastics power, Polish consortium scoops up hard-luck candidates

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 23rd, 2011

A Polish conglomerate long involved in the chemicals, coating, metalworking and plastics industries is scooping up down-on-their-luck plastics processing operations in Western Europe as it pursues plans to grow into a major international automotive parts processor. Last year the company, Boryszew, acquired the Maflow Group, and in July this year it bought Theysohn Kunststoff, a molder supplying VW. It pursued the bankrupt Saargummi Group but lost that bidding war to a Chinese manufacturer.

Rotational molder boosts staffing, machinery

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2011

Custom rotational molder Remcon Plastics Inc. (Reading, PA) announced new equipment additions to expand its capacity. Remcon recently installed a new Ferry 280 rotational molding machine that increased the company's capacity by 20%. Additionally, 23 employees have been hired, working three shifts to handle manufacturing of new products driven by sales growth.

UPDATED: MGS adds molding facility in Ireland

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2011

MGS Manufacturing Group (Germantown, WI) announced that it opened a new manufacturing location in Leixlip, Ireland. Formally named MGS Mfg. Group, Ltd., the facility is the fifth production molding plant, and the company's first outside of North America. The facility will manufacture products for the computer/electronics market, along with healthcare and consumer products. The facility has just over 45,000 sq-ft of manufacturing space and will house three electric injection molding machines, ranging from 100 to 350 tons.

Material Thoughts: New sheet grades from Boltaron and Toray, plus PCC gets NSF cert for PP grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2011

Sheet extruder Boltaron adds new thermoformable sheet grades for aircraft application, and Toray Plastics begins marketing polyester film for use as an over-laminate film to protect labels and products against the effects of UV damage. Plastics Color Corp., a supplier of color concentrates, compounds and additive masterbatches, has earned NSF International certification for several color concentrates in its polypropylene product line.

Product Watch: Label cutting from Spartanics, metal separation from Eriez and micro-machining with Schunk

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2011

In this issue of Product Watch, our look at new equipment and services for plastics processors, we preview three new pieces of kit.

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